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Old 01-21-2014, 05:52 PM   #811
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As far as looks of a sweet ride, if you really want to see how cool it is, watch it as someone else drives it and you see it in motion. I haven't done that yet with my Vette but I did with my lowered pick up, I followed my wife back as she was driving it and I was amazed at how good the truck looks in motion, I'll have to have her do that with the Vette.

Keep up the good work, looking forward to your progress.

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Oh Oh I vollenteer to drive it Brent!

Heat will kill ECU,s if you look at the factory locations some of them even have fresh air ducts blowing on them!
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It was warm today (slightly below freezing) so I got a little time in the garage.
Last weekend I spent a lot of time making bell rank extensions for adding power locks. It worked, but I was not really happy with them. Then today I was out there looking at it and thought.. I wonder if I could take some small hose clamps... As I pondered that I looked down by my feet and there was a parts box with four small hose clamps in it. Then I thought.. If I had some rubber like stuff and looked at the top of my tool box. There was some sticky rubber stuff for lining drawers. Okay. I took that as a sign from the car gods and pulled the old stuff out. This way only took about ten minutes and is pretty simple and compact. I am just wondering if there is any reason you guys can think of why this would not work. My door panels are warped and I need to start the process of flattening them out so I can test fit them and see if there are any clearance issues with this setup.

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I am still working on moving the ecu. I don't have much choice where I put it so I will deal with the heat issue when I get to it. It is above the side vent so I may be able to route air being drawn out there across the ecu. My biggest hurdle is the overflow bottle. It is about 1 inch to long on the firewall side to let the ecu fit where I want it. I need to figure out how to replace it, delete it, modify it, or whatever. I am going to go stare at it for a while. Then walk away in frustration. Then wait for the answer to come to me when I am trying to sleep tonight. That is how things get solved around here. That explains why things take so long around here and why I am always tired.

I did take advantage of the relatively warm weather to open up the garage door and crank up the beast. That was definitely a good thing.
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For a more permanent fix for you door lock linkage, you could use some say like 22 gauge solid core bare copper wire, and tightly wrap either side of the "lever" with the wire (replacing the hose clamps and rubber) then use a torch to flow some solder into the coils, effectively brazing the lever onto the lock shaft.

For the expansion tank, why not take it and make a fiberglass copy (use the original to create a mold) with an indentation for your ECU? You've got "CIC Josh Experience" under your belt, I would think it would be pretty easy to do.
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I vote spend more money and buy a nice polished tank of your choice Brent. Make a fiberglass cover that directs fresh air from the underside of the Vette then flows to the ECU. That's how GM does it. Go to a local junk yard and browse around and get some ideas going. I'm putting mine in the compartment behind the seat and installing some fans for cooling. Heck you may be able to pull some air from inside the cabin to cool the ECU. Then there's the fresh Air compartment where the wipers are located. Come on Brent get those wheels turning lol. You will get nothing but hot air from the fender vents as engine heat will be drawn through them.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:51 PM   #815
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Metal: I thought about doing fiberglass since I graduated from CIC school of fiberglass, but when I saw how cheap a nice aluminum tank is, there is no way I am going to mess with it.
Mark: thanks for the heads up about the heat and the ideas. That is pretty much what I came up with also. For now I am going to get the ecu mounted tomorrow and then figure out how to cool it. I should be able to come up with something. I have about five ideas, but will decide once I have it mounted.
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Heat is not a good thing w/ electronics....

My BMW has an enclosure that has a temp sensor and what looks like a computer cooling fan- just a thought. Or you could find a junked car audio amp and take the fan from it.

Hard at work on mine....Basement garage is chilly at 54º!!!

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Well I have been bouncing around from one thing to the next lately depending upon how much time i have due to the cold. It was actually above freezing today, and I did get this to work. Makes me feel a bit better about myself.


I just need to route the wires and it should be up and running.
There is supposed to be warmer weather on the way. Or so they say.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:42 PM   #818
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They work well Brent, every little thing makes you that much closer to the finish line.
I had been looking for the mirrors you bought from e-bay with no luck. Found a set for $200 but have been holding out. Looked around tonight and found them $119 so I bought them. I'm hoping to work on the Vette next week so maybe I can post up.


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Great job Brent, I need to get mine done but am busy doing other projects.
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Thanks, guys. Mark: I think that my be what I paid for mine so you may be getting them front the same place. I was very happy with the mirrors. I am used to seeing them now and I think they fit the car, but more importantly they let you see around the back end.
I got the motors clocked and clearanced the bracket a bit. I was surprised that a dremel worked pretty well for this. I just need to find a place to draw the constant hot power from. I started this up in South Dakota and josh had me run and get some octagonal rod. After I left he made up some cool linkages for the motor with opposing threads and jamb nuts so they adjust like tie rods. Pretty slick. Tip of the hat to josh, as always.



Hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to work on their projects and some lucky few get to actually drive them.
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Brent - headlights work great - nice job. We're still waiting for warmer weather - supposed to come next week.
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Sorry but it was 72 in Houston yesterday and I got my 64 conv out. Great feeling. Sorry for you guys stuck in the cold.
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Thanks, guys. Mark: I think that my be what I paid for mine so you may be getting them front the same place. I was very happy with the mirrors. I am used to seeing them now and I think they fit the car, but more importantly they let you see around the back end.
I got the motors clocked and clearanced the bracket a bit. I was surprised that a dremel worked pretty well for this. I just need to find a place to draw the constant hot power from. I started this up in South Dakota and josh had me run and get some octagonal rod. After I left he made up some cool linkages for the motor with opposing threads and jamb nuts so they adjust like tie rods. Pretty slick. Tip of the hat to josh, as always.



Hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to work on their projects and some lucky few get to actually drive them.
Brent,

I did this mod awhile back and drew my constant hot from the alternator. I used an inline fuse for each motor and it has worked well. Your car is looking awesome!
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Drawmain: that's what I wound up doing. Worked well. Thanks.

I got the headlight motors fully wired and it all works well. I almost messed up and wired the trigger to the turn signal instead of the marker light. That might have been kind of funny. I figured it out before I went too far and all is well.
I was worried about scratching the paint when I was leaning over the nose grinding out the bracket and doing the wiring. "sidepipes" (my wonderful and beautiful wife who supports me in this build, and also reads this thread) suggested using bubble wrap to protect it. That worked out really well, and as a bonus I popped a few as I leaned on them. That is always enjoyable.




I needed the drive key for my VSS. Right before my car left SD josh found a vss and threw it in a box for me. (Thanks, Josh). I found the gear, the bullet and the hold down clip for it, but could not locate a drive key. I figured I could make something, but though I would call autometer to see if I could get one from them. I told the guy that I needed a drive key for their VSS and before I could tell him anything else, he said it should have come with one and he would be happy to ship one out to me. Well if it was going to make him happy, I figure I should let him do it.
I figured the least I could do was give a big shout out to autometer for some very cool customer service.
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It's always great to hear about the company's who have great customer service, it give others confidence that they will receive the same good services when they deal with them.

Your wife sounds like an awesome lady for being so supportive of the project, not all spouses are, luckily I have a very supportive beautiful wife myself and that makes these projects that much more enjoyable to do.

Keep up the great work.

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