Bonus round – fitting out the panels!

Yesterday we painted the roof and door jambs on my Pontiac, so today I backed up by driving back to Newcastle and fitting the doors to my car.

The Pontiac turned up at 8am and I got straight into masking the jambs to protect the fresh paint from scratches. Mounting doors involves leaving the two hinges and the striker catch loose, then carefully lining up the body lines so nothing touches when you close the door – and the door should snick shut easily with almost no pressure required.

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The door mounted, not yet gapped to provide an even gap all around the door frame. This is especially important when the front guard (fender) goes on to avoid scratching the fresh duco.

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It took approximately three hours to get to this stage, though one whole hour was spent trying to wrestle the left-front fender into place as it simply didn’t want to line up. It is the original item, however it will need some panel beating (and more paint now I’ve scarred it).

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While I spent bulk time getting the gaps right on the doors I have left the guards for the time being as these might need to be removed several times yet.

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I have to say, it feels amazing to get to this point!

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Sunday was a fine, clear beautiful spring day so I rolled the barge back out in bright sunshine to see how the colour popped. I wasn’t disappointed!

I also reinstalled the ENDO-CVT air suspension tank and freed up heaps of room in my trunk… which is one thing it probably didn’t need!

I love the simplicity of the ENDO set-up – top work Accuair!

A few weeks ago I went through the Premium Harness I purchased to go with my Haltech Elite 950 ECU. Haltech sell these wiring harnesses in Basic or Premium specs (and have plug-and-play harnesses for popular engines). The Premium harness comes with all wires marked for what they need to run to, with a fuse box ready to hook up, and even a wiring diagram that I can follow. And if I can follow it, then even Simple Simon could!

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The final job for today was to lay out the ECU harness, running the wires through into the engine bay to check their lengths before I get stripping and crimping.

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