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So what did you do to your Mini Truck today

Discussion in 'Mini Lounge' started by PedroNZ1, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Rexspeedworthy

    Rexspeedworthy New Member

    I'm in the process of painting The Sambar. I took the LED 7-inch rounds out of my 1979 Toyota Corolla and installed them on the Sambar. Everything seemed okay so I button the whole front end up.
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    When I turn on the headlights they come on low beam only, but the light on the dash indicates that the brights are on, when they are not. When I flip the stalk to brights , the brights come on blue light on dash remains. When I turn the brights off, according to the stalk, it doesn't matter the lights stay on bright. If I turn the lights off and back on they will be in the low beam setting. So driving it, if I want bright lights I simply pull backwards on the stalk and the brights will be on, if another car comes I turn them off and back on real quick to be in the low beam setting. Does anybody know what the hell's going on? I can live with this I just don't know if I could cause damage down the road.
    I can't get the Halo ring to work either.
     
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  2. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a question for Jigs! He's pretty good with those kind of problems!
     
  3. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    My first guess is it is related to the switched ground set up, and is ground back trough the indicator.

    Try one of these: H4 (9003) Negative Switch Harness - For 7 inch LED Headlight on Jeep Wrangler JK TJ or Trucks Motorcycle Car leds headlights bulbs (Gray) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QZT2VRZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_XgNFEbRF5Y58E

    Or: Anti Flicker Decoder & HID Kit Computer Warning Canceler - For 7 inch LED Headlight on Jeep Wrangler JK TJ or Trucks Motorcycle Car leds headlights bulbs (Green Plug (H4-H4)) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A8971E0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_5iNFEb2TTQPBB
     
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  4. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    That's great info, Jigs! I would try it, if it was my situation!
     
  5. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Got back out to the shop, finally. puttsed around on a few things and then finally got to playing with the lexan window. The glide rails, came out really nice, gluing some felt in the slides. The key for me was to open up or spread apart the channel that the window will slide through. A friend of mine gave me a used, but discarded medical cast removal tool, yrs. ago. It's like a pair of pliers, but, they spread apart instead of clamping down like a normal set of pliers. Man did these things really help out a lot! After I installed the rails I was able to massage them a little further, so as to increase the opening, as the window slides through! A couple more tries, and I think I'll have it! Stay Healthy everyone!
    Limestone
     
  6. installater

    installater Active Member

    Well, I thought I would try to put some formed flares on
    anything will be better than the road grim and mud up to
    the top of the door mirrors
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    From 20 feet it looks ok and hell when I'm in the truck
    there invisible
     
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  7. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    They look great!
     
  8. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    So, I did forget to re iterate, that part of the problem with my window being broke, is there's a crease on the inside of the right hand door, about half to three quarters of the way up on the door skin. I'm wondering if this how my friend's grand kid's broke the window in the beginning. I got all the broken glass out of the bottom of the door, by taping a smaller hose to one of my shop Vac's, and reducing it down, to sneak it in to where I needed to get it to! It's also giving me a good look at the inside of the door skin, at the bottom, to see how much work I need to do to, remove the rust, and small amount of deteriorated metal from any road salt, and or Cleveland rust belt winters that got up in there! I am still working towards the size tires that I haven't purchased yet, and I am wanting to put on at least a size 12" wheel from stock 10" wheels, with hopefully at least 23" tires, or possibly 25" tires! So the good news is the inside of the doors aren't really all that bad. I could kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, when I fix the doors, if I have to, I could, expand, and widen out the wheel wells a little, as needed to except larger diameter tires! At least that's where my head is at this point in time.
    Limestone
     
  9. installater

    installater Active Member

    Thanks
     
  10. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Got back out to the shop, after taking care of a few things for the Mrs. Got the window going up and down, after some metal work massaging! Took the air hammer to the inside of the skin, taking out most of the crease, and the after a few tries, the metal is so thin on these things, that a few tweaks were needed to realign the tracks! So I'm pretty happy with the window for the most part, it closes stiffly and tight. It will keep the weather out. I had them make the window to the exact same dimensions as the other window on the other side, in conjunction to my cardboard template. That's fine, but as I review it now, I'm thinking of taking it out to belt sand a little off both sides to eliminate the small amount of binding that I'm experiencing! I sprayed some silicone on the felt, while I am breaking for lunch! I'm hoping that will help as it wears in a bit, but I kinda know better. I'm gonna have to pull it again and belt sand it!;) Stay Well Everyone!
    Limestone
     
  11. siren676

    siren676 New Member

    Took advantage of the lockdown and found my wheel stash in the shed.
    Test fit to see what size flares i need to make. Want to run the hello specials all round which means i'll have to find/make 60mm flares.

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  12. installater

    installater Active Member

    siren676
    Like the rear bottom left wheels
     
  13. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Puttzed around in the garage, connecting the alternator, using di electric grease, on the connections, the rubber boot was torn, replaced that. Replaced bolts along the way that needed replacing, using never seize as needed, that darn stuff goes every where, doesn't it? Got another 3 day week end, gonna get out ther in a while and remove that right side window finally and belt sand it down, being careful not to try to take too much off and melt it, by heating it up,(friction), by going too fast!
    Limestone
     
  14. Rexspeedworthy

    Rexspeedworthy New Member

    Painting painting painting
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  15. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Looking really good!
     
  16. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Got the window belt sanded, and made a few other track adjustments. Pretty happy with it. Gonna make a few small pieces of rubber guides to help keep the window on track, because the Lexan isn't bowed like the original window, it wants to bind, a little and not stay in the front track guide! I've seen these little tab like rubber do hickey's, if you will. Gonna make a couple after dinner, and glue em on with epoxy, I guess! I did have to trim about a 1/4 inch off of one of the door handle bolts, to help with track clearance!
    I did order two Kevlar belts, both 3/8 for the alternator, 31 inches long, and a 29 inch long belt for the hyd. pump! $20.00 bucks, pretty happy bout that, free ship to my door from a local company!:) Stay healthy and safe! Everyone!
    Limestone
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2020
  17. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Active Member

    Lexan is not brittle like plexiglass and will not shatter. You can bow it, it will have some springback just like when you bend sheetmeal. I have actually put a sheet of Lexan in a metal brake and made some creases in it when fabricating windscreen for experimental airplanes. It does scratch easily, so have to be a bit careful in that respect.

    Fred
     
  18. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    Lexan can be bent on a metal brake to an 8-thickness radius, i.e. 1/8th lexan will bend to a 1-inch radius curve. You can bend it tighter, but it will craze.

    Neat stuff.
     
  19. Ohkei Dohkei

    Ohkei Dohkei Active Member

    I picked up a fairly small shed while turkey hunting with my son this morning. Some great springtime scenery going on right now.
     
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  20. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Got the Lexan window working pretty well now. I now have a window that wasn't there when I inherited this project! Gonna try and do a little clean up, around the mini, kinda looks like a small war zone! Not really the way I like it to be! Exactly Fred, that's why I chose to go with the Lexan, and not being an everyday driver, It'll work out fine!
    Limestone
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2020
  21. Rexspeedworthy

    Rexspeedworthy New Member

    Put on some major reverse lights on, custom brackets. Added a little pizazz to the subie as well.
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  22. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Nice work, Rex! Looks really good!
     
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  23. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    After getting back from the river and catching a couple Steel head, as my therapy, the sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and all the fellas were spread out far enough apart to respect each others safe distancing, all retirees for the most part, with a few current, Cleveland Clinic Dr. mixed in, with too many scary stories with this Virus thing! Got back to the shop, after my therapy session on the river, for some shop therapy. I was able to make up some rubber do hickey tabs, as window guides, used some marine, 2 part epoxy on em. Will check them out in the morning, as I was able to glue up a piece of rubber window trim, that sets on the driver side door and acts as a window wiper, against the glass! The other side is missing, probably a casuallty, in the mysterious broken window, that my friend's two grand kids new nothing about, when questioned on the matter! lol:rolleyes: I've been thinking about the two previous post's from Fred, and Jig's, Who I have a lot of respect for both! Past post, have shown how much they have helped a lot of us out with these vehicle's! They've got me thinking about, possibly removing the Lexan window,(once again) and heating it up and, slightly bending, or curving it! I'll wind up sleeping on that one a while! With the good weather approaching, I am getting anxious to put her back on the rd., She has to earn her keep! LOL :) Took the evening off and put some ribs on the grill, music, the Mrs. a couple cold ones! I have been and am Blessed! Stay healthy all!
    Limestone
     
  24. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    The steelies are runnin! IMG_1428.jpg IMG_1429.jpg
     
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  25. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Puttzed around in the shop, got some clean up done, some more rustproofing! Enjoying life the best way I know how! This social distancing has never been a problem to me! Finished up in the shop! Face timing with the kids in Maryland! They took a walk in the woods, and found 2 full shed antler sets, and one single antler! They were from last year, being older, but they found a valuable sanctuary area where the deer hang out! Stay safe everybody!
     
  26. Rexspeedworthy

    Rexspeedworthy New Member

    Didn't get much done today, but I had to give her just a little attention.
    2 0h kays is okay by me.
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  27. Rexspeedworthy

    Rexspeedworthy New Member

    I've debadge quite a few cars over the years, putting some stuff together I came up with this. I think the m is actually a w from a WRX I had.
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  28. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Got the two Kevlar belts! Went on like a charm, adjusted em up and tightened everything and double checked, misc. bolts! Still chewing on the Lexan window! Thinkin, while the heat is still on in the shop, I might try to put the heat gun, from a short distance to try to get it to bend slightly and stay in that shape! I don't need much! I might try to call the shop that made it for me and pick their brains, a bit! Stay healthy!
    Limestone
     
  29. Rexspeedworthy

    Rexspeedworthy New Member

    Bend a piece of metal to the shape that you want the window, then heat it from beneath slowly. If the metal that you find is dirty, maybe put some aluminum foil over it first.
     
  30. Rexspeedworthy

    Rexspeedworthy New Member

    I'm wiring a ryobi battery to power my LED light bars and interior LEDs, and anything else I want to run but not off of this alternator.
    I wired it to A 6 blade fuse box.
    Most light bars are operational from 10 volts to about 40 volts. I'm going to need down step one of these junctions for the interior. IMG_20200406_212741998.jpg
     

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