The “original” TR6 trunk liner calls for this ugly cardboard material used to dress up the sides of the trunk. There is also a piece that hides the tank. In my case I wanted to try something a little different. Something more modern and durable.
There is a local automotive interior supply warehouse close to where I live. This is where I bought the sound deadening carpet backing material, the carpet and the black plastic material I used for the trunk liner. This material is easily cut with scissors, although I used a shear (normally used to cut sheets of metal) to get crisper edges. In order to form this material one can use a break and this plastic has enough “give” to make some very sharp edges. The result looks very neat and is a zip to make. Take a look at the driver’s side trunk panel:
I made the edges just a tad longer and this fits quite tight. On the top side (near the trunk gasket) it fits quite tight and once you lower the gasket over the edge it actually helps support the plastic liner in place. The greatest advantage is that on the back of the trunk it helps hide all the wires going to the tail lights. You can see that more so in the next picture:
The pièce de résistance in the cargo net. I know, not “original” but it is not only very attractive but also extremely useful. Since I don’t have to carry a spare TR6 worth of parts and a full compliment of wrenches, I have a bit more room than the average British car owner ever dreams of having. For example, when I make a quick run down to the grocery store I can put bags in there and the contents won’t go all over the place. Similarly when going to a car show, I’ll put odds and ends in there. A quick search on eBay will yield you a plethora of suitable options; that is where I found this one. There is an elastic strand at the very top that holds the thing in place and on either side are two special hooks that catch the ends. You can see that in the first picture above.
Here is the battery box. This is all aluminium and there is a Red Top Optima dry cell battery inside. These batteries are not cheap, but offer many advantages over all the others. I’ve had this one for several years now and it is as strong as the day I bough it. You can see in the background the same plastic material I used for the rest of the liner.
On closer inspection you can see two more details…
- To the right of the box is a thick cable. This is the same kind of cable used for leads on a Miller TIG welding machine. In this case, this is the heavy ground cable clamped to the negative side of the battery. This cable goes through a rubber insulated opening in the floor of the trunk and the end is securely bolted to the frame. This gives the body a hard ground. Up front, in the engine compartment there are two more similar cables. One is tied directly to the engine (grounding the Ecotec) and the other is tied directly to the body (making the body ground too). Without solid grounds your electrical system will fail.
- On the left of the box you can see a silver plate. Bolted to it are two circuit breakers an three relays. The circuit breakers feed the relays which in turn supply the a) fuel pump, b) stop lamps and c) reverse lights with power. I’ll have more about bowtie6‘s electrical system in a later issue.
And there you have it. One thing about doing work like this is to think outside the box. With so many modern materials available it is a shame not to use them.