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#21 flatcat19

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 09:57 PM

gas gauge went bonkers, and one of the valve nuts came loose on the way, but still made it :D


I didn't say it made it without complications...just made it. Even if it limped in, I'd be stoked on that.

When I bought my truck, I had no idea of the history on it. Owner said it needed the brakes adjusted, and that everything else worked. Silly me...I took his word for it. Had to pump the brakes 3 times to get them to hold.1/2" from the floor. I drove 130 miles home in the snow and dark. Scariest ride ever.

This truck making it 1000 miles makes me a bit more comfortable to drive mine to Portland next week(240 miles.)

Cheers on an awesome, clean truck. Can't wait to see where/how this thing ends up.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:49 PM

Matt, glad to see you made it back ok with that BADASS truck!!!

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#23 thisismatt

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:08 PM

Matt, glad to see you made it back ok with that BADASS truck!!!

Thanks Cody! Sorry that I couldn't make it by. I didn't get into Redding until about 2am, and then I noticed some valve tick and decided to change the oil in a Walmart parking lot :lol: That, combined with the loss of an hour to DST, meant there was no way I could make it out to your place before you went to work. I didn't get home til about 1am Sunday night as well.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 01:34 PM

If your gas gauge and temperature gauge start going bonkers, it could be your voltage regulator. Both gauges are denpendent on a particular voltage range.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 01:48 PM

There is a voltage regulator on the back of the printed circuit board that controls the voltage to the temp, and gas gauge.
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Do not confuse it with the voltage regulator under the hood for the alternator.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:21 PM

Yup, I'll have to check it out eventually, but there are also a bunch of other small wiring issues so it could be attributed to those as well. It has an aftermarket temp gauge, so at least I have that working.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 03:14 PM

im glad that truck stayeed in ratsun, if i woulda known it was for sale i woulda snatched it up if i had the cash, i really like that little pickup, take care of it.

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     Tyson felt the frosty wind flow through his grill and opened his headlights. He knew that according to the snow under his michelins, he had hit Colorado  Another trip, and once again towed behind big Bertha's smelly backside. Every backfire allowed Tyson to smell Bertha's cheap oil changes and rancid maverick gasoline. He knew there had been talk about him leaving, but he didn't know why. He had always been reliable, and to him it seemed they hadn't even really ran him. They had just hitched him up and there he stayed. A prisoner of the open road, how is that even possible Tyson thought. He had seen so much of the road yet so little. His tires were worn and he was old now, but he was still as fit as the Hardbodys and Tacomas. His brakes were still new, and so was his heart. The day came, and Tyson's title was signed over on his hood. Tyson wasn't sure what to think when the new man entered his cabin. All he knew was that the warm buns on his seat made him tingle, and when the man slowly inserted the key chills went up his drive shaft. Tyson exited the driveway and he knew what he had to do, He chirped his tires a little kicking rocks and debris on big Bertha's fat ass as he left under his own power..... The world now his to explore, Tyson loves to ride. He has seen the highway for far too many miles, and always would rather take a back road or trail. He wants to die being ran hard on country roads and mountain curves; and he never wants to see the backside of a Winnebago again! 

 

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 08:50 PM

I really need recommendations for a new seat. I'd like to keep a bench seat, and maybe I'll just have to redo the stock seat, but I really need something lower to the floor!
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:02 PM

Matt. I had a 720 single cab bench seat, it was much lower than this. Maybe find one in a JY and check it out. I hear they are slightly wider than a 521, but shouldn't be much of a bother for adapting to the 521...
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:16 PM

Diagnosed the non-working left blinker as the switch, so I pulled apart the whole assembly and went about repairing the switch. Dissected the switch to find the contacts old and burnt, so I cleaned them up and put Noalox on every contact surface, but when bending the tabs back on the back of the switch the crappy old bakelite material broke, so that switch was fubar. I salvaged the switch from my non-op 510 and it had the same poor contact problem, so I dissected it as well and was more careful reassembling it. I degreased the whole turn signal assembly, regreased it, and put Noalox on the blinker switch surfaces, high beam switch surfaces, and all the electrical mating surfaces for the horn.

I then diagnosed the non-working horns to find the horn relay non-op, so I'll be swapping it out for a new high amp hella relay if it ever stops raining.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:28 PM

soo the blinkers work now?

Yup, this is ratsun. You can be a retard and do retarded stuff to your ride, and that's your prerogative. You can also drive around with a bear trap straddling your nut sack and a rabid ferret in your passenger seat, but we're probably gonna call you out on account of you being a retard for doing so.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:35 PM

yup yup
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:36 PM

super tight, so that means that All the lights are workin now.. thats good shit..

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 05:53 PM

Got everything working on Sunday. Now I think I need to install an enable/disable switch for the horn, since I keep hitting it while flipping u-turns and parallel parking :blush:

As of this afternoon, it's officially a California truck. Bummer they wouldn't let me keep the Oregon plates.
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 08:10 PM

Dood! thats awesome!!

What was the issue with the fuel gauge?
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 08:20 PM

Oh, haven't messed with that yet. It's been sort of working...? I'm not really sure where it's supposed to be for empty and full...haven't messed with that yet, so I guess "everything" isn't working :huh:
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:08 PM

Got some goodies this weekend :o These and a glove box and fuel door lock...

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:35 PM

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:40 PM

If your gas gauge and temperature gauge start going bonkers, it could be your voltage regulator. Both gauges are denpendent on a particular voltage range.



There is a voltage regulator on the back of the printed circuit board that controls the voltage to the temp, and gas gauge.
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Do not confuse it with the voltage regulator under the hood for the alternator.



thats some really good info!! thanks!!! I am having those issues!

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:40 PM

Got some goodies this weekend :o These and a glove box and fuel door lock...

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dude I want bumperettes!!!