Replacing rotten window channels and fitting rear lamps.
Passenger door inner bracket, rusty window channels and new lamps.
Amonth of small steps to complement the larger whole is how I regard current progress. The L548 rear lamps bit back with their fatigued backings, so I asked Holden if they’d supply just the backings with bulb holders. They obliged and to my delight (and that of PWOR members who follow) their upgraded backing is an engineering delight. Machined on their premises from solid aluminium billet, they are ‘gurt lush’.
The other hurdle overcome was making the alloy ‘L’ sections for the passenger door frame. This proved so easy compared to the driver’s side. The next steps are making new window channels, TIG welding the alloy frame and fitting the door glass. There’s also sobering news regarding the cylinder head.
Hidden ball bearing
10 While sizing up the fit of the window winder rollers in the channel, I noticed the rollers weren’t rolling. While prodding, I realised the shiny bit is a spring loaded ball bearing. Could it be greased?
Soften and flush
11 Although the rollers had been cleaned in a parts washer previously, I used a screwdriver to depress the ball bearing and flushed it through with penetrating fluid. I repeated the process three times, at five minute intervals.
A beautiful base
12 In issue 214 I mentioned the fatigued lamp backing. Holden Vintage and Classic ( www.holden.co.uk) have agreed to sell their superb new and superior billet backings for the L548 lamp. They also sell complete lamp units, lenses and chrome rims for the same.
13 The new gasket bought a while back was fitted first. It’s a tight fit, ensuring a good seal between the lamp and the body. The backing plate was fitted as seen in the main picture, overleaf.
New L469 lamp
14 I also took the plunge and bought a new number plate/reversing lamp from Holden. Difficult details such as the curved plastic lenses and bulb holders are far better than any refurb units I’ve seen.
Split to fit
15 Unlike other L469 applications, fitting to a Peerless means splitting the cover and the body. I refitted the cover glass seal on the edge of the cover, not inside the cover as standard.
16 Both cover screws were too short, so I ordered new screws from Holden at the same time as another L548 backplate. Although the other rear lamp was better, I prefer both to be new and offer consistent output.
Door frame seals
17 The sample seal (317) sourced from
www.woolies-trim.co.uk proved perfect, so enough was ordered for both doors. It can’t be simply slid into the frame, so a pinch and push method was used.
Cut to length
18 Having slowly worked my way around the frame, the continuous roll of seal was cut using wire cutters. So now there is no metal in the new seals to rust and rot. Both are now ready for their new glass. It’s coming together…
New Lucas L548 lamp backing is so good, it’s a shame to cover it up.