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#834665 - Mon Mar 12 2012 06:52 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: cletis]
BIG CHEVY 3600 Offline
Master Gabster
Registered: Tue Oct 10 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 5349
Loc: DALLAS/BLANCO TEXAS
Originally Posted By cletis
I drove the burb to Hamilton in the rain yesterday for a car show, about 100 miles away. About half way there my wipers quit.

The car show was indoors so I had a dry place to look at the wiper situation. I found the switch cable had worked loose. I could turn them on by hand if I need them but since I had applied fresh Rain-X at the show I didn't need them on the way home.

By the way, I took first in the unfinished class out of 5 or 6 entries.

Today I pulled the wiper motor. I found the screw that holds the cable to the motor was stripped. Replaced that and re-installed the motor. I got it all hooked up and the motor doesn't work.

I checked the power supply and there's no power coming from the Ron Francis 12 to 6 unit. I check the junction block and there's no power going to the RF unit. After a few more voltage checks and trying to start the truck with no response, I checked the voltage at the battery. Barely 6 volts in a 12 V battery.

OK, I drove that thing 4 hours yesterday with head lights on and heater motor going full blast. I guess the alternator didn't keep up. I hooked up my battery charger and it started smoking. Pop the cover and find my circuit board fried.

I jumped the truck off and the amp gauge pegs toward charge. It quickly settled in to a 30 amp charge. I plugged the wiper motor back in and it worked.


I left the engine running while I put up the tools and smoked a cigar. Another fun day in the shop.


Cletis:
Bring her down here if you think she'll make it. Blanco on the 3rd Saturday in May. I hope to have mine finally finished an on proud display.

From the Blanco Chamber of Commerce:
The Blanco Classic Car Show" is held every year on the Third Saturday in May, along the banks of the Blanco River, in Blanco State Park. "Walk-in" viewers enter free, otherwise, "Drive-in" guests pay the standard fee for the State Park. The weather is typically hot & sunny; there are plenty of "Classic Cars" to see, food, non-alcoholic beverages. You can spend the day (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM., or so) walking and talking with other car enthusiasts. Call (830) 833-5348 for more information.
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FIRST START http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb-4nPArk98

Modern ‘science’: the wonder of a
pre-determined mind…

The ‘baseline belief’ of astronomy:
“Any day now, we’ll pick up a tiny,
coded signal from outer space. Then
we’ll know for certain that there is
intelligence out there, because coded
information does not arise by chance”

The ‘baseline belief’ of biology:
The precisely coded genetic information in
every cell would fill many books…
but we know for certain that no intelligence
could have created life.”


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#834731 - Mon Mar 12 2012 09:18 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: BIG CHEVY 3600]
Drydock Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Registered: Tue Feb 21 2012 08:59 PM
Posts: 98
Loc: MO
GOt the head off the 53 Powerglide 235. (Upgrade for the 45 1.5 ton) Spent a while with a wire brush and solvent looking for cracks. Won't know for sure until its magnafluxed, but looks good so far.
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#834737 - Mon Mar 12 2012 09:38 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: Drydock]
ShepFL Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Registered: Thu Oct 06 2011 01:54 PM
Posts: 64
Loc: Sanderson, FL
I bought a "new" to me cluster gauge for my truck. Now looking at the new gauges it is not same as my AMP gauge :/

My gauge displays 50 - 0 - 50 yet this gauge shows D - 0 - C

See pics of my truck at this link - http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/ShepFL/Vintage%2049/#!cpZZ3QQtppZZ28

(There was an ebay link here)

I want my truck to be historically accurate. What yr. did GMC switch the AMP gauge layout? Can I get replacement AMP display?


Edited by cletis (Mon Mar 12 2012 10:38 PM)
Edit Reason: removed ebay link
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#834741 - Mon Mar 12 2012 09:44 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: ShepFL]
Dan_Texas Offline
New Guy
Registered: Sat Mar 03 2012 02:02 PM
Posts: 10
Loc: TX
Rebuilt the brake master cylinder tonight - still no fluid to the back brakes when trying to bleed the system.
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#834749 - Mon Mar 12 2012 09:57 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: ShepFL]
BIG CHEVY 3600 Offline
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Registered: Tue Oct 10 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 5349
Loc: DALLAS/BLANCO TEXAS
Originally Posted By ShepFL
I bought a "new" to me cluster gauge for my truck. Now looking at the new gauges it is not same as my AMP gauge :/

My gauge displays 50 - 0 - 50 yet this gauge shows D - 0 - C

See pics of my truck at this link - http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/ShepFL/Vintage%2049/#!cpZZ3QQtppZZ28

See pics of my "new" gauge at this link -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/190649268249?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

I want my truck to be historically accurate. What yr. did GMC switch the AMP gauge layout? Can I get replacement AMP display?

I would take these elec questions over to the electrical forum.
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Jim
Big Chevy's Photobucket pix
FIRST START http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb-4nPArk98

Modern ‘science’: the wonder of a
pre-determined mind…

The ‘baseline belief’ of astronomy:
“Any day now, we’ll pick up a tiny,
coded signal from outer space. Then
we’ll know for certain that there is
intelligence out there, because coded
information does not arise by chance”

The ‘baseline belief’ of biology:
The precisely coded genetic information in
every cell would fill many books…
but we know for certain that no intelligence
could have created life.”


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#834771 - Mon Mar 12 2012 10:32 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: Dan_Texas]
LevisPop Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Registered: Sun Oct 02 2011 04:14 PM
Posts: 107
Loc: Portland, OR USA
I painted the rebuilt long block 235, with great anticipation that one day soon (this year) Rochester will drive again. It has been on "vacation" since 1975! Now THAT is the life!
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#834772 - Mon Mar 12 2012 10:33 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: BIG CHEVY 3600]
hardshell Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Sun Jun 26 2011 09:41 AM
Posts: 147
Loc: Louisa county,Virginia
Did a lot of dent repair on the small dings of my 50 3100 rear fenders. The entire bed has been sand blasted and I am getting the body work done so I can get the entire bed painted and reassembled in the next month ( provided I can catch some good days to get the painting done with good temperatures and humidity levels). I have replaced both angle iron strips on the bed and I have the new bed strips waiting for some paint. as soon as the painting is done, my good friend has some dried walnut wood waiting to be shaped properly to fit in as new bed wood.
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#835567 - Thu Mar 15 2012 03:06 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: hardshell]
Hellomrwilson Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Fri Sep 03 2010 03:15 PM
Posts: 916
Loc: Palestine, Texas
I've been working on my Jeep CJ5 project too long and couldn't stand the neglect of my '59 Apache Project.
So today, I visited my account at Classic Auto Parts and bought a number of things on my "wish list".
This includes new pedals, boots, a shifter knob, floor seals etc... baby stepping still.
Still loving my truck!
Jerry
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#835579 - Thu Mar 15 2012 03:37 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: Hellomrwilson]
Woogeroo Offline
Socket Breaker
Registered: Sat Feb 02 2002 12:00 PM
Posts: 5527
Loc: Tool Box

Yesterday evening, swapped out the heater blower motor in my 1965 c10.

gory details here, toward the bottom, if interested

-W
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#835667 - Thu Mar 15 2012 10:02 PM Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? [Re: Woogeroo]
Achipmunk Online
Registered: Tue Dec 11 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 15214
Loc: Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
....got the exhaust put on the 52panel today and had the front end lined up. The fellow said he didn't even have to move the toe-in and the "tracking" was dead on. Did I get lucky? You betcha!!!

....now that its quite my neigbors will speak to me again..... Hmmmm, maybe I need to put a cutout on it just to keep them away? hehee


Edited by Achipmunk (Thu Mar 15 2012 10:03 PM)
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