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Dismounted my RR tire and got the sand out from Saturdays ride and straightened the dented rim from the ride up Ajax Wash.

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Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 03:20 AM
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Went out to the garage wanted to put the rear window in still way to cooled out. It only got up to 14 today and it stayed at 30 in the garage. Did not want to run the heater all day just to get it up to 50 or 60 out there Crying or Very sad

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Hey PaDan I'm originally from Arco Idaho so I know all too well about those cold winter days but it will get warmer in a couple of months hang in there!


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Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 07:33 PM
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OOPs! Just discovered I never tightened/torqued my rear axles! I'm shocked I didn't strip out the splines. Wow. Going to continue inspecting for other potential issues etc before the Feb 2nd run.


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Post Post subject: what did you do to your buggy/baja/Thing/Sandrail today?
Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 03:29 AM
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Cleared a couple more To-Do's off:
- Ground the Wheel studs I used down on the inside of the drum to clearance the brake shoe retainer clips. (I had used a fender washer to compress the spring further away from the studs, this was why I never torqued, I intended to grind the studs down, but just never did.)
- Torqued the Axle nuts, tight.
- Re jetted the Weber Carb multiple times and finally found a possible combination that works! I'll have to drive it till it's hot to know for sure, but preliminary results are fantastic (Compared to what I've had). I must have mixed up my parts because one of my emulsion tubes were a #16 (not a normal #) on the Primary Air Corrector. It had much smaller holes than the F66.

Weber Progressive 32/36 on a 1600cc with an Engle 110 cam and DP heads.

Jets - Primary / Secondary
Idle - 50 / 55 (It barely would run when I had these swapped)
Main - 132 / 137 (In Bowl)
Air - 165 / 160 (On top of carb lower half)
Emulsion Tubes - F66 / F50 (Under the Air Corrector Jets, I used a stiff wire to work them out.)

Float is at 12mm Minimum between the top of the float and the top carb half with the gasket on. 45mm Max between the carb gasket and the bottom of the Floats. (Make sure both are the same, mine was tweaked and one was higher than the other.)


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Post Post subject: what did you do to your buggy/baja/Thing/Sandrail today?
Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 05:04 AM
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I wired in a Ford solenoid to the starter as a hard start relay. I burned my forearm this morning, reaching the starter. Enough of that baloney! I hope it works! Someday, the baja will get rewired.

I also exchanged a dead alternator under warranty at O'Reilly's. Great customer service! I sure hope my carbs come in soon- my 30 day registration tag has 9 more days until it expires!


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Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 07:05 AM
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Fixed a vacuum leak, it idles a lot better now.

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Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 03:55 PM
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Ready to start the install of my EMPI lifted spindles and disc brakes for the front of my 69. Kinda of worried about the install as I see many post about problems with the EMPI kits. The instructions are not to good but who needs them anyway? I will see how it goes and hopefully will get this car back on the ground soon.

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Post Post subject: what did you do to your buggy/baja/Thing/Sandrail today?
Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 02:25 AM
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Installed 2 new brake lights, and a ford solenoid to fix the starter woes.


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Post Post subject: what did you do to your buggy/baja/Thing/Sandrail today?
Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 07:12 PM
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Guess I should have started a thread.......

Done.

Picture of before and after under the dash.

FROM THIS:






TO THIS:









Much better I think.

Three immediate benefits. Prior to the redo the car would crank for about 15 / 20 seconds before firing. Now cranks for 2 or 3 seconds then fires right off. Old headlights were brownish /dim in color. Now bright white. Tells me grounds were likely no good somewhere in the nest. Eliminated all ignition / fan noise in the head sets. This is my third car to own and redo / rework. First one guy used extension cord and speaker wires = 100% redo. Second one just had a little bit of clean up and ad ons. This one was 100% excluding harness and will likely swap that out with 3.5 upgrade.

Few things I did a bit different on this one. All cars have had master disconnects installed. This one is in the dash whereas others were near battery. I installed a 100 amp thermal breaker about 4” from the battery just in case something ever happened to the lead into the dash on the disconnect. Also acts as a hidden master switch. I also installed a keyed ignition switch. Not good for sand, but car is not sand only and this gives a little piece of mind for around town trips. If / when it wears out they are cheap to replace. Have one fixture at rear of engine cage. Planed ahead for removal of cage, engine, etc without cutting / splicing / disconnects. From when the car was new to me, added dome lights, lighted whip, lighted license plate, hids, a real beep beep horn, and car to car. Finally, while it was all apart also installed the race optics camera system with intercom audio in so I can video and get audio from car to car and headsets on the video.

On this one everything has a dedicated ground with the exception of a couple of chassis grounds for parking lights. Seems most of the time grounds are an issue, so, it is just not that tough to run a proper ground wire. The primary fuse block has a negative bus and all grounds at the front of the car are ran to it. The rear of the car has a grounding lug and all grounds are run to it. Of course body and chassis are still grounded, but this way I am certain all connections have a good ground and I don’t have to hunt for them. I have two basic looms. One from front to rear with lights, power, etc. And one for ignition / gauges to engine area. Should help if I ever need to get back into it to sort. No wires are run through the body with the exception of two penetrations at the dash that are shielded. Nobody likes chaffing.

I went ahead and used a secondary fuse block dedicated to all things electronic. (Future plans for stereo) Basically it acts as an inline fuse for the radio, intercom and GPS (and soon to be stereo). Was easier to use a second block for that than any other way I could think of. I used the junction primarily for convenience. In the event it ever has to be trouble shot, relays in particular, it will be very easy to do. Also allowed for ease of wiring. Again the goal is for the next person to be able to look and sort with ease. Thinking of adding auto reset fuses. Found them for $5.73 each? Guess one and done is the good aspect? www.wiringproducts.com...eaker.html


Take aways; for anybody thinking of doing this project. One, if you pay somebody else to do it there is a stupid amount of hidden time. Keep that in mind if you think the price is too high. Two, if you do it yourself, find some various color wires. Auto parts stores have limited selection and some purple, orange, pink, etc 14 / 16 gauge will be your friend. Order that up. Had I really thought about it, I could have used smaller gauge wires, again parts stores; not the best bet for wires. Third, plan to spend a lot of time on the project. None of it can be rushed. If you think it is not right, redo it then and there. Finally, find a good wire gauge chart like this one to help determine load capacity and fuse selection.


http://www.oznium.com/forum/topic15761


That combined with amp formula (Watts = Volts x Amps) will help in some decision making prior to the start of the project. If you want to get really fancy there is a way to include length of run in the equation as well. (http://ebtx.com/mech/ampvolt.htm)

Seems as though everything works. Guess it is one of those projects that once you do it; it should be done.

Time to go test it out at the dunes / desert.

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Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 08:19 PM
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Yummi,

Nice job on the wiring, looks great.

Installing new EMPI lifted spindles today and found the passanger side spindle upper ball joint mount a little thin around the seat. Hopefully EMPI will warranty this one. We shall see......VWBOAT

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Post Post subject: what did you do to your buggy/baja/Thing/Sandrail today?
Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 02:30 AM
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Adjusted Brakes, sucked brake fluid from resevoir and refilled with fresh.

Found a way of strapping in my spare tire.

Bought and installed a new battery that's already a year old from Vatozone, seems to work. 2yr free replacement.

Added some weatherstrip for the hood.

Added gear oil. Was way low.

Adjusted steeringbox slop.

Pulled a hole shot in the driveway! LOL Smile


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New Seats


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Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 04:24 AM
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Installed a GoPro, some padding on the rollcage for the passenger and a different CB Antenna.

Excited about tomorrow!


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Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 07:32 AM
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adjusted the brakes. got a new shovel since i left mine the last time we were at the hassayampa. made a mount for my gps. added a second gopro mount to the rear of the car. did a nut and bolt check on everything. topped off the oil. lubed all the grease fittings.

should be ready for a good day in the dirt


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