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Douglas S.



Joined: 06 Aug 2011
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Location: Regina

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may never sell it. I did buy a new daily driver though.



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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After destroying the motor on my original starter, the 12v start conversion is almost finished. Bit of rewiring to do for the starter relay, but pretty straightforward overall. Shorted motor killed both the batteries that were in the truck.

This is the new setup:
Deka Group 31 AGM in the RHS tray
Group 34 in LHS tray (Odyssey or Northstar - tbd)

LHS battery feeds the starter and winch
RHS battery feeds everything else

Ordered a Blue Sea 7622100b with remote switch to control the batteries. 500A continuous rating means that combining the batteries for winching is no problem. I think this is the best system on the market, combined with an in-cab monitor for each battery (or one switchable monitor).
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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just waiting for the ACR now. Then I can put plates on it and finally drive it again. I'm planning to upgrade the turbos in the Audi this summer and that's an engine-out job so I'll need the cruiser to get around.
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the Dude



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice battery!
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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a tough decision between NorthStar and Odyssey. Apparently NorthStar was started by a group of EnerSys employees. The difference was only ~$20 between the two.

I miss working on the 80. Drop a wrench and it's gone, can't even see the turbos.
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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nearly finished the harness for the ACR. Just need the switch.

Bracket went to Hydro Designs on Thursday, should be ready next week.







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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last thing. Just need warm weather now.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

where did you get the crimper from?

Looking good as always.
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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the Dude wrote:
where did you get the crimper from?

It's from Cooper Tools here in Regina.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally warm. Making progress.





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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Audi is back up and running, so there are a few projects I would like to get done on the Cruiser this summer.

1. Clean up the paint - in the area where it flaked last year. Can't justify a real paint job for a truck that I rub against trees, so I will have to figure something else out. Also need to repaint flares.

2. Finish gauges - tie into the factory cluster lights, wire boost sensor

3. Coat undercarriage

4. Replace transmission kick-down cable. Snapped on me last week and I have it crimped together right now. Already received a new one from Akella.

5. New windshield - old one is leaking.


That's about it I think. Want to go on at least one trip too.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypress Hills, Red Coat Trail

















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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also bought a water to air intercooler setup. Should be here next week.

Planning to run the Whipsaw trail next summer, and truck does not have the jamb for the mountains in its current form.
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Douglas S.



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more fun from the trip. I wouldn't take Duratracs off a gravel road.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Douglas S. wrote:
I also bought a water to air intercooler setup. Should be here next week.

Planning to run the Whipsaw trail next summer, and truck does not have the jamb for the mountains in its current form.


That should help, If you ever get around to getting a wholesale valve body it would make a big difference, at least I think it would. Its hard for me to tell since I did everything all at once.
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