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6 hours ago, busmansholiday said:

Do I presume "Bright Lights" on that dash picture is a U.S. of A way of saying "Main Beam"?


Yup, bright lights= high beam, dim lights= dip beam in US terminology.

High beam switch is referred to as the dimmer switch.

Just to confuse matters, it lights up red.



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20 hours ago, hairnet said:

last time he paused = mopar happened

anything nuts happened :D or are you waiting for parts :D


Waiting on parts. They are delayed because I just spent a big chunk of Pontiac money on buying a new car for the mother in law.

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16 minutes ago, hairnet said:

interesting or shopping car (in us that could mean anything :D ) :D


Little base model Jeep Compass.

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47 minutes ago, busmansholiday said:

Those American cars just look sooooo much biggerrrrr.

It's just a standard overinflated SUV, but it's what she wanted and she's happy with it so that's what counts. She wanted something with squishy suspension, comfy seats and is cheaper to maintain.


It's the between model that sits above the Renegade but below the Cherokee.


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Storm season has woken up suddenly.


It's gas can season too, then. Generator is full, mower is full.


Went fill that lot up.


Pontiac has an electric fuel pump so an extra 15 gallons of storage, win.



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I finished up the pipe bracket and used it to hold the pipes to the chassis where they go through it- stops them from rattling.



Didn't actually remove this from the Titanic, it's one of the rubber pipes to the under seat heater. Surprisingly the clamp undid without a fight, was lubricated and now it's holding a new piece of pipe on.



Got the return pipe all connected up.



Filled it up and ran it up to warm. Heater box got nice and toasty.



Metal and fire came out again.



Made a bracket.



Wasn't happy that a long run (4') of metal pipe was suspended between two pieces of rubber pipe. Bolted that to the chassis to support it and stop it wobbling about.


So, net result is I have a heater. Now it's always remain on cold because it's rare to actually need a heater here...



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First, who doesn't like NOS stuff in NOS packaging? Thermostat and retaining ring.



A strange looking contraption, for sure. But, it works, fits correctly and such.



All wedges up into the housing like so.



Finally, cut a new gasket, smeared on a little sealant and bolted it all down, filled it up with water and ran it up to temperature. Got up to 180, sat there a little while then started to rise as the car was just idling and got up to a stable 190F which is good. Heater blows red hot. Need to get some proper coolant next, this is just tap water.






Spot what's new...



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38 minutes ago, paulplom said:

Very picturesque.

If it wasn't for your two moderns in the background, that could've been taken back in the day.

It was, they're both time machines.

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22 minutes ago, cort1977 said:

Very true, but so are sledgehammers and they are similarly effective.

id only use those on something billy or beko owns :P :D


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Today was rain, so a bit of garage time. Previous owner decided the best chrome polishing method was to use a wire wheel. 



They've scuffed it down to the nickel in a lot of places, but I managed to get it looking a little better.



Little buffing wheel to get into the corners, of which it has copious amounts of.



Far from perfect, but it was too hot to continue. More to follow.



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