Sunday, May 25, 2014

Still more wiring

So I finished up most of the under dash connections. I'm waiting for an 80amp relay which should be here on Tuesday. I will use that to power the sub assemblies and trigger it from the keyless entry system so that as soon as I walk away from the car, everything will power down. I decided it was time to toss the windshield on and see where my dash top needs to go to. Then I started working on wiring the back end of the car. I added a trunk light and changed the license plate light to an LED strip. The fuel guage tripped me up since when I tested it, it read full on a tank that has never seen a drop of fuel...
Ohms, I think that's the issue... And I know nothing about that!!
Time to start learning and I might find out that it has nothing to do with ohms and everything to do with compatibility!
I'll see what I can figure out tomorrow. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Spider web?

I'm going to stop calling it spaghetti and just say "working on my spider web"
The wiring is coming together for sure, it's just brain wracking tedious work. Still way better than scraping the bottom of the car!!
Today I sorted out some switching, tying in flashers and the flash function from my keyless system. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

When I said I wanted new wiring, I didn't say I wanted simple

Yep, new but not simple! I am working on rigging my keyless entry, proximity push button start system. 

That's a mouth full!! But yep, just like a 2014 Bentley, I will keep the "key" in my pocket and the car recognizes it and unlocks the ignition so I can push a button to start the car. I will have my trunk release wired in as well so I can push a button on the remote, for the trunk. (Andy, that's the boot!) The system came with 7 inline fuses and since I just hate dangling fuses I rigged a fuse block and routed all the inline fuses into the block. Much cleaner! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Finally found some seats that will work

For the right price....
So repairing the old seats was going to be a massive load of work since the bottoms were all rusted out, the reclining hardware broken, and the foam was bad. 
I have a good friend in the upholstery business and he has offered to help get the interior pulled together, so I found seats that we will reupholster. They offer much better support and therefore safety than the original ones. We will match material with the dash and door panels so everything will look cohesive. 
I went with these since finding seats at a reasonable price in tan leather is a pipe dream and matching the leather to the dash and door panels would be almost impossible. 
I've been sitting in the car gripping the steering wheel like a 10 year old... Ha

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dash brackets and wiring

I made some brackets to hold the dash this morning and then made some progress wiring the dash. I really should stop and clean up again since the garage is an absolute disaster again but I have all the tools I'm working with on or in the car and I'll just have to get it all back out again...
All in all a good weekend on the car even with some household chores to take care of. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Engine bay back together

This last week, I also managed to get the engine bay back together in it's slightly cleaner state. I still have some tidying up of wiring to do but looks better.

Summer schedule in Florida

For the building trades anyway... Not so much for the restaurants! Down here summer is the time when most of the people we work for, take off and head to their homes up north. Almost all the high rises on the beach are closed to construction from October to May which means we have to accomplish large amounts of work in the next few months. Well, it has started and the available time to kick it on my little beastie has been greatly affected. This last week I have managed a little time here and there sorting wires, but nothing worth writing about. Today, I managed to get the dash panels cut and drilled for guages and switches. Tomorrow I will make the necessary brackets to hold the dash panels in place and get on with wiring the guages etc.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

More on the wiring harness

Today I managed to button up all the wiring in the steering column. I got all the old bits tied into the new and tested everything. Wipers, blinkers, high and low beam switching, high beam flash, and windshield washer pump! It's a big step to get past sorting these connections so it was a great day!
Happy Mother's Day!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Interior lights

Might be hard to see what is going on from this picture but with my relay blocks I worked in my interior lights. They are LED tape mounted behind the dash... When it goes in! The lights are hooked up to jamb switches and will come on when the doors open. This is nothing new as Fiat installed the same system way back when. The difference is, the car had one little curtesy light on the lower console instead of flood lights in the foot well.

With the testing done

I got about making my connections permanent and buttoning up the whole relay bank. I installed a dedicated fuse block for the relays and wired in the switch for my fog lights. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Headlight relays

So it turns out to be a blessing in disguise that I got talked into pulling the relay block out of the engine bay. When I unbolted it, two wires fell right out...
I did test the circuits and they worked, but if the wires were that unstable, for how long???
I have made a little progress installing new relays inside the cabin for all four headlights, testing as I go, to make sure that I don't have any more issues. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Engine bay changes

And again, per the suggestion of another Fiat owner, I have moved my headlight relay block into the cabin to clean up the engine bay a bit more. I was worried about having too much distance between the relays and the lights but have been conviced that everything will work just fine not having the relays in the engine bay. So, I took it all apart and then had to weld up the holes I had drilled to mount stuff.

Fuel pump

Per the suggestion of a fellow Fiat owner I changed the installation of my fuel pump and mounted it on rubber studs to isolate the vibration. I also added a check valve to minimize fuel drain back and therefore make starting easier.

Dash materials

I did a digital mockup of my dash so I could play with material options. Here's what I think will be the general look of it. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

More dash ideas

I started thinking that, as long as I am running full tilt from having a "stock" Fiat spider, I might push it a little further into one off artistic license. So here is another mock up I did with a bit more flare...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dash mock up and wiring harness.

This morning I decided that I needed to mock up my dash to make sure that guage and switch location were going to work. I'll leave it to the imagination for now and hold the finishes for a surprise. I spent most of the day on my back in the foot well and sore doesn't really describe it... My back is pissed off!!

Testing electrical

As I go installing the harness I am testing stuff. Cooling fan working, horn working, and the fog lights too!

More brake line

I finished my brake lines with the exception of the rear axle, since it is out in the shed, not in the car...
I also got my fuel tank tied into the fuel pump. I might have to relocate a bit once the rear end and exhaust are in. I'm all about a new bigger fuel cell but it took some serious rigging to get the lines to pair up! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Brake lines

Today I got my first taste of fitting brake lines. It took me a little searching to get the necessary fittings and I ended up ordering them online which, of course, is normal with this car. I did check at a local parts store and the guy at the counter tried to talk me into adapter fittings to make the premanufactured brake lines fit my car. He told me that if I have never done brake line fittings before, that I shouldn't try... Big trouble, don't do it!! Just buy the adapters...
I told him that I would think about it... NOT!
I had already ordered my new tool and you know by now how I am with tools!! I'm probably worse about hoarding tools than I am about hoarding fiat parts... Ooooooh, that's saying something!!
So I found the "bubble" fittings easy to make with my new tool and the bending lines into place a bit more of a challenge! My first attempt was miserable and I trashed it. My second attempt, you know, with all that experience... wasn't so bad. The next two attempts went fairly smoothly. In the end, I got the brake lines installed at the engine bay end of things. Still have to clamp them in place and finish the other end of each line. All said, fun experience and one more thing I can chalk off the bucket list. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Front lighting

Today I finished buttoning up everything I can with the front lighting. The picture is not really that exciting, but it is what it is. I have to wait on the side markers until after paint. I also found an aluminum air intake pipe, since I wasn't so keen on the black hose I had in place. I got that in and will trim the length to run a hose to my carb box once I get that done. I also moved my breather hose up to tap into the aluminum pipe. I am aiming for bling but subtle retro bling, if that makes any sense? I guess, clean utilitarian... 
Tomorrow I start again behind the firewall with my big pile of spaghetti. 

And a picture of the sway bar end as it is now installed.