One of the first items that I had looked at for the interior was the seating. When visiting kit car shows I had seen several types but the interior space for fitting seats in the Fury is quite tight and so this narrowed down those that I could use and also I wanted full height seats that had holes for should belts to go through. Intatrim do the Oddysey which is a narrow seat or Cobra do the Roadster 7. I had looked at the Intatrim seats a Stoneleigh and guessed they would fit as the seats were quite narrow but didn't feel particularly comfortable. Many of the Furys I saw at Stoneleigh had the Roadster 7 seats fitted and felt good to sit in.
Doing some research I found a Cobra Seta distributor who was on my way home from work so arranged a visit. When I popped in to speak to them the original version was no longer available but they allowed me to bring home the new version to check the fit. The fit was fine and the seats looked good but at £470 each I would have to look out for a second hand set.
Eventually after continuing to watch several Cobra seats on E-bay I managed to win a pair for less than £200 and they are in pretty good condition although they do have yellow piping but I'm not too worried about that, I just needed to buy a set of runners to fix to the base.
Once the body work had been placed in position and the location of the wiring roughly decided I could start to think about how I would make the dashboard
Heater and Wiper Motor
Once the wiring loom position had been finalised I started thinking about installing the components required to go behind the dashboard and also the elements that would make up the actual dash units.
With the body style I was having which has a windscreen, I needed to source a heater that would demist the screen. The original idea for a Fury was to use the Mini heater but these are a bit scarce now and also being quite a large unit a part of it would be sat in the engine bay and for the IVA test, the air that is drawn into the cabin must not take the air from the engine bay so it would have to have air pipes directing into the heater unit. The solution in the end was to use a very compact unit designed and made by a UK company, T7 designs. this micro heater unit can sit between the dashboard and bulkhead and provide heating for the screen and also air into the foot well. I also bought the bulkhead connectors from them too which are neat lightweight aluminium joiners.
Another item that needed to be installed was the wiper motor, again this is based on the original Mini/Lucas item and readily available. Mine was purchased through Car Builder Solutions and comes with the required wiring connector, tubing and wheel boxes required. The only issue I had when fitting was that for the intermittent wipers to work I had to install a variable resistor into the wiring loom. I don't have a way of making a symbol to indicate what the resistor does for the IVA test so for now I have place it behind the center consol panel and will install on the panel once through IVA.
One last item I did before starting on the main dash board panel was to mount the relays and fuse box on the left hand side just in front of the wiper motor. This will be behind the panel I intent to cut out to cover this point but will just have a couple of screws so it is easily accessible.
With the last items now fitted behind the dash board and the wiring loom fitted in place I could start to think about the main dash board panel. The original idea was to use the fibre glass top panel supplied by Fury Sportscars and maybe an aluminium front panel or plywood. In the end I have ended up with a hardboard top panel and waterproof length of MDF board for the main dash panel.
My original idea was that I was going to fit dial gauges to the car and keep it a retro look but getting those to fit and be viewable behind a small steering wheel in the Fury was always going to be difficult. After some research I found the Acewell dash unit had many of the features I wanted including many of the lights required for IVA and was small enough to fit (just) behind the steering wheel but getting that to work with the fibre glass dash top supplied was not. What I ended up making was a hardboard top which is light and flexible and looks good once covered in vinyl and adding the necessary cutouts for the demister vents. This sits roughly flat along the top of the dash board except where the dash rises to accomodate the Acewell digital dash. The hard board top is cut out there and I made a surround out of Fibre glass and again covered that in vinyl to match the top.
Making the dash board I thought was going to be easy, just cut out the shape from a piece of MDF and cover with Carbon wrap, how wrong I was. Overall I made about five until I was happy that the cut out for the Acewell dash was in the right location, the mounting points were in the correct position and the general shape was right. Once happy I make a cut out for the oil pressure gauge, one for the Acewell dash function buttons. These are duplicates for the ones on the front of the dash unit but are difficult to reach once the unit is installed so these are sort of a repeat function plus lap time facility. At a later date I may look at incorporating these onto buttons on the steering wheel.
While I was doing the dash board I also covered the centre console panel and tunnel cover panels in the 3D Carbon vinyl wrap.
For the centre console panel I made an aluminium panel and some side brackets that would allow the panel to be installed at roughly 45 degrees. On this panel are the switches for the Radiator Fan Override, Fog Light and Heater Fan. Wiring in these switches caused me more headache than I thought they would due to the fact they have an LED bulb in them and the circuits they were switching were switched earths and so would only light when switched OFF. In the end the only way I could cure this was to have the switches, switch a relay and now they work as they should but it shouldn't have been quite so difficult. After the IVA I will also put the intermittent wiper variable resistor on the centre panel.
Once the main dash panel was in place and all the wiring was sorted I could finish off the rest of the interior. The two side areas which were just fibreglass panels I covered in a rubber backed carpet which made things look a bit neater and then all the edges were trimmed with aluminium edging strips. These were applied as there is a need at IVA to have a minimium 2.5mm radius edge on panels and edges.
For under the dash board there is also a requirement for the IVA test that the lower edge is covered with a soft material or of a minimum radius of 19mm. To make sure I complied with this I made some fibre glass curved panels that attached just behind the dash board panel and covered these with some foam matting followed by some vinyl trim. It has finished off the lower edge of the dash board really well and fully complies with the regulations.