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  1. Apr 29, 2017 #481

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    no, that is an old sectional couch. the hide a bed part was broken so we hauled it out, but the rest of it was still ok so we put it out here in my garage. but that is a little console for collecting garbage and hair and dirt. at least it doesn't seem to suit any other purpose lol.
     
  2. Apr 30, 2017 #482

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    I had to add the new decals since I got the thing started.

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    not yet, it hasn 't stopped raining in days. I just about had to fit a snorkel to my jeep to get through the mud puddle in my drive this morning. it is supposed to stop raining this afternoon and be dry the next few days so hopefully I will be able to take it out soon.
     
  5. May 1, 2017 #485

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    It was forecast to be dry here today, it is still raining and it is almost noon. Supposed to get another inch tomorrow night.
     
  6. May 4, 2017 #486

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    well, I took it out for a test drive yesterday. everything seemed fine to start with, it was running great, no weird noises, no leaks, no pinging. I did a couple acceleration runs to see my boost gauge show positive boost, and it smoked the tires very nicely. then after a little while of driving around I started hearing a slapping sound. i stopped the car and popped the hood, and the new serpentine belt I installed, not the supercharger belt but the other one was shredded on the inside edge. there was like a long string Just hanging off the inside edge of it. I pulled that off and drove it home carefully. keeping the rpms down. I put it back on the lift so I could look underneath. I can't see anywhere that the belt could be rubbing. I don't know what happened. I bought a new belt this morning so I will have to swap it tonight and see if I can figure out what happened.
     
  7. May 6, 2017 #487

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    well, it turns out my new smog pump eliminator was out of alignment. I had to shim it with 2 washers to get things lined up properly so the belt was wanting to jump the track. took it for a test drive and everything is working great.
     
  8. May 6, 2017 #488
    So, I guess when you buy tires you're going to buy 8 at a time...2 for the front and 6 for the back...
     
  9. May 7, 2017 #489

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    I may have to. I took it for a drive yesterday just around town. it is cruising pretty nicely. I got on it once or twice but it needs some tuning so I am just going to drive it like a grandma for a while to make sure everything is working right and then after I get it tuned I will see what she will really do.
     
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    Make sure you know the number of a bail bondsman.:flames:
     
  11. May 8, 2017 #491
    Got to catch MG first.....:flames:
     
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    Ask Havasu, it is hard to outrun a radio.:D
     
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    Yeppers, but it does happen occasionally.
     
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    That is usually a deep subject.:carcash:
     
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    Espicially with a shallow mind like mine.
     
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    well, I haven't driven it much lately. I have my dyno session scheduled for the 22nd. next monday. I will probably have to pick it up tuesday, and we are apparently in monsoon season here so we will have to see.
     
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    I finally got the ol 89 over to the dyno shop yesterday. We knew we needed to swap to a cooler spark plug, but we did not know which one to choose, so we were not surprised to hear that on the first run it had some detonation at WOT. also I should have drained the fuel tank before I started this project, but I didn't. I had over a quarter tank of 87 octane in it when I finished the install. I filled it with 91 but I know the fuel is a little low on octane. it still made right at 400 hp at the wheels on a mustang dyno. he said he had to take quite a bit of timing out of it to prevent detonation, so I am sure it would do a bit better with race fuel, or even pure 91. regardless I am satisfied. with the AOD, and the mustang dyno I would guess I am already getting dangerously close to 500 hp at the crank and this is a stock block engine. so I am pretty happy with the results. It was also cool to see another foxbody guy this close to me. he had several in the shop undergoing some pretty major modifications

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    well I guess I was pretty close. it was right at 100 horsepower gain at the wheels. the same guy, same dyno same time of year. so I will call this project a win now on to the gauges ggrrrrrrrrrrhhhh, I hate wiring lol.
     
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    I finally decided to tackle the gauges. man have I mentioned I hate wiring. well I bought this gauge package because it had this nice plug and play harness that plugged right into the stock wiring harness. I get the gauges and they sent a universal wiring harness. not happy. I called and talked to them. apparently they stopped making the plug and play harness, but still advertise it with those pictures. that is pretty dishonest if you ask me. they did offer to take them back and refund me, but all the other instrument clusters for this car also just come with a universal harness so I while I would get the satisfaction of not giving them my money, it would not help me out any so I decided to keep them. I am going to give them a scathing review however. anyway I finally decided to tackle it. there instructions suck by the way. they tell you how to wire up the universal harness to the gauges in the cluster. gee thanks all the gauges come with instructions then the instructions literally say to use an electrical tester and probe the wires and wire the vehicle side wiring to the correct wires. :eek::eek::confused: no pinout diagram no help at all in figuring out wich wires go where. I finally found a decent diagram on line to help me get some idea what wires go where. I did a bunch of research to make sure where the wires go. I ran new wires for the oil and temp sending unit. after buying the setup and reviewing the wiring for the electronic speedometer I discovered that wiring an electronic speedometer to this car frequently causes problems with the cruise control since this car had a composite speed sensor/speedometer cable unit. so I decided heck with it and bought a gps speedometer like what I have in the yj. then I just cut the speedometer cable off at the sender and left the speed sensor in place so that should not affect my cruise control or my idle because the computer uses the speed sensor in adjusting the idle as well.

    so once I figured out all the wiring I test fit the cluster.

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    then I decided since I have the dash apart and my stereo never worked the way I thought it should. ( I always had to open my phone and push play on my phone to get the blue tooth to play instead of just pushing play on the remote, and the microphone for the hand free calling never worked) I decided to swap the stereo and the front speakers. so I waited for crutchfield to send me some new speakers and stereo. crutchfield stuff is always good. the speakers fit perfectly, but for some reason the wiring harness adapters would not fit onto the new speakers so I had to cut the positive connectors off and put new ones on, but no big deal.
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    then I wired up the new harness adapter for the stereo. pretty straightforward, all plug and play pretty much. the wires are even the same color, so not hard. plugged it in and it worked fine first try yeaah.

    ok. so after that I decided I should test all my connections on my instrument cluster and everything worked except my gauge lights. I had forgotten to hook up the instrument light wire. no big deal just pull off four screws, find the correct wire and t-tap it in. turned on the light switch and it worked, adjust the dimmer, it dims and brightens just like it should. then I started the car and the stupid instrument lights came on. they are not supposed to do that lol. It was getting late. and I was aggravated. I tested the wires, couldn't find anywhere that I had a crossed wire, no reason that there should be any current going from my 12v to my dimmer circuit. but there was. I decided to work on something else for a while and so I started modifying the housing to fit the new cluster. that was a major PITA as well. once I finally got it to fit reasonably well it was late and I quit for the night.

    Oh I almost forgot. I also was told by someone I should get a wide band o2 sensor since I had the supercharger on there so I got one and wired it and my new matching boost gauge into the new pillar pod.

    so I was talking to my Dad at supper tonight and we were discussing the light issue, and he asked me about the stereo install. I did not really think that was the issue at first because while there was a dash illumination wire on the wiring harness adapter, the new stereo did not have one so I just left that wire unconnected. but that got me to thinking when I wired up my pillar gauges there was a t-tap attached to the dimmer switch so I just pulled that tap and wired my new gauges and that wire together and plugged them back in. I did not look to see where that original wire went. it turns out it was a park brake wire. when the old stereo was installed apparently they bypassed the park brake by running a wire to the dash illumination wire. when I plugged the new wiring harness in somehow that wire was still connected to something so I just removed it. now everything works properly.

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