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    1. 12-13-2018 11:01 AM #651
      Quote Originally Posted by Sonderwunsch View Post
      If you were picky about lengths and routing you may have been a little frustrated with a Painless harness. They make good stuff but they can be a little long and tough to tie up neatly and very few people are willing to cut into their new $800 harness to tighten it up.

      I’m currently putting parts and tools together to build a motorsport quality harness and the learning curve has been pretty steep. Most of the people that build them for race cars keep their secrets close but I’m making some progress.
      That was actually part of my reasoning too, I installed a painless kit into a 66 Mustang a while back and ended up cutting, extending, etc multiple wires to get them where I wanted. I figured if I was going to have to modify it..why not build my own?

      I'm wanting to start building motorsports quality harnesses as well, this was a great place to start. I started following a bunch of those guys on social media that build them and you're right, they keep a lot of it close to their chest.

      Quote Originally Posted by madrussian View Post
      I too have come to enjoy the mundane and mind-numbing feat that is wiring... it all started w/ the FoxBody because a Universal race harness was $200, vs $850 for a specific one.

      I bought the tools needed (which as mentioned, get to be reused) and we're off to the races. I figure if I can wire a whole house w/ 4 way switches, 3 ways, and sub panels, whats a car.

      My 70 is on my list to tackle after I finish the fox, but you know how that goes.

      Always pumped to see you post progress and updates, and congrats on married life. Hope it's treating you well...
      Thanks man! Married life is great, somehow my honey-do list grew exponentially since.

      Quote Originally Posted by CruznMalibu View Post
      I have a soft spot for C10's below is my Dad's truck 67' that I learned to drive with 3 in the tree.
      He's 81 now and I finally convinced him to give it to his Grandson, who in turn was able to sell it.
      Frame was toast and the guy who bought it will use most of the interior, i.e. seats, dash etc. to complete another project.
      He'll cut out the GMC from the tailgate and turn it into a bar top with resin.

      Awesome! My dad had an identical 67, probably in about the same shape when I was a little kid. Wish I still had it though.

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      12-13-2018 01:27 PM #652
      Quote Originally Posted by Harrison. View Post
      Thanks man! Married life is great, somehow my honey-do list grew exponentially since.



      There are exceptions, but they are very rare.

      Dargh! The pic doesn't work, but it's basically a graph where you have a 50% chance of winning an argument while dating, 25% while engaged and 0% after 1 year of marriage.
      Last edited by Air and water do mix; 12-28-2018 at 12:22 PM.
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    4. 12-28-2018 11:05 AM #653
      Spent some time on a rainy Thursday night and put my gauge cluster back together. All the gauges are reproductions and so is the tach conversion. I did however powder coat the housing for the gauges and the small off white metal pieces that hold the small gauges. Put mostly new hardware in it, scrubbed the bulb holders and stuck new bulbs in them.






      One step closer.

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      12-28-2018 01:16 PM #654
      See, the problem is that even if I finally wind up with that same kind of truck (which is pretty much my ideal) there's enough detail in that gauge cluster that you have to completely restore the truck, which I won't want to do! I'll have to get by on polished up original pieces until I want to spend crazy amounts of time/money.

      It looks great!
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      04-23-2019 02:59 PM #655
      You had any time to work on this thing?

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      04-29-2019 12:06 PM #656
      The reproduction printed circuit is gorgeous.
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      04-29-2019 12:23 PM #657
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      You had any time to work on this thing?
      Yeah, have you? C'mon, man. How are we supposed to live vicariously through you if you don't update us?
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      04-30-2019 08:57 AM #658
      Quote Originally Posted by Harrison. View Post
      Spent some time on a rainy Thursday night and put my gauge cluster back together. All the gauges are reproductions and so is the tach conversion. I did however powder coat the housing for the gauges and the small off white metal pieces that hold the small gauges. Put mostly new hardware in it, scrubbed the bulb holders and stuck new bulbs in them.



      One step closer.
      Quote Originally Posted by dubdaze68 View Post
      The reproduction printed circuit is gorgeous.
      I didn't even notice the printed circuit! Where did that come from??

    10. 06-08-2019 10:26 PM #659
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      You had any time to work on this thing?
      Not a lot

      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      I didn't even notice the printed circuit! Where did that come from??
      It came from Brothers Trucks

      Things that I have done in the past few months is got the front end bolted back on again so that I could build the engine harness and figure out the PS hoses. These panels have been wrapped up in my basement for a few years now so it's been like opening presents unwrapping them.


      Gave up on trying to find a PS pressure hose that fit, I used aftermarket brackets for the pump which made it a chore to track something down. Ended up going down to a local equipment repair shop and had them make a hose, then went back to have them make a return hose as well.




      And finally I've got the engine harness about 2/3 of the way done. Since I'm tucking the harness up in the fenders and rad support I am making three separate sections that are terminated with weatherpack terminals so that I can disassemble the front sheetmetal if needed. I've still got to terminate the ends after I get it in and cut the wires to length. Getting close though.


      Hoping to be able to knock the last of the wiring out in the upcoming weeks so that I can actually start and drive this thing. I'd really like to get it to my house so that I can start sanding the truck out in preparation for paint.

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      06-08-2019 10:48 PM #660
      I always enjoy an update to this thread. Good to see you back at it.

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      06-10-2019 09:28 AM #661
      Quote Originally Posted by Harrison. View Post
      It came from Brothers Trucks
      Thanks! I'll have to send them an e-mail and ask for more info on that. Like who made it and if there's a possibility of having some produced for VWs...

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      06-10-2019 10:25 AM #662
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Thanks! I'll have to send them an e-mail and ask for more info on that. Like who made it and if there's a possibility of having some produced for VWs...

      ....I love this idea.
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      06-10-2019 10:42 AM #663
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I always enjoy an update to this thread. Good to see you back at it.

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      Always this.



      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Thanks! I'll have to send them an e-mail and ask for more info on that. Like who made it and if there's a possibility of having some produced for VWs...
      My first thought was "where in the hell are there printed cir..." And then I realized you were talking about water-cooled stuff. Yeah, unless there's a supplier I'm unfamiliar with that's sorely needed.
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      06-12-2019 09:17 AM #664
      Quote Originally Posted by dubdaze68 View Post
      ....I love this idea.
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      My first thought was "where in the hell are there printed cir..." And then I realized you were talking about water-cooled stuff. Yeah, unless there's a supplier I'm unfamiliar with that's sorely needed.
      Yep. I've tried finding a supplier that could reproduce them, if I sent them a template to use for mock up and had zero luck with that. I'm hoping that they could do it because it is 100% needed. In any case, I sent them an e-mail and am hopeful that it's a possibility.

    16. 09-17-2019 05:54 PM #665
      Not a whole lot of progress in the past few months, I did however get the wiring harness finished and installed once a few last connectors arrived. I ditched the idea of running everything through the fenders and core support and ended up building a separate engine harness. Everything that terminates on the core support (headlights, signals, horn, etc) still goes through the fender away from sight though. Luckily the factory bulkhead connector is split in two so it's not an issue, I just had to re-pin a few things.




      Engine harness all installed:



      For whatever reason, I'm super amped to have all OEM connectors, I feel like it really makes it look factory.





      Also installed new ground straps:



      And built battery cables:




      Battery will go in the factory location, I'd thought of moving it under the cab but it seemed like it would suck to jump off and I already left the tank in the cab anyhow. It also will hide my busbar and the relays/fuses mounted beneath.


      I busted my ass a few weekends ago trying to get it all together and running while my wife was out of town but it was fairly anticlamactic as it wouldn't crank when I hit the key. I traced it back and realized I'd swapped two leads on the bulkhead connector, re-pinned it and it cranks but I didn't have any gas for it so didn't get to hear it fire. Unfortunately there's also a few issues with the interior harness as I'm not gettin B+ for some reason and only ignition. My goal is to get it running so I can drive it onto a trailer and take it to my house where it has a better shot of being worked on. We'll see.
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      09-17-2019 06:26 PM #666
      Strong work my friend!

      Make sure to get video of it running so we can hear!

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      09-18-2019 06:04 AM #667
      That looks awesome. Factory connectors are great, looks way less cheesy than spade clips or whatnot. Where did you get those ground straps, I actually need a couple as well.
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      09-18-2019 09:03 AM #668
      You're obviously not done with the project, so my concern may be premature, but do you have anything to keep the heater core lines from rubbing on the alternator bracket? It would be sad to douse your gorgeous engine bay with coolant after a short drive.

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      09-18-2019 09:54 AM #669
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob Cote View Post
      That looks awesome. Factory connectors are great, looks way less cheesy than spade clips or whatnot. Where did you get those ground straps, I actually need a couple as well.
      Absolutely! I finally got a bunch of non-insulated spade terminals and the proper crimping tool for them. Now my modified bits look like factory.

      Harrison never half asses anything, that's for certain.
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    23. 09-18-2019 05:20 PM #672
      Quote Originally Posted by BobL2438 View Post
      Strong work my friend!

      Make sure to get video of it running so we can hear!
      Will do! Hopefully sooner than later, I've gotta remember to toss a fuel jug in the back of my truck tomorrow so I can get some fuel on the way home.

      Quote Originally Posted by Rob Cote View Post
      That looks awesome. Factory connectors are great, looks way less cheesy than spade clips or whatnot. Where did you get those ground straps, I actually need a couple as well.
      Ebay! They were less than $10 each shipped.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      You're obviously not done with the project, so my concern may be premature, but do you have anything to keep the heater core lines from rubbing on the alternator bracket? It would be sad to douse your gorgeous engine bay with coolant after a short drive.

      Chris
      There's about 1/4" gap between the bracket and the hose. If it becomes a problem, I'll put a piece of hose around it to rub against.

      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Absolutely! I finally got a bunch of non-insulated spade terminals and the proper crimping tool for them. Now my modified bits look like factory.

      Harrison never half asses anything, that's for certain.
      People have asked what some of my favorite tools are and I always tell them my catapult stripper and ratchet crimp tool. There's nothing worse than cheap/crappy electrical tools. I rarely have failures with the proper tools.

      And I try not to at least.

      Quote Originally Posted by LT1M21Stingray View Post
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      Thanks!

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      Just LOOK at that big block! Be still my beating heart....
      Yeah, sometimes I regret not going the LS route but man there is just something cool about a big block.

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      Looks great.
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    26. 09-29-2019 08:41 PM #675
      Pulled it out of the garage under its own power for the first time in close to 5 years and drove it a few miles to our house yesterday.



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