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    1. 10-02-2012 04:36 PM #51
      Well seeing your motor in got me moving today. I am still waiting on that freakin mount! Can't believe I could find one within a 100 miles of here!

      I am hoping you make it. I don't know how you do it, that's for sure! Keep it up though, it is keeping my fire lit

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      10-02-2012 05:32 PM #52
      Lots and lots and lots of coffee, and very very little sleep LOL

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      10-03-2012 02:30 PM #53
      Maybe someday when my Rabbit is plated and running, I'll take a drive up and check out your truck. Since moving to Orlando, I've only seen one Caddy and I think a Cabriolet. They're really rare out here.
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      10-03-2012 11:37 PM #54
      What part of town you move to?
      I work by UCF, so I go down that way almost everyday..

      And since I am building this as a DRIVER, not a show truck, it will be on the road a lot.. I do admit, some of this did get a little out of hand for what I originally intended...

      Today, not much went on.. Girlfriends birthday was today, so had to go out to dinner tonight..

      Last night tried to see if I could make heads or tails of the belt setup, since its got that busted A/C compressor bolt which will make keeping a belt on it challenging.

      Tried umpteen million different things, and then finally remembered the truck came with like 4 different alternators. I found one of them was a long snout Motorola. I found a belt laying around I think I bought for my tractor that I didnt use, and its perfect. Today I went down to Ace Hardware and bought some spacer material for the pulley, a turnbuckle, and another 10 bucks of sh*t I ended up not needing..

      I took a MkII diesel alt tensioner and cut it and welded it to the turnbuckle eyes. its not real pretty but its better looking than a lot of other Geri rigs I have seen. Fired the truck up, alternator charges, belt stays on but it does flap a little.. I guess for a while I will keep a spare belt and a 13mm wrench under the seat.

      Im looking at probably having a wiring problem though.. The "seat belt warning" light on the cluster is lit when the key is off(goes out when the key is on)... And none of the lights work.. Honestly I havent had a chance to even look at fuses or anything yet though..

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      10-04-2012 08:30 AM #55
      ill deff be watching this one
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      10-04-2012 10:47 AM #56
      I live over by UCF, but work in Lake Mary. I'll keep my eyes open for your truck when it's on the road!
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      10-04-2012 02:13 PM #57
      Oh cool! Yeah I work right near there.. You in Oviedo or Orlando? I drive the entire length of Lockwood to get to work.

      Until then, if you see a 2012 Grabber Blue Mustang GT that looks like its been mud bogging, thats me, LOL The "road" I live on makes it pointless to wash a car this time of year.. Anyone thats been to my house will testify to that...

      It would probably flat out amaze yall that I am even building this thing if you knew what kind of road I lived on. Everyone out here owns atleast 1 truck.. And of the ones that also own a car, I'm the only one who has something that owns something thats remotely considered a sports car or is lowered.


      Here's a shot of a drive to work one morning last month that didn't go so well



      And the same spot yesterday evening



      Although it could have been worse. This is my from my friends "road" about a half mile away lol
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      10-04-2012 02:34 PM #58
      Osteen in the house. keep up the work dude. wish i could help you, im down the road in delrico.
      SOWO

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      10-04-2012 04:49 PM #59
      Hey, Del Rico isnt that far.. Well atleast for me it isn't, since its the closest town for me once I get out of Osteen(since actually going to Osteen is "going to town" for me..
      Your sig says Orange City.. which one is it? LOL

    10. 10-04-2012 04:54 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedOne View Post
      The "road" I live on makes it pointless to wash a car this time of year.. Anyone thats been to my house will testify to that...
      I will confirm this... your road is unbelievably messed up haha.

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      10-04-2012 07:24 PM #61
      I'm in Orlando. You drive the whole way here from Volusia by taking back roads? That must take a day! You are a brave soul, for sure!
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      10-05-2012 11:16 AM #62
      just moved to delrico last year thanks to the economy, spent rest of my life in o.c., so i know where your at, spent alot of time off may- town rd, in the bogs. hope to meet you at the gtg.
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      10-07-2012 11:43 PM #63
      Yep, 5A is about a 20 min ride down the road, and its freakin awesome! I haven't been out there since Memorial Day I don't think but that was one awesome weekend!



      Ended up pullin a guy a few miles in a 8000lb S10 to the parking area LOL.. Powerstroke over all


      Matt, its not that bad really.. I knew people that live in Waterford, and it only takes me like 10 mins longer to get home.. Its only a few redlights, mostly just 55mph driving on two lane roads. I'll take that over a 10 mile commute at an average of 15mph any day. I decided I could live my life based on work, and live in a average house on a tiny lot and deal with nosy neighbors, noise, and crime.. Or I could live where I wanted to and have a trek to work but outside of that be exactly where I want to be.. I can have 100 parts cars on my property if I wanted to, and noone would complain.. I am out running the compressor, grinders, etc at 2am, noone complains. I can shoot my guns in the yard, basically do what I want.. People aren't nosy, but they look out... Like, when you came by that night Erik, you were noticed, even before getting lost. I really like it.. Its like, you would have to be crazy to come around here to do dirt because you should figure that 98% of the people out here are well armed, but if that doesn't deter someone its nice to know that anyone who doesn't live here sticks out like a sore thumb and gets noticed.. And if somehow you didnt get noticed, you got photographed by someone's game cameras.


      Anyhow, Im beyond exhausted... Sure had a full weekend..
      Got the rear axled final centered and welded to the spring perches. New rear wheel bearings and seals installed, rear brakes, shocks hooked back up, fixed the fuel lines where I crushed it loading the truck on the trailer the night I bought it... Also, not necesarily in this order, also installed the new control arm bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, rotors, pads, stainless brake lines I got from the junkyard, bled the brakes, installed the windsheild with a new seal, pulled the rear slider out of my other caddy and isntalled that, got the engine running with the wiring from the truck instead of jumper wires, got the alternator installed ummm... Video link below if you click the pic of the engine...



      Its been hard to get much done... The weather has been SUCKING. Main reason this blows is because the main thing I need to get done is I need to strip and paint the doors.. Stripping the doors requires dryness.. Here is what it looks like at about 4:30pm on the average afternoon.. It should be bright and sunny..


      Oh yeah, disassembled and fixed/cleaned the high beam low beam switch, now my headlights work again. And I did manage to get the doors blasted.. It ended up taking 14, 50lb bags of sand to do it.. The old paint on this thing sucked.. Also had to haul the sand in the back seat of my truck since it was raining so damned much..



      Pic the other night after getting the windsheild in..


      I also fought a bit with the Recaros from my MkII but couldnt get them in.. I think I need to energize the motors and raise them to the high setting to get them in? I cant get them to drop in the tracks.

      Anyhow I did manage to get the doors stripped.. Blasted inside and out. Found 4 rust holes. One on the top of the drivers door, one on bottom of drivers door, and two on the passenger door. The passenger door rust was in the same spot, one hole on the inside one on the outside..
      I cut out all of those rusy areas and welded in fresh metal.





      Inside repair..


      Outside repair..



      I am seriously hoping to get the doors painted tomorrow.. But have a ton of work to do to get to that point.
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      10-08-2012 11:52 AM #64
      powerstroke rule caddys looking real good, thinking of heading up saturday early am, are you staying in the saint friday night? would like to find out what junk yard your sorceing your parts from. hope we can catch up on saturday.
      SOWO

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      10-08-2012 01:16 PM #65
      if you work nonstop, i think you can do it

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      10-09-2012 10:49 PM #66
      awesome build!! this thing is amazing, so nice to see another FL caddy

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      10-10-2012 12:59 AM #67
      Yeah, Im actually staying Friday and Saturday.. May as well make a weekend out of it.

      I'm so effin exhausted..
      Doors, hood, tailight fillers and gas door are now sprayed... They look like isht, but they are sprayed...

      I have 3 hoods, all three of them have been apparantly used for gettin busy at one point or another..
      The doors... Well, they looked straight when it had that nasty ass maroon enamel paint on it.. Now with a base clear...OMG they are freakin wavy..

      Actually the whole truck looks like isht the more I look at it.. This is the first vehicle I have painted in YEARS.. its the first one I have EVER painted HERE... When I sprayed the shell I was still getting used to the gun, settings, etc. I have a nice gun(Devilbiss Plus), but havent used it in 3 years and that was just to spray a fender.
      The part that really kicked my butt on the body was that the west side of my barn(which is where I did this) is really susceptible to the sun coming in out of the west... When I sprayed the shell, it was about 6pm, and the sun was just getting down near the horizon.. Long story short, the sun was either reflecting off the surface and into my eyes, or it was so intentense if it was at my back it made the paint look like it was going on too thin, or if the sun was hitting me in the face it was blinding so all I could see of the vehicle was a silohuette.
      Then theres the bugs.. In the morning they are bad.. mid afternoon, not too bad unless we had crazy rain.. in the evening and night time, so bad you can barely spray primer..

      SO I learned until I do some reconfiguring of the barn/shop, my spray window is about 11am til 6.. Once the time changes and it gets dark early, that will likely turn into 10am til 4:45... Any later and the sun angle and the bugs are just too intense.

      Ah well, if nothing else the truck is jammed, and running. I can continue building it, driving it, work the kinks out of it, and when Im ready I can go and respray the exterior..

      Didnt really take any pics today.. Will take some tomorrow.. But shes getting there..I drove it around the barn today.. As the paint dried I started going through the wiring. Previous owner stripped the dash, one of the things he took out was the hazard light switch.. I spent about an hour just figuring out which one of the plugs was for the switch, and jumpering the terminals on the hazard light switch so the turn signal switch would work. Also ended up tearing the wiring harness out of the rear for the taillights and going through it.. I never seen so many scotch locks, butt connectors, and electrical tape in a small area.. I dont know why people have to run new wires half assed when the old wiring quits.. hello, if it worked fine for 20 years then stopped working, chances are if you spend a few minutes and find the problem it will most likely work for another 20 years instead of your halfassed fix that will corrode and quit working in 6 months.
      Ok, time for bed.

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      10-10-2012 10:15 AM #68
      You aren't lying about the rain! It's been raining every single day for a month. We're getting really tired of it too. Isn't it supposed to start drying out and cooling off in October around here??
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      10-12-2012 01:26 PM #69
      Haha, oh well dude, it looks good from here.

      I had a similar issue spraying here in Gainesville. I had an '86 Quantum syncro wagon I did a ton of body work on. I really took my time, shaved the rear hatch, antennae hole, rust patched etc. smoothed and re-smoothed. She ended up straight as an arrow, sprayed in my home garage, looked great.

      Then I opened the door to let out the fumes and the bugs just rolled in! Ahhhhhhhhhh!
      I think they love the smell of drying paint or something. I feel your pain brotha. Look forward to seeing the truck at the GTG.

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      10-12-2012 02:55 PM #70
      Well she's together! Atleast enough for gtg.
      Worked til 4 or 5am weds night... got all the lights rewired properly, got the doors assembled(except door panels ) hood release, etc. Seemed like a list that would never end. But I got to the end, and when I went to fire it up and leave the shop it didn't want to run.
      The injector pump would lose its prime and take forever to start and you would have to wait for it to clear up... now it wouldn't run at all. Best I could get out of it was an idle...
      So I took Thursday off work, and when I woke up I drove down to Triangle for some parts. Got a front seal and a intermediate shaft seal, and an Aba pan gasket. I also went over to accurate diesel and got a seal kit for the pump incase this one spare didn't work. Since im taking off the injector pump decided to now replace the alternator bracket so I can put a compressor on it again, and also I changed out the water pump. I didn't do it before because the bolts on the water pump housing were breaking and I didn't want to remove the injection pump.

      So last night was another long night. Replaced all the mentioned gaskets, water pump and housing, injection pump and timed pump. She runs like a top!
      This morning went down to Sanford and got the new front tires from TUNERSHOP installed.

      Fixing to get packed and off to Dt Augustine!








      And proof she made it off the property!



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      10-15-2012 08:29 PM #71
      it was good meeting you and seeing this thing in person at the mkI GTG, good work sir

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      10-15-2012 11:09 PM #72
      you made it! what a beast. good meeting you man!

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      10-16-2012 04:01 PM #73
      THanks yall. It was cool meeting you two as well!

      I didnt do anything Sunday night on the truck, which felt weird, LOL.. But monday I was back on it..
      Did a drivers side rack boot(what a bitch), and passenger side tie rod end(I replaced all the other stuff last week, but one of my new TREs was missing the boot), shifter bushings so now I can get into 2nd and 5th, and hooked up the reverse lights.
      Oh yeah, my wiper shaft seals finally showed up yesterday, so we installed the wiper motor and I now have windsheild wipers on her.
      Final thing for yesterday was getting the odometer working again. At the show Raul showed me where this gear cracks in the speedo.. Fixed that, it still didnt work. I found out another problem mine had was the shaft that the "flipper wheels" for lack of a better term(the wheels that increment the next digit), had a light coat of surface rust. I removed that from the speedo and Dee put it in the bead blaster and cleaned it up.. While she did that I reset all my digits to zero. Put it all back together and now the odometer works, but the speedo reads about 25 mph high.. So I need to see exactly how far its off using GPS and reposition the needle.

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      01-24-2013 12:34 PM #75
      Ok I haven't posted in this thread in a long time. Partly because some stuff wasn't worthy or lend itself to pictures, while I have also been very distracted by other projects.

      As of my last posting in the thread, the truck made it to the A1 Classic pretty much as a shell with a drivetrain and a pair of seats. There was no dash, the instrument cluster was hanging by the speedo cable and the harness.

      Long story short, I finally got the heater box, and cabby dash installed.. I thought I had pics, I guess I don't and will take some. It was a pain in the ass to do right.. At the classic, I saw some cabby dashes and they "caved in", due to not having the cabby dash supports installed.. So I was sure to cut those out of my donor clip, and weld those in, along with the knee bar mounts..
      Word of caution to those doing a cabby dash, if you use a knee bar from a power window car(I wanted to use the window switches for air ride), the knee bar is so big it won't clear the window cranks.

      Other notable time takers was I bought an 82 Cabby just for the front bumper(LOL)... Finally managed to get the bumper off, and the shocks compressed, and I got rid of the clipper bumper and badgless grille. I also installed a set of FK smoked lights. Guess I need to take some pics of that too.. But all I have is this one I took to make a motivational poster after a string of 51mpg tank fulls LOL...



      Another time loser was I blew a headgasket over Thanksgiving.. Replaced that, and while doing that I also slapped a new set of rings in it, and rod bearings to try to combat the blow by. Well in beadblasting my pistons I guess some bead residue didnt get cleaned off the pistons and long story short, kept winding up in the oil pump locking the releif valves which would blow oil filters off the truck every few days.. It took me a few hundred bucks in oil and filters and used pumps to track that one down

      On New Years Eve we made the journey from Daytona to Atlanta to meet up with Mike(funpig) to pick up a donor core engine for my rebuild. Caddy made it there and back without a problem, except I broke an exhaust hanger in Atlanta and had to tie it up with a piece of twine. Thank goodness I was setting out hay bales in the field the day before and still had the used piece of twine in the bed.


      Oh yeah, another reason not much of anything that wasn't essential was done on the Caddy for a while is over Thanksgiving I was asked to repaint my nieces first car.. a 2000 Civic.. So as a surprise I decided to fix it up a bit, and then surprise her with it on Christmas. Very very long story short, it was a TON of work(some rust, much bent metal thats not seen)... But it came out sooo nice.. I hate Honda's, but I'd drive it..

      Before:








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      Honda didnt turn out too bad for 3.5 weeks work while still working a full time job and squeezing in the problems with the Caddy!

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