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Old 03-31-2020, 03:58 PM
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That radiator fits like a glove. So no rear window for you?
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Old 04-06-2020, 02:58 PM
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nope, no rear window. rear facing camera will be fed into a screen where the rear view mirror would normally be located. also side mirrors.

spent Saturday wiring in the HVAC system. I couldn't figure out how Ford/Mazda determined the wiring for the donor system, but it seems to WORK. Yeah, i have schematics, but everything i know about wiring tells me that +12vdc 12ga input shouldn't use a 16ga ground wire. But that's what it shows! Sigh...i WISH I would've sourced a Saturn or similar. GM wiring JUST MAKES SENSE!

next up is running the vacuum lines for the HVAC dampers.

after that I'll probably pull the battery out of my ATV and start testing circuit function in the wiring harness...
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Old 06-20-2020, 12:02 PM
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Well, with Coronapocalypse closing down all my normal distractions, I've found a bit of time to work on the Sterling lately! I've been trying to dedicate Sunday afternoons to the Sterling.

I bought a lawn tractor battery to test the 12v circuits, hooked up all the electrical items, and started testing them one circuit at a time.






I'm happy to say that there were only three glitches in the wiring! one was an easy fix (make sure the firewall connector is tight, dummy!), one just required adding a diode (so the third brake light didn't flash with the Hazard lights), and the last one, of course, was in the LONGEST harness possible...all the way from the instrument cluster to the light in the far back corner of the car. It was actually more of an "oversight" than a "mistake" though...the wiring kit instructions assume that your stop/turn/tail light will be visible from the REAR CORNER of your car...but the Sterling lights don't wrap around the corner, so I had to add extra amber lights on the rear sides...which required running another wire to them so they didn't light up along with the STOP light. Oh well...fun times.



Some circuits weren't able to be tested like the Tach, Alternator, Radio (no speakers), Fuel & Oil senders, etc. until the engine is all hooked up and running. It DOES turn over though! That was good to see!

And some circuits apparently went bad on the shelf since I last worked on the wiring 5 years ago - my rear view camera screen decided to start popping fuses when I hooked it up. When I got to a big enough fuse though, it just started melting inside! Ok, into the trash with that! No big loss there though since the old camera was like 240x480 resolution. The replacement camera has 2560 x 1440P resolution front and rear! Plus recording capabilities. Gee, tech sure does progress over a DECADE! lol

One afternoon I also decided to cover up and protect the back of the headlights by building some inner fenderwells out of some plastic dog-kennel liner trays. Much cheaper than ordering a sheet of ABS plastic in a similar size!


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Nice progress.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:11 PM
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Great stuff, road ready for summer holidays?
Done a bit on my disaster too. just the hood to do, I say "just", it's a bitch!





New frame section, (plus lights, wing, hood bumper, etc.) and LOTS of paint.
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First off, if any of you are using Imgur to host your photos, they are going thru a VERY user-unfriendly redesign! If you get stuck in there, look for the "leave beta" option and click it. Then log back in to see the old, user-friendly site. ugh...

Anyways...spent a few hours in the Shop last night working on the Sterling electrical again.

First I hard-wired in the new backup camera display. It didn't work. Hmmmm...after a little investigating I realized I had the polarity reversed on the connector. Easy fix...display works! But that might also explain why I burned out the old display when I connected it if it didn't have built-in Reverse Polarity protection. Oops! oh well, the replacement model is a definite upgrade from the old one!

The new backup camera though will mount to the bottom of a louver, so I still have to fill in the hole I drilled in the body for the old camera. dammit.

After that I worked on identifying fuse sizes and relabeling the fuse panel as needed. The pre-printed labels in the kit were pretty high for some fuse sizes. I also clarified what some circuits were actually used for...i.e. "BAT 2" is actually the "RADIO.BAT".



The worst part about the evening? The fact that I now have to wear "cheaters" to SEE those tiny little labels!!
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Old 07-02-2020, 09:44 PM
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Looking very clean.

I Have more than I care to admit of those to fill in from numerous attempts at things

Been needing them for some time now, I've just come to except it







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First off, if any of you are using Imgur to host your photos, they are going thru a VERY user-unfriendly redesign! If you get stuck in there, look for the "leave beta" option and click it. Then log back in to see the old, user-friendly site. ugh...

Anyways...spent a few hours in the Shop last night working on the Sterling electrical again.

First I hard-wired in the new backup camera display. It didn't work. Hmmmm...after a little investigating I realized I had the polarity reversed on the connector. Easy fix...display works! But that might also explain why I burned out the old display when I connected it if it didn't have built-in Reverse Polarity protection. Oops! oh well, the replacement model is a definite upgrade from the old one!

The new backup camera though will mount to the bottom of a louver, so I still have to fill in the hole I drilled in the body for the old camera. dammit.

After that I worked on identifying fuse sizes and relabeling the fuse panel as needed. The pre-printed labels in the kit were pretty high for some fuse sizes. I also clarified what some circuits were actually used for...i.e. "BAT 2" is actually the "RADIO.BAT".



The worst part about the evening? The fact that I now have to wear "cheaters" to SEE those tiny little labels!!
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Catarac surgery solved the problem for me. Allowed me to to completely give up glasses.
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Old 07-04-2020, 09:19 AM
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Can't see a darn thing under 18", need x2.5 just to use my cell p hone, and it's a 6.3" one.


I was tempted to use a ready built assembly, plenty of those about but went my own stupid little way and overdid it, as usual.

Now it's all about simplifying and tidying up.
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