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About dimlight65

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  • Birthday 11/14/1965

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    Fort Worth, Texas
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    A Smart ForTwo, a Datsun 1200, a Dajiban, and a Honda N600
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    Cars and guns
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  1. Grokking the picture at the top of this page, I suddenly remembered that at one time I wanted to do an insane "Bigs and Littles" on the Chickenhawk using 295/50-15s. I say you should gopher it!
  2. This project is making me want a '73-ish Gran Torino* Wagon to do the same engine/transmission swap! *Or just about any '70s Ford station wagon, to be perfectly honest.
  3. I had not driven it since Saturday the 14th so I decided I would drive it to work today and tomorrow. Dang, I really like this van! Having said that, we have a problem. As I was hooning down the Dam Road (shakes fist in the air), I downshifted through the gears coming to a stop and heard a disconcerting "CLUNK" from the rear when first gear hit. When I got on the gas again, there was a similar loud "CLUNK" from the rear. I am now convinced that we trimmed too much off of the "black things" that came with the flip kit and now the axle is free to rotate under positive and/or negative torque load. I'm not sure how we're going to fix it, but fix it we must.
  4. The fuel cell I bought for this has a screw-on cap for the filler. The threaded portion of it is something like 2.25" in diameter. The filler neck thingy I installed in the C-pillar, and the U-bends I bought to connect said filler to said cell, are 2". I was thinking I would force a 2" hose over the threads and mate the tank to the filler that way. Well yesterday I noticed a 2" tank filler plate sitting on the shelf. I also noticed that there's plenty of room on the top of the tank to install it opposite the screw-top filler. I rotated the tank 180 degrees and had a look. "Yep," I says to myself, "that ort to work." Out came the tank and I proceeded to drill six mounting holes and a big-assed filler hole in a perfectly good fuel cell. John walked in from messing with his Galaxie, took one look at what I was up to, shook his head, and turned to walk away. After a bit of fettling, we (he did come back in to take the tools out of my hand once he was "done" with his project for the day) managed to get the thing mounted and bolted up. A bead of black "Gorilla Snot" to seal the questionably drilled mounting holes, and it's done. I dropped it back in the car, rearranged the feed, return, and vent fittings and I think I'm happy with the solution. Of course, I just realized that if the fuel is full up into the filler neck, opening the screw-top filler on the other end of the tank is going to make a hell of a mess. Well, we'll just have to refrain from doing that, I guess.
  5. There were questions as to whether or not this thing was going to be sucked into the big bumper hole at speed. *Spoiler* It was. So today we added a wee magnet inside the loop to hold it in place. THAT appears to have worked. And we (ok, John) washed the rest of the black schmutz off the roof.
  6. I actually went to the shop by myself on Saturday to get the van for a project Sunday. I was in a hurry when I picked it up so I didn't look at swapping the switch then though. After driving across town and consulting with the folks involved with the Sunday event, it was decided that the van was not going to be necessary after all. I decided that since I was halfway between the shop and home, I'd go ahead and return the van to the shop. This time I did think about looking at swapping the switch. I didn't do it, but I thought about it. So, to make a short story long, we will install the switch Wednesday, as John said.
  7. So, if this thing is ever used offroad (which is not terribly likely to be brutally honest), it could get stuck somewhere (which is actually quite likely, to be brutally honest). This epiphany got me thinking about a wench. She used to drive her car into all kinds of... oh, wait. The voices in my head are telling me it's the other homonym of that word: winch. Sorry. So I'm thinking about putting light-ish duty receiver hitches front and rear for a receiver-mounted winch.
  8. So I replaced the blower motor resistor while waiting for John to show up Wednesday evening. That was not what was causing the problem. I got the old fan out and the squirrel cage removed and was grokking how to make it stay on the new motor when John arrived. We decided a test of the motor was in order before going through the ass-whip of reinstalling. It didn't spin very fast at all. "Hmm," we says to each other, "shall we try the old motor?" This we did and the results were the same. Then we got the bright idea to hot-wire the motor straight to the battery. Yeah, when that sucker tries to go from zero to light-speed instantaneously, one had better have a rock solid grip on it. This was a thing which we did not have. The squirrel cage bit John while the motor housing caught my finger. Not much blood was lost, but it sure hurt like a bastard. So we now know that the fan motor(s) is (are) good and so is (are) the resistor(s). Oh yeah, swapping resistors didn't make a difference either, by the way. John begins an interweb search for answers. Turns out the switch in the dash is a known problem source. Guess what, go on, I'll wait. Um hmm, my fan speed switch in the dash, the one which would be a real piece of piss easy to replace, is bad. I have one on the way to try Saturday.
  9. I know us, it is a good thing this car doesn't drive right now or NONE of those things you just fixed would have gotten done. Bravo my friend. Well done.
  10. As mentioned a post or two back, the HVAC is being... problematic. We have a blower motor and resistor on the way so we can get tucked in to fixing that issue. I'm beginning to think that if we can civilize this thing enough, it might become my daily driver. Of course before that can be, we need to figure out that CEL about the "secondary water temp over-voltage," or whatever, that I think is running me a tad rich. While 11.6 miles per gallon isn't terrible, it is a far cry from the 35* MPG I get in the Smart. *Which is NOT indicative of normal Smart Car mileage because I drive like an asshole!
  11. As mentioned in the Dajiban thread, we're not going to use the light bar I bought for this project. We are, however, going to use three sets of 5" round lights on the roof. What we're thinking is to put three across the front of the roof rack and three across the back. The two in the middle (one pointing forward and the other back) are just spotlights... or floodlights, I don't remember exactly but it doesn't matter. The other four are the opposite of whatever the middles are (spot vs flood) and have amber halo fog lights. These halos will be wired into the turn signals! The front spot/flood combos we'll wire together, possibly with the 7" and 9" pushbar lights, while the rear facing spot/flood combos will be wired to the reverse light switch. Oh, and I also built a mount for the fuel cell yesterday.
  12. We... mostly John, popped in a set of 1" thick spacers behind the rear wheels today. Then we... again, mostly John, rolled the fenders with an baseball bat for some anti-shredding insurance. The "Hippo-On-Rollerskates" look has now been vanquished! Also, I've been freezing my ass off while driving because "the HVAC doesn't work." Well, once I actually TRIED the damned thing, turns out it DOES work... after a fashion. The fan blows just the slightest hint of a whiff of air... but boy howdy, is it HOT air!
  13. Looking at it, one would think that it would spread a fan-shaped swath of light out in front. It is much more of a spotlight though. And as John said, it is way more affectation than for real use. As for my lie about posting pictures... I still haven't fingered out how to do that here. Who is URL, why does he spell his name so stupidly, and why does he have my pictures?
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