As recommended to keep these types of threads manageable, I am starting Part II of my restoration saga. Part I covered intro to my car and the purpose-built hobby shop, and mainly preparing to, and pulling the engine and then separating the tranny from it.
My next major focus is pulling the wiring harnesses out and IDing short-falls in my gaskets and seals holdings.
I’ve looked at the lay of bulkhead harness and how it connects to the gauge harness for three days and can’t figure how it interlaces around the cars structure. This is a poor photo that IDs my conundrum:
In the center of the photo is what appears to be 2 harnesses in the rectangular opening in the center of the dash – it is actually all one harness. The right side splits and enters the fuse box area beside each tower of fuse boxes. The other splits twice also: one dips downward and to the left toward the steering column (I think) and the other runs under the structure – but I have no idea to where.
The solution is easy: spend $2,000 for EVERY wiring harness in the car and then lay them out on the floor to get a guide as to direction and connection(s). That box ought to arrive this weekend (26/27JUN21) - then the fun begins anew . . .
While waiting for what I hope to be the (a?) solution to the run of all the harnesses, I decided to get a better handle on where I stand vis-a-vis gaskets and seals and the like.
Here is the overview (it’s so nice having lots of open floor space to lay this out) of my efforts:
This lay-out has the same orientation as the car: the bonnet bits are in the foreground and the boot lid seal is way in the background.
QUESTION: these are years old (30 +/-) plus how-ever-long they sat on the self before I bought them from SNG Barratt in late 80s. Will the white/yellow coating have preserved the rubber for all this time? And how do I remove it when the time comes?
Here’s an example of the coating on the Boot Lid Seal
and here are some happy snaps of today’s efforts:
I compared my holdings to several on-line gasket/seals offerings from the main vendors and made a list of the shortfalls. It is a depressingly long li$t – ahhhh, the joys of Jaguar tinkering