Arrival Day

It’s arrived! A surprisingly small converted Transit van backed down my drive at about 9:05 on Wednesday morning with a red and platinum Caterham 360 on board.

Chassis resting on transport frame

Chassis resting on transport frame

Engine secured on flatbed.

Engine secured on flatbed.

Along with the big items above came 4 large cardboard boxes with gearbox (visible above in the box with the big “50kg” written on it), rollbar, weather gear and most of the exhaust in them. Everything else was neatly packed into smaller cardboard boxes, about 11 of them. Oh, and some random stuff chucked on top of the fuel tank/boot.

Unpacking took just 20 minutes, including a big cup of coffee for Ian, the driver, and a fair bit of chat while we worked. Once concern I had was getting the engine into the garage. I’ve got a gravel drive and could not see how it was going to get from the bed of the truck onto the floor of the garage. Fear not, Ian had a small trolley and a winch arm mounted to the lorry. In two ticks it was down on the trolley, then we manhandled it through the gravel and up into the garage. Sorted.

Once Ian had set off, I found myself staring at the piles of stuff and the paintwork. Oh, the lovely paintwork.

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…lovely, lovely paintwork…

Engine

Engine

…and alloys…

Engine feature with wheels

Engine feature with wheels

…and the badge…

Badge

Badge

Some hours later, I started the inventory of everything delivered.  Brilliant news, I don’t think I have any significant shortages. Well done Caterham. [Update : Actually I’m missing the front uprights caused by supplier issues in the Caterham supply chain. As at 23rd October I still don’t have them] After staring at the paint for a bit longer, I put the fragile stuff away (nose, wings, bonnet). Then set about the first easy job: mounting the steering rack. I identified all the components, including the right bag of fixings, then a spent a bit looking at the lovely machined clamps.

Clamps for steering rack

Clamps for steering rack

I love the detail on them; the 7 logo reminds me I’m doing something special here.

 

2 thoughts on “Arrival Day

  1. Don’t get too carried away. Any advise will be happy to give. I have just built a 420R with a dry sump, engine and box go in together feed box down tunnel it will not go up from under the car, remove thermostat housing at rear of engine, alternator and engine mounts to do it easily.

    Only pussies tape up their cars, (don,t forget to IVA all holes at front)

    Regards Robin (Lotylise)

    • Cheers Robin. I’ll no doubt be calling on your expertise, thanks for the offer. I have to say though, I’d rather be a pussy than put a big ding in my paintwork 🙂

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