Squeaky Toy – Just a refreshing update

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If you haven’t seen Squeaky Toy in a while then here is your chance to see the project.

I have spent a lot of time trying to finish up the wiring on the 70. But I have been cleaning up a bunch of stuff as I go along. But this is just a batch of pics of the current state of repairs on this project. Enjoy!

Are you done yet?

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Scarecrow seems to be my biggest motivator lately!

He was watching very intently from the console as I was doing some wiring on the 70 today

ScarecrowIs ReadyToGo

I have been playing catch up the last couple of days. Trying to figure out where I left off in the fall. I have a good idea where I am in the project now.

Scarecrow was pretty much on my shoulder the whole time I was working under the dash. I guess he is my quality monitor. I guess he thinks I need to get finished with the wiring ASAP! I did get a major portion of the dash wiring completed. All the under-dash gauge and gauge lighting wiring is done. Along with the engine gauge feeds. The stop light switch is plumbed. As is the turn signal switch.

The rear harness is in and now it is a matter of connecting the front and back turn signals in. As far as the running lights, sport lights and headlights they are all being plumbed to come on all at the same time. On or Off! That’s it! And I am opting out of high beams all together.  When was the last time you used them? I don’t. So this is easy.

So, after a day of writhing around on my back under the dash of the 70 I took a break and went out for a cruise on Woodward in the 65. It was about 4ish so Woodward was packed with rush hour traffic. But no biggie! I’ve done the Dream Cruise a time or two! So a nice go round from here at 9 mile up to 16 Mile and back down to 9 mile and I was relaxed and the 65 got some exercise.

Now is Captain Morgan time! A bit of Captain Morgan, some peanuts and a big bag of Eric Johnson on the music box. This is nice!

More later! See ya!

 

 

Simply dashing!

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The new 70 dash panel is completed and installed!

70 Mustang Coupe

It is now Ready for some wiring

I finally got around to fabricating the dash insert for the 70. I have had the the sheet stock and pattern done for a bit. I just had other stuff, like this goofy thing called the WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE, going on. So yesterday I grabbed all the pieces parts and had at it. Most of it was tracing and cutting. Then it was time for the hole cutting. Not earthshaking but tedious. Getting a snug fit for the gauges is daunting but doable. Then it was time to mount it to the previously fabbed drops on the dash.

A bit of creative tracery and all the baselines were marked. Then it was figuring out the fastening. Since I have a whole pile of 1/4-20 screws that was the selected weapon of choice. Drilling the panel then progressed to drilling the dash braces to match. Then I decided to drill and thread the risers rather than through-bolt and nut. The panel is not heavy, only 3 gauges,  but with 3 supports it’s way solid. Once it was all fleshed out and all the edges finished I went ahead and gave it a nice scuff with 240 and followed with red ScotchBrite for a brushed look finish.

I have already cut the trim panels for finishing out the dash so I can now attack the wiring. All of the primary wiring is all laid out and tagged so it will be just a bit of standing on my head under the dash to complete most of the final connections. Hopefully I can start on that this week.

I do have some other stuff to do like installing the new retro hairpin style hood and trunk pins and lanyards. And some refitting the rear seat delete panels. And a fire extinguisher mount. And there may be a steering wheel change to gain some extra room. Butt just more things to do. Stay tuned!

Got my pins and lanyards!

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I got my Spectre hood pin kits and vinyl coated lanyards

In my quest for an old school street look I got frustrated after looking at the all the local stores for some old school hairpin style hood pins and clips and plastic coated lanyards. They all had to be ordered in addition they were a bit pricey. The ones i liked were by Spectre part #42563 for the pin kit and Spectre part #4264 for 24″ coated lanyards. I found that I could get them online also. Not really surprising but still a bit pricey. What I found to my suprise was after going directly to the Spectre website these same parts were 1/2 the price and they offered free shipping on orders over $10.00! Yep! I said $10.00. When was the last time you saw that? So I went ahead and got 2 pin kits and 2 lanyard kits. All for the same price as one of each normally. And free shipping to boot.

The reason for two kits is that I am now using one pin for a trunk hold down. So now I will install the pins for the hood and finish up the pin for the trunk lid. All of them are a simple R&R. That is my project for the day. Them out on Woodward tonight.

The new iEquus gauges are here and ready to get installed

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Well… kinda ….maybe…. sorta

In the stand alone panel and waiting for a home

GAUGE SELECTION

I selected a small a variety of iEquus gauges for this project. They actually look pretty nice with the white face and  a brushed aluminum trim ring. I got them all at my O’Reilly store. I work there so it makes it nice. A Trio of he big 2 5/8″ white face electrical gauges for the water temp, oil pressure and voltmeter. Since the gas gauge is only available in 2″ I have a matching white face version of that. The tach and speedo are the big guys. The only piece of this puzzle I had to get elsewhere was the three hole 2 5/8 gauge panel. I could have ordered it through the store but I was able to get the same iEquus panel online for half he price!

new iEquus gauges

new iEquus gauges

A small side note: The speedo is actually a dummy from one of our displays. For my needs the tach is sufficient. But as long as the illusion exists we let it be.

THE PROJECT

First I have to fabricate the harness for the electrical gauge senders and the backlight hookup. Not a real biggie just a project. With all the big 2 5/8 gauges in a single standalone panel that harness should be pretty straight forward.  A to B. With just a trio of long feeds [oil, water, and volts] to the engine. And since there will be no dimmer on the dash gauges it will be even simpler.

Now the new custom dash will be pretty easy also. I have the panel pattern fabricated and I am fitting the 3 gauges into their new homes.There is a bit of finagling to do around a couple of sub braces The dash insert will have a big tach, a big speedo [a dummy actually] and a 2″ fuel gauge. That’s it for gauges. A couple of small LED turn signal indicators and we are good to go

09-13-15 UPDATE

Gauge harness and hood support

I have the gauge sub-harness complete. The primary wiring for the panel is pretty redundant. All get fed by a hot, all get a ground, the lighting is the same a hot and ground. The only external feeds are for the oil pressure sender and the water temp sender. I did separate the leads for the gauge back lighting so it could be triggered by the light switch. So a simple 6 wire hookup handles it all.  It looks like the gauges will reside in the middle of the dash under the new switch panel. Easy to see  and out of the way.

And while I was up and at it today I fabricated a simple swing down hood support. I got tired of the ole stick on the core support trick. A single hole in the front core support filled with an support OEM grommet served as the base and I trimmed an adaptable hood support rod to length. A rubber cap goes on the end. The only missing piece is a lip to hold it in place when it is down.

Busy day but productive! More to come.

 

Gentlemen! Be seated!

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Seat bases for the new JAZ seats

JAZ Poly Seat

JAZ Poly Seat

I spent a good part of yesterday fabing a second seat base for the JAZ racing seats for the 70. I finished one a few days ago and mounted the seat and installed it on the passenger side. It works like a charm.The seat height and rake are very close to the stock highback seat. The only down side is it is a bit more cumbersome to get into because of the raised sides. But still very doable. The only concern is the knee height. It is elevated from the OEM seat and will be a bit close on the driver side. [steering wheel clearance] I will take a look at it once the new seat base is done being fabricated.

I built a simple platform to bolt on top of the factory sliders. The crossbars between the rails were pretty straight forward. The platforms themselves are re-purposed  conversion van seat bases. They fit the rails perfectly! And a bit of trimming on the side rails clearing the slide release mechs and it is a nice simple fit. I did not get around to the drilling for the eight seat mount bolts but I may get that done today. I have the drill pattern from the first one so it should go quickly.

So on it goes! I really had to quit working on them a bit earlier than expected because my hands were killing me! Old age sucks! So Ii put the tools away and took a break. for the rest of the afternoon. I have to work today but after I will give it a go again.

I will post some pics when they are installed. I still have to get my seat belts and fab a spreader bar behind the seats for the seat belt anchor but I am working on it!

More to come!