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Well, I had a good drive out to the car show. I did not win anything, but I had a good time. As I was leaving the event the car just died. I had the AC on High again and most of the problems seem to occur when the AC is on high. So, I checked the fuses and everything was fine. Then I traced the wire I had problems with last time and it was fine. Then I put my glasses on and checked the fuses and noticed a blow fuse. 🤓 The same 25 amp fuse that I had blown on the Phoenix trip. I replacd it and everythign was good.

Despite these setbacks I have been learning tons of things. It seems like the extra current required to run the AC on High is a real thing. So, I decided to replace the 25 amp fuse with a 30 amp fuse. I made a nice trip from Prescott to Flagstaff today and all was perfect. Only needed the AC on medium though. I will make the drive back to Prescott in the morning, but likely do not need high AC again.

I also decided that when I add in the center console I am going to do some more rewiring. I have many splices and a spaghetti mess of wires under the dash. While I relocated some electronics to the center console now, everything is just tucked under there and not necessarily mounted to any boards or anything super tidy. I think I can get the junctions mounted on some boards and replace some of the splices with soldered connections.
 
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I need to verify, but I think the Classic Auto Air instructions also stated to replace the fuse in the panel with a 30amp fuse.

On my drive from work back to Flagstaff, I blew that 30a fuse 4 times. Still struggling anytime I have the AC on High. The tricky thing this time is that these 30a fuses are cheapos from Harbor Freight. They looked perfect in the middle. Not even a heat wrinkle. But, the end near the cap blew. I think this is more of a flaw of the fuse rather than a problem with the system. So, I bought some higher quality fuses and they are on order. I then located some nice 35a fuses from LittleFuse. I have yet to try it out, but I am optimistic that this will cure the problem. Fingers crossed.

Monsoon seaon is here early this year and I have a Cali trip to make this week. So, the El Camino will get to rest for a few days.

I am excited to find the time to install the rear brakes and to finish up the interior. All the parts are finally here. Now, I just need some time.
 

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Thanks Tom. The tabs are solid.

Old Bear, I am heading out to Sacramento and driving back to Flagstaff.
 

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For my records. A shortcut URL for this modz page.

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Well, the car has been running perfectly around town without the AC on. I also swapped out the fuses to a high quality 35amp fuse. I need to do some AC on tests, but have not had the time. I really think the fuse quality was the problem since they were not blowing in the middle or showing any signs of heat damage. The ends of the fuse behind the ends caps were blowing. You cannot even see it.

The other symptom I was having that I did not think was related is the PCS shifter display on the steering wheel kept losing signal with the cheap fuses and lower 25amp fuses. The display woudl read TCU not found and it was occuring on every drive after about 10 - 30 minutes of driving. Since changing the fuse to a high qaulity 35a fuse, I have not dropped the signal at all on a half dozen drives.

I have not had the time to work on any big projects, but I went back to VG for some more artwork and some Hero cards. These are business cards for car shows. The hero card is perfect and uses the display board imagery.

The artwork will be printed on canvas in 16x20 and and be hung on the office wall. I wanted a surreal graphic with cold colors. Grays, blues, blacks and ice whites. I saw a brilliant fall tree colors photo in a gallery with train tracks coming out of the scnene and straight towards the viewer. The tracks were void of a train. This sparked my idea for the artwork below. I had to take some special eleveated photos of the Elky to get what the artist wanted. Since I hobby with some high altitude mountaineering I wanted the alpine scene for this surreal artwork.

Here are the first drafts. More work needs to be done, but overall I am impressed with the scene itself. The car should actually be on the tracks as if it were a train. So, the tracks need to be turned or the artist needs to use a head-on photo of the car, which he has. We'll see what the next round brings.




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approved the second draft of the hero cards today. it is now two sided. front has the image that was on the first proof. all wording moved to the backside of card with the artwork scene. looks good.

artwork also updated and looks great. i'm going to have one more exit done then it should be done.
 

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Another update on some smalls.

The artwork was approved. I ordered 3 16x20 canvas prints from Snapfish with 70% off. Stoked about that.



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Font side of Hero card.
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Backside of Hero card.
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Also have an update to share on the Dapper lighting. They custom build there headlamps. I chose the black refelctors for cosmetics and 30w LED projector lamps with the switchback 120mm DD halos and OE glass. Here are a couple build photos.


Black reflector with halo installed on the flat section to hold it nicely.
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OE glass. I love this look over the clear glass.
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Now the projector is installed.
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I love that Dapper includes me in the build process. They even shared a photo when they first cut the halos and I asked them to remove another 5mm from each side. Photos you see above are with the extra bits cutoff. Here is a photo of the first cut.
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Hope to share photos of the Halos turned on while mounted inside the lamps tomorrow.
 
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Well, no progress on the headlights as of yet. I may get a video tomorrow. There is a car show coming up this weekend. The car has so much work ready to be done, but that won't stop me from going to the car show. When I was young, I built a car audio SQ system in my Isuzu pickup. I was never satisfied with the state of the truck and refused to take it to shows until I was done. Well, that means I never entered a car show. I do regret that and won't make that mistake again.

I think I have some old photos of Blue Diamonds.



This was a sleeper truck. OEM materials used for all the upgrades and panels.
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Floorboards were cut out to countersink woofer encloures with direct fire 7" Dynaudio woofers. The midbass punch on these were incredible.
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Kickpanels had 3" soft mids and 1" tweeters. The staging was near perfect.
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Standard truck utility box was modified with a lowered panel that you can see sprayed with truck bed liner to hide it. There was a blowthrough and this housed all the amps and processors and the subwoffer enclosure.
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Here is the neon lit sub enclosure. That's right kids, no blue LEDs in 1995!
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Panels in place with original materials used to cover them. The tweed plate can be romoved to show off the subs. All the neon and the utility box lid with linear actualtors could be opened with the alarm remote. I was never happy and refused to take this to shows. I think I would have won a few.
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I could not find any photos of the amp rack and processors. Bummer.
 

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I had a nice long drive to visit my parents and attend a car show. The car ran great. In the last 20 miles I tried running the AC on high to see if I would blow more fuses. nope! it was great. Today I drove to the car show and ran the AC on high and no problems at all. I think this one is solved.

Some great cars today. I won nothing.

My dad bought a 57 T-bird late last year and this was his first car show. They had a t-bird class and he took first place. I'm sure it helped that he had the only car in that class. 😊. I was happy to see him win.
 

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No time for the big projects, but always something to do. I raised the height of the driver seat with some solid steel 2" spacers. This seemed to help a lot and my legs are at a better angle, but I stll have the seat too far back and it hits the subwoofer enclosure. I think a 3" height increase is the right amount. I can't wled but have a welder, so rather than take this to a shop, this seems like a good project to practice on.

I also bought some exhaust pipe shields to deflect some of the heat away from the floorboards. In the summer heat I can really feel the engine heat coming through the firewall and now that I can run the AC on high without blowing fuses, this mod will allow the AC to work even better. This seems like a straight forward install.

I have had a gas tank leak for quite some time. So, I bought some new gaskets for the drop-in fuel pump and sender unit. I also bought a new hose for the filler next with a one way valve. So, this should seal the leak and hopefully stop the gas smell in the garage. This will make the wife happy. I have not had any fuel tank pressure when removing the gas cap in a couple years now. I though my problem was the vent being too low, but I relocated this a few months ago and the leaking still occurs.

Hope to get these modz done in a couple weeks.
 

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I was able to film a few videos before the rain started today. It has been awhile since I posted these.




Dapper Lighting install. This corrected a lot of the probelms I had with the HID lights. They were unreliable and I could not get the dimmer to work properly.




TMI Interior update




Underhood look at CVF hinges, Heatshield Products shielding on exhaust pipes and Classic Auto Air AC system




A look at the new stance. Raised 1" for better ground clearance with Global West 1" rear spacers and 1/2" front spacers with an overal 1" lift frint and rear.




Exhaust Sounds walkaround - Sanderson headers with 2.5" pipes, H pipe and Dynamax Turbo mufflers




Exhaust Sounds inside start-up and take off.
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I have been busy with life, but still managed to work on a few things and adding more miles. The car is driving really great right. All the bugs with the fuses blowing, headlights, AC and alarm issues have been working reliably since upgrading the main fuse to 35a and using a high quality fuse.

I still have a gas leak bug and need to finish the interior upgrades and rear brakes.

I did install a Heatshield Products flashing on the exhaust pipes to reduce inside cabin temps. Man, I wish I did this a long time ago. This stuff works great and pretty easy to install. The AC system is so much more effective now.




I started by painting the alum flashing with VHT exhaust pipe flat black. Then you just wrap the pipes and install a wire wrap to keep them attached to the pipes. I started right under the header collector.
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I used two 36" pieces per side. The H pipe is not covered, ut since it is next to the Gear Vendors, I bought some more of this to apply in this location.
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Driver side starting at the collector.
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This stuff is easy to mold, but it will tear if you are not super careful.
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The second 36" piece runs from behind the H pipe to the muffler. This covers the entire floorpan and about 20" under the truck bed.
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I continue to have gas leaks and odor in the garage. When I fill the tank it will often overfill the filler neck and spray gas all over the place and gas runs down the paint. So, I dropped the gas tank, removed the pump and float valve and replaced the gaskets. I also rewired everything and reinstalled it. I also added a flapper valve to prevent teh gas backing up the tube, but this was a miserable failure. The valve would not open enough to fuel the tank. It took me about 3 minutes to get 2 gallons of gas in the car. So, I had to pull this out. The spring valve just doesnt open enough or the spring is too strong.

So, I went to a new route. This is not installed yet but i bought a filler neck with similar dimensions (2" pipe with J bend and overall 16" long.) I hope this fits. More details below.



I used cork gaskets with some sealant.
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Here is a look at the EFI electric drop in fuel pump. This setup was from Tanks Inc.
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Resealed and ready to install teh tank.
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Rewired and vent tubes and return lines are installed.
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This is the first one way valve that I tried using. This one failed.
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Here is a look at the opening when the gas is filling the tank. The spring was too strong or somthing. It would not work that well.
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So, this is the experimental filler neck. It is a one-piece design with restrictor, check valve, ground strap and vent tube. This fits a 1996 to 2000 Chevy S-10.
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This is the intake restrictor. This will help prevent gas from spilling out of the tube when filling the tank with gas. It also prevents accidental filling with disel fuel.
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This is the ball check valve in the closed position. No spring. It stays in the open position. When gas fills the tank it will push the ball upward and prevent gas from filling the neck and splilling out.
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This is the open position. You can also see the vent tube recirculates into the filler neck and when the cap is in place everything stays in a closed system. This should reduce the gas odor in the garage. Right now my vent tube runs up into the rear fender well. I can always smell gas fumes and this may be why. I am looking forward to trying this out. I hope it all fits and works as expected.
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sdcerreta, are your fuel lines are pressurized(57psi) at all times? They should have a Teflon inner liner. Maybe that's where the fuel vapors are coming from.:)
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I suspect pressure stays at 57psi when the car is on. I don't think the lines are not teflon coated, but they are true high pressure lines designed for EFI systems.
 
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