As the tittle says, this post is about signets electric system. I've been postponing this section for so long that I kinda had to do it now. It was basically the last missing piece to get signet up and running. And now it's completed! To be realistic, there is still a lot of work left before we can actually hit the road and even after this thing is ready for highway there will be some outfitting, such as load carriers and other equipment.
So, the electric system is done. Since last post many other thing have been completed, but I just haven't had time to put up a post. I've been busy so to say, but ain't it most important thing that the project goes on...?:D If Planned schedules come true, the first fire up will take place 3. march and as I promised there will be video of the rebirth!
Okay, and now to the point. Signets wiring harness was entirely busted. In terrible condition with all kinds of DIY solution, jump wires and other suicide solution. Needles to say that it was a lot easier just replace the whole wiring harness. But after all, I decided to reuse the original tail light cables. Everything else is either from one '67 parts donor or completely new. Although vintage cars don't usually have much electrics they still have some and if that some is not working properly you might find yourself in trouble. The electric job looked very miserable to me. And I guess you understand when you look at the pics how it looked like in the beginning...
I shoot one million pics of this project, but not too many was very self-explanatory, so I tried to pic those that makes any sens, that somehow cast light over what I did. Below is a one more slide show...
Now the electric system completed. I will need to install the instrument panel back on the dashboard, but I leave off for now because I need to replace the speedometer cable before installation. However, I cleaned it and all the connectors and replaced burned light pulp and now it seems to be in good working condition.
I didn't face any bigger problems at this project, except windshield wiper motor. Can you imagine, only seven years under the open sky in the junk yard and it was rusted stuck. I can tell you, it was hopelessly stuck. I mean stuck for real. You can ask my hammer, it's stuck.
When I brought this car to my garage and emptied it of all the trash and junk, I found a small brown box in the trunk. In side the box were windshield wiper motor. I didn't pay much attention to it back then, but I remembered that box now when I struggled with Signet's wiper motor. I found box and saw that it is similar looking motor. Even better, it worked when I applied power to it. I seemed like the wiper motor problem was resolved. So I started removing the old one which didn't take longer than five minutes, but when compering these two motors in my hand I noticed one, but tiresome difference... the out put shaft was about 1,5mm smaller on the "new" one. Argh. I believe, that the wiper motor were broken before Signet came to me. I can't be sure, because I don't remember testing it, but it probably were. And someone at some point were to replace it, but faced this small difference and gave up and put the motor in the trunk where I found it two and a half years ago... And now I needed it, but faced the same problem like the someone before me... Would it be so? Probably.
But I didn't give up so easy. I really needed a wiper motor and only difference seemed to be the out put shaft. Would it be possible to pop the lid open and change the out put shaft from signet's original motor to the spare motor...?