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Radarsonwheels last won the day on February 11

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About Radarsonwheels

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    Guru, have been a long time contributor

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    Bucks County PA
  • Interests
    I like loud dangerous steel things
  • My Project Cars
    '86 ramcharger '73 swinger '54 3/4 ton

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    Ex-Harley wrench
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    Commercial artist


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    Levittown PA
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    Wrenching, drawing on people

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  1. Radarsonwheels

    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    I whipped up a little throttle return spring bracket this morning before work
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    Manifold Stud Replacement

    That’s great!
  3. Radarsonwheels

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Roger1 I agree your truck is stunning- looks like a better than stock restoration. I don’t want to steal any of your thunder but just wanted to note the similarity to my truck- I used to have the same parking brake 😂
  4. Radarsonwheels

    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    I drove my ramcharger to work today and noticed the headlight stomper switch is way lower than I put it in my C-series. On the other hand the footwell of the rancharger is like the grand canyon.
  5. Radarsonwheels

    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    Seatbelts! I swapped out the evil kenieval blue seatbelts for some nice simple black ones with airplane buckles. I haven’t wasted too much $ buying stuff I didn’t use but I’m really really good with the decision to not put garish five point harnesses in there. The footprint gas pedal could have stayed though if it fit better
  6. Radarsonwheels

    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    The stomper is a big upgrade! I had high and low beams both wired together before- it wasn’t the best
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    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    I just sat in the cab like I was driving and put it a little above the comfy places to put my left foot. I usually end up with my heel at the bottom of the ‘wheel well’ curved floor section and I wear size 14 shoes so it’s out of the way but not hard to hit. The part of the floor that got a rubber mat got extended forward to a 90° corner on the drivers side instead of having the stock angled toe board. This was mostly to give more room for brake pedal travel without having it too high at rest. But there isn’t much room there for two feet!
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    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    And I think I found at least one possible source of rainwater in my cab- these holes in the cowl look like hold down pins used to live there holding a seal for the rear of the hood wings? I’m thinking I’ll just weld em up.
  9. Radarsonwheels

    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    The cab wiring is almost done. I have a few unused circuits to tuck away in case I ever get a cabin light or line lock or whatever. I still have to make a ground lug to the firewall and put ring terminals on the ground wires. The wideband gauge needs a mounting plate made that will cover the old radio holes and I have to weld a bung into the exhaust for it. For the heater box I have a circuit running to the hole in the dash but I need to get a high amp three position switch to run the heater fan at two different speeds. Then I’ll run one output through a resistor and one straight 12v. All the wires are run through a fresh grommet in the firewall. Once it’s all done and loomed I want to make a taper/cone of electrical tape covered in heat shrink so the whole harness can seal more air/water tight through the grommet.
  10. Radarsonwheels

    '47' rear bench, storage drawer done

    The fat radial spokes are fancy!
  11. Radarsonwheels

    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    The instrument clusters, keyswitch, light switch, and high-low beam stomper switch are mounted and wired up. The tail and brake lights are already wired up to the engine bay from the bumper. The horn button and turn signal harness is made but needs a connector under the dash. I’m trying to finish the cabin wiring as a break from all the sheetmetal work. The ‘plan’ is to just leave a loop that will go through the firewall once the front inner fenders are done. I was able to sneak under the car cover and sit in the truck to do a bunch of work which was nice and peaceful and a lot was done on the bench inside too but working in the snow sucks.
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    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    I looked up that link to the loom- I got some that looks similar but isn’t split. You have to thread it and unless you cut it with a hot knife the ends fray. quickly. It’s nice though because when you bunch it up its diameter increases dramatically and when stretched it tightens up around the wires- the chinese handcuff thing. I think I will be able to stick wires out the side too through the weave like when a long run has a couple wires that stop early or make a detour from the group. I don’t give it a chance to fray I have been taping the ends tight then shrink wrapping over the tape for clean permanant installation. Or sometimes a couple baby zip ties if I don’t have that size shrinkwrap like in the pic. edit: just took the slack out of the parking brake adjustment. Feels good.
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    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    Like this? I have been working on the harness here and there at night since before christmas. I have a bunch more to use finishing this all up- high temp plastic (pet?) braided loom that expands or shrinks like chinese handcuffs. It’s gonna be pro-fesh-uh-nall! At least as good as I can get it. I’m 40 this year- trying to learn and improve from years of doing it wrong, not knowing any better, and being too broke to buy the good tools and materials. Nothing worse to deal with or better to learn from than working on something after it was all screwed up by a hack. Usually I try to leave things better than I found them if possible and do stuff right -once-. Right now I’m trying to get a final count on wires through the firewall so the bundle can be made, loomed, and measured before I drill for a grommet, then cut to length and pinned into weatherpack connectors on the engine compartment side after the whole snake is pulled through. I’m still not sure where the voltage regulator and ignition box are going to live. Gotta make those inner fenders. Had to work today though. It’s supposed to snow gangbusters here tomorrow- my kid’s school already called a snow day. In honor of the ground probably being horrible to lay on for the next week or so I went ahead and assembled, indexed, tightened, and cotter pinned the transmission side of the cable shift linkage from my B&M ratchet to my 727. It’s one less thing to do that requires rolling around on the ground. The other fun one is tightening the adjuster on the parking brake. The splitter that goes from the front cable to the rears is attached to a threaded rod that needs a nut tightened to take out the slack. It goes easy with a ratcheting wrench but the lever doesn’t actually pull the cable very far so the adjustment needs to be just right if you don’t want the truck to still be able to roll with the parking brake on. It’s all matching stuff off a 90’s jeep ZJ grand cherokee.
  14. Radarsonwheels

    '47' rear bench, storage drawer done

    You are having too much fun with that thing I love it. Is that an evo softail springer or heritage dressed like a knuckle parked next to it?

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