The next step was to rework the battery tray / oil bath air filter bracket. This part was not advertised as part of the sale (they are also as rare as hens teeth) and I already knew it would need some rework to allow the shorter oil bath for the raised air intake to fit.
Battery Tray & Air Filter Bracket (Part number: 562929)
First the battery needs to be disconnected and taken out and the 4 nuts and bolts holding the air filter bracket removed. These nuts and bolts have to be the most awkwardly placed fixings on the entire vehicle. It was a lot easier installing it when there was no wing and radiator in place.
Two things need to happen. 1) the strap needs to be shortened to accommodate the shorter filter. 2) the strap needs to be rotated approx 30 degrees
Now for some welding… I do not express to be an expert at welding. I’ve done it before, I understand the basic principals and watched lots of informative (and less informative) videos on how to do it. There’s no substitute for practice however. Practice was carried out on a hapless piece of 25mm angle. Once I was happy I had the power and feed rate of the wire correct I moved onto welding the strap to the tray.
Incidentally, I’m using a Stanley Micromig gas-less flux core MIG welder.
The next task is to weld the shortened strap and tray back to the battery frame.
This was repeated on the other side of the strap, then all of the welds were ground back to smarten things up and the whole assembly given a few coats of gloss hammerite
Next job will be to fit the raised air intake parts on the outside of the vehicle and (very very carefully) cut a hole in the bonnet!