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Old 06-19-2012, 06:26 PM
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Got a few of the cruise control parts cleaned up and figured out I will need two brake switches for the new system.

The truck has only enough space on the existing switch bracket for one switch so I got started on the mods by finding a nut to weld to the extension. Its a steering castle nut and a bit small but had the same thread count. I gave it a slice with the zip cut and pryed it open. The switch threads in nicely. Next is to crawl around under the dash to figure out how to mount the nut and new plate.
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Been looking at swapping out my tie rod and drag link to chrome versions, but two problems. First is they don't make the size I wanted in chrome, and 2nd is having mine chromed is spendy!
Was at the hardware store today to get some fittings and sstumbled across a budget minded answer. They sell thinwall aluminum tubing, and had some 1" that had an ID that was perfect for my project.
Brought a 8' stick home and cut two pieces the right length. Then pulled one heim off the end of each rod and slid the sleeve over. Gave a nice close fit, but pushed on by hand. Reinstalled the heims and put it all together. Then I got out the polish and polished up the sleeves.
Here's the end result for under $20:
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:04 PM
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Been looking at swapping out my tie rod and drag link to chrome versions, but two problems. First is they don't make the size I wanted in chrome, and 2nd is having mine chromed is spendy!
Was at the hardware store today to get some fittings and sstumbled across a budget minded answer. They sell thinwall aluminum tubing, and had some 1" that had an ID that was perfect for my project.
Brought a 8' stick home and cut two pieces the right length. Then pulled one heim off the end of each rod and slid the sleeve over. Gave a nice close fit, but pushed on by hand. Reinstalled the heims and put it all together. Then I got out the polish and polished up the sleeves.
Here's the end result for under $20:
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Nice.
Better than chrome as I hear chrome causes hydrogen embrittlement making parts weaker.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:15 AM
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It went away when Jon sold it and I am so damn sick and tired of MY last photo. It couldn't have been some cool hot rod, it had to be a damn commercial van!

Here is a thread on the subject..feedback on new "Last photo" feature

We need to start screaming so they take it away or activate it or SOMETHING for goodness sakes. Yep, this is what happens when big brother takes over.

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Hey yeah ,now that you mention it......That was a pretty cool feature we should get it back...Lol,brian I pulled that porche outside so I could forget about it but I have to look at the dang thing everyday as my last pic,I know what you mean..
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:29 AM
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[QUOTE=1971BB427]Been looking at swapping out my tie rod and drag link to chrome versions, but two problems. First is they don't make the size I wanted in chrome, and 2nd is having mine chromed is spendy!
Was at the hardware store today to get some fittings and sstumbled across a budget minded answer. They sell thinwall aluminum tubing, and had some 1" that had an ID that was perfect for my project.
Brought a 8' stick home and cut two pieces the right length. Then pulled one heim off the end of each rod and slid the sleeve over. Gave a nice close fit, but pushed on by hand. Reinstalled the heims and put it all together. Then I got out the polish and polished up the sleeves.
Here's the end result for under $20:

That worked out great. Another good idea for us low buckers.

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:35 AM
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I bought a pair of headlight rings for an antique ford and welded them on my IH and made some brows. I like it.it adds some style to the front of the fender.
I like it too...
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Got another hour in on the cruise control. Servo is bolted to the fender, cable's hooked up to the throttle body, big grommet hole puched in the firewall and hose and wires fed thru.

A bit at a time really works. Off to take my daughter to soccer practice in the sweltering heat wave we're having and maybe stop by my car club's cruise night.

One good thing about heat wave's though is it helps get them firewall grommets installed easier.
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One good thing about heat wave's though is it helps get them firewall grommets installed easier.
Yep heat is the trick with rubber parts. I use to install those rivet on mouldings so popular in the seventies (sorry for ruining all those cars) at my sisters detail shop. We had a hot water heater that was set REAL high that we would fill a five gallon bucket with to put the pieces of rubber inserts into for a while before we installed them. We would cut these pieces long, I mean a few inches long! That hot water would soften them up and with them wet that would lube too and wham install all the moulding inserts on a car in a minute or two. But if you cut them exact length in no time they shrunk up and looked like hell, not ours.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:37 PM
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For the past three days Ive been installing new latches in the ole 48 I started with the window and fitting a new,one piece plexiglass template,getting rid of the vent window and move the window run channel in the door forward about 5" ...Once that was done and the new template went up and down nice and EZ I got to work on the latches.
First I had to cut out the inner door by following the holes that the interior panel fastens to The reason being that I wanted to remove and replace the piece as needed to check my work so I redrilled the holes to 5/16 and had a nice tight fit for a bolt this will also be handy when welding time comes. I started cutting at the holes then put a bolt in the holes then after all the bolts were in I cut out the rest....the last pic shows the door cut all the way around and held on with a few bolts and washers.
OOPs, That last pic didnt show ,I'll post it first on the next post...
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:18 PM
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Panel on ,panel off...and heres the Impala power latches I'll be installing ...
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What are you using for latches Mike. I looked at a Mitsubishi PU truck at one time. They had very compact latches that I thought would work great. Never did actually use them though.

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:23 PM
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I made a template of the mounting holes and the V cut for the latch out of masking tape I'll just transfer it to the 48 door.EZ right ?What could go wrong.
Well,I had two latches ...Asuming one was RT and one was LF but an Impala is a 4dr car and both were for the RT side so I installed the RT in the LF door,it worked but it was upside downso I went to the junk yard and picked up the LF latch Thats why if you look at the middle pic close you'll see three extra holes...I was wondering the dang holes didnt line up ,that templete is fool proof ...so instead of figuring out why I just drilled new mounting holes like an idiot...I cant believe I did that...
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I made a template of the mounting holes and the V cut for the latch out of masking tape I'll just transfer it to the 48 door.EZ right ?What could go wrong.

LOL, you are obviously my brutha from another mutha.

Don't you love that stuff. But hey, it isn't like you drilled holes in glass, you have the power to weld them up.

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