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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:21 am

Updated the build blog here:
https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/2019/12/15/final-assembly-and-fettling/#more-2114

Looks-wise I think we're all done.
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Now it's down to making it all work correctly.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby danstern » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:16 pm

Magnificent. I suspect you'll have it working well shortly. Kudos to you!
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:57 am

Down to the punch list now.
https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/2020/01/02/punch-list/

The reverse light (of all things) gave me a scare.

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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby sjgharib » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:07 am

Reverse light... hmmm

how many folks actually have a reverse light?

CT didn't require one for 1955 Comp Vehicle registration...
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby egrant5329 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:50 am

I thought it was required in NH, but never checked. I have a license plate frame that has 2 rows of LEDs. It works ok, but nothing like Ed's will. The license frame was not my preference, but I couldn't find any lights that looked right on the bottom edge of the bonnet.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:24 pm

Danny P has (had?) one.

If you drive at night you might have to back up at night in a dark place. I figured it's a good idea.

The one pictured is a new repro of a Hella/Bosch one. I have an original, which I took off my other car and would like to put on this car since the chrome on it is faded and I want to paint the housing black anyway. I tried to take that one apart but the nut that attaches it to the mounting bracket is pretty stuck, so I don't know if I'll get around to it.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby DannyP » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:55 pm

Yes I still have one. I used a small projector lamp halogen driving light on the old car. The new one features a Cree LED bicycle headlight. It's so small, about an inch in diameter and less than 2 inches long, but works very nicely. I mounted it underneath and slightly left like Ed. You can barely see it hanging there, unless you practically lie down.

Ed, mine is installed a bit higher, more like the same level as the trans mount cross-member. Shooting straight back works great as the frame and body slant upwards, not blocking the lamp.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby Carlos G » Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:22 am

I also installed one. Like Danny, I installed mine a bit higher. I did include a relay and fuse but my light is wired to a toggle switch because I don't have a backup switch on my tranny.
I thought that I had posted it up on SOC, but I guess I didn't.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby DannyP » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:22 pm

Take your tailcone off Carlos. Gently raise the trans with a jack until you can slide it back far enough to remove. You probably have to remove the exhaust or part of it. Drill and tap for a stock VW switch in the stock location. Top to bottom shift rail is 3-4 then 1-2. Bottom shift rail is reverse.......

I sanded the area smooth first with a sanding disc on a drill press. Home-made milling machine LOL.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby Carlos G » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:49 am

Good to know, Danny, but I'm not too worried about having it on a toggle. I actually prefer it. I even have it wired to the high beam light just to remind me it's on.
I also have a backup light, though more lumens, on my 4-runner run to a toggle. Sometimes you just need to have some light back there.
It's also good to signal jackwads behind me with their brights on.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:23 pm

Update: shifter and linkage mods are done and they work.
https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/shifter-bracket-mod-part-iii/
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:42 pm

The punch list is getting done.

https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/punch-list-shrinking/

Hopefully I've got the windscreen wipers sorted.
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