I bought another car (Page 2/11)
gen2muchwork OCT 13, 11:37 AM

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Originally posted by RWDPLZ:

I want the name and address of the engineer that designed that wiring.



I know, all unsealed copper spade connectors. I feel like this thing was built for Russian cosmonauts. I'm nearing completion on the front half wiring. there were a few chop jobs throughout. One interesting find, and you cant do this unless you have a plastic car... The marker light had a 12v supply going to the light frame instead of the bulb terminal. the bulb was grounded instead. It didnt work anyways since one person did some wiring, then another I expect as the supply line was also spliced to a ground (since it looked like a ground). I still have to deal with the horn, courtesy lights and radio.
Another interesting thing to note, the turn signals run off the same fuse as the headlights on a constant 12v circuit. that means, if you bump the lever on the way out the signal stays on and you return to a dead battery. According to the wiring diagram, that is normal. I might change that, but with the hazards and the way it is wired it may not be worth the hassle to separate it.
Another problem I'm encountering is the fade present on the wire colors. I'm color blind, but usually get by ok on wiring. This stuff.... white, grey, tan, green, yellow all look the same. it's slowing me down a little since i have to verify each color, then tag the wire.

Whats up with the mud daubers in WV? I've never seen so many. Almost every air vent was full of them (old dead thankfully), packed almost completely. fist size!

Hopefully, I'll be on to the High power side this weekend, including the contactor array and motor. The speed control on this is something to behold. I'll make sure to take some pics during the process, and the completed mess no more dashboard.

Part of me is dying to get some batteries in this, but the smart part is telling me to wait until spring to avoid any frozen battery mishaps should the charger crap out and no $ to replace it immediately.
Patrick OCT 15, 04:22 PM

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Originally posted by gen2muchwork:

Whats up with the mud daubers in WV?



What's up with people who can't use a much more common term... like wasps. I had no idea what the heck "mud daubers" were, until I googled it.


Hot stuff!

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LitebulbwithaFiero OCT 16, 07:44 AM

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Originally posted by Patrick:

What's up with people who can't use a much more common term... like wasps. I had no idea what the heck "mud daubers" were, until I googled it.



People who know what mud dabers are know how much they suck. They will pack bolt holes and open hose ends with mud. The mud is harder to deal with then paper wasp nests
Patrick OCT 16, 05:01 PM

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Originally posted by LitebulbwithaFiero:

People who know what mud dabers are know how much they suck.



I suspect mosquitoes "suck" a great deal more than mud daubers.

LitebulbwithaFiero OCT 17, 08:14 AM

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Originally posted by Patrick:

I suspect mosquitoes "suck" a great deal more than mud daubers.



I have to deal with both

Hey gen2, I got the perfect motor to put in that thing

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gen2muchwork OCT 17, 01:33 PM

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Originally posted by LitebulbwithaFiero:


I have to deal with both

Hey gen2, I got the perfect motor to put in that thing




nothing about the construction of this makes me think it should ever have an engine in it. I suspect its smart that it doesn't go faster than 40 on a few levels. It has non assisted 7" drums at all 4 corners on 12" tires, leaf sprung solid rear axle, no sway bars, and the aerodynamics of a wedge of cheese. Not to mention the seat base is a plastic tub, the doors have no metal whatsoever in them, save the window channel. The only glass window is the windshield.

I bet, if I hit a cat at 40 mph it would pass right through the abs body, on into the cabin and land in my lap.

Patrick OCT 17, 03:37 PM

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Originally posted by gen2muchwork:

I bet, if I hit a cat at 40 mph it would pass right through the abs body, on into the cabin and land in my lap.



Taking that a step further... does the chance of hitting something a bit more solid than a cat (or being hit by something a bit more solid than a cat) not scare you a little?
gen2muchwork OCT 18, 08:07 AM

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Originally posted by Patrick:

Taking that a step further... does the chance of hitting something a bit more solid than a cat (or being hit by something a bit more solid than a cat) not scare you a little?



Only sort of. Compared to the motorized bicycle, this is very safe. Compared to the wagon, its a death trap. The good news, even with its small stature, it is really hard to miss on the road.
I've been tossed out of a golf cart more than a few times, but the pavement vs the fairway might feel different.

I finally completed the turn/head/parking light circuit. I ran into some problems in the rear where a ground wire had burned up. Generally, every ground is a copper (or steel) ring screwed into an aluminum frame. Corrosion is a real problem with all of them.
I'm going through the brake lighting now. In all the diagrams, there are 4 brake switches referenced, and not always clearly noted as to which one is referred to, just "brake sw". Is it the parking brake sw, the brake warning sw, the pedal sw that cuts power, or the brake light sw. So I fight through it.
An interesting note, the brake light switch is on the brake line and is a pressure switch. So, if you loose hydraulic pressure and are frantically pumping the brakes, at least nobody will know. I've never seen a pressure switch used as a brake light switch, so thats new to me. For a while I really thought it was part of the warning circuit.
I've still got more work on the low power side. I thought i'd be through it by now, but i keep finding buggered up stuff, and little shortcuts through the wiring from some previous owners. Its nice to see the dash and outside lights turn on reliably though.
Patrick OCT 18, 03:42 PM

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Originally posted by gen2muchwork:

I've been tossed out of a golf cart more than a few times, but the pavement vs the fairway might feel different.



Probably not too many large trucks on the 8th green either.

Maybe you could hire Miss Dandelion and plant her on the roof as a lookout.

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gen2muchwork OCT 19, 07:39 AM

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Originally posted by Patrick:

Probably not too many large trucks on the 8th green either.

Maybe you could hire Miss Dandelion and plant her on the roof as a lookout.



miss coal heritage may be a better choice for power vs weight.