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Documented: The 1970 FF-1 Project car...
Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:25 PM
What I would have done is basically replace all the wiring, one wire at a time. You can color code it to original if you're so motivated to but on the last one I built, I used a generic selection of wiring colors and then wrapped the whole harness back up. Probably would have never known unless you tore the harness back down.
Sounds like wires are corroded and causing problems, especially with the blinkers. Corrosion will make everything work slower, especially on the grounds.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:20 PM
There might be an issue between the front driver and front passenger corner lights, so I think I'll un-wrap everything and inspect that to be sure...
But the problem with the lights going on with they key in the ignition is something I did for sure. There was a wire that went to the interior lights on a separate strand of lights from the main or rear harness. I traced everything and figured out those wires went into the black wire on the key switch so I taped it and basically completed the circuit I guess. I used the wiring diagram to figure that out.
But now, if I take that wire and plug it into the key wire bypassing the key switch, those corner lights and tail lights come on without the key even in the ignition. So basically thats a live wire (don't know the correct term) that I connected to and I presume I have to find another wire to connect to.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 06:26 PM
Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:38 PM
Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:45 PM
There are the two corner lights, each one with two connectors, but the driver side has 2 wires feeding one connector. I basically just took that spot routed a wire to the passenger light, then took the other connector from the passenger light and routed that back to the driver side.
The light came on, but dimly like before, and didn't blink with the hazards on same as before.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:18 PM
Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:22 PM
Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:38 PM
Posted 18 August 2011 - 06:04 PM
You can see the wire I connected to the key switch, it has the blue tab thingy that splices into wires, its connected just above the big connector. I used that wire cause thats where the dome wire was connected before I cut it:
Also, had a package show up today I was expecting
Brand new 72-74 radiator courtesy Danny! Looks like its going to fit nicely too:
Note: Its hanging about 2 inches lower than I'm going to mount it, so the radiator outlet on the bottom has more room than it shows here. And if there isn't enough room, there is that overflow bottle holder tab that I can remove to get another 1.5" of space.
The fan, I'm more concerned about...
I don't think I can use the EA81 fan. I think I have to get a thin 10" fan and mount it flush to the radiator not to the brackets on the top/bottom. Those brackets stick out about another 1/2" from the radiator itself which gives me a bunch less room.
Anyway, I'll work on getting it mounted these next couple days, worry about the wiring after thats done and I know which fan I'm going to use.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 05:28 PM
I took some pre-measurements to see how much room I had on the radiator, and decided to make templates for the 9" and 7.5" SPAL fans. Here are the results:
I think they will BOTH fit. The 7.5" is small enough to actually go above the water pump which sticks out so much, so that won't be a problem. And in this photo, I don't have the bottom brackets made yet so its not mounted 100% and actually the bottom of the radiator will be slightly farther from the engine so there will be even more room.
Now my question is, should I get the SPAL wiring harness to go along with the fan? There are several options, and I'm not sure what to get. Also note the fans and accessories are MUCH cheaper on Ebay than on their actual website.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:49 PM
Posted 19 August 2011 - 09:39 PM
I figured two fans to be safe since it does get hot here, its actually more like 1.5 fans due to the size of the fans. Its also a small radiator too. And there is no room in the front at all, the grill is like an inch away from the radiator and the valence will be even closer.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 11:03 PM
Posted 20 August 2011 - 12:02 AM
That fitting for the radiator, where can I get it?
Posted 21 August 2011 - 08:01 PM
I traced back all of the wires for all the lights, and everything appeared to be connected correctly but I re-connected everything just to be certain and tested the wires for resistance and everything was good.
When I had the key switch wires plugged in before, apparently that was a mistake, they shouldn't have been plugged in AT ALL according to the wiring that I traced. So running it like that it works fine.
As for the front corner light, turns out the connecter did need some help. I cleaned it up a bit, fixed the ground contact, and added some dialectic grease and it works perfect now.
I'm still not certain about the alternator wiring... I think its wrong, but nobody seems to know enough to help.
Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:16 PM
Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:36 PM
I'm currently painting them, so in a few days I can assemble the entire front of the car 100%!
Rear trans mount. Had the upper bracket welded by a neighbor. Doesn't look like much, but it doesn't need to, its hidden way behind the transmission under the car:
Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:50 PM
That mount is absolutely ugly.
You need a better neighbor. One that can actually weld
Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:09 AM
It was free, and free is good. And it works, and it looks just fine now since its painted. But ya, its pretty ugly, and completely invisible under the car.
Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:19 AM
Ship that ugly thing my way. Ill use it as a template to make a proper mount, then ship it back.
Just pay shipping to me for the ugly one. Ill cover the rest.
Id love to have contributed something to this sweet project. Even if it will be 100% hidden.
Just an offer. Let me know if you are interested.
Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:32 AM
Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:40 PM
I've been trying to figure out what to do about my lower radiator hose, and I can't come up with a good solution. If there were a brass 1.25" elbow I'd buy that immediately, but the largest size they come in is 1"
I have found a black plastic elbow, but I'm not sure I should put that in with my radiator hoses.
Posted 24 August 2011 - 08:11 PM
Posted 24 August 2011 - 08:27 PM
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