First car is back from the body shop and assembling begins.
Trunk compartment with brake and clutch reservoirs installed. Also note battery tray and oil cooler door mechanism.
Shown is our front suspension adjusters for dialing in the ride height and also our Wendler ID tag.
A photo of the dash being assembled. Wiring harness is almost done, fuse panel has yet to go in. Fuel pumps, pedal assemblies and some switch gear is in.
Shown here is the interior with the drivers seat rails. Note the SKF ratchet band clamps that hold the fuel and brake lines to the main frame rail. These are very special parts that have long been NLA and are only found after a great deal of searching.
Shown here is the back of the car with the rear deck lid not yet installed.
A picture of the rear firewall with the wiring and fuel lines installed. One of our own fuel pressure regulators and mounting bracket also installed. Car is using a Spyder Factory designed crank - fire ignition with custom distributors and this is the reason for the 12V regulator. Installed on the regulator is an early Bosch script cover.
Here's a shot of the right side of the firewall with the oil filter housing and throttle linkage installed.
A photo of the right front suspension. Key parts shown here are our custom made 550 F&S shock absorbers and tie rods. Also in the photo is our German silver Wendler emblem and hard to see but still there is our needle bearing link pin set up.
Shown here , but not yet fully machined, is our first 60mm front brake drum. Machined from billet, not cast, so you can actually use them with confidence.
Ready for installation is the gear box. Gear ratios were typically painted on the side so you could tell at a glance what you had in the box. Also shown are our excellent copy of the shifter linkage and the clutch slave cylinder.
Front nose underside
Here's a view that is rarely seen. It is the underside of the front nose with the oil cooler ductwork going down the center. The opening for the horn is in the lower left and a cover plate fills the hole on the right. Tops of the front fenders are upright in the background and inside can be seen the ink stamp from the aluminum mill as in the original cars.
Inner Trunk Compartment
Pictured here is the assembly of parts that makes up the inner trunk compartment. The recess in the center is for the location of the fuel tank and the bump to the right of that is clearance for the steering column. Once assembled these pieces form a very rigid part that adds structure to the front end of the car
Right Front Inner Wheel Well
An important piece for a couple of reasons. First it ties the front fender wheel opening to the chassis and it also connects to the pedal bulkhead just behind the vertical tie rod opening in addition to the main longitudinal door sill. Because this part joins six other members of the car and all must meet at the correct points it is very important that the dimensions and shape are correct. This part is cut and shaped on a forming buck made from scan data, slices and weld seams in the correct spots as in the originals.
Front Nose Inner Construction
Here's a photo looking at the inner left front wheel well from inside the trunk compartment. At the bottom is the battery mount which attaches to both the frame and is also riveted to the oil cooler duct. The vertical wall to the left is the pedal bulkhead.
A shot from the front looking rearward at the pedal bulkhead. In the center are the torsion bar tubes with the ride height adjusters as in the originals. Also seen in this photo are the grease lines on either end of the torsion bar tubes. The fittings themselves are located in the wheel wells and due to lack of access in this area these tubes are needed to get the grease to the proper location.
Pictured here is the rear firewall mounted to the chassis. Multiple brackets riveted to the rear of this include: oil filter bracket, fuel pressure regulator bracket, voltage regulator bracket, passenger seat reinforcement and various clips for the fuel lines and wiring. Having been made on a buck from scan data this part fits like a gloves in its proper position. It is, however , a very difficult part to hammer out physically. Your arm just gets tired of hitting metal all day and a proper sequence of pounding must be followed to form it correctly. I can imagine there was one worker in the Wendler facility who's job it was to form this part.
At the painters
Our first car at Meister Restorations for my partner Jerry , on left, to finish and paint.
Finish body work
Car in high solids filler primer. This primer has a good gloss showing areas that may still need a little work to finish it up nicely.