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#5876 mcmillonbe

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:06 PM

Went to the scrap yard and picked up a 4ft x 8" section of sheet metal to weld in behind the rear bumper.  Cost was under 4 bucks.  Will be getting the new rockers tomorrow and the rear wheel arches next Wednesday.  The current rockers are rusted through pretty good, will take some pics before cutting it out.  Should be getting close to paint in the next several weeks.  Glad to have access to a real air supply as my 30 gallon Harbor Freight compressor doesn't have the beans to run the DA sander for very long.



#5877 Subaruist

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:24 AM

I've been wearing a whole lot of rubber off it's tires, and scratching up my bed with everything slamming up against one side and then the other, and then against the cab or tailgate - and that's just when I'm looking for a parking space! lol.....



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:46 AM

That does sound like fun,I understand the excitement. However, you must remember most public roads are tools for safe, efficient means of transportation.

 

They are not race tracks. If you want to "drive it like you stole it", please be aware of your surrounding have the respect for your car and others around you.

 

This is simply a reminder. Have fun!


Edited by 81EA81, 26 April 2014 - 11:47 AM.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:21 PM

Gave it a good cleaning and finally got the drivers rear as good as it's going to get, it's ok I think I can deal with it:)

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Still need to re paint my wheels and find the plastic trim on the drivers side little window but it's coming along:)

And here is my other vehicle, not a Suby but equally as neat:). Have a good weekend guys!!!!!

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Edited by Discombobulated, 26 April 2014 - 02:22 PM.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:50 PM

So my GL has never had a speedo cable, since it has bigger tires the speedo would read wrong anyway. So I'm solving it the hard way! I'm gonna put a VSS in from an EJ in the trans (because they thread right in). I'm gonna swap the guts from some speedo into the GL cluster (shouldn't be too hard), and to top it all off I have a digital readout. It will show mph, an odo.

I can feed calibrated data to the speedo, so it should read right. It has another screen for tripA and tripB with mileage exact to the thousanth for TSD races, and of course a calibration screen.

In the pic the LCD looks kinda crappy, it's actually really readable with nice contrast.

Also I'm not using that gigantic 40 pin chip, there's a code compatible 18 pin version that's on its way. In 2 weeks when I'm back where my GL is currently living, I'll throw it all together, calibrate it, and enjoy the awesomeness :)

 

I'm just feeding it test data that should be fairly close to what the car will give it driving down the road.

 

 IMG_0613_zps9d143788.jpg

 

I'd also like to note, for all you nerds out there. No, I'm not using any floating point numbers, it's all integers :)


Edited by 987687, 26 April 2014 - 04:52 PM.


#5881 MR_Loyale

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 05:55 PM

So my GL has never had a speedo cable, since it has bigger tires the speedo would read wrong anyway. So I'm solving it the hard way! I'm gonna put a VSS in from an EJ in the trans (because they thread right in). I'm gonna swap the guts from some speedo into the GL cluster (shouldn't be too hard), and to top it all off I have a digital readout. It will show mph, an odo.

I can feed calibrated data to the speedo, so it should read right. It has another screen for tripA and tripB with mileage exact to the thousanth for TSD races, and of course a calibration screen.

In the pic the LCD looks kinda crappy, it's actually really readable with nice contrast.

Also I'm not using that gigantic 40 pin chip, there's a code compatible 18 pin version that's on its way. In 2 weeks when I'm back where my GL is currently living, I'll throw it all together, calibrate it, and enjoy the awesomeness :)

 

I'm just feeding it test data that should be fairly close to what the car will give it driving down the road.

 

 IMG_0613_zps9d143788.jpg

 

I'd also like to note, for all you nerds out there. No, I'm not using any floating point numbers, it's all integers :)

 

And of course you are going to post the schematic and parts list for us nerds, right?  Is that a micro-controller with some custom code?



#5882 987687

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:25 PM

And of course you are going to post the schematic and parts list for us nerds, right?  Is that a micro-controller with some custom code?

 

I might, there really isn't much to it. Most of the stuff on there is for my own diagnostics reasons. Really it just takes a signal from the VSS through an optoisolator, has a few lines to the screen, probably 3 buttons, and an output to the gauge head. Most of the magic is inside the pic and my firmware.



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:40 PM

Finally got my pugs on The Dirty Sock!!!! and they are the awesomeness!

 

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After:

 

 

And then went and got it dirty!!!!!!

 

 

 

overall very happy!!!!! im going to plasti dip the pugs soon just to see how i like them in black! will post pics then



#5884 SmashedGlass

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 06:21 PM

Finished my headliner this weekend, pretty simple to do and not too expensive. Decided to NOT go with the crazy fabric though, just plain-Jane black headliner material from Joann Fabrics, and glued it straight to the old liner since it was in great shape (other than a few rips, gouges and stains) and still stuck like Chuck onto the board. 

 

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Would've been nice to have had an extra set of hands on that project!!! I used 3M Hi-Strength 90 adhesive,  you don't have much working time with that glue; you can see a few spots where the material didn't get pushed down quick enough, I'm going to have to figure a way to get something in those spots. Still, looks 100% better than the old light gray with stains and rips original color.

 

Then got to thinking about how hot it is in my car, so early in the day already down here in Florida (was 90+ at my house today). There is no insulation above the headliner--at least there wasn't in my GL, I don't know about anyone elses 3d gen--so I looked into what I could do quickly and inexpensively to help mitigate and insulate. Went to the local Lowes and picked up a roll of Reflectix double-bubble reflective insulation for $16, carefully cut it to fit each section and wedged it in to the stiffeners of the roof. 

 

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The aluminum furnace tape wasn't really necessary, but I like to be sure. The more rearward panels were wedged so tight that the tape is on them more as insurance that they won't move at all and make noise if the body of the car flexes. May continue with putting this on the inside faces of most of the plastic trim pieces, I have plenty left from the roll.

 

Going to look at getting some Frost King closed-cell foam insulation from Home Depot for the outer skins of the doors next, sort of an inexpensive but good compromise between insulating and noise reduction.



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:29 PM

Hey smashed, that headliner looks good i like the way ot turned out although i must say i was hoping to see some crazy a$$ pattern up there haha. Damn good idea on putting the insulation up there before the head liner that should help cut down on road noise and some of that florida heat? I can't imagine 90+ right now...it snowed here today.

#5886 MR_Loyale

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 10:44 PM

I took it on a trip up Hamma Hamma Rd in the Olympic National forest. I had never been there and always wanted to explore this area. Anyone looking west from Seattle can always see the gorgeous snow capped Olympic mountains. They become accessible in the spring. I had never been up that way and always wanted to do so.  I was driving the 101 loop around Hood Canal so I figured I'd take a little detour up Hamma Hamma Rd into the Olympic National forest. It was a paved road, nice sunny day and the roads were nice and clear  so what could possibly go wrong?

 

It was a nice paved road for about 8 miles and then it went to gravel. Then it narrowed and the pot holes became more and more frequent. Heck there was even one pot hole where someone had put a pole with a big red flag on it to alert drivers how deep it was. Then the relatively flat gravel road gave way to a barely one lane wide narrow rocky road as it winded its way up the mountain. I should have turned around, but those steep gorgeous snow capped peaks were now visible right in front of my windshield and I was drawn like a moth to a streetlamp at night. The road was slightly wet but no snow on them.

 

Finally I reached the end of the road as it terminates on the other side of a bridge that is about 100 feet above a snow fed river and falls below. In the pic below, you can see it looks like there is a guard shack and I was expecting a ranger to be there collecting fees. Turns out it was a toilet. As I crossed the other side, I saw two fellows in a large heavy duty truck with the most dumbstruck look as my little Subaru FWD sedan crawled into the parking area.  "Kind of a bumpy ride wasn't it? " one of them said to me as I got out of the car. "Never thought I would be off roading" I replied.

 

It started raining/sleeting so they left and shortly after I left as well.  It was a fantastic little trip.

 

 

I ended up at the Mildred Lakes Trailhead #822.

 

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Here is a pic I took looking over the bridge

 

 

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The snow capped mountain looking from other side of the bridge:

 

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Edited by MR_Loyale, 27 April 2014 - 11:18 PM.


#5887 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 11:17 PM

Finished stripping the parts car to get rid of this week. Fixed the blown out fuel pump feed line on the turbo. Sat down and fabbed up a steering rack mount and hung the front sheet metal on the Brat this weekend.



#5888 SmashedGlass

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:12 AM

....Keepin' them darn critters outta me bits.

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Swung by Dollar General this morning to pick up food for the kitty (and cinnamon rolls for me) when I came across an aluminum "disposable grill cover".

For $1.50, and the fact that aluminum is even easier to work with than chicken wire, you can't go wrong. No more nuts and butts acccumulating under the air filter!!



#5889 SmashedGlass

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:45 PM

And.........after waiting for that damn blistering orb in the sky to get behind the trees (so that I just melt, instead of fry, in this sticky heat) reinstalled the new headliner and the 'super black' upper trim pieces.

 

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Two things: having an assistant would've really helped, and if any of you ever tackle recovering your headliner......wrap the material over on the front AND back edges. I didn't wrap it at the back, figuring the gray rubber trim piece would cover it, but as you can see over to the left side for some reason that trim doesn't lap over very well, and the cut edge of the liner is showing  :banghead:  Going to have to try to get some adhesive brushed up into the channel on the rubber trim to help keep the liner stuck in; had I wrapped it over in the back as I did in the front, this wouldn't have been an issue.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 08:49 PM

^^that looks great! Thanks for doing that with the pics, I am ready to do mine, the tips provided are really on point.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:59 PM

Nice idea with the insulation. I'm going to do that now also when I reinstall the interior. Gets to 45 degrees Celcius here sometimes...



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:01 PM

Any little bit helps, I figure. It may not be a drastic heat reduction, but there was NO insulation from the factory.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:03 PM

So my GL has never had a speedo cable, since it has bigger tires the speedo would read wrong anyway. So I'm solving it the hard way! I'm gonna put a VSS in from an EJ in the trans (because they thread right in). I'm gonna swap the guts from some speedo into the GL cluster (shouldn't be too hard), and to top it all off I have a digital readout. It will show mph, an odo.

I can feed calibrated data to the speedo, so it should read right. It has another screen for tripA and tripB with mileage exact to the thousanth for TSD races, and of course a calibration screen.

In the pic the LCD looks kinda crappy, it's actually really readable with nice contrast.

Also I'm not using that gigantic 40 pin chip, there's a code compatible 18 pin version that's on its way. In 2 weeks when I'm back where my GL is currently living, I'll throw it all together, calibrate it, and enjoy the awesomeness :)

 

I'm just feeding it test data that should be fairly close to what the car will give it driving down the road.

 

 IMG_0613_zps9d143788.jpg

 

I'd also like to note, for all you nerds out there. No, I'm not using any floating point numbers, it's all integers :)

Can you send me a list of parts please? And like others have said a schematic. And is it configurable for km/h?

In fact, make a new thread :D (and post the link ;))

 

I need to do this in my Hyundai as I'm installing the engine, trans & wiring from a later model car that has electronic speedo, and the cluster doesn't fit in the hole in the dash.

Wanna ditch the central mount speedo & put the tacho there (where it should be on a race car :P). This would be ideal to put over to the side where the tiny tacho normally lives.

 

I know this is prob sacrilege, but my Sub is too good to waste on a track :P


Edited by wagonist, 28 April 2014 - 11:04 PM.


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:05 AM

Can you send me a list of parts please? And like others have said a schematic. And is it configurable for km/h?

In fact, make a new thread :D (and post the link ;))

 

I need to do this in my Hyundai as I'm installing the engine, trans & wiring from a later model car that has electronic speedo, and the cluster doesn't fit in the hole in the dash.

Wanna ditch the central mount speedo & put the tacho there (where it should be on a race car :P). This would be ideal to put over to the side where the tiny tacho normally lives.

 

I know this is prob sacrilege, but my Sub is too good to waste on a track :P

 

I'll put together a more comprehensive post when I have more time to work on it. The next two weeks are crazy for me, I'm waiting for parts in the mail, and it'll be a couple weeks till I'm actually back where the car is currently parked. I have pretty much finished writing the firmware, I have an auto calibrate mode etc all done.

 

And sure, why not. I see no reason it couldn't work with km. That's just a 16/10 scale factor on everything.

 

Also as I said before, there isn't much for parts, most of the magic happens with the firmware I wrote.

I can post a schematic if I ever make one. Usually I kinda just hook things together, draw a scribble or two, and solder it up... I'm pretty unscientific about the whole process...



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:26 AM

Ok, so a friend of mine told me there exists a product called the VSS pro that does something similar? I don' know, it sounds expensive and I didn't look it up. BUT what I did do is try to mock them as much as possible, because this is built out of all stuff I had laying around (I have weird stuff laying around).

 



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 01:09 AM

Today it was finally hot enough to need the AC. I put the fuse back into the AC circuit. I had removed it during winter and it for an extra 2+ MPG. Well today was really hot so I figured it was time to see if the AC still works.

 

I started the car and cranked it up. After 10 seconds of squeal the AC chilled up and keeps it icy cold. That was great.

 

But then in the mailbox, something else finally arrived:

 

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:34 PM

Concerning your UAV(Urban Assault Vehicle) - Nice urban Camo paint job!



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:43 PM

I will be posting pics soon, but so far I have scrubbed and practically chiseled the solidified dust/sedimentary deposits from much of the interior, replaced the exhaust, pos. battery cable, wheels, seats, and hell, I can't even remember the list anymore; but tomorrow, a new starter...

Next I have to get around to removing the 2 - 3 inches of red dust, top soil, leaves and needles, etc. from the cab floor and from the pick-up bed (which also has potting soil as well).

I have bought or ordered cool seat covers, dash cover, floor mats, etc. to make the inside tolerable, along with a lot of other niceties.

I also got uppity and ordered blue reflective widow film with either 20% or 40% reflectivity, not sure because its from China and they can't write descriptions too well on Ebay, lol..

I was hoping to do a lot more, but my mad money for this project is quickly running out...



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:44 PM

I always go to superbright LEDs, but the LEDs in my 91 Toyota have the same bulb and they don't dim either, so it must be the way the dimmer switch works. Is this in the brat? I wonder if the dimmer is different...
Anyway these are the bulbs I ordered..
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Yeah, I have ordered and received some of these, I just need to get my original circuit board back so I can put them in.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:16 AM

That does sound like fun,I understand the excitement. However, you must remember most public roads are tools for safe, efficient means of transportation.

 

They are not race tracks. If you want to "drive it like you stole it", please be aware of your surrounding have the respect for your car and others around you.

 

This is simply a reminder. Have fun!

 

I do put a priority on knowing where other vehicles and objects are, so that I can either (A) miss them, and (B) decide not to pull a stunt because there are too many witnesses, lol... Safety?!? - Safety?!? SAFETY KILLS! lol...






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