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The remaining rivets were put into the rear bulkhead after applying mastic to the joints, as some were previously left undrilled due to a shortage of drill bits! This ensured that we had a completely sealed bulkhead between the engine compartment and the cabin. The windscreen and sidescreens were bonded in by a contractor, which proved to be a mistake. The sidescreens were bonded in with very liberal use of mastic, which made a severe mess of the bodywork and inside of the windows, which needed a lot of tidying up.
In hindsight the windscreen fitting should have been fitted before we have made so much adjustments to the doors; the net result being that the resulting door fit was poor to say the least, and a lot of effort was put into fixing this. Both hinges and the latches on each door were adjusted through a very long winded iterative process, which eventually yielded better results, but they were by no means perfect – further work would be done on this later, as patience was wearing thin after a full day of taking the door off and putting it back on!
At this point the racing season started to bear down upon us so time was spent working on other vehicles in the Team’s fleet, mostly the Time Attack Lotus Exige, which underwent an extensive overhaul ready for the 2010 UK Time Attack Championship. Details of this work can be found here.
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