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Old 08-18-2011, 12:41 AM   #2451
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Well looking at the first schematic it shows that the dome light is pulling power from the cigar lighter and using the door switch as the ground so all you should need to do was remove that wiring. No need to hook it to anything.

Also i think that red light is your parking brake warning light.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:03 AM   #2452
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The parking brake doesn't have any wiring, despite what the diagrams say.

The cig lighter wiring I have doesn't match to the diagrams. It comes from a wire that connects straight to the wiper switch.

After removing the dome wiring, it left one of the two connectors going to the key switch disconnected, which is why I had to connect it to something.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:35 PM   #2453
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I bought a multimeter and heat gun from harbor freight for $10 (the multimeter was a free coupon deal).

Now I can't figure out how to use it
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:04 PM   #2454
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OK, here is my wiring for reference. Engine harness:



You can see the wire I connected to the key switch, it has the blue tab thingy that splices into wires, its connected just above the big connector. I used that wire cause thats where the dome wire was connected before I cut it:



Also, had a package show up today I was expecting



Brand new 72-74 radiator courtesy Danny! Looks like its going to fit nicely too:




Note: Its hanging about 2 inches lower than I'm going to mount it, so the radiator outlet on the bottom has more room than it shows here. And if there isn't enough room, there is that overflow bottle holder tab that I can remove to get another 1.5" of space.

The fan, I'm more concerned about...



I don't think I can use the EA81 fan. I think I have to get a thin 10" fan and mount it flush to the radiator not to the brackets on the top/bottom. Those brackets stick out about another 1/2" from the radiator itself which gives me a bunch less room.

Anyway, I'll work on getting it mounted these next couple days, worry about the wiring after thats done and I know which fan I'm going to use.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:05 AM   #2455
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You should figure out how to swap those glass fuses to more modern ones that won't break if you hit a hard bump(bad example, but, you get the point, more reliable, and easier to get).
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:10 AM   #2456
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I mentioned it before, but that fuse box has spot underneath that splits the wire from one wire to 3 different fuses. I don't know how to replicate that, but I do have a second fuse box available with "modern" fuses that lacks that feature.
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:16 PM   #2457
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Sounds like a fused distribution block. I've used them in car audio installs before. Car audio is one place you'll still find the glass fuses being used.

For that matter, I had the same glass fuse in my amplifier power wire for nearly 7 years. I never secured it or anything, the fuse holder vibrated against the washer bottle of my '95 Outback the entire time. The plastic fuse holder cracked over time but the fuse was fine. I still have that fuse too, the only reason I'm no longer using it is I went to a much larger amp which required a much larger wire.

In short, I think the glass fuses will be fine.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:32 PM   #2458
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WOW you did a good JOB
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:31 PM   #2459
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Alright, I made some templates using the fan size diagrams from the SPAL website (for example, this is for the 7.5" low profile fan: http://www.spalusa.com/pdf/30100394_SPEC.PDF#view=FitH ). I picked SPAL cause they have the thinnest fans I could find at just about 2" exactly.

I took some pre-measurements to see how much room I had on the radiator, and decided to make templates for the 9" and 7.5" SPAL fans. Here are the results:



I think they will BOTH fit. The 7.5" is small enough to actually go above the water pump which sticks out so much, so that won't be a problem. And in this photo, I don't have the bottom brackets made yet so its not mounted 100% and actually the bottom of the radiator will be slightly farther from the engine so there will be even more room.

Now my question is, should I get the SPAL wiring harness to go along with the fan? There are several options, and I'm not sure what to get. Also note the fans and accessories are MUCH cheaper on Ebay than on their actual website.
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:37 PM   #2460
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Have you figured out a duct system for the heater intake yet? I looked back through the old pictures and saw the original "scoop" as it was, but I'm guessing that part is incompatible with the newly designed system?

If push comes to shove, you could probably use that dryer vent stuff. Looks like hell, but it would give you some heat.
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:31 PM   #2461
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flexalite makes some pretty thin fans, maybe you should check their wesite.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:08 PM   #2462
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Have you figured out a duct system for the heater intake yet? I looked back through the old pictures and saw the original "scoop" as it was, but I'm guessing that part is incompatible with the newly designed system?
Because of the motor being farther forward, the old scoop won't work. I figure I will just put some sort of elbow on the blower motor so it can get some air from where the fans are but otherwise I'm not too concerned with it. I'm actually contemplating turning it into a cold air vent instead of a heater vent
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flexalite makes some pretty thin fans, maybe you should check their wesite.
Flexalite fans aren't as thin as SPAL fans. And SPAL have the best motors.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:02 PM   #2463
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Sorted out my wiring gremlins for the lights today

I traced back all of the wires for all the lights, and everything appeared to be connected correctly but I re-connected everything just to be certain and tested the wires for resistance and everything was good.

When I had the key switch wires plugged in before, apparently that was a mistake, they shouldn't have been plugged in AT ALL according to the wiring that I traced. So running it like that it works fine.

As for the front corner light, turns out the connecter did need some help. I cleaned it up a bit, fixed the ground contact, and added some dialectic grease and it works perfect now.


I'm still not certain about the alternator wiring... I think its wrong, but nobody seems to know enough to help.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:33 PM   #2464
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Excellent! Glad to hear things are working out.

I'm afraid I know very little about alternator wiring, so anything I could come up with would be pure speculation. I've replaced and upgraded them before, but nothing like what you're doing.

Maybe poke around forums for other early 70s vehicles? Surely the FF-1 wasn't the only car with that alternator setup, and if that's the case someone else has to have done something similar in the past.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:18 AM   #2465
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Well I thought I had the gremlins sorted... I tested the wipers today and they no longer work at all
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:53 AM   #2466
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Well I thought I had the gremlins sorted... I tested the wipers today and they no longer work at all
Geez Kosta. Sounds like you certainly have a lot on your plate. Aren't electronics just fantastic?

Good luck with everything dude, you have certainly come a far way. I cannot wait to see this thing in action.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:38 PM   #2467
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While my wiring progress has ground to a halt, I got my rear trans mount and lower radiator mounts all built

I'm currently painting them, so in a few days I can assemble the entire front of the car 100%!



Rear trans mount. Had the upper bracket welded by a neighbor. Doesn't look like much, but it doesn't need to, its hidden way behind the transmission under the car:

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Old 08-25-2011, 09:26 PM   #2468
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Paint is dry on my bits, so I installed them:




I installed the front valence hopefully permanently now, so here is the front end in all its finished glory. I'll probably have to adjust the grill a little more, and obviously it needs a bumper:






The first of my two SPAL fans showed up today as well. Its the perfect size (9" fan) and I still have the 7.5" fan for the other side coming. I'll get them installed as soon as the second one arrives:

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:40 AM   #2469
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awesome man....coming together nicely... hope your startup goes well..


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Old 08-26-2011, 06:30 PM   #2470
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Found a simple solution to my radiator hose issue.



Still needs a little work to get it to fit a little better, but it should work fine.
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:40 PM   #2471
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Loving the progress man. This thread is the only reason I visit NASIOC anymore.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:35 AM   #2472
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not many build threads last this long. I must say you have a great deal of perseverance, and your an inspiration to all of us.

i hope she treats you as well as you have treated her.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:43 AM   #2473
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I opened this thread and started reading through the first 40 pages. Then my short attention span kicked in and I just started looking at the pictures! lol. I can see that you put a lot of time and effort into this project, and it will all be worth it when you take that first drive. Keep up the good work and looking forward to seeing the finished project!
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:12 PM   #2474
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I opened this thread and started reading through the first 40 pages. Then my short attention span kicked in and I just started looking at the pictures! lol.
Brings up a good point - for those that hadn't noticed:

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Old 08-27-2011, 08:22 PM   #2475
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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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