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  1. #81
    Might as well be part of the furniture.
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    Spent the whole of this last weekend upside down in the footwell of the vette, as someone at GM thought it funny to put the fuse box up under the dash on the bulkhead just to the left of the drivers feet.

    After failing to rectify the issue (still no tail lights, dash lights or stop lights), the thing nearly caught fire, but then I remembered it isn't fully insured yet so put the can of petrol away.

    Miffed would be an understatement.

  2. #82
    Carburetion 'sucks' !
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    Rear lighting issue - is it an earth problem. Similar issues with mine many yeas ago - earth 'tag' from loom to frame at rear of car (close to rear light location) was present and unbroken...........further investigation showed that the wire had 'black wire disease' - (copper cable internally corroded) whilst cable visually intact was breaking-up and intermittently open circuit.

  3. #83
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    I will have to look and see if a similar issue is happening but for the moment I've walked away. I will do something else for a while and then get back on it.

  4. #84
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    Up date time.
    I managed to sort out the brake lights as it was as I suspected something to do with the brake light switch, one of the wires was cut somewhere when I was replacing the steering column.
    The headlight switch was an altogether different story and to be brutally honest I'm still not sure what it was that eventually got the side lights to work. I fitted the new switch and they didn't work, I messed with the old switch, still no go, I swapped bits from one switch to another, still not working.
    In the end I went right back to basic's and put power directly off the battery to the side light wire and they worked, so still thinking the switch.
    The switch actually has three power feeds to it, (I originally thought only two), one for the side lights, one for the dash and dimmer system and another for the headlights. All three had twelve volts going to the switch but when I pulled the switch to the side light position the side light power went to milli volts instead of a constant 12 volts, this is what I wasn't able to comprehend, eventually I pulled and prodded every single plug wire I could find up under the dash until one of the plugs I was pulling and pushing started to activate and deactivate a relay in the centre console area, eventually I pushed and pulled so much that the activating and deactivating stopped and suddenly I had all the side lights working.
    I have no idea which plug it was, but after a week the lights are still functioning as they should so I will leave well alone now, just happy they work as it got very close to ripping the whole cars wiring out and putting in an EZ wire or similar complete wiring system in it.
    Still have a few other wiring gremlins but slowly getting there and it is at least useable as is.

  5. #85
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    Just in time for winter

  6. #86
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    Yes fun in the snow with a c3

  7. #87
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    Well I got side tracked yet again doing other little projects and then looked at the front of the vette and thought I really should fix the front nose that I twatted years ago. Don't ask me why I have decided to do it now but I have removed the front spoiler, wheel spatts and the polyurethane bumper cover.

    So the front now looks like this.


    And after a fair bit of rubbing down we are at this stage. Really should get myself a DA sander as hands and arms are sore.






    Bit more to do but it's like rubbing down a wet lettuce with a stick. Hopefully I can get it all painted over the weekend if the weather stays dryish.

    Oh I might add that all the upper fixings sheered off so will have to weld some bolts or studding on to the reinforcement metal work before it can go back on.
    I was tempted to put a glassfibre front bumper on but then I saw the price and hence we are where we are.

  8. #88
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    Think your better sticking with the original, even expensive after market bits need altering to fit, even when they say "to fit"

  9. #89
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    CamaroSid, The reason for possible glass front was that you can fill and shape and sort it out easier than this polythingie, nothing would fit properly on these old motors, they didn't even fit properly from the factory in some instances.

    Well my plan hit a road block early doors so it will not be painted by the end of the weekend but I did manage to do something to it.

    Who knew plastic primer was clear?



    Well I didn't, can you tell the difference? a fair few coats of clear to start with. Still thinking I should have added some primer to this stuff but it states ready for use. It is a 1K plastic primer so on it went.
    Then a few coats of 2K high build primer promptly followed.



    Looks a bit blue in one of these but it is grey.
    I need to do some further rubbing down and maybe even a small amount of filler as there are some deep imperfections that need tidying up. I will have a go tomorrow to see what is needed, may even get another coat of primer on it.

    I also need to repair the metal fixings that holds all the front end on, some bits are just pressed steel with bits of threaded rod attached and others are stainless steel with mild steel threads added WHY!!!!!!! maybe these were after market items but WHY!!!! why BRAZE mild steel threads to a stainless steel shaped bracket? heyho I will get some dome head stainless steel bolts and weld them to the stainless steel bits and some mild steel dome head bolts to the mild steel bits.
    I was thinking to paint the front before doing the metal fixings but realised that to fit them to the cover you have to bend the cover about a bit to get them in place, so I think I will do that first so that if I flex it too much I only have to re-do the primer and not the top coat.
    Once the fixings are in place and it is painted there should be little in the way of flexing of the cover but only time will tell. Could all end up in tears.
    Last edited by stilltrying; 07-11-20 at 05:02 PM.

  10. #90
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    Bit more done today, didn't have any black rattle can paint but had some white, so used that as a guide coat (not the best idea but does work), and flatted the nose down.

    But went a bit too far

    Will apply some more plastic primer via a small brush and then use a bit of rattle can primer on top, hopefully it will be fine.
    Then I decided to attack the mounting steel parts, rubbed them down with a wire wheel and plastered some black paint on them. The lower steel needed to be beaten into shape a bit and this was also wire wheeled and black goop added, not the best but this is a substantial piece of steel and although badly pitted in some areas it will out last me by a long way.




    So, if work doesn't get in the way, the next nice day will hopefully see the nose cone painted but don't hold your breath on that.

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