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Old 01-26-2013, 06:50 AM   #166
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Absolutely AWESOME work Richard!!!

You obviously don't have a problem with 'idle hands' around your place...
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:12 AM   #167
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The Probe arm had about " more throw- so I adjusted drilling out the arm by moving it 1/8" in.

I took apart an actuator I had laying around here- made the new actuator rod out of threaded rod and used the old one as my starting point.

I centered the motor up w/ the center of the old actuator- again as a starting point- adjusted it down maybe so I wouldn't have to cut up the headlight housing to clearance the rod.

I also hacked up the Probe bracket to use as my template...
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Richard I know you are busy but if you get the time I would really like to see a more detailed write up of the headlight convert! I really like it and want to do the same thing but I am afraid I am not as talanted as you and may need a bit of help.....
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Richard, your work is fantastic as ussual, everything is looking great.

Question on the probe actuators, can the travel be stopped half way, and then restarted either to continue travel up or instead, to close them? I'm not sure what the actuator motor needs for its operation, if it requires power to stay in the up potion and then closed when power is lost.

I have a head light mod that I am looking to take on, but believe I need a two stage actuator to make it happen. I'm wanting the head light to pop up half way, or about 2 inches when the parking lights are on, and have halo head lights that the halo ring would be on while in this position, then to full position when the head lights are on. Courous if the probe actuators can be used in a two stage setup.

Thanks for any info about the operation of the probe actuators that you can pass along.

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #169
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As always your work is first rate. I especially like the harness...Looks like a factory piece.
By the way...For those of us that don't know your background. What is the story of the 'Vette in your avatar? It is a great pic!
Again...GREAT WORK!!!!
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:05 PM   #170
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After reading all 12 pages of this build... WOW.
I have an e30 and have seen some very impressive builds on other e30's, but this tops them all. Great job. I look forward to seeing it at this year's Power Tour.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:16 PM   #171
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Thanks guys!!!

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The Probe motor is internally switched- 180 of travel each time you hit the trigger wire w/ 12volts. Really nice and simple...

Even if you were to pulse the main power and trigger - you would not get the same results each time- different amount of travel....

The vette in the avatar? A buddy of mine does photography for NHRA- and that's a pic from at least 15 years ago- He took it but I don't know where it was from.

Back to figuring out my throttle linkage...

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How's the throttle linkage coming along? Any other progress?
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:01 PM   #173
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I went back and forth on my design....A LOT tougher than I thought it was going to be....finally- this one came together- just a few designs before it that were fails...

I got some arms from Speedway...everything else was from the junkyard (M-B diesels) and the hardware store. I just used some 5/16 rod and went from there...even cut up a couple door hinges ( Brushed nickel of course...) to hold the rod/linkage!!

The problem was the intakes are on an angle...fuel injectors, fuel rails and wiring are in the way...and had to get the throttle to fully open w/o hitting the valve covers...

Here's it is all wired up...all the plugs a stock OEM BMW...even put a BMW plug on the GM MAP sensor...still waiting on one more sensor...

electrical tape is just there temporally... will finish polishing the throttle pieces and cut the bolts flush...but it's gonna work!!!








I just got my Vintage Air stuff...so that's next...

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Soooo the photos show the throttle linkage in the closed position? The linkage arm then moves toward the throttle body to open the throttle. Right?

If I am looking at this correctly it means you needed two rods that twist in opposite directions synchronized to operate at exactly the same time. Really...... "A LOT tougher than I thought it was going to be" I've done some engineering in a previous life but holy crap....

As usual a very professional looking job, no idea how you get your mind into even thinking about how one would do that with a linkage. I can think of several ways a captive cable setup might have worked.

Amazing skills, I need to follow you around for a week or two.
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Soooo the photos show the throttle linkage in the closed position? The linkage arm then moves toward the throttle body to open the throttle. Right?

If I am looking at this correctly it means you needed two rods that twist in opposite directions synchronized to operate at exactly the same time. Really...... "A LOT tougher than I thought it was going to be" I've done some engineering in a previous life but holy crap....

As usual a very professional looking job, no idea how you get your mind into even thinking about how one would do that with a linkage. I can think of several ways a captive cable setup might have worked.

Amazing skills, I need to follow you around for a week or two.
Really..thanks....Yes- they are resting in the closed position...I had looked at some simple cables...even set up using a couple of spur gears used in a dry sump pump I had sitting around... then ended up w/ this idea....

You are welcome to follow me around...but I do have AADD- Adult Attention Deficit Disorder..so when some thinking is not working right -I head over to the glassbeader...or paint a few things ...or make a list of what's needed next...sleep...then come back to it and rethink it out...


I am in the thought process of insulating the interior- not from sound- but heat...I still remember driving to the Myrtle Beach in the early eighties ..and my feet actually getting burned from the heat of the big block headers...

I'll start another post...

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As always it looks great. Do you have any projected completion date? Mine was about a year ago. :-)
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As always it looks great. Do you have any projected completion date? Mine was about a year ago. :-)
THANKS....originally I had put the completion day in INK...then pencil...now I'm using an ETCH-A-SKETCH...


It looks like I have about 119 days till the Hot Rod Power Tour...so I'm gonna do it...or die trying...

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:05 PM   #178
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I am in the thought process of insulating the interior- not from sound- but heat...I still remember driving to the Myrtle Beach in the early eighties ..and my feet actually getting burned from the heat of the big block headers...
I'll start another post...
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Richard, on the bottom of the floor and firewall I'm going to use epoxy sealer and 2 coats of lizard skin. I'd like to put a coat of AG111 satin black on top for looks and durability. Others have sanded the Liz Skin and top coated it but I wonder if that doesn't reduce the effectiveness of it's insulating properties. Any ideas?
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Still moving along...sometimes I just can realize how much time goes by while I'm messing/adjusting/fabrication small stuff....

Here's one small step for my vette- but a giant leap in my build...

I have the Throttle linkage working COMPLETELY- full throw from the pedal.... had a bracket that I had pulled from an old Audi last time I was at the junkyard...cut it down- welded some 3/8 aluminum plate and mounted it to the factory holes for the wiper linkage...made a sort of double decker bellcrank then connected a rod end w/ a bolt directly to the pedal...











Back at it-removing what's left in the interior to coat it w/ Lizardskin...

Richard

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That is SO cool.
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