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Today 12:35 PM
Loose Ctrl
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
I will have to try that on my 70 MGB I clean the contacts get every thing working ,,park it in garage a month ,do not drive then something don't work every time I try to take it out ,,always corrosion on wires .(looks like soda ) ,??
That was the problem I was trying to over come on an MG Midget and a Fiat Spider.
Today 01:02 AM
zuffen That's interesting.

I have an early Range Rover with the same Lucas connectors.

The car was driven in salt water 20 years ago and all of the electrics still work and have never failed to work.

My past experience with Lucas (on MGs) was diabolical but my Rover defies logic in that the smoke stays inside the wires.
Yesterday 09:24 PM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by Loose Ctrl View Post
Yep.I put dielectric grease on them and then shrink wrapped them.It seemed to help.
I will have to try that on my 70 MGB I clean the contacts get every thing working ,,park it in garage a month ,do not drive then something don't work every time I try to take it out ,,always corrosion on wires .(looks like soda ) ,??
Yesterday 06:30 PM
Loose Ctrl
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Originally Posted by 37ford4dr View Post
thanks, you can see the problem that gave Lucas a bad reputation in the last photo.....open ended connectors

Yep.I put dielectric grease on them and then shrink wrapped them.It seemed to help.
Yesterday 06:23 PM
37ford4dr
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Originally Posted by Loose Ctrl View Post
The wiring harnesses look excellent.I'm sure your wiring will be more reliable than the original Lucuss.lol
thanks, you can see the problem that gave Lucas a bad reputation in the last photo.....open ended connectors
Yesterday 04:41 PM
Loose Ctrl The wiring harnesses look excellent.I'm sure your wiring will be more reliable than the original Lucuss.lol
Yesterday 01:42 PM
37ford4dr finished the engine bay , it needed buffing in one or two spots that you will never see, but i can see it now so what the hell


and move on to wiring, adding the longer fender bolts for the wire p clips in the engine bay, adding the front wiring harness and drilling a hole for the head light wires to feed through





missing this on the other side




the sharpie mark is the new destination



done, I love those Christmas tree drill bits



and touch up the paint


if there was a place for a plastic P clip this is it



whats the deal with the short parking lights wires???? i guess i will make them longer and put them in PVC tubing and i guess i need to add the ground wire also, so i need some connectors and bullets.




I have some wiring to figure out here...looks like an extra wire for the fog lamp i am guessing and some wires for the horns.


04-30-2016 07:39 PM
37ford4dr today went to the apple blossom parade in Winchester VA..... a cold gray breezy and drizzly day......I was on my best behavior because my temper tantrum not to go, got me no where...oh well

but tonight and tomorrow is mine.


so as I contemplate mating the two halves of the car together its clear to me I need to wrap up the engine compartment area 100%, so I got back to cleaning all the buffing compound off and looking for any areas that I need to buff some more in the engine area....then i can put the wiring harness in and put the under dash insulation pad





i found the Griots speed shine worked best to remove the over splatter of the buffing compound, i also used a clay bar and tooth brushes and a detail brush.



04-27-2016 09:32 PM
37ford4dr sweet.....my high school buddy bought a 396 camaro on sunday and came home after school on monday to an empty driveway....his dad drove it and then took it back to the dealership and said no way.....so my friend bought a 289 mustang fast back and soon there after had an accident in the rain.
04-26-2016 09:07 AM
TugboatBill
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Originally Posted by Arns85GT View Post
and clocked 140 mph on a black top county road.
That's why your dad didn't let you get it.
04-25-2016 09:35 AM
Arns85GT
I almost had a 140

Back in 1966 I had a shot at a hard top 140 low miler for $600.

My Dad wouldn't let me get it.

The guy who did get it, changed the fluids, topped the tires and clocked 140 mph on a black top county road.

They were great old cars
04-24-2016 08:39 PM
boothboy Aesthetically I actually like the 120's better than the 140's_________ but I wouldn't turn either one down. Fun day for you.

BB
04-24-2016 08:30 PM
Loose Ctrl Another awesome post and DIY.
04-24-2016 06:20 PM
37ford4dr earlier today British on the Green at Gunston hall the home of George Mason a Virginia statemen of the Revolutionary period



this got my motor running







i got to sit in this....i like it



















heres a home made snap connector tool for our wiring harnesses.





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Originally Posted by SteveZBMagnette,3245178,3248413
Tool, Snap Connector Tool

It is the only answer... One pair of the tips is tapered. This is intended to stick into the sleeve before you try to insert the bullet. This sizes the sleeve perfectly so that the bullet fits with a nice snug snap rather than a palm endangering shove and grrr with some improvised implement. Of destruction...

Then, when you get the bullets started, the forked jaws are just perfect for squeezing the bullets fully home in the sleeve...

Works a treat!
well i spent some time looking at my old broken and abandoned tools......and look what i came up with. a craftsman handi cut

the one side already has the split jaws to accommodate the gold plastic piece that acts as pad for the cutter blade



spring loaded



my requirements for the connectors on my wiring harness





and the open end already the right size for the bullet ends



and tip to tip the full opening is 1 5/8.....and full closed is 9/16. so that means i am really close and all i have to do is figure out how the paddle end for the one side is going to get attached.. those two holes in the one side are threaded so i dont even need to compromise the tool...(although what made this tool be in the old pile was that the blade end was broken and needed a new blade)

i am thinking a 14 gage piece that gets attached using the two holes with a paddle end





14 gauge


















and after contemplation that these pliers were sitting in a bucket on the front porch for the last 3 yrs i decided to weld the tabs in place





nice and parralel at 1 1/8


opening up the groove, kept filing it until 14 ga wire slipped through easily






and it works






04-23-2016 02:00 PM
37ford4dr pulled the distributor and mocked up the shrink wrap on the rear wiring


well the distributor would not slip out of the clamp joint and as we all know getting the bolts out is a PITA

this is the spot for a snap on 4 way wrench, it gives full access to the bolt with no interference, and off to Jeff for a rebuild






heres the shrink wrap for the open ended connectors








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