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  1. #76
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    Marten your work is OUTSTANDING !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Nice work there Marten.

    Understand the wiring part. I'm adding modern side mirrors to one of my sports cars. I am adding remote controlled mirrors and turn signal lights from the mirrors to the car. Trying to follow all the wires under the dash while upside down looking up isn't what I would call fun.

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    Red face

    So, apparently I was doing some of the wiring wrong. You should not use those crimp on connectors as they come loose. You should solder all connectors. Lesson learned. Anyway, had my brother come up a couple of weeks ago and gave me a lesson in automotive wiring. From there I was able to finish things off for the most part. Got to 95% with only power windows and seat to do. Need more wire. So got to start testing things out. Connected battery, check. Make sure everything is grounded, battery to motor, motor to frame, cab to frame, all check. Plug in ONE fuse at a time and try things out. Lights first, hold breath and pull the switch. Got this first shot.
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    Moved on, tested electric fan, turn signals, 4 way flashers, bumped starter, dash lights. All worked
    spent the rest of the day walking on air and cleaning up making the wiring neat using that plastic loom stuff.
    My kids surprised me with this as well. Was always a joke/in the plans to do but never shared it with anyone except my kids. The truck is as much Corvette as Ford so I thought it would be cool. Held on with tape for now for pictures. Will be on after I paint the truck.
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    Thanks for checking in.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    I took 4 years of high school drafting, 4 years in a wood working course in high school, 2 years of collage for a technician program that had drafting as a component to it. Our youngest son spent 3 years to become an architectural technologist. He has friends that are graphic designers, I have access to the latest design software and people and technology all free and this is what I did. Running board design. Looking for something different that what the factory did. Also wanted to tie the running boards into the fenders better, exp. the rears that were reshaped.
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    And the console
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    Now I can order material and start building for real.
    CAD, cardboard aided design. way cheaper than building with real material and if you want to change it, well reach into the recycling box.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    Looks like I missed a couple of pictures for you guys to see. Here is the wood in the box with the strips.
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    And now for a moment of your time. This project was picked up in the southern end of New Hampshire on April 2, 2015. My phone tells me that. Looking back, I had no experience, no tools, no welder and very little knowledge. And boxes of parts. I was completely overwhelmed by that but in some odd way very excited. 6 years later of which there were almost 2 years where I did nothing at all with this truck. A long process of looking for a place to live, moving, fixing the old house, fixing the new house. In the 4 years I have learned so much. I have bought a few tools, nothing fancy, just what I needed. Did some reading and watching you tube. I am now waiting for a few shipments to come in of stuff I have ordered. Hoping to have some of it this week, the rest next week. Covid has slowed the shipping thing down. Pricing have gone way up as well. These parts should give me enough to get a safety. Well except I need to figure out the exhaust system, who does it, what to use. I am super excited to get a chance to start and drive it, if only on the driveway. There are times of extreme highs, learning and doing something new. Having success solving a problem, etc. There have been times of extreme lows for a variety of reasons, lack of experience, bad info, etc. But......when I get that way, I have to stop and look at where I started. It has been an amazing journey for sure. Some will read this and think so what, but for me an amazing deal.
    My hope/wish is that as I post this build I can inspire someone, perhaps you , after all your still reading, to do something, try something, take a risk. After all what is the worst thing that could happen.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    Looking great! Keep posting the pictures, it inspires all us car/truck guys.

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    From cardboard to plywood. Once I had a plan, I bought a sheet of 3/4" plywood and transferred the design over. Still ended up with a bunch of trimming to make it all work. Had a lot of it together in mock up form and my architecture son comes in, looks at it and suggests I should put some cherry wood in it to tie into the box. New plan and that is how I have a cherry piece as a cap. Need to figure out where to put the 2 window switches and the 2 power outlets. Opinions welcome. Every thing fits but just. This is a small truck compared to today's trucks.
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    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    i try to think about ergonomics and function when adding things like that. think about what might be a comfortable position to use the switches without having to look. like the vertical area right below the armrest lid. if your arm is on the rest maybe your fingers could reach the window switches without looking. i do similar things when laying out operator panels for equipment. i always put emergency stop and common function buttons where the operator doesn't need to look at it, but can find it quickly by feel.
    a power port might work well on that vertical surface too if you think you might have something sitting in the cupholder while charging. i'd put power ports inside the console too. then you can hide things that are charging up.
    b marler

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    Been a while since my last update. The struggle bus showed up and has taken me on quite a ride. The hood hinges I have, have not worked well. Finally decided to go with a forward tilt hood after a bunch of reading. That was to solve the problems. Took the hood apart and in the process broke a reinforcing part. Patch things up and started putting in on the truck. I am having a hard time getting the fenders, cab and hood to line up. The fenders will be coming off to see if I can get it, but needed to take a break from it. Here it is now.
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    The console has been another struggle. I like the way it is turning out but getting the power window switches in has been a problem. After 3 attempts I call the manufactures tech support line. Got told they don't recommend those switches as they don't stay put. We suggest these other switches, and we can sell them to you at cost. Great more money, shipping and duty costs, grrr.
    No pics of that right now.
    I did get seatbelts installed, thanks to my son who was up for the weekend. That was a success.
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    Working on the interior door locks. Took a bit but I finally got it after much planning and figuring. Cut up some metal and painted it with Tremclad rust paint.
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    Good thing I cut some extra holes in the door and have not patched them up. Welded things in place. Took the connecting rods I saved from the donor door, re-bent them, connected A-B-C-D. The horizontal bar you see there is a bar that connects the interior door handle to the lock.
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    Success, it works, happy dance.
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    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    Because the site only lets me do 5 pics at a time I have one more thing of success. With the help of my brother via phone calls I got my interior lights to work. This part of the electrical is different then the rest of the wiring, hence the struggle, but I got it.
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    Needed to mount the light using these special fasteners.
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    Thanks for peaking in. Now back to work.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    Default Yes sir...

    LOOKING GREAT!

    Amazing to look back at how far you've come so any obstacles now already have the solution in your mind.

    Keep in mind (I know you know this) that would be 5 pics per post so if you have more to show, just hit "REPLY TO POST" and show 5 more.

    Have a question: What is that seat from (looks MC to me)?

    Well, thank you for the update and whenever you post, we'll be here to enjoy, view and admire the progress. Enjoy the weekend!

    Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    LOOKING GREAT!

    Amazing to look back at how far you've come so any obstacles now already have the solution in your mind.

    Keep in mind (I know you know this) that would be 5 pics per post so if you have more to show, just hit "REPLY TO POST" and show 5 more.

    Have a question: What is that seat from (looks MC to me)?

    Well, thank you for the update and whenever you post, we'll be here to enjoy, view and admire the progress. Enjoy the weekend!

    Henry
    Thanks Henry.
    The seats come out of a '90's (I think) Monte Carlo SS. Wandered a pick and pull yard looking for something. Was thinking Dakota seats but any that were there were junk. Started looking at everything else that was clean, firm and comfortable. That narrowed it down a lot.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    Thanks Henry.
    The seats come out of a '90's (I think) Monte Carlo SS. Wandered a pick and pull yard looking for something. Was thinking Dakota seats but any that were there were junk. Started looking at everything else that was clean, firm and comfortable. That narrowed it down a lot.
    Thank you kind sir! I had guessed that seat and below is what I originally said to you:

    "Have a question: What is that seat from (looks MC to me)?"


    Notice, that's what the MC meant to you in my question!

    Keep up your great work. At least now you see lots of your efforts coming together as you intended (until you change it!)

    Henry

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    i know about those hood hinges. i had a '56 ford pickup years ago. it was really a collection of parts harvested from here and there. it was actually the first vehicle of my own that i painted. i had been doing collision work and some custom stuff for many years, but never did anything of my own till that one. i wish i had some pictures of it, it was fun to build. that was my first time frenching in tail lights. it looked so cool with a pair of '59 caddy lights in each rear fender. it's still in my area, maybe i'll have a chance to snap a pic some day. i bought and sold that truck many times, maybe it'll come back to me again...
    anyway, i think you did a good thing with the tilt hood. a lot of guys do the whole clip. getting all that metal lined up is a real chore for sure, and those unruly hinges were a real battle. i got mine to line up finally, but i always had to to a trip around the truck to push down the back corners of the hood. once down they stayed in place, but it always annoyed me.
    b marler

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmarler View Post
    i know about those hood hinges. i had a '56 ford pickup years ago. it was really a collection of parts harvested from here and there. it was actually the first vehicle of my own that i painted. i had been doing collision work and some custom stuff for many years, but never did anything of my own till that one. i wish i had some pictures of it, it was fun to build. that was my first time frenching in tail lights. it looked so cool with a pair of '59 caddy lights in each rear fender. it's still in my area, maybe i'll have a chance to snap a pic some day. i bought and sold that truck many times, maybe it'll come back to me again...
    anyway, i think you did a good thing with the tilt hood. a lot of guys do the whole clip. getting all that metal lined up is a real chore for sure, and those unruly hinges were a real battle. i got mine to line up finally, but i always had to to a trip around the truck to push down the back corners of the hood. once down they stayed in place, but it always annoyed me.
    Nice to hear TRUE & GOOD stories @ wakeup on a Sunday morning.

    And with & about you and Marten puts 'whipped cream & a cherry on top'!

    Listen, you didn't take pics because you left your 'cell phone' home!

    Henry

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