Steering Column Shroud


Shroud Fitting

When lining up the dashboard blank for fixing, I decided to make sure the steering column shroud fit properly before drilling any holes in the bodywork for the dashboard fixing bolts... Luckily I did as there was some work to do to make the shroud fit properly. The aluminium shroud that goes around the stalks and ignition key was not sitting squarely when held in place by the front shiny plate and the two bolts. This was because there was undue pressure being put on the bottom of the shroud causing it to not fully seat property. Essentially the pressure was making it sit skew-whiff.

This wasn't an issue and I could have left it... But I knew it was there; and as the two stalks and the ignition electrics block are contained within the shroud, it made sense to make sure everything was lined up and spot-on.

The problem was. On the underside of the ignition key cylinder, just by the brass steering locking mechanism cover, there was some excess plastic and a protruding bolt-casting on the steering column that, in a previous life, supported something meaningful. However, these are not necessary for my build so I cut them off to make the shroud sit properly.

What an utter kerfuffle... Necessary though, as I wouldn't have been happy knowing there was something not 'quite' right that could have a million to one chance of causing [over time] unnecessary pressure on something important.

  

 

Excess plastic and bolt-hole casting protrusion that needs removing

 

Cast bolt-hole casting protrusion and excess plastic removed, and all is nice and flat now.

  


Shroud Upholstery

The steering wheel shroud was covered with the same vinyl as the dashboard. 

Quite a good exercise in fitting this, as there were a lot of curves, holes and fiddly bits.

Fixed the covering on in stages: 

    1. Stuck the covering to the outside (not wrapping or sticking it around any curves), and let it dry for at least 24 hrs
    2. Trimmed the joining seam and glued that in place 
    3. Shaped and glued the front edge, letting it again dry for 24 hrs
    4. Shaped and glued the back end, again letting it dry for 24 hrs
    5. Then finally, I cut the hole for the ignition key and contoured and clued around that       

 

Trial fitted the chrome front panel and I’m quite pleased with the result…

   

Am really glad that I had a practice before I fit the good stuff (post IVA)