For the first time, I have worked through winter on the AC. Firstly, the wood trim and dashboard dials and switches. Then, the challenge of installing 4 seatbelts. I also had a set of SPAX adjustable dampers made to order and fitted them. I re-did my flock spraying of the boot and front shelf, with better quality materials from "Floc-King".
I have also started to cover my restoration on YouTube.
The revarnishing finish is not perfect, but I don't want to dwell on this area since I can tackle it again in the future. There are more important tasks still to do.
The seatbelts were a challenge. Made some approximate calculations on the strength of the relevant parts of the bodywork, both wood and metal. My criteria was for a 1 ton load for each anchor point. I used building industry equations to establish the load required to pull each woodscrew out of the wood, as well as the tensile and shear strengths of the stainless screws I used. New brackets and reinforcements were mostly aluminium, in a heavy 6mm gauge. The exception was the little pillars that hold the shoulder straps for the frontbelts. These are 6mm thick grade 304 stainless steel.
Fitting the new dampers was easy. No need to remove wheels or jack the car up. Thanks to SPAX for making these to order, within 1 week.
For the flock spraying, I changed from using a water-based adhesive, to an epoxy. This needed to be colour matched by using 3 pigments, red, yellow and blue, plus thinners. In other words, it was a 6 part adhesive! The benefit of going to this trouble, is that it is much harder wearing than AC's original flock finish.