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Old 05-14-2007, 12:55 AM   #1
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Old Skool's Got brake lights !!!

Hey All...

Just a short update this evening...
I finally got the brake lights on "Shorty" workin' right yesterday...
I removed the old switch and took it to the parts house... of course it was obsolete. Ford used a similar brake switch up to '67 on their light duty trucks (F-100 to F-350) and on their medium-heavy duty trucks from 65-78.
The first switch I tried was nearly the same as the old switch except that it had male spade connectors instead of wires. It looked like it would work however when I installed it, the lights would come on but not shut off. I could not figure it out... I put it in the same way as I took it out. Evidently, the PO had his hand on this piece as well. It was installed incorrectly so when I replaced it, I also installed it wrong. After doing some research, I learned how it was supposed to be installed. When I tried to install it correctly, I found out the new switch would not work for my application. By the time the female spade connectors were attached the switch was too long to fit the correct way. I took the switch back and got a 2nd switch. The second switch was beefier and better made. I was able to solder two wire leads to it with no problem. With that done, it installed easily and worked properly.
I also purchased and installed a custom headlight wiring harness that was made specifically for my bus. It replaces the stock harness with a harness that has a seperate relay for each light and attaches to the positive side of the starter cylinoid. The new harness sends a full 12 volts to the head lights instead of the stock 8-9 volts. The increase in voltage results in much brighter headlights. I highly recommend one of these harness' for anyone restoring an older vehicle.
I have posted some new pictures of the Olde Skool project on my weshots accout... to view them, just follow the link below.

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Old 05-14-2007, 06:46 PM   #2
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Good job, Kap'n!

Voltage drop is the boogaboo you just got rid of with the relays and fresh harness.
My first bus had candles for lights because of it! We're talking about high
resistance in numerous splices and connectors, and each "friction point"
steals voltage like a thief.

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Old 05-15-2007, 02:14 AM   #3
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Hey Elliot...

Yep... that's about how the headlights were on mine before the new harness. I will have one of them installed on my '68 Ford pickup as well.
The guy who makes them just lives a few miles from me so he can make me one anytime.
I am also going to replace the headlights with some new ones. I could not belive the difference that made on my pickup. One of my light went on it so I replaced it. The new light was so much brighter that I went back and got a second one and replaced the other one too.
I got another set of lights for the back of my bus today. I am still going to use the 55 watt Halogens for back up lights, but wanted something that I could run off of the deep cycle batteries to light up the back "patio" area. I picked up pair of led lights. Each side will have 16 leds. That should give me plenty of low watt lighting.
How much of a hastle is it to extend the bumper out a couple of feet?
I am thinking of moving it out a little bit so I can use that space to mount my propane tank and a couple of 5 gallon gas cans (jeep style).
It is getting late and I gotta get up in the morning for work.

thanks for your input...

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Old 05-15-2007, 02:38 AM   #4
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I've never extended a bumper, but I've taken them on and off. Typically, they mount to the
end of the frame rails, AND to a point a couple of feet further forward thru the
diagonal braces to the corners of the bumper.

And typically, there is some slop in the mounting holes for adjustment -- and if there
isn't, you can grind some.

So what I would look at as a first possibility, is to add an extension to the frame rail, and
then bolt the bumper right back on. If the extra thickness of the extension
material causes too much trouble, you could extend it twice -- the second
extension returning to the original frame width.

For extension material, it would be nice to use a channel similar to the frame, but... sitting
here in my living room tonight... that seems unrealistic. More realistic is to use flat plate,
maybe half inch thick. At this point, I would stop trying to do everything myself, and let
a steel shop cut the pieces to suitable size AND punch the holes in them. What I think I
would do, is make a plywood template. Take your time, and get it marked just right.
Heck, with plywood, you could even actually mount the bumper. When
everything is honky-dory, disassemble and take the templates to the
steel shop.

Of course, this is easy for me to say, sitting here in my living room with a glass of
Lost Coast's finest Indica Pale Ale and not having to actually do it.

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Old 05-15-2007, 01:26 PM   #5
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little off topic

I know this is a little off topic, but how is that lost coast IPA? would you compare it favorably to a humbolt brewery nectar IPA or a russian river brewery Pliny the Elder double ipa? or perhaps a Stone IPA or Ruination
I am so jealouse of you nothern coast guys and your pleathora of awesome breweries. we southerners are catching up but have a long way to go. I'm thinking of driving lola up the San Fran this July 21 for the New Belgian Brewery Tour De Fat bicycle and brew extravavaganzy. I think one of your human powered art works would go awesomely there.
Here's the link: http://www.newbelgium.com/vibe_tourdefat_sf_07.php

or through the San Fran bike coalition:
http://www.sfbike.org/?fat

By the way Captain, Thanks for the tip on the headlight harness, Mine is as dim as a red dwarf star. I just mounted 4 white halogen fog lights to the front bumper in those funny little rectangular holes that seem purpose made for mounting fog lights:



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Old 05-15-2007, 02:04 PM   #6
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Alas, I don't know beers -- I just know what I like when I taste it. And even that depends
greatly on the circumstances of the situation -- what I'm eating, level
of physical activity etc.

One day a beer tastes real good after mowing the lawn, and the next day a bottle right out of
the same case doesn't taste worth a hoot after sitting around and typing all day. I've found
these circumstances to be more important to my choice of beverages than minor
variations among the beverages themselves.

For the record, the beer in question is named Indica, and it is of the type India Pale Ale.
Lost Coast Brewery is in Eureka, CA, and is the "official" beer of Kinetic Sculpture Racing.
Famed racer and artist Duane Flatmo painted the labels, and famed racers and
artists Ken & June live and work upstairs in the Lost Coast building. Many of us
eat there the first night of the Grand Championship. (The second evening is
a camp out.)

Indica is what I call a fork-eatin' beer. I mean this is the same positive sense as a soup full
of much goodies and little water is a fork-eatin' soup. I like to "chew" a sip of Indica
before I swallow it. Unfiltered, very hoppy. Sorry I have no way to compare
it with those others. I guess I have to admit I'm just not much of a drinker.

Alas -- 21 July I'll be racing in Corvallis, Oregon.

Warning: Thread drift in progress!

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Old 05-15-2007, 02:09 PM   #7
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http://www.anacortesrockfish.com/ while I don't drink, this heres the best beer around *S* course I work there sooooooo
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:40 PM   #8
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I don't drink alcohol anymore... nearly 13 years now.

But, I do dearly love an ice cold Kaliber anytime and anywhere.
For those of you that aren't familiar with Kaliber, it is the non-alcoholic version of Guiness. It's brewed the same but has had the alcohol removed. It has the same rich flavor of Guiness stout and can be served either ice cold (my preference) or room temp in Euro fashion...
There is no comparison between Kaliber and O'Douls or any other NA brews. It would be like comparing a pedal car to a nitro powered funny car... they're in differant leagues completely...

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Oooo, I'll have to try that Kaliber - specially since I am often the Designated Driver!

And I've often thought of passing up the alcoholic beverages completely, since I have seen
so much of the trouble they can cause. I count myself extremely lucky that I don't seem
to be prone to alcohol addiction. And I'm such a control freak that I don't even like
drinking very much, because then I am not In Charge!

Now, Ice Cream, THAT I have a problem with.



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The thread? If ya take yer beer goggles off , you can see & follow KaptnKAOS' brake lights back to it!

"Honesht Oshiffer, I'm not under the alfluensh of incahol the way shome thinkle peep I am, and I'll walk that white line for ya if you jusht hold it shteady for me!"

p.s. I've been on the wagon now since 1982! That Kaliber sounds like a good NAB to try (I haven't lost my taste for beer , I just don't drink it any more (& don't say any less, either , I don't at all).
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