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04-17-2011 10:23 PM Trunk Floor Extension
The angle piece was welded in on the driver's side. Can't get the grinder in there to finish the welds. No one will see them anyway.

The passenger side was a different story. After the opening was increased by a saw kerf width, the stretcher was used on the angle section to make it fit. When it required much more curve than the driver's side, it was obvious something was not right. The passenger side had a much larger "dip" in it. Instead of welding in the angle, the rest of the day was spent moving it out to match the driver's side.


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04-16-2011 07:14 PM Beginning of the End for Trunk
Got the wiring harness out of the way. Removed the trunk releases. Pulled out the tail lights and the back up lights.

Originally, I was just going to seal the trunk floor extension to the roll pan. I knew I had too big a gap on the left side, but figured I would work something out. Then I got to reading about ghost lines and such. Decided to trim the extension back and weld in an angle.

I started with the easy side. The joke was on me. Neither side was easy! The left side is cut. The right side is about 2/3 done. Had to call it a day. Daughter was going to the prom.

Anyway, the left side is ready to weld. I have more cutting to do on the right side.


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04-11-2011 09:02 PM Sending Unit Wiring
My wife picked up the ring terminals today. Got them installed. Put a 5/16" ring on the other end of the ground wire so it will attach with the fuel pump ground on the fuel pump mounting bolt.

The only remaining trunk wiring is for the speakers (not sure what I am going to do yet), the trunk lighting (not sure what I am going to do yet), and the solenoid to starter cable.

So, the wiring harness will come out so I can do the final welding in the trunk area.


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04-10-2011 08:08 PM Fuel Pump / Sending Unit Wiring
Went to the hardware store Saturday morning. Picked up a couple of grommets. The large one requires a big enough hole to pass the Metri-pack 280 connector for the fuel pump connection through the floor. The small one will fill the cavity in the big one to make a weatherproof seal.

Tanks sends a fairly universal pick-up assembly with their new tanks. The pick-up tubes were cut to length and the unit installed.

The VDO sending unit was a bit trickier. The tank is 6 inches deep where the sending unit installs, but it sits in a recess. The tank is actually 7-1/2" deep. This required the sending unit to not only be installed without the spacer bar, the actual sender unit had to be installed upside down. This requires the float to be installed on the opposite side. Finally, the complete assembly will not fit in the tank opening assembled. The float has to be placed in the tank. Then the sending unit has to be dropped in about half way. The float arm has to be threaded in the sender, aligned, and tightened. Finally, the complete assembly can be dropped in and bolted in place.

The fuel pump wires were cut to length, the grommets installed, and the Metri-pack 280 terminals crimped on.

After some searching, I realized I did not have any size 6 ring terminals. There were honey-dos to be done, so that ended my day. Next week.


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03-20-2011 06:48 AM Wiring Tag Frame
After centering the tag frame in the frenching box, 1/4" x 20 nuts were welded to the back side. Then, after careful measuring and marking, two 5/16" holes were drilled for the wires. A tab was fabbed and welded to the top channel of the trunk opening. Finally, the trunk lid was put back on the car and the wiring was completed. The corrugated rubber sleeve that goes from the body tab to a hole in the trunk lid was obtained at a swap meet from a wiring vendor. Some mounting bolts, the fuel pump wire, and the fuel sending unit wire is all that is left to do to the trunk area wiring.


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