Not only is it 2013 now, it's February already. I've no idea what happened to January but at least a little progress has been made on the projects,,,
The issue with the clutch release arm was resolved with a bit of fabrication. I extended the arm by cutting one side off a length of steel box to form a "C" profile channel. I then modified the end of the cast aluminium arm so the channel would bolt up against the flat side of the casting.
The pushrod is now acting in a straight line again and bears onto both the new extension and part of the original casting so hopefully spreading the load a bit.
The arm is a little thicker now with the steel attached to it so I'm hoping there's still enough clearance between the release arm and the clutch cover when the slave cylinder is at full throw.
I've offered it all up and it seems to fit together nicely. Some better weather will be needed before I feel like dragging the car out onto the driveway to fully refit the engine and gearbox.
The next job is to clean, paint and refit the pedals before the seat and harness comes back from Motordrive. To that end I've been working with my brother on a blast cleaning cabinet. The kit came from Frost but the woodwork is all our own work (hence why some of it is a little rough around the edges!).
Here's a picture of two tired blokes leaning on the result of a weekend's work.
It kinda looks like a blast cabinet. It'll take another weekend to get it finished and find out whether it works as well.
And yes, that is a slightly rotten MGB GT in the background. I think this old car lark must be contagious.