I really do not know why, but for whatever reason, I haven't been able to accomplish a whole lot on the Rustbucket Resto lately. Whenever the opportunity arises, I have been slowly plodding along getting the wiring harness installed.
Alhough the jeep is fairly basic in design, there still is quite the maze of wires that criss-cross back and forth behind the dash board. I'm sure that I will discover that I have gotten something backwards, and hopefully the result isn't a fire! That reason in itself is probably part of the answer to why I have been slowly plodding along...lots of checking, rechecking and double checking before and after installing!
|The directions: follow this color-coded diagram and find the pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow.|
|All roads seem to lead to the push-pull light switch (hanging to the left of the steering column). |
And note that the Fuel and Amp gauge are boldly in place.
Yes, that is the wrong foot pedal!
|The one fun repair I got to make was inside the Blackout Light switch. |
The problem: the lever would not pull out and engage the connection.
|Internally, the gauge is very similiar in design (except smaller) to the push-pull light switch.|
|The fix: soaked it briefly with penetrating oil.|
It was then placed in a vice and then gently tapped with a hammer to loosen it.
|Light switch assembled and then checked for continuity. This is the off (closed) position.|
|This would be the on (open) position and if the light was hooked up, it would be on!|
Next up, I have one gas line ready to install. This is the one that will travel behind the generator and across the front of the engine. I am jonesing to get the grill and fenders mounted, but I do need to remember to do a few items (like that gas line!) before mounting. By golly, it is easier if you do everything in a specific order!
And lastly, I have been battling the choke and throttle cables for three or four days now. I finally won the struggle, too. They seemed to have been rusted in place and were practically impossibe to pull the lever out of the housing. A day or two with penetrating oil freed the throttle, but did nothing for the choke. The choke was a combination of oil, hammering, and fire. I finally freed it up, but in I melted the glue holding the knob in place and it slid off. So, technically speaking, I broke it in order to fix it. However, the throttle cable is about 3 inches short (Bubba must have broken it) and I am currently trying to think of feasible ideas to grow it longer. Nothing feasible has been thought of at this point in time.
|Choke lever fixed...kind of. The cable now slides freely up and down, but I need to mount the knob on the top!|