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12-27-2007 11:06 AM Dec 07
A temp dash was fabricated to carry the Dakota air ride control gauge and Dakota gear shift gauge.
After programming the whole set up and ironing out one or two leaky problems, the car is now ready for a run out.



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12-27-2007 11:00 AM Dec 07
After priming the battery tray and bolting into place, the battery and twin air compressors are installed and connected.
Increased cranking and storage power the new larger battery has should cure all electrical demands.
As for air consumption, the single compressor took approx 20mins to fill the tank [pressure switch shut of 136psi]. The twin set up takes just 8mins, a vast improvement.
The air ride valves are now mounted into place and connected up to the new Dakota Digital air ride controller ready for the cars first road testing session we have planned during the xmas holidays.


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12-12-2007 03:54 PM Dec 07
Using angle iron the lower section was made to the size of the battery + 1/8" clearance on all four sides. This is to allow for 1/4" high density foam which will cover all the surfaces which are in direct contact with the battery.
The upper brackets and base to the compressor area were fabricated from 16 gauge sheet steel [what I had laid around in the garage]



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12-12-2007 03:47 PM Dec 07
Battery box.
After problems with insufficient battery power a larger capacity battery needed to be fitted. As the previous battery tray was not ideal for the new battery I decided to fabricate a new one. It would also be used to mount the twin air compressors which feed the air tank/ride suspension.


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12-10-2007 02:26 PM Dec 07
What happened to Nov07 you may ask, well a short holiday [keeps her in doors happy] and full of busy keeping other people happy meant very little time was spent on the project. Not much of an excuse Anon but it'll have to do.
So time to sort out lots of little jobs which seem to have been put on the back shelf.
1. Air ride valve positioning and mounting-
Using the least amount of fittings [less chance of leakage] the positioning became a big problem simply because of the size of the valve manifolds. An area prefect for the job is between the air tank and rear bulkhead. But as this position is impossible to access without taking out the tank, a removable access panel in the rear bulkhead would have to be made.
The pictures tell the story.
The plumbing cannot be completed as extra tee fittings [on order] are needed.


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