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Old 08-30-2011, 04:08 PM   #2476
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I'm still not certain about the alternator wiring... I think its wrong, but nobody seems to know enough to help.
Did you ever get it figured out? I reposted your alternator wiring question on another car forum I'm on. Here's one response, hope it is of some help:

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Nice project there. Never touched a car that age but I have rewired an alternator before.

To hook up the alternator he just needs 12v switched (from ignition switch) and 12v switched with a resistor in it (usually the "charge" bulb)
I don't know what alternator he has but sometimes the connectors are marked PLIS. L = charge lamp, S= sense (12v from ignition). Other two can be left unconnected)

The bolt-on connection directly goes directly to battery +. I wouldn't reuse the old 70s wire on this, this new alternator may have more output than the old so upgrading the wire is the smart thing to do. You can't really go too large a gauge on this, but too small will cause problems (including the thing melting and burning the car down)

The box I'm not sure about, if it does some sort of power distribution (wires look kinda thin for that), I don't see any problems connecting to battery + and then branching in to the rest of the car system (fused close to battery of course)
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:19 PM   #2477
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So, it seems like maybe I just need a fuse in the alternator wire, perhaps upgrade the size a bit and I'd be fine??? (I have re-made the wire for the battery + but Its not a very large wire, like 10 gauge I think)

Oh, and I got my second fan today, gonna figure out how to mount them.

While I was waiting, I put some fuel in the car to test for leaks (found two: Fuel sender seal and carb diaphragm, fixed both I hope).

Also tried to fire it up... No luck of course. Turns over fine with the starter, but I didn't spend much time trying to figure out the fuel/spark/timing situation. Fuel is getting into the motor though, I checked the carb to see if it was squirting.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:18 AM   #2478
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Hey Steve...
For mounting the fans...they make a ziptie type of cinch strap the goes thru the radiator and mounts the fans...should be available at any radiator/autoparts place..that should do the trick



Radiator fan mounting kitRadiator fan mounting kit
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:50 AM   #2479
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I always have a hard time conveying to auto parts places what that is.

If you go to an O'Reillys, they call it a transmission cooler mounting kit or some BS like that.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:23 PM   #2480
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Hey Steve...
For mounting the fans...they make a ziptie type of cinch strap the goes thru the radiator and mounts the fans...should be available at any radiator/autoparts place..that should do the trick



Radiator fan mounting kit
Everything I've read says the zip-tie mounts are kind of risky.

So what I think I'm going to do is get a few of these, and then make brackets for the bottom with the spare metal I have sitting around:



The radiator I have has lots of room on the top and bottom to mount stuff too, so I'm hoping to work this out fairly easily.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:11 PM   #2481
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Now my starter isn't doing anything
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:53 PM   #2482
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I wish I wasn't this far from you and I would help you sort out the wiring I am doing the same thing to my Mini. It has the Luca electrical system aka "Lucas the king of darkness".

Keep up the good work!!!!!!
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:52 PM   #2483
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Starter problem was just a disconnected wire.

So I've tried re-wiring the disty and coil several different ways with the MSD, I've even tried a different coil. I've run several testing methods including those offered by MSD in their manual (managed to blow a fuse doing it their way) and as far as I can tell, I'm getting no spark.

My next step I guess is to un-wire the MSD from the system (not that hard) and try the stock layout to see how well that works...
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:36 PM   #2484
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Well, the worst possible thing just happened...

I got my radiator fans all installed, put the radiator back on the car with everything all buttoned up nicely and started to fill the radiator...

Coolant started pouring out of the #1 exhaust pipe :| I checked all 4 cylinders, 2-3-4 are all fine, but #1 was TOTALLY full of coolant.

I drained the radiator and sucked out as much coolant as I could from the plug hole, but I'm totally screwed
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:03 AM   #2485
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:54 AM   #2486
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What does that mean?
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:31 AM   #2487
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What does that mean?
Something is majorly wrong either with a internal gasket or a coolant channel...
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #2488
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Noooooooo,I hope you do not give up at this point
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:35 PM   #2489
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Noooooooo,I hope you do not give up at this point
I'm about to.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:40 PM   #2490
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I'm about to.

Tough call as its getting close! If you can, just stash the car away for a while and re-assess the project later on. Best of luck!
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:41 PM   #2491
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Can't you just take the motor apart and see what's wrong?

Or is it the fact that you've been working on it this long and then this happens?

If you're that put off about it, maybe just take a break, then come back to it...
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:50 PM   #2492
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Wow. The resto is coming along very nicely! Much nicer than my Roadster ;[
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:22 AM   #2493
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Your roadster needs FAR less body work...

If mine was in as good of shape as that roadster was, I would have been done YEARS ago!
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:25 PM   #2494
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Well, its not the intake manifold gasket... I took off the manifold and filled the head with water, it still fills up the cylinder.

The worst part is I don't think I can get the head off without removing the entire drivetrain
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:49 PM   #2495
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Its worse than expected. I drained the coolant from the motor, but after unbolting the head (I couldn't remove it, just slid it) the crankcase did indeed have coolant in it so I had to drain the oil too...

I can't find anything wrong with the headgasket. I even re-bolted it back up and tested it again, and the same problem. I can't see any visual spot where its coming from. I'm concerned now it might becoming from behind the piston if thats even possible...

In an case, this is worse case scenario, I have to remove the motor completely
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:53 PM   #2496
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Might need a new block...
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:39 PM   #2497
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Might need a new block...
Its a brand new block
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:44 PM   #2498
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I just figured out the problem, its far far worse than I could have imagined...





Right now I'm just totally furious. I should have noticed this before, but I think this motor was scraped at some point and the dealer drilled holes in it to scrap it.

The good news is that I DIDN'T INSTALL ANYTHING WRONG!

But now, I don't have the money to fix this, if it even can be fixed...
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:22 PM   #2499
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WTF?!? Right though the cylinder wall?
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Right through the mother ****ing cylinder wall
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