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#76 Lenny

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:52 PM

Can't wait for the Youtubeeeeeee :)

lol ill see what i can doo mate,
defo going to give it full throttle when the pipe is in,
im very interested to see what PSi the gauge will display :D

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:55 PM

Lenny, you are indeed the man.
Oh to have all that spare time and ingenuity to do all the work you have.
if i was to start cutting the dash and making holes in pipes the wife would go postal beyond belief.
You've either a very understanding wife or lock her in the cupboard while you attack the car.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:10 PM

flippin ell, how much! you feeling a bit flush??? they do look sweet though and they look great at night, remember to keep your eyes on the road and not the gauges!


I know mate, the ford gauge's are pricey but their a perfect match,
had i purchased anything different i would always tell my self ''yeah their nice but they could be ford branded ones'' lol
so i took the plunge and bought the ford ones after weeks of debate lol

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:46 PM

Still the big question is - is your wife a very understanding person? :wub: or do i need to start investigating reports that you have taken up laying patios in the middle of the night? <_< ;) :P :D :lol:

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

Still the big question is - is your wife a very understanding person? :wub: or do i need to start investigating reports that you have taken up laying patios in the middle of the night? <_< ;) :P :D :lol:


lol
i dont drink or smoke and i did do a few jobs around the house before the packages come in the door lol,
the best advise though is to get them deliverd to your mates house, he can remove all the invoices and send you the goods, so you can then forge your own paypal reciept and produce it to the missus.

not saying that she will be happy with that either, but while shes giving out to me, i can think ''wow imagie how mad she would be if she knew how much they really cost me'' lmao

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

I hear that. :P
If the wife knew how much i really pay for most of the bits for my car she'd have an real meltdown.
She's a Belfast girl so you can imagine how angry she can get... :wacko:
I am very considerate in bed though (as in i get out to !Removed!) :o :P

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

Lenny, you are indeed the man.
Oh to have all that spare time and ingenuity to do all the work you have.
if i was to start cutting the dash and making holes in pipes the wife would go postal beyond belief.
You've either a very understanding wife or lock her in the cupboard while you attack the car.


lol cheers clive, i was unemployed for 7months when i done most of the guides though, so i was happy to have something to keep me busy and killed alot of time doing the guides for you guys.

i leave her with the two kids, and stick on the headphones lol
she sometimes screams at me '' i used to like ford focus till you bought one and started moding it'' lol

or ''you spend more time on the car than you do one me these days'' :rolleyes:

and your a true gentle man ''getting out to !Removed!'' lol
my mothor is a belfast woman too, so i know too well what you mean mate. :unsure:

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:07 PM

my mothor is a belfast woman too, so i know too well what you mean mate. :unsure:


They are a force to behold when up to full steam and no mistake. :unsure:
I thought i could be fierce when provoked. :blink:
My tongue has more teeth marks than are safely advisable. :P
But i do love my little hellcat so. :wub:

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:55 PM

Finally got the boost pipe fitted and the boost gauge is now fully functional, maximum reading i can get from it is 20 PSi
here is how i done it,

first i removed the glove box to gain access to the firewall and the rubber grommet that leads in to the engine bay.

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Once this has been removed i opened the bonnet and pulled ot the rubber grommet towards the engine compartment, it has electrical tape wrapped around either end so i took this off to allow me to fish the boost pipe and oil sensor feed through the grommet, then taped it up as was when im finished.

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remove the black tape from either side of the grommet, then push the boost pipe through the hole, once it has reached the other side, feed it through gently ensuring the pipe doesnt kink, also tape the sensor cable to the boost pipe and pull it through too, this will make it very easy because the boost pipe is more rigid than the electrical cable.

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Once the cables have been completly brought through the grommet, you can re-seal the gromment on both sides using electrical tape, as it was prior to removal but with new tape.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:55 PM

I then rolled up the sensor cable and sat it in the battery box until i get the parts for the oil sensor fitted,
i taped the boost pipe in black to better blend in with the engine bay, and run the pipe under the battery box and air filter box, along the front of the chassie and in to the pipe,
using teflon tape on all the fittings for an air tight seal.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:40 PM

Good work Lenny , you will be pulling out that grommet next week when the DRL's arrive :)

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:55 PM

Good work Lenny , you will be pulling out that grommet next week when the DRL's arrive :)


thanks pree, i was just thinking the same thing today when i was tapeing it up lol
ill be here again the same time next saturday morning fitting the DRL's lol

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:02 PM

Update on this:
I got to work yesterday cutting out the piece of Perspex to fill the gap between the two gauges, and wrapped it in matt black vinyl
ill add some pictures of it fitted to the pod later today


also last Saturday I fitted a set of DRL's to the front of the car, their fantastic and I’m very happy with them,
but the problem I have is:
when I wired in the gauges i spliced their backlight's in to the loom of the interior lights, which was fine when i used to drive around with my parking lights on all of the time, but since fitting the drl's I don’t need to switch on my lights anymore,


so my theory is,
to connect the backlights of the gauges to one of those DRL controllers from eBay:

http://www.ebay.co.u..._fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

then connect the controller to the ignition feed and connect the sensor cable from the purchased DRL controller to the interior light feed,

so the results would be the gauges would come on at full illumination when the ignition is on,
and then when the interior lights are switched on,
the gauges would dim along with the Speedo gauge.

this may help others.


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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:07 PM

Lenny do they need to be lit up during the day?

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:35 PM

Lenny do they need to be lit up during the day?


well i can see the needle and stuff but im just used to seeing them illuminated mate
and the little pod puts a shadow over them,
ill give it a week and see how i get used to it,

do you reckon the drl dimmer idea would work though ?

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