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    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    Worked on sealing the thermostat assembly today.
    Already had some aluminium plugs that fit the silicone coupler tubing well, made a stepped stopper with an air chuck valve - you know, professional like.
    All pieces band clamped, ready for pressure.
    Add air.
    Dunk in water.
    Find leaks, remove from bucket.
    Pull schrader valve so no pressure is built from the welding heat (it blows the weld out), weld leaks, plug, repeat.
    Chased them for at least an hr.
    Blew stepped stopper off once - chuck got caught.
    Pop.
    System is good for 100 psi, not 120.
    Final leak check shows all is good.
    I set it down and muck with something else for a moment.
    Decide to put it back on the engine.
    Hold it up in front of me so I can remove the plugs.
    Put Makita drill with socket on band clamp to remove plug.
    Pulled Makita trigger.
    POP!
    Had forgotten about pressure.
    Plug nailed me in the right nut, perfectly.
    Glad the bench was so nice and held me whilst I took deep breaths.
    Wish I had it on video. AFV worthy.
    OUCH!
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    Assembly to run continues.

    Holy crap there's a lot of stuff in here.

    Realized that the wires for the AiM system needed to come through the firewall safely so I knocked out a little billet piece for safe passage:





    I also got the 1/2" (12mm) heater core feeder line installed in the coolant transfer tube assembly:



    One thing that I'd not addressed yet was the high mount brake light. Have been tossing around ideas of where to mount it. Originally I thought under the rear lip of the roof but that puts it in the middle of the top of the rear glass and there's no really good way to mount it to the cross bar.

    I always thought it would look good in the stock place like you see on full sized trucks - upper edge of the back of the roof. Wasn't sure I had clearance between the roof and cage, though. Did some measuring and sure enough I had room so I got brave, pulled out the cutting and filing tools and a Sharpie.

    Game on - had one chance to get it correct.

    I got it correct! WHEW. 3.5 hours from start to finish.







    Started out by sinking it horizontally into the back of the roof and then opening up the hole in the top part of the roof until the light sunk in flush to the bottom of the roof.



    Once I got the light in place I made a quick mount to secure it in its home and the thing darned near clips into position.



    Yes, that is a Hewlett-Packard 41CV calculator, closing in on 40 years old and uses Reverse Polish Notation. 1, enter, 2, + Few will understand.



    I win!

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    What you see here is a true Unicorn.



    Once I got the 12v DC compressor in hand (end of October, 2019) I realized I needed a controller for it - or at least it would be easier to get one than having to engineer one (and my electronics skills would/will be tested by this regardless). So I got online and started searching the company, Rencool, that makes the compressor. Sure enough, there's a controller.

    Being that TALON is down in Australia I ask him to do a little inquiry on the controller. A few messages later and its "No, they don't have it in 12V anymore. You're SOL."
    Crap.
    I get in touch with StreetFX, where I got the compressor and asked them about the controller. "Sure, we can get that. You'll need to contact us directly and we'll work from there."
    I get in touch with them as asked (e-mail), send them links and pictures from Rencool and they say no issues on getting the controller. It'll take a couple weeks.

    Hmmm... that seems too easy. TALON said no go... Oh well, I'll wait. Couple weeks go by and they say "We have it."
    "Can I get a picture of what you're sending me?"
    I get a picture of the actual control circuit in the top of the compressor. NOPE!!!!
    Quick e-mail back and they were very apologetic and said they'd see what they could do about getting me the controller I was after.
    Go for it! (I've not informed them that I'm aware of the lack of stock at Rencool).
    I get an email last week:

    I have spoken with Rencool in regards to your order, they are still awaiting some components to be able to complete the unit for dispatch to you, they aren't able to give me an estimate yet as they are still awaiting their supplier to provide this information. There are a few orders held up at the moment due to this.

    However they did note that due to the length you have already waited they would let their display model (at a reduced rate) be sold to you. If you wish to save a few $$$ and get one soon I could get this arranged for you.

    I"m not sure on the total savings but I believe it will be at the very min of $100.00 of the total price.


    I'm good with this!
    I get a tracking number four days ago and THE ONE AND ONLY 12v controller shows up three days ago.

    Now I have to figure out the HVAC system as this whole mess goes back together into one working machine.



    Off to the shop! There's work to be done.
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    Nice work, keep em coming (pictures/updates)!
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    Did you get lost on the way to the shop??
    Ride it like you Stole IT!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDoc View Post
    Did you get lost on the way to the shop??
    LOL! No, got lost in Hawaii with TALON and family last week.
    Back in the saddle today after the wife has some dental surgery this morning.
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    Getting your dose of Aussie lingo. Mate!
    Ride it like you Stole IT!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDoc View Post
    Getting your dose of Aussie lingo. Mate!
    LOL! Yup. I'm quite versed now.

    When TALON and his buddy Smith came here a few years ago I had a bit of a time following conversation between them (especially with a bit of alcohol added to us all).
    Then, a couple of years later, Talon and I spent a couple weeks driving/riding across the USA and I got really good at Aussie (especially with a bit of alcohol added to us).
    I still want to see any of you mates from down under go get a bag of ice from a US convenience store. They won't sell it to Aussies, as they think you're asking for a bag of ass. (and I laughed until I cried)
    I've also discovered that you all know 'Ol' Mate'. He's a common character, apparently. Even Ozzy Man knows Ol' Mate.
    My wife had to have "having a root" explained too. (another laugh until I cried moment)
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    Got the clutch belt guard done yesterday. Have about 6 hrs into it.

    First backing plate attempt wasn't quite right. The whole thing mounts only to the transmission as both trans and engine are rubber mounted so there's flex between the two pieces. That meant that I couldn't attach the cover to both - one end had to float. The transmission already had four bosses that just needed threading and I had my cover mount. First attempt ended up being clocked incorrectly by 4.8 degrees. Crap - more in the scrap bin.

    Second backing plate went as planned and fits perfectly:



    It has good clearance all around so getting to the belt (installing/removing) is easy enough:



    Welding's getting better all the time. Seat time and help with settings has made a HUGE difference:



    The issue, after getting it assembled and test fit, is that the backing plate for the cover is thin enough that it allows for some flex and that let it hit (probably vibrate) against the engine so I needed to stiffen the area. Fortunately (for once) I had a spare, screwed up, discarded plate that had the correct bolt pattern in it. A bit of time with a jig saw and some more welding and I had a dual plated area around the mounting screws. By only welding the outer perimeter and then using bolts in the center it makes the backing plate nice and stiff. No more wiggle.



    Still needs a little bit of attention to detail work done but other than that, it's done and I'm actually really pleased with this piece.



    I've chosen to run the clutches open to the world instead of sealing them off like all the UTVs do. I've run thousands of miles in the two Deztazes, my old Honda Pilot and the Briggs cars and never had any issues with them being exposed to the elements other than when I had to deal with water and being that I live in the desert, water's not an issue (and I avoid the stuff like the Coronavirus when possible).

    Leaving the cover open lets everything breath, get cooler air all the time instead of trapping it inside a cover and I don't have to deal with a sealed box that has to have an air intake and exhaust (plumbing). Simple is better. The only thing I see on a covered CVT system is time wasted trying to get the stupid thing off when you have belt issues.
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    Yes Mate, when we get together and start firing most foreigners just look with saucepan eyes and say what did you just say. I had friends from Montreal come over for a tour of Melbourne and we took them all over the place. We had to talk real slow.
    They said " we got it now, you just shorten every word and add Y or O tothe end of it. LOL.


    Looking sweet as usual K not enough movement between the two to rub on that little cut out..
    Ride it like you Stole IT!!!
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    Looking dam nice Richard ! It wont be long for a test or shake down run Ae
    The question is not if its gona roll. Its when ..

    That be some kind of church cruzzer or commuter bike thingy ?
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