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classicJackets HalfDork
9/7/18 8:46 p.m.
MulletTruck said:

Cool, I worked on the corner of 11 and Woodward for a couple years while living in the Romeo area.

Whats the plan once you get it on the road? Just drive the wheels off it or tear it back down and polish it up a bit? 

Super close to my house. I'm planning to drive it until something breaks, which I'm guessing will be soon honestly. I'd love to rebuild the body harness over winter, and I'm 100% sure there will be more projects from there. Finishing/cleaning up the interior, engine bay, all of the wiring, etc. But I do just want to get it running and driving before winter to get some seat time.


Speaking of which, my new battery cables came in! Jegs cables, terminal covers and clamps (for running the cable along the frame) came in. Which means I'll actually have to go buy a battery now, and get that rigged up. I do have to figure out whether or not I need the factory starter solenoid, which was separate from the starter, or if I can wire straight to the starter solenoid on my new mini-starter. We shall see. Plenty to tackle this weekend.

classicJackets HalfDork
9/8/18 3:35 p.m.

Here's another picture of the cooler battery box. In front is the toolbox drawer mat I took out of an unused drawer that will hopefully isolate some fo the vibration between the cooler and the bed floor. Also pictured is the new Power Distribution block that will hopefully split power off the main line to the starter and the alternator wires. I also bought new alternator wire!

On this side you can see the existing drain hole that I'm planning to run at least one cable through. I'll need to drill another to match on this side as well for the 2nd cable


I also bit the bullet and went ahead and bought the battery I need. It fits with a ton of room to spare - next up is to fashion a hold down! (and turn the battery 180*)



Hoping to do some more work on getting all this put into place/ the wire run tonight. I also got some wire wrap, and I would like to run the power cable along the outside of the frame, since the exhaust should be running inside. That's my plan for now, anyway!

Ram50Ron Reader
9/10/18 12:07 a.m.

Oh hot damn I like that a lot.  Now that's a battery relocation done right.

classicJackets HalfDork
9/11/18 11:07 a.m.

In reply to Ram50Ron :

I hope so! I still need to figure out whether or not I'm going to run a circuit breaker, but it seems like the thing to do. The original Merkur wiring also included an "external" starter solenoid, but the new Mini-Starter has one built in. It seems like all I would have to do is skip the external one, but that still feels strange. 


In other good news, I think I've found a "used" radiator that will work - spoke with the guy on the phone today to get the overall dimensions that should fit within the frame rails, I'll have to check vertical clearance when I get home tonight. 1966 Mustang 6-cylinder to the rescue!

Saron81 Reader
9/11/18 11:29 a.m.

I know guys used to use the early v8 Mustang rads when they’d put V8s in these. Might want to look into that. I believe there is some very minor trimming required.

classicJackets HalfDork
9/12/18 8:23 p.m.

Picked up my new radiator tonight - the guy I got it from said he put it in the car but never ran it. Seems really clean and measured right so I brought it home.


aaaaaaand it fits! By the skin of it's teeth. I'll have to hope I don't need to mess with anything on the front of this engine very often. There's maybe 1/8" of space between the water pump pulley bolts and the radiator, but that's enough.


The sides are actually even narrower than the stock Courier radiator somehow. But it looks like it will tuck below the top of the radiator support, which would be nice. Next up will be making mounting brackets!


Passenger side: 



Driver's side:




And of course battery work goes on. Finished the battery hold-down setup, so now I should be able to set the whole deal in the bed and figure where I need to drill. Headed up north this weekend, though, so this will have to continue to be an hour here and hour there kinda work.


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