As a task to break up the wiring, riveting isn’t really the best. Still, I realised I didn’t need access to the footwells any more so on went the side panels. These basically add protection as water and small debris could find its way inside the tub from underneath and the rear arches.
It had been a while since I fitted a panel, so I’d forgotten just how much drilling was involved. I regretted two things, not charging the battery on the drill, and only having the one battery! The air rivet gun made fixing them on a breeze though. Pun intended.
If you are using the FW bonnet with standard (ZK) rear, do not do these steps! The bonnet is fitted first, this will be covered in a later post
The dash hoop is in a different place on the Mazda SDVs, so the tub needs trimming a bit. It will need to go back a bit in this photo to achieve the 400mm measurement at the rear.