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November 27 - December 3, 1999

At this stage, there's simply no way to test the electrics. I plan to do so "on the Fly", as I get to the point where I can even hook up a battery. Fortunately for me, the previous owner left the electrical connections to the relay box intact. It's the only thing besides the pedal box assembly that he didn't take apart. (Yes, he even disassembled the alternator...)

Just a side note for those who have been in the same boat, or pontoon, I should say... Rivnuts are a pain in the wazoo. Only 3 of the access panel bolts in the luggage compartment came free, the rest are either stripped or frozen. I spent a lot of time with a Dremel tonight cutting slots in the top of the bolts, and slowly working them loose with a screwdriver and a pair of vice-grips. Having the body separated from the frame, I really have no need to go through the access panels to get to anything, but ya' always have to think of the future.

Another common question about my 12-step plan, was why I would want to reattach the body to the frame so quickly. The answer is, I have a one-car garage, and no room to store the pontoon body while I work on the frame. I've managed to get enough clearance between the two to attach the lines by placing 2x4 wedges between the body and the frame. It's workable, but mighty tight.

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"Everybody wants to rule the world..." That was a great song this week coming through the speakers of the Disassembled D. It's the first song, and the first time, that the D has made music since 1990. =) I got the wiring harness together enough to test the radio & windshield wipers, which are the only devices hooked up at present. Both are working flawlessly. The LCD display and tape eject are both perfect, too.

So far so good on the little things.

My rear glass was broken out by the previous owner's attempt to remove the torsion bars (yes, it really does happen... use extreme care!) All I had was a rim of adhesive and broken glass to remove, but that alone took almost 5 hours this week. I used a hammer and sharp wood chisel to dislodge the adhesive, but it's a messy process. I would have liked to use the piano wire method to remove the glass, but the bottom edge has a sharp angle that would make it pretty difficult. Besides, I didn't have to worry about breaking the non-existent rear glass, and a utility knife just got gummed up while trying to saw through. Here's a good tip though I learned back when I worked at a body shop years ago: When you're trying to chisel out the adhesive, it helps to cover the remaining glass particles with a strip of Duct tape. Otherwise, while you're hammering, glass pieces fly everywhere. The tape holds them in place quite well, and makes cleanup a snap. A warning though: if you use this chisel method, watch the angle of your chisel carefully. Unlike 'normal' steel-bodied cars, it's quite easy to gouge the GRP in the process.

Costs for Week 6:
Date Purchase Store Price
30-Nov-99 110528 Bracket, speedo cable DMC Houston 13.76
30-Nov-99 (10) SP10402 clip DMC Houston 13.90
30-Nov-99 (7) SP10392 clip DMC Houston 10.08
30-Nov-99 (2) SP10844 clip DMC Houston 0.92
30-Nov-99 SP10393 clip DMC Houston 0.36
30-Nov-99 (6) SP10381 clip DMC Houston 7.98
30-Nov-99 106989 Fuel line, used Specialty Automotive 15.00
1-Dec-99 Snap ring kit Rebco 9.58
1-Dec-99 Washers Pep Boys 4.99
1-Dec-99 Brake line Pep Boys 4.49
2-Dec-99 Spring Compressor AutoZone 34.97
3-Dec-99 Bolts Pep Boys 13.07
Week 6 Total $129.10
Running Total $4670.72

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