So the plan for today was to drill the holes in the new brackets and get the nice Fiesta seat in place where the old driver’s seat was.  Doesn’t it look good?

new driver seat in place

However, it didn’t go too well.  Forgot to both bring the charger and charge the drill batteries.  So I only managed to get one set of holes on each bracket drilled.  Never mind!  Batteries are on the way home to be charged.  At least I put my new set of nuts and bolts to good use!

brackets on swivel seat base

Without the drill, I was pretty much stuck for what I’d planned to do.  But it gave us a chance to do some niggly little jobs and fit some of the parts I’d ordered.  Like the new aerial.

new aerial

And a new (apparently, genuine leather) gear knob.  That’s the new aerial lead hanging down.

gear knob

Gear stick gaiter – it’s loosely fitted, and will go on top of the rubber one.  Another job for another day.

leather gear gaiter

Installing the new aerial gave me an opportunity to study the wiring diagrams for the van.  It was gutted, so lacks stereo and associated speakers.  So investigation led me to the radio loom, but after the identified correct wiring, I found some oddities.  Like this switch to nowhere.

switch to nowhere

This switch had been set in the dash (the hole you can see behind the steering wheel on the left), and I had always wondered what it did.  The blue cable came from the live to the stereo, through the fuse and into the switch.  Nothing else was connected to the switch, but I assume that it was from here connected to whatever stereo was previously fitted.  A crude way to prevent a crude stereo from draining a battery perhaps?

Which got me thinking.  We have the ISO harness for when we put the new stereo in.  I checked the 12V live to the stereo with the multimeter, and discovered it is ignition switched.  My understanding is that modern stereos need both a permanent and switched live.  Is that the case?  I’ll have to delve deeper.

As the battery had been on charge, we put it back on the van, and eventually got her started.  Turned her around (in advance of the future job of removing the windscreen), but didn’t get it on camera.  Feels like there’s a bit of a fuel issue – could be because the tank is nearly empty, but I also want to take the carburettor off and service it at some point.

Here’s a little video of me driving – it does move!  Unfortunately in doing this I discovered the exhaust downpipe is still fouling the steering column.  Need a bracket of some sort to tighten that flange connection up a bit more, and increase the clearance between the two.  Humph!