What a b
h of a job ! The TVR specialist that provided the hose also offered a complimentary packet of swear words, all of which were used.
It seems the length of the copper pipe varies between cars depending on either the mood of the fitter or available supply of pipe at the factory. Suffice to say the feed pipe on my car was only just reachable.
Tips for the future.
If you cant visibly see the copper pipe down the front of the bulkhead take the car the car to a TVR specialist and pay them to do the job. Also if you are right handed.
The pipes that eventually came off were 7mm diameter, replacements 7.3mm. Replace with the larger bore and proper fuel line clamps.
The originals were fitted (crushed) with jubilee clips which caused the leak
Unfasten and move the coolant pipes out of the way, you may lose an egg cup of fluid, also the connector to the stepper motor. Plenum stayed on.
Unbolt and move the bonnet lock mechanism for the pipe tucked neatly behind the rear of the rocker cover.
Buy a very long reach slotted screwdriver to get at the jubilee clips and long reach 6mm socket on flexible extension for the replacement fuel line clips. Long reach 12 inch pliers and second person to hold the copper pipe when refitting the rubber hose
Silicone spay and cup of very hot water to soak the end of the replacement hose will give you a fighting chance of getting the hose onto the pipe. Used mates cup of tea, it was Earl Grey, so the rubber didn't effect the taste.
Remove the bonnet (30 second job).
I did contemplate replacing the copper piping with stainless steel and extending the length to tuck neatly at the back to the engine below the plastic screen base. Maybe next time.
If you are a gynaecologist by profession and used to painting the hallway through your letter box you will love this job.