ugh, not again already

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:23 pm

cbeck wrote:
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:41 pm
Front end all together except for shocks. Some kind of mumbo jumbo concerning the shocks, supposed to ship from bilstein ca within 2 weeks. Started laying out the front wiring harness. Not much changed there except for the dash bar being 3" taller, and the wires being 3" shorter.Bought some $5.99 led strips. As supplied adhesive is already failing. 1 strip for a plate lite and 2 for a dome lite.
cbeck, sorry about the late reply as I have been gone for a week.

For several reasons I don't think I would put those strips on the underside of the tubes, especially overheard (not completely comfortable with the side mounts either. As you have said: the stick-em has already started to let go; if they fell at the wrong time they could end up being a problem because of the potential of them getting in the way of your driving. At least I would put some zip-ties to tie them in place.

Another reason might be that the overhead strips are mounted to the front of the cage in your rail, ahead of where you might be sitting so there is the potential of when turned on at night (especially) the intense(?) glow could reduce you vision potential by shining in your eyes or washing out your gauges.

Try this: if you have done it already, darken the garage, sit in the seat and turn them on to see what, if any, problems that may come up.

In the old days hot rod light buckets were located in the front of the rail and were mounted down low things were on (the size of the script OK is proportional to what OK means) but when additional lights were mounted on the top of the cage then the lights reflected back to the driver off the chrome (or even painted) buckets and as well the AL beams especially if polished. Some guys used to mount lights on the cage's A-pillar cross-tube that the gauges and/or steering used which had the same reflection problem (when there were light buckets in the front of the rail). Granted things have change and things have changed so now there are additional things to think about :shock: .

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by cbeck » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:39 pm

All I am lacking electrically is the neg battery cable, hope to test systems tommorrow. Never had the back of the headlite reflection with the 3 lires that were on top. Cross that bridge when I get there. Also hope to fire engine tommorrow.

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by cbeck » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:39 pm

Chasing electrical gremlins all day, those little effers are quick :? Started the engine today, still has that lean idle popping and snorting. Will get some bigger idles when the flaps reopens after the 21st. Haven't really started tuning yet, started with a change to 140 mains before the carbs were installed. Think the bigass dash blocks any chance of reflection for the driver. :shock:

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:37 pm

"Think the bigass [sic] dash blocks any chance of reflection for the driver."

Possible... interesting if it does... I hope so. Wait until you are bouncing around in the dark.. then that will tell for sure.

Since I get motion sick very quickly in a rail I haven't been able to witness the problem first hand and on the move but I have seen it from standing around one and listening to the comments. I once had some nasty bright lights on the front of my glass buggy and got complaints from those in front of me that not only washed out the sand and the lumps and bumps but took a lot of their vision away so the problem did exist (I got them from J C Whitney a bit over 20 years ago. They were the strongest they carried at the time). I think the airplanes flying over mistook the beach for a landing area and thought my lights were the landing lights of the airport :twisted: . They were honking bright and got very hot.

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by cbeck » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:37 am

Still moving forward.
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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:53 am

Looking good!

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by Leatherneck » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:03 am

That is a good looking rail

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by cbeck » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:33 pm

Aw, shucks :oops: Now I get to go backwards and figure out why the clutch aint clutchin. Engine is ready to come out after taking out the 4 nuts/bolts. Think everything else was dealt with in under 15 minutes. I suspect I knocked a clip or 2 loose. Did find a place for my buddies name, and got the cage cleaned and primed. Going to turn my daughter loose on 1 roof panel, after she makes him a little more buff with a anchor tat on the opposite fore arm from the mom tat.
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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by cbeck » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:42 pm

I can almost get excited. Brakes kinda bled, engine cage on, mo safety inspection done, and progressive will give full coverage.
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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by Leatherneck » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:00 am

Congratulations, you have done a bang up job on this one.

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by chuckput » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:36 am

Leather, you should know better. Don't say "bang up!"

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by cbeck » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:42 am

Just got home with my new license plates. :D

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Post by dustymojave » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:30 pm

Congrats!
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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by cbeck » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:09 pm

Thank you and everyone else. 2 almost drama free rides, about 50 miles. Rolling around on my back tightening the floor pan bolts, I rolled right past the skid plate bolts (what is that rattle?). Nice to be able to roll around under the engine with the deep sump. Need a real muffler. Never had a stinger that was as loud as this side exit. Never had more than 90 hp either. The front end is stiffer than the rear. Going to start adjusting shock pressure in the front and check what the rears are at.

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Re: ugh, not again already

Post by Leatherneck » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:18 pm

If you aren't rattling you aren't moving.

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