Now that the engine has oil, I turned my attention to the electrical system—getting the battery fully charged and connected and the rear “hatch” secured.
But first I’ll put the front floorboards in,and,they don’t fit! At least the middle floorboard won’t fit.
The pedal farthest to the right doesn’t clear the slot in the floorboard. I tried to nuance the offending floorboard under the pedals, of course, but no joy! Even my newly discovered expletives I learned from bolting the ground strap didn’t persuade the pedal to “move over.” There is a metal trim plate so simply routing out some wood isn’t going to work and trying to bend the pedal will only invite disaster.
Since these floorboards fit OK before I delved into the Ford Old Faithful Oiler, I suspect maybe the first floorboard—the one with the angle-- might be somehow askew?
OK I took the front floorboards back out and turned my attention to the battery.
I have new battery hold down clamps to install so I removed the old home-made wooden ones and set the new battery in place, so the negative terminal is closest to the ground strap, which I discover is too long and buckles just enough to keep the “hatch” from seating flush with the rear floorboard.
I suspect that I’ll have to unbolt the ground strap and attach it on the outside of the frame channel. Right now It’s bolted to the inside of the frame channel. There looks to be enough clearance between the frame and the bottom of the hatch for the scheme to work, I hope.