I finally put up a privacy fence to keep the city inspectors out of my bidness. Charged up the batteries on the M715 and crawled her into the back yard.
Poor old girl... Kept dying at idle so I locked the throttle at a fast idle and put it in 4low.
I got the front clip off, pulled the seats and took the battery box out of the cab. Started pulling the wiring harness loose. I'm going to rewire the whole truck, I've got 100' of 10 ga and 600' of 12 ga in various pretty colors, new crimper and stripper... ready to rock and roll...
I forgot to take a pic with the front clip off.. I need to get some.. show the old Tornado in all it's glory.
The transmission dude in Alvarado called and said my 700r4 is ready. I'll run down there next week and get it. .. Funny. A guy at work gave me his number. He's used a dozen of this guy's 4l60's and never a problem. And the farmers he's installing them for use the crap out of them. This guy does 90% of the work in his shop, one part time helper does the other 10%.
So i called him up to tell him what I needed and see when he could get to it... I wasn't even asking about price. He kept asking me questions so he could give me an accurate quote and we were kinda pissing each other off... I'm a little deaf so I piss people off on the phone anyway... So finally I said "Dude, I don't need an accurate quote. You build them yourself, right? Not a bunch of teenagers throwing sockets at each other when you turn your back? And your high quote was $200 cheaper than the sleeze bags that sell leaky crap around here. I'm sold. When can I bring you all my crap so you can build what I need?"
The FedEx and UPS Santas have been dropping a steady stream of parts off all week. Most are pretty boring... Throttle valve and throttle cables and brackets, battery cable ends, trans cooler, B&M torque converter lockup kit, fuel pump (went with the Carter)(I was too cheap for the Holley), all new gauges, fuel sender... SHINY new cold air breather like thus : http://www.ebay.com/itm/390711520191?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
I'll rattle can it black or OD.
I had a chrome breather like that on my Trooper. Flows great and won't get in the way if I'm fiddling with the distributor.
But today I got THIS in...
Winters Sidewinder shifter... commonly known as BAD ---... ( <-- what the what? I been bleeped...)
I'm sure my wife will be a lot more impressed with it IN the truck than she was with it in my lap on the couch while I shifted through the gears...
I originally planned on going with one from American Shifter or Lokar that looks like a 4 speed stick and uses the stock shifter location, because I want to stay dual battery and was going to keep the battery box in the cab between the seats... But I kept reading that those shifters aren't very rugged, the button sticks after a while... and I could tell my step sons it's an automatic and NOT a real 4 speed all day long... but the first thing either of them would do when they got in was go "oh cool.. 4 speed!" and immediately grab the shifter, go for neutral and swing it side to side.. and those shifters don't move like that..
So I went with the Winters... I'll have to get creative with the passenger side fender well and make a new box for the batteries there. That'll save me some battery cable too. One of the guys at the Zone showed how he notched a fender well out for a battery tray, I'll do something similar.
I want to put all the electrical crap (fuse block and relays) under the hood. I'm looking for some kind of enclosure to put it all in. Maybe 8"x12"x2" with a hinged lid... maybe a little bigger. Water resistant. Not water PROOF... I've gotten as close to fording as I want to in that thing...
I did some googling and saw the water proof relay boxes and fuse block enclosures... but I'm thinking $20.. not $200..
I'll probably go with one of those power strip enclosures for the patio.. or an ammo can... or a small tackle box.. or a plastic pencil box from the school supply isle...
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