As the restoration work reaches completion, Alisdair Cusick finds he has time to drive and polish the old timer
As the resto nears completion Alisdair finally drives the SI
After lots of hard work, James and I have done almost everything we need to, and the car is very nearly ready for the road. This month we’re working though the last details, sorting wiring, lighting, bodywork, and all those little tidying jobs left on the list.
We’ve roughly two types of work now. There’s the wiring to finish, including fitting the secondary loom that deals with lights, horn and indicators. Then we have the bodywork, fitting the front wings, windscreen, hood sticks and various other parts. It’s a fast-paced, exciting time, as each job makes the vehicle look more and more like a finished car again. A good multimeter and a power probe are invaluable here, as it’s very easy to get confused and blow a relay, or even melt the wiring loom through a short. As always, we take our time, and use the original wiring diagram as reference.