13 Interior & Trim

  • Seat belts:If you have a 4 point harness, don’t tighten the bolts to the full specified torque – this will crush the assembly (which has a stepped ‘top hat’ spacer part) and the straps will not pivot. I was advised by Caterham to try a maximum of 35 lbft, (they supplied replacement ‘top hat’ spacers) but when reassembling I tightened up using a spanner until everything was just nipped up and still pivoting.
Source: Blatchat build techniques,originally by Peter – Red Roadsport SV. List rescued by BBL from California
  • Carpet:I used heavy duty double sided carpet fitting tape for interior carpets. So far this has worked fine and was easy to apply – I guess much easier than fooling around with impact adhesive – and it allows the carpet to be pulled away and refitted without problem. The only bit which won’t stay down is the little strip of vinyl trim which raps around the top of the panel behind the seats.
  • Carpets: If I had to do it over, I’d only fit the tunnel carpet – leave the others in the box – they WILL get wet.
  • Attach boot cover and poppers and four point shoulder harness bolts before roll bar. This means leaving the rear dampers off, but it’s on axle stands, so no worries.
  • Use heatshield attached to the foot wells to solve the ‘hot foot’ – melting shoe sole problem
Source: Blatchat

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