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Old 12-27-2018, 02:24 PM   #151
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Re: American in Austria 83 Build

Got some break lines bent up today. I have both front lines and the rear brake line from the prop valve down to the frame. I have the rear line already made up but I am switch everything to stainless steel line and fittings. Nothing to exciting to report, just a few pics. I still need to install a plug for the second front brake line out on the prop valve since I will only run one line out.

I still need to run a few more brake line clamps, but I would say the front brake set up is 99 percent done. I think it came out pretty clean on from the prop valve down to the frame. I really didnt want brakelines all over the place like the stock set up.

These pics show how much dust has collected over thel ast couple years of sitting. Driving my OCD crazy

Thats it for now.

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Old 12-30-2018, 09:02 AM   #152
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Ok, got some stuff done but also realized I made a big mistake 2 years ago. First the stuff that looks good. I finished cut and buffing the AC delete cover so it will match the firewall perfect.

Now for the big mistake. Two years ago when I drilled a hole in the firewall for my spark plug firewall pass thru thing, I just happened to mount it directly in the same spot where part of my heater box (interior) will be. So now the end of the box hits it not allowing me to bolt down the box or keep the spark plug on.
I really dont want to remove the spark plug pass thru because it will leave a big hole in the firewall which is in final paint.

One option might be to modify the heater box. Basically shaving the end of the box and using some epoxy to seal it back up. But also the vacuum actuator is also in the way. I would also need to shave that down and hopefully the epoxy will do the trick.
Or another option would be to ditch the bulk head fitting altogether and just put in a larger grommet that would cover the hole plus screw holes and just run the plug wire directly from the MSD coil to the dist. That way I dont need to mess with the box or mess up the box. I dont think its possible to shorten the bulk head fitting. Basically to shave down the copper prong.
The pics are below. Let me know what you guys think. Basically it was piss poor planning on my part and I did not double check everything that would be on the inside.
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:17 AM   #153
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Alright, got it sorted out. Its not the 100 percent best solution but the less invasive. I am not sure if I will be able to get the plug wire off if I have to but at least i know it wont fall off.

I ground the edge of the heater box and bent the vacuum actuator edge over a bit and it all fits now. Now on to the next project.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:43 AM   #154
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Ok finally finished the heater dilemma. I removed the the studs that are attached to the box for two reasons. With the AC delete panel it was difficult to line up the holes that hold the box to the firewall and the stainless steel button head bolts look better in my opinion. Im not sure what most people do to seal up around the heater core inlets but I had some grommets that fit perfect and will seal it tight once the hoses are installed.

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Old 01-02-2019, 01:56 AM   #155
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What kind of AN hose are you using for power steering pressure line? Not many of them are rated for that kind of pressure (1200 psi). It would suck to have one let go after all your work!
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:03 AM   #156
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What kind of AN hose are you using for power steering pressure line? Not many of them are rated for that kind of pressure (1200 psi). It would suck to have one let go after all your work!
Iíll have to double check. It was a long time ago I bought the hose. But I thought u remember it being ok for high pressure. But Iíll double check for sure. Thanks for the insight!!
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:11 AM   #157
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What kind of AN hose are you using for power steering pressure line? Not many of them are rated for that kind of pressure (1200 psi). It would suck to have one let go after all your work!
Good call. Just checked, its an Earls braided line rated up to 500 PSI. Guess I need to find something else!

But thanks a lot, that would have been a huge mess.

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Old 01-31-2019, 10:35 AM   #158
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Got a few more little things tied up. I replaced the power steering hose with a 3000 PSI rated hose. One thing you will have to do when using actually power steering hose opposed to fuel braided hose is get steel fittings. I battled for a long time to get my standard aluminum AN fittings to fit over the power steering hose, but this also entailed shaving back the out liner of the hose. But I did not trust it and figured it shouldnt be this way. Then I thought about my hydraulic steering on my rock crawler and the fittings i have for them. So I found some Earls black steel fittings. Those ended up fitting perfect. The outer diameter is larger on the outer sleeve and the part that slides into the hose is smaller (the ID on the power steering hose is smaller than standard -6AN hose.

The other problem i encountered is that it is basically impossible to expanded power steering hose, so I could not get the return line to slide over the barb fitting coming out of the pump. Yes I know I could have used standard hose for this but my OCD would not allow me to have two different hoses next to each other.

So what I did was use a few inches of my fuel hose, put on a 90* fitting, then mated that with a 45* degree fitting to the power steering hose. So now you will just see the same power steering hoses. I know this cost me another $30 but its worth the cost of satisfying my OCD.

A few other things I got done were installing the TV geometry corrector on my FITECH throttle body and installed a lokar TV cable (my stock TV cable was a bit messed up)

Also installed the Air ducting in the cab. I am removing all the chrome on the vents and painting them black.
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Old 04-03-2019, 12:00 PM   #159
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I picked up a sand blasting cabinet and powder coating set up a few weeks back so I could take care of some smaller parts I needed done. I figured the convenience of having my own made it all worth the money. I was able to get all my engine pulleys coated as well as brake pedal assembly, gas pedal and parking brake assembly.

I had to make some slight adjustments to my new power steering brackets, cause as they came from the manufacturer it would not allow me to get the correct angle on the pulley. Meaning that when the pulley was installed it was laid back a few degrees compared to the crank pulley. I ended up having to grind the top part of one bracket which allowed me to tilt the pump forward, add some washers for the spacing and now everything lays at the same angle. And since i have my own powder coating set up i could just sandblast and recoat the grounded bracket.
I also drilled and tapped the boss on the pass side of my intake for the temp gauge for my dakota digital dash. I did not want to mount the sensor in the head and have wires so close to my headers.

Its nice to get some of these small things finished up. I also used some stainless steel button head bolts to mount the parking brake and gas pedal so I didnt have studs sticking out into the firewall. I think it made a cleaner look.
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Old 04-03-2019, 12:09 PM   #160
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Old 04-03-2019, 12:12 PM   #161
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And last one of the parking brake assembly mounted.

I am also switching to an 1984+ parking cable cause the original style would have run into my exhaust. Ill post some pics of how I will have it all mounted up and attached to the brake side of the cables.
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:34 AM   #162
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I was able to knock a few more things off the list. I rebuilt my steering column and repainted it, got my Borgeson ujoint steering shaft cut to length, powder coated and installed. Man having my own sandblasting cabinet and powder coating gun saves me a lot of time and hassle.

I ran into one weird problem. After I installed my steering column my shifter linkage to my 700 r4 was about 1" short. Its weird because it is the original, trans is original and so is the steering column. So how could it no longer have enough length??

So I took the rod out and I noticed the bottom side of the rod where it connects to the trans side was ground down. When I had my frame powder coated a few years back i brought the powder coater some smaller parts to also be done, this rod was one of them. But the bottom side of the rod does not have powder coat on it and you can see the blue hot marks from a grinder. Unless I blacked out one day in the garage and ground it myself, i have no recollection of grinding the bottom, and why would I? And I have no idea why the powder coating place would have ground that themselves, unless they completely messed something up and grinding 1" off was better than telling me something happened. WHo knows.

So I guess what I will do now is by some similar rod and weld on about 1" to the bottom and repowder coat it myself.

So that will be next on the list and then the steering system will be finished.
After that is done, I will dive more into the interior wiring until the weather gets better over here and then start working on the bed floor.

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Old 04-12-2019, 03:51 PM   #163
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I got the shifter rod sorted out. For whatever reason it was shortened about 1.5". I welded on some additional rod, powder coated it and now everything is how it should be.
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