I am back again.
It was this time last year when I kicked off the Project Elise Type R. A year on, I am still tinkering with it.
Next job, replacing my rusty boot release cable. Now, although you can buy the electric kits from various sources, due to the price, I opted to make my own.
1. Christmas card ( for templating work)
2. Aluminium plate (for mounting)
3. Central locking actuator - 6Kg
You should be able to get all the above for about £20.
Before I started any work, I had to decide the location of the button. There are several options in this, but the one that I thought to be best for what I was looking to do was to place the button on the door jam on the driver side. This would mean that the button could stay 'hot' at all times, but would require the door to be opened before gaining access.
This was pretty straight forward as its essentially two circuits, separated by a relay. One for the actuator and the other to the switch.
Now, I was initially going to use a bit of aluminium I have in the garage, however after a quick chat with a friend of mine, he was up to helping me out with fashioning something in his workshop.
So, by using a Christmas card, I templated my design and measured it up to ensure that the holes and shape worked as I anticipated.
Measuring up against the aluminium...
I am pretty happy with that!
Now, me being me, I couldn't just leave it there. I decided to add a power socket and an LED rechargeable torch for the boot and when you need to see in dark places
Installation on to the car.
I had to remove the rear wheel and wheel arch liner to provide clear access to the route from the boot to the driver door side.
The speaker pod also needed removing by removing one screw and pulling off the velcro.
Drill the hole to the boot...
Removed the blanking plug to the cabin...
Masked the area to be drilled...
Pushed the cable for the switch through. Note the hard protective cover over the cable.
And a few minutes later....
Then installed the setup in the boot, including the isolating switch for the charger. I am quite happy with that.
So, the question is, does it work?
Yes!!! The pull is very positive and with no doubt that it would open the boot even if its a little stuck.
I am going to use the original cable as an emergency release, should anything go wrong with electrical system. Apart from that, I think I can call this a job done!!
It's been some time since I completed this mod, however it has taken me this long to find someone who would do a little logo for me to indicate where the boot release is.
So, thanks to Kosmo (Andy), he was able to get my exact requirements cut and sent out to me. I understand that he is pretty flexible and will be able to pretty much make anything to requirement.
I got it stuck on...
Job done once again...