Friday, April 10, 2015

Wiring Tidy Up aka the wiring doesn't reach the new strobe mount positions!!

Another day, another blog post...


Regular blog readers will remember that the new strobe mounting positions mean that the wires don't quite reach any longer...  Damian unwrapped the wires all the way back to the firewall and brought through some spare wire from under the dash (that's why you don't cut wires off at just the right length, kids)!!


Time to rewrap...  how long will this take?


Through the magic of the interwebs, not very long at all!!  In reality, quite a while!!


Nice and neat...


Damian took Booger Mobile for a trip to the shops and back, then left it idling in the shed...  The temperature stayed around 90 while idling for about 10 minutes!!


Next up, Damian figured he would see how close to fitting the new strut tower brace he bought was...


Hmmm... too long, and too wide!!


Fits nicely at the tower...


Doesn't fit on the other tower...  Yet!!


That will be a blog post all on its own...  Damian will make it fit, then perhaps get Angus to do some welding magic!!

Booger Mobile's wheels were looking a little tired after 5 years - maybe a touch-up would be nice!!


First a nice grey undercoat...


While the undercoat dried, time to throw a top coat on the roof pod!!


Whoa!!  That's better!!  Neon green FTW!!


And some neon green on the wheel too...  looks awesome!!


So that will be Damian's next job - repainting the six wheels (four on the car and two spares as per esCarpade requirements), and putting another coat or two on the roof pod...

Then installing the amber rotator, maybe some lights, perhaps some other stuff... who knows?

Stay tuned, groovers!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Amber Strobe Installation

Back into the shed again for the third day in a row, Damian figured he should try to actually complete some of the tasks he had started earlier...


After the paint had dried, Damian still wasn't happy with how the roof pod looked...


Time for a nice undercoat and to start again!!


Amber strobe brackets were completed...


Painted black to fix up scratches and boltheads...


Better paint the mounting bolts too... what colour?


Black of course!!


And mounted...


With strobe attached...


And they even work!!  What more could you ask for!!


Of course, every good bit of work comes with unforseen circumstances...  In this instance, the new mounting position of the strobe lights means that the wiring isn't quite long enough to reach...  lolsigh...  That will be Damian's next job!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Strobe brackets and a bit of this and that...

Back into the shed for more work on Booger Mobile...


Of course, removing the old roof rack brought with it some issues, like where are the amber strobes going to mount?

Damian bought a strip of metal aptly called "Make a Bracket"... 


So that's what he did!!


One for each amber strobe...


All nice and black...


Damian also figured he would see if he could fix the amber strobe that only had 3 of the 5 LED's working...


There it is (up the back, with the three working ones not in the picture).


Open heart surgery on the strobe light...  Damian found a broken bit of solder on the far right LED.


Out with the soldering iron...


While that's cooling, it was time to throw a coat of paint on the roof pod...


Paper up the bottom so it stays black...


And a coat of green...  Hmmm...  where the old sticker was is showing through like a big showing through thing...  that might need more thought.


Front looks good though... Neon green... mmmmmmm!!


Oops...  Not the only thing to become neon green...


Thankfully it was just the dust from the overspray...  lucky Damian - those shoes are new!!


So...  new strobe mounting brackets...  wonder what Damian's next job will be?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Giggle's Retirement - time for a new rooftop ornament!!

The mighty number 64...  Booger Mobile...  For five years there's been a rooftop ornament that for the first couple of years was just a head, and the net few years was Giggle...  But now, it's time for a change.


Newly created strips and mounting brackets...


Painted black, of course!!


Giggle looks happy to be going into retirement...


Off with the amber rotator...


And the wiring harnesses...


New wiring harness with waterproof connector for the roof...  Makes the rooftop pod more easily removable once lights etc have been installed.


Bracing for the light - to be mounted to the top of the rooftop pod...


Nice...


Looks like Damian used a jigsaw...


And undercoated it!!


Look, there's two of them now!!


Roof pod sample installation...


Nice custom rubber mounting to hold it snug!!


Stay tuned...  clearly the rooftop pod on Booger Mobile won't stay a boring grey colour!!