I haven’t been able to work on the UMM for a couple of weeks, due to one thing or another. Today, though was a big step forward, as the rear door is now fitted. A little bit of adjustment is still required, but it will be fine. Now the car is almost weatherproof for the first time in years.
As can be seen, I decided to delete the rear door mounted spare wheel carrier. Having the spare wheel on the door makes the door assembly really heavy, putting strain on the hinges, and making it difficult to open and close. It also restricts rear vision. As this is a long wheelbase version, I can find another place to stow the wheel. Underneath, or inside the body.
The door colour is the final coat, and the rest of the body will be this colour eventually, with a lighter roof colour.
The other news is that I have bought a recently reconditioned cylinder head for the UMM. This was from a Peugeot 505 originally. A set of reconditioned injectors also came with it. This will come in useful too.
Next job is to finish off the alignment of the rear door and fit the door catch on the inside.
I have now fitted the rear door catch and aligned the door a bit better. The alignment is tricky, as the door is a good fit within the aperture. At one side, the glass is not in contact with the rubber seal, but this is because the fibre-glass top has been damaged in that area and will need to be repaired.
The other job this week was to remove the thermostat from the engine and test it. Then this was refitted, and the cooling system refilled with antifreeze. As the weather is starting to get colder, this was needed. The engine was run up to temperature, to check the thermostat operation, and get rid of any air in the system. All seems to be OK.
There may not be much to report as the Winter is coming, but I shall try to do as much as possible.