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04-14-2013 10:36 PM More Driver's Door
Saturday 4-13-2013.

Had to go into the office for training in the AM so got a late start.

Forgot to get a photo last month of the solenoid mounted at the bottom rear of the driver's door.

Mounted the contact strip on the A pillar and put on some temporary wires.

Used a 1/4" bolt for a grounding lug.

Got a feel for the door release handle and window crank handle on the power window switch. Window crank handle will mount as shown. Tried the vent window handle but it required too much effort. The original regulator handle works best. The door release looks good in this orientation but I am not sure how safe it would be. To be decided.

Shut the door and hooked up the battery. The solenoid works great. The window switch triggers the relays and runs the electric motor so the window support goes up and down perfectly. Now all I have to do is put in the glass and eliminate the dragging while going up.


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04-14-2013 07:14 AM Driver's Door
March 16, 2013
I am a little late posting. I determined the location for the door connectors on the A pillar. The hole was cut. Then the opening was used to mark the corresponding hole on the door. That hole was cut and the contact strip was mounted. The wires had to be soldered to the pins. The harness for the window switch and relays was completed. The hole for the emergency door release was cut in the door and the boot was fitted.


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02-21-2013 09:06 PM Power Windows
Monday it was warm enough to do some work. I used the original glass to align the rear channel of the driver's door and locked it in place. The front guide was tweaked until it was in line with the glass. The glass was then placed in the channels and the front channel was positioned and tightened. Finally, the power window assembly was installed and adjusted. It rolls down fine. Going up is a little rough and, with the trim installed, a little noisy. It is close and I am hoping a little fine tuning will get it.


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12-22-2012 04:08 PM Rear End (again)
It got up into the low 60's today, so I did a little bit more checking on the rear ends.

The axles on the 41 were pulled. I am glad I resisted the temptation to just forget the ratio and open carrier and run the rear as is. The tubes were full of crap. It would only require one piece of the pile of rust scale getting into a bearing to ruin your day.

Everything I discovered today plus what I discovered previously points to an 8.5 rear end under the 41.

30 spline pinion
10 bolt cover (which interchanges with the one on the truck)
10 bolt ring gear with 3/4" head bolts (L most probably indicates LH threads)
The side gears, pinions, and cross shaft from the truck rear fit the 41's housing perfectly.

Time to order parts.


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12-16-2012 03:27 PM Door Latch
So, I am working with a name brand mail order house to determine what parts I need to swap out the gears and put a limited slip in. They are doing a bunch of research to assure what I have. Pulled the pinion yoke and it does have a 30 spline pinion, so I am fairly confident it is an 8.5. Checked parts and bolt in axles with 11 inch drums and 15/16" wheel cylinders is probably a 73 Olds rear end that could be bought in the Olds Cutlass. You could even get it in a big block Chevelle.

Since the weather was nice, I did go out to do something. The doors aren't going to do themselves. I don't really want to do it, but I have to. So, I have to start somewhere. I checked to see what the gaps are now. The body lines match up really well, so the door is probably located as close as I can get it. The gaps range from 0.000" (lower front) to approx. 1/4" (upper front and rear). So I am going to have to grind and weld in some areas and fill in others.

I decided to get the rest of the door squared away before I did the final fitting. The inside release handle seemed to be the easiest. I had already done this on the passenger door, so I knew pretty much what needed to be done.

I located where the door needed to be cut. I drilled and filed it out. I cut down a 1/4" x 3/4" bolt. The bear claw hole was tapped. Double nut and voila, it works. The strange thing is that the link on the passenger side had to be lengthened to fit. The driver side link fit without modification.


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