Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Some smaller components needed attention, in this case the hand brake drum, flexible fabric coupling as well as some other bits and pieces. 
Some more hand brake components. The two curved items are the callipers that apply pressure to the drum. 
Close ups of the flexible coupling and brake drum. 
After the primer the grey colour was painted on. 
The brake drum. 
And here are the two components ready for installation. 
The centrally mounted transfer box, you will notice that it is a different shade of grey, this is because all the automotive components came from a different manufacturer who painted these items in their own shade of paint. 
The brake drum and callipers get attached to this end. 
And here it is all attached, you can see the cam type of mechanism that activates the braking force. 
Every component has two linkages and operating systems to allow for full control by both drivers.
The gearbox will eventually be bolted to this flange.
What you see before you is the one component we are missing to complete the restoration. It is the gear shift selector box that is bolted to the actual gearbox, the linkage you see on one side is the connection between this component and the second drivers gear shift lever. This one belongs to a collector in Italy who wants 3000 Euros for it?! For this kind of money we said it must be wrapped in grease paper fresh from the factory. In any event 3000 Euros is 3 quarters of the restoration budget so it was decided that from these images we could probably be able to manufacture the component ourselves. 
Take note of the very bad condition of this item. 
Here you can see the selector fork, the basic design doesn't look too complicated. 
Notice the badly pitted shaft, there is no way this shaft could be used as is and would probably have to be remade anyway because of this.