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Midlife

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  1. Oh man...you guys are killing me! Since when was it not custom to take a thread off the rails?
  2. The dash voltage regulator has nothing to do with the dash lamps, only the power for the gas, oil, and water temperature. LED's melted? How strange...I'd examine the sockets very carefully. Be careful replacing the circuit board, as it will be easy to inadvertently ground the gauges against the metal dash cluster housing because you can't see underneath the insulating pads and the circuit card when you tighten the nuts on the gauge posts.
  3. If you put the top down (is down in the stowed position or in the upright position so it covers the interior? I've never figured out what top up or top down represents), your headroom becomes almost unlimited.
  4. Midlife

    I blame RPM

    What actually happened is that the website starter solenoid welded itself shut and fried the points feeding the 'puter memory chips.
  5. Midlife

    I blame RPM

    Who else would overload the server? Hmmmm?
  6. Coulombs: definition: an electrical term which is a contraction for Cool Bombs, which happens when you rub your cat with a rubber balloon and get sparkies. It's the bomb , for sure!
  7. But of course! It is what keeps me (in)sane. http://midlifeharness.com
  8. No, only got hit once. We didn't evacuate because we didn't think the storm would intensify so rapidly. We ended up about 10 miles from the eye.
  9. I dunno...he may be the richest guy here. If he was that smart, he'd use that space to plant money trees. And..no stripper pole? Shame on you, Lataracing!
  10. Well, look who showed up after 2 years! Glad to see the old beast still rampaging across France. After Hurricane Michael, I moved to Tucson, AZ. Come on out and see strange cactus that are found nowhere else. Oh, and bring some good French wine, eh?
  11. A poster on the concours Mustang site said he had a bad starter solenoid and opened it up to see how it worked. He found an 18 gauge wire hooked to the I post internally. Yikes! It's a wonder that starter solenoids don't have reliability issues like turn signal switches, horns, or points.
  12. I think it does happen more often, but I think folks won't say so on the Internet due to embarrassment. This also is a big problem with the AMK Concours Starter Solenoid, which has the sticking problem and should be avoided at all costs.
  13. Well, to be technically accurate, the pink resistor wire is also a voltage regulator. In fact, it is a self-regulating current-choke in that the more current that passes through it, its resistance increases, which decreases the voltage and current passing through it. A very clever device indeed.
  14. I had a customer just 2 weeks ago that fried a wire at the starter solenoid. What was unusual was that it was the I (Ignition) line, typically brown or red/green. First time I heard of this problem in 13 years of working on harnesses. Scratched my head a bit, and came up with a reason, but I wasn't too happy with the explanation. This line burned half-way through the harness. Yesterday, another customer called me with the identical problem! After some back and forth, he confirmed that it was the I line that got fried. This one got fried all the way to the connector to the underdash harness. What is further unusual, is that both were 1967's (Yes, this is a 69/70 forum but hold that thought...) Both customers had starting problems: #1 ran out of gas, and cranked the car excessively trying to get it to start. #2 cranked the car, but the starter solenoid stuck (welded itself inside the solenoid). Hmmm...a clue here! Both cases had the wire insulation burn as though it was a short. But...that line goes to the coil, so there shouldn't be a short when one is sending 12V to the coil. But there is...the coil is only 1.5 to 0.6 ohms (depending upon model) and from there it goes to the points. Now then, the points are closed (grounded) 7/8ths of the time, and 1/8th of the time they open allowing high voltage to leak from the coil to the spark plugs. The majority of the time, the points act as a ground. Aha! Sending 12V through a 1.5 ohm system yields 8 amps of current through an 18 gauge wire, enough to cause the wire to get hot and insulation to burn off. So there you have it...the reason why one is told not to excessively crank the starter is not related to the starter or the battery, but to prevent excessive current from passing through a thin wire for longer than a couple of seconds. This is also the reason why aftermarket ignition systems want to use 14 or lower gauge wires from the I post to their system. And this has nothing to do with the year Mustang: they all will exhibit this problem if the starter sticks or you crank the car excessively at one time. I bet you didn't know this, eh?
  15. Please do not shake the container of DOT 5: it is highly susceptible to entrained bubbles.
  16. What are extractors? What we call easy-outs?
  17. Sell your products a free-range, organic and charge a 25% premium!
  18. RR: if your shop is dirty and got tools laying around on the floor, no wonder you're a year behind in work!
  19. It's been awfully quiet on the forum lately. We need some chatter. It looks like I bought a house here in Tucson. 4 beds, 2 bath, 3 car garage. Situated at the edge of the complex, looking out at about 20 miles of desert before a mountain range, not a building in sight. About 3 miles from the Casino. My best friend, who used to live in Panama City, moved to Tucson a year ago, and he's about 1.5 miles up the road. We used to get together once a month and swap tall tales and drink all afternoon. Looks like that's going to happen more now. Other interesting news: 1970 Mustang harnesses suddenly has become hot. Usually, I see twice as many 69's and 70's, but this year, I've done 7 70's and 2 69's. I just past 750 underdash harnesses, having started in 2008. It snowed twice in Tucson this winter, the last time last Saturday! The scenery is gorgeous: snow capped mountains just a couple miles away. As I'm typing this, a major tornado outbreak is occurring in the south, close to where I used to live. Now, I don't worry about that at all. Did everyone have Corned Beef and Cabbage tonight? Yum!
  20. I just got a 70 harness in with a convenience group harness. The power for it is a male pin with a female pigtail, identified in the Ford schematics/wiring diagrams for the Power Top. So yes, you can get this with a convertible.
  21. The replies on the concours site suggest that there is no unique starter solenoid for 64.5, although the body was brown for that year. No reason to think another starter solenoid wouldn't work.
  22. I've posted in the concours Mustang forum. If anyone knows of a unique 64.5 starter solenoid application, they would.
  23. The starter solenoid has nothing to do with the charging system (generator vice alternator). I don't see why it shouldn't work.
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