Terminating the engine compartment

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Finishing up the engine compartment on Squeaky Toy

After being side-tracked doing some interior / exterior upgrades to Wun Tun Zoop I turned my attention back to the Squeaky Toy project

See that project here

This morning I took some time and attacked the engine compartment. It was mostly wiring but there were some other things that needed to be addressed. All the wiring has been strung but I hadn’t gotten around to terminating the connections. This allowed me to  re-bundle some of the wiring.

A major portion of this segment project was the front light harness. It is now an all on system. Meaning I am bypassing the whole running lights only to running lights with headlights scenario. Mine is all on or nothing. Including the sport lights. It does make it a bit simpler but it all comes from a single feed to a single point. So a multi-point terminal block and a multi-point ground block got the job done nicely. They are now located on the driver side of the radiator core support. All where they are easy to get to and easily maintained.

Light ’em up and watch the gauges!

Another section that got finalized was the gauge / ignition feeds. Not a big thing but still needed to be finished. I managed to locate my original coil mounting bracket. After a quick cleanup I gave it a nice paint job. And after a bit of rummaging around the goodie bins I found a new chrome Mallory coil. With the new coil mounted on the driver head face it was a nice wiring run with the oil sender and water temp wires.

Some smaller things were cleaning up the distributor clamp and bolt. And I fit the new heater hoses to the pump and intake. It became obvious that the heater hose routing on the new Edelbrock intake would work better with a 90 degree elbow intake fitting. So that is my shop stuff for the morrow.

While we are at it

One side bar item was that we had decided earlier in the project to install a rebuilt distributor so I went shopping online and while I was on the O’Reilly webshop I stumbled across a clearance on AI Cardone distributors! Mine was $22! Plus a small shipping charge. I fluked into a bargain. It is on its’ way!

All in all it was a productive day

It was a bit warmish but I just took it slow and took a lot of liquid breaks. I decided to quit around 3ish. So now it is a shower and Captain Morgan. So long for now. Consider yourself updated.

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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!

 

 

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!

More 70 wiring progress

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I finished the trunk / rear light harness

Rear Harness

It was a bit of work with all the new lamps involved but after adding a couple of two-pin connects on each lamp housing I was then able to finish the interconnect wiring and the primary pigtail bullet hookups. I still have to wrap and secure the harness but the big part is done.

Front Harness

Now I can finish up the front light segment. Which will be easier since I will be using the Mach-1 grille mounted sport lamps as my front running lights which leaves the lower turn signals to be just turn signals. And for now at least we are simply running low beams on the headlight system so it will simplify the headlight wiring to an on / off scenario.

More to come! Stay Tuned!

A productive weekend. Wiring and ladder racks!

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Yesterday was crappy but today turned out great!

So after making some nice headway on a couple of projects I am giving my hands a break and relaxing inside with some refreshments and a long list of Robin Trower jammin on the PC while I write.

The HD Ladder / Roof rack rails for Wun Tun Zoop

Wun Tunn Zoop

Wun Tunn Zoop

But I did manage to finish up what I started yesterday between rain showers. namely the fabrication of the “hybrid” ladder rack mounts. A kluge of the Weatherguard base / gutter clamps and the unknown HD rack rails I acquired for free. With some measurements in hand I set about drilling the bases and the adapters to be bolted together. Pretty uneventful. Once I got it all mocked up I decided to drill for an additional bolt for stability. With that done a quick assembly with new hardware and it was off to the van for a final fit.

The only good part about these roof racks is they are certainly sturdy. You can interpret that as heavy! And working by myself was arduous. But with some creative thinking i was able to get them both up on the roof and in place. Then with a bit of finagling with the adjustments I was finally able to tighten everything down. So they are super solid! And at least I can move on to another project.

70 Mustang wiring

Race Car Swith Panel

Race Car Switch Panel

Just another chapter in the continuing saga of rewiring the 70. This part was actually backtracking and labeling the wires that I ran previously! Not a real biggie but I had some memory issues as to what I had wired where. So I got some milk carton material cut a couple of dozen rectangles. Then I took a hole punch and punched one corner of the plastic “flags”. Then it was simple task to use a permanent marker and mark the circuit and zip tie it in place! Now my brain doesn’t hurt quite so bad trying to  remember ” Is it the red one or the green one?  “. So I have been able to make more headway connecting into the new switch panel and the gauge pack. Lots of good progress here.

But I could only do so much before my hands begged me to take a break. So I did. So here I am filling all of you in on my progress. So that is it for now. More to come I am sure. STAY TUNED!