Let's just say I'm going a little stir crazy. Frustrated because I'm in a "damned if I do, damned if I don't" kinda place. The dash, and console have been at the same level of stagnation for about a month now. I've been holding on posting pictures of that because they'll just make no sense to most,.....that's changed. Today I'm putting it up for public scrutiny. Ordinarily, I'd bounce around to some other part of the car, and let time resolve the stagnation, but w/ work, the house, and the overall lack of funds, there really isn't another place to bounce to.
The console is almost complete as you see it, save for the top will have a cover made out of a see through perforated mesh. As opposed to just laying on top of the bars, that cover will actually be bolted down at a point about middle of the bar. The console itself will "float" on top of the carpet, all you should be able to see is just the out side of the bars that make that up.(Right now the pic shows a piece of scrap that's laying across the top. It really serves no purpose.)
The dash is a different story. This is far from complete. The 89 factory dash that is underneath is just there as a place holder. Right now the plan is to roll a piece of sheetmetal from the middle of the top bar to the windshield, and the same will happen from the bottom bar to the bottom of what would be the stock dash. The gauge cluster will arch up from the top. (I plan to make that out of a single 3" exhaust tubing U bend., opposite of the roll for the dash.
(See I told ya,....it's gonna require a stretch of imagination)
Over the past weeks I've been nickle and dime-ing my way towards getting all of the sensors and pigtails to get the engine compartment wired. I have all of the right wire to make an engine harness, I just need a few weatherpack end terminals to allow me to disconnect the engine w/o having to cut wires, or unbolt fasteners.The engine compartment harness is about 95% away from being able to happen. Bought the TPS and what will become my fast idle valve for cold starts. (those items alone cost right at 100.00) The weatherpack "kit" will almost be another 100.00.
Hopefully, my last Chevy item I use on this car. The original purpose for this is to switch between fuel tanks on a Chevy Siverado. On the Monster, it is a 12V activated vacuum leak. One that comes from un-boosted filtered air on the inlet of the turbo. The Megasquirt uses it in the cold start fast idle process. The sweet part of the deal, Unlike most vacuum leaks is that the MAP sensor compensates for the lean condition, the engine runs 500-700 RPM faster when activated, and the "vacuum leak" will stop at 120 degrees.
This idea has been in my head since before the red car. ( that makes it 2007) I built a similar structure for the Studebaker streetrod (That got sold to support said red car) but it never saw any further progress than where I am currently w/ the Monster either.Inquiring minds needs to know. Has do it twice Mike already done the piping twice before posting, or will we be seeing part deux in a later chapter?
Do I see the makings of a similar air conditioning setup to what was put into the red car?
Oh and this: