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    Re: 1989 Daihatsu Hijet Van Project
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    Well, pretty good day, got the new engine in the van and ready for mock up and fabrication of the cross members. Fabricated a bracket for the gas pedal so that is working. Test fit the motorcycle gauge cluster into the dash, mocked up the hydraulic clutch master onto the peddle. Still quite a bit left to do, i took the driveshaft to the shop today to have it shortened and balanced.

    Moved the E brake over to the right to make room for the throttle body. Removed all the Daihatsu garbage too.



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    Awesome!

    So, how do you like the factory wiring harness?
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    About as much as you did, the biggest problem I had with it was all of the extra crap and what to do with it. I ejected as much as I was comfortable getting rid of as to not cause any other wiring problems in the process, anything else that was in there stayed there and was just cleaned up by running the excess wires next to the main loom and taping it all up only leaving the plugs exposed making for a cleaner looking harness. Still dreading the extending of the gauge cluster, more time consuming than anything.
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    LOL, a motorhomes worth of wiring on 2 wheels........

    Did you keep all the reverse wiring? Are you planning on using it?
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    Yeah the reverse will be used, it should work pretty good with the gearing in the van, it wont be fast but will work, BTW the reverse only works when the engine is running. If for any reason it doesnt work well I have an alternative, using a gas powered golf cart generator/reverse motor with a v-belt pulley mounted to the axle drive flange, will charge the battery while driving and be a reliable reverse if needed. I may have already posted a picture of it I believe. Got the drive shaft shortened 8 inches and balanced, had a 1/4 inch taken off the yoke to allow for the splines to run all the way up, they are an inch long on both the yoke and output shaft but only about 3/4 are mated because of a 1/4 inch on the front of the yoke that I removed. Now they will mate 100% and if they need to slide in and out due to suspension travel I wont have to worry, there will be plenty of contact area of the two splines, should only move a 1/4 inch total ever due to the setup.

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    Up late having fun......

    Only about 70 more wires to go!
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    LOL, I still need to do that to mine, it's about 2' too short......
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    Lol, well 7 hours of cutting and crimping is worth it for 6 plus feet, 2 feet might be worth moving the engine forward instead lol. Here is the finished product.
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    Ever see a Traxxas RC truck with telemetry? The transmitter has a port for a smart phone, it gives you a full set of gauges on your smart phone.

    Imagine a wireless dashboard.
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    That would be to easy.... im sure in a few more years it will be the norm, the motorcycle programers already have a (plugged) iPad app for tuning on the fly.
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