My Zero has been driving well since my last blog. Now well over 2000 miles on the clock, mainly from short blats around the local Staffordshire countryside. I’ve found a great route over Blithfield reservoir and up to Uttoxeter but that’s for another blog.
I was disappointed not to be able to join the RhoCar crew on their trip around Scotland last week ( ). I was actually in Scotland on holiday with the family, so took advantage of the great weather over the Bank Holiday, but the photos and videos from the RhoCar guys looked superb. Maybe next time.
But back to the main subject of this blog: a new set of doors. The doors have been on order for well over 12 months now, but GBS’ supplier seemed to be playing games. Promising new stock each week that never arrived. But they are here now. I had imagined simply taking them out of the packaging and dropping them straight onto the hinges – but were would be the fun in that? They come flat packed and without the hinges attached. The challenge is to bend them to the right shape to fit around the car whilst also positioning the hinges correctly so the doors open around the mirrors and the half-hood, as well as looking aesthetically reasonable at the same time.
Firstly I mounted the lower hinges on the Y-frame on both sides and installed the half-hood. Then I bend the doors into roughly the right shape. There was a helpful post from Simon@GBS recently on the GBS forum, where he explains how to do this (http://www.gbsownersclub.co.uk/forum/technical-talk/doors). I didn’t follow it exactly, but it is useful to read though to acclimatise yourself with the complexity of the job. I have reproduced the text below as I am not sure if old posts will be archived on the forum.
“This could become complicated to explain, although relatively easy to do.
And here is the finished result, although the anchoring straps to keep the doors closed couldn’t be fixed because there were no poppers in the door pack. I will call GBS tomorrow. I am sure Will@GBS will drop some in the post for me.
A quick blat down the road and all is well – any excuse!!