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Old November 2nd, 2017, 08:15 PM   #426
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I have you to thank for going about plating them
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Thanks Scott if you wouldn't have mentioned it I would never have Google it, after about 5 minutes of reading I knew it was something I had to try, next I'm gonna try to copper plate something, then I'll move on up from there, money is the only thing holding me back from other things, but I'll get there eventually, the next thing I wanna try is anodizing aluminum, I haven't read anything about it yet but I know it can be done, again I'll see what I can come up with to save money
I just about have a fully equipped metal working shop, machining, welding, foundry, forge, and electroplating, now I need to go out and find some work because work sure isn't finding me, maybe that will help solve my money situation, altho most of the money in the beginning goes back into the shop for cutting tools and other perishable tooling


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Old November 2nd, 2017, 08:29 PM   #427
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Now make gold out of lead!!!!!
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Ron, when you start doing aluminum stuff... you might want to try alodine or Alodizing... Turns Aluminum a nice gold color and is pretty good conversion coating... basically fast and easy and pretty easy to get a hold of the stuff too. Usually sold in a . powder or concentrate form and takes a minute or so of soak time to really put a nice protective coating on.Alodine options

I like the darker stuff for a richer look when using it. I have a piece in my garage that I Alodized almost 3o years ago and looks like it did when I performed the conversion. Was a Project in A&P school that allowed use of about 16 different processes including hand machining a block and drilling and tapping and using helicoil inserts and a couple of other fasteners and repairs.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 09:07 PM   #429
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Hey Ron,
I'm sure you already know this but I had to throw it out there. Make sure your area is crazy well ventilated! Don't breathe any of that stuff in.
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P.S. With this lovely cooler weather coming in, how have you been feeling? My wife and I are pretty achy!
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I'll hafta look into that alodizing, sounds like it's pretty easy compared to anodizing, thanks for the link

Jeff, my garage is well ventalated, I almost always leave the 16' by 8' garage door open when doing stuff that create dangerous vapors I open the entry door which is near the back, air goes right thru, I only close it up when it's extremely cold, like below 30 dgrees, I won't do things like that when it's that cold
As far as this weather goes, I've been hurting bad, specially the past 2 weeks because I have been keeping busy, I also started cutting the dosage level of the pain pills in half over the last 6 weeks, I certainly feel it on the days when I'm out cranking handles around on machines, but then again I was only going out and working in the garage 2 days a week most of the summer, 4 and 5 days I'm pushing myself, I need to work out the muscles I haven't been using, I'm hoping if I keep it up and work thru it eventually they will strengthen up like I was use to last year, I slowed down and didn't do much for a long time, I'm calling it "work hardening"
This time of year always sucks tho, cold mornings and semi warm days, beginning of this week it was 40 degrees and no sun, yesterday it was sunny and 67 degrees, today 60 and no sun, I was cold all day, Saturday and Sunday in the 70's they say, plus we set the clocks back this week, I'd rather set them up so it's light out later, I don't like darkness at 6 pm, but hey, what can I do about it, not a dang thing


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Ron... in all the excitement I forgot to tell you about a Website called Caswell Plating. Here's a link to their forums. VERY good forums for all this plating stuff. Can Link to their main page from the forums to look at purchasing stuff or just to price stuff out.

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Thank ya, I spent about 20 minutes Monday looking for a place like this, they have it all, the prices are a bit out of my budget, but that just gives me something to save for, just like everything else, I have one hell of a wishlist,
I wanna try to copper plate a few things to see how it turns out, I'm having a hard time getting my hands on sulfuric acid, I tried all the auto parts stores around here for battery acid and wouldn't ya know it, they're all out, so I asked them to order some, they're gonna call me when it comes in, I want to first make some copper sulfate, I should a looked for that at Caswell
I need to clear a spot off on my workbench to set my chemical resistant table top on, a friend was gonna throw it out till I said I'd take it, it's been in a corner collecting dust, now I can put it to use

I'm headed outside now to put those camber adjusters on while the sun is out, I wish I would have been able to start earlier, I don't care for this time of year, it gets dark to early, I should just stick to the same schedule as summer, but that screws up doctors appointments, I'd be early and hafta wait even longer, yesterday I had a 3:30 appointment and walked out the door at 5:40 after seeing the doc for 20 minutes

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Old November 9th, 2017, 03:43 PM   #433
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Goggles, rubber gloves and a face shield would be a good idea Ron. That acid is BRUTAL!!!!!!!
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I have a box of nitrile gloves and goggles, I need to get a new piece of clear plastic for my face shield, I can't see threw it anymore from using it when grinding

The one thing I do need to get is a glass measuring bowl, I don't wanna take the one from the kitchen, I'll need to invest in a few things except mason jars, I have a bunch of those

I was able to get one camber adjuster on, I couldn't get the one side off, I was afraid I'd ruin the ball joint if I kept beating it, the other side popped right off, I know what I'll be doing in the morning, I'm gonna try my 3 arm gear puller and see if that does it

Something else, my front end is stiff, I have coil overs shocks and just the 4 wide torsion leaves, if I do away with them and run a rod threw the H beam what kind of material should I use, I don't think a plain piece of 1/2" threaded rod would do, it might work temporarily to see if I get a smoother ridde, then get something stronger if I like it, I guess I'll see what my friend has in his steel rack and go from there, chase a few threads on each end and go from there

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Ron... Copper Sulfate is at the Home and Garden Store under "Root Kill" in the plumbing section... This is the crystals... you just dissolve them in water and dip in some steel for a few minutes and Viola! Copper colored Steel. No electrolysis needed even.

Root Kill

It really does what I said too... Just make some light blue water and dip or even brush it on... CHEAP solution to making something look like copper. Spoiler though... It won't work on Aluminum or Chrome products, just raw steel.
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Scott, I'm just gonna start asking you all my plating questions, I'll go and get some root kill and check it out, sure sounds easy enough, thanks again

Another thing where copper sulfate is used is in liquid plumber drain cleaner, about 17 years ago our oldest son started smoking, his mom asked what was taking so long in the bath room, we'll when he finally came out his one hand was blue from those toilet bisquits you drop in the tank to keep them clean, he didnít have any pockets to put his pack of cigarettes in so he tried to flush them and it clogged up the toilet, I bought a bottle of that drain cleaner and poured it in, it didn't work but I noticed the water got super hot, I figures that stuff caused a chemical reaction so it warmed the pipes up, they expand and loosens everything up and down it goes, we'll that day I had to take the toilet off only to find a pack of cigarettes with toilet paper wrapped around them, but since then I have never bought any of that drain cleaner, I just use a bucket of hot water and keep pouring it down which ever drain is clogged, occasionally I'll boil water and do the same, after 3 or 4 three gallon buckets everything goes right down

I didn't even think of the root killer stuff, I suppose I didn't read enough, that's how I find out all the DIY and backyard ways to use household stuff for doing things, like deggasing molten aluminum before pouring it into a mold, I have a piece of rear with a short section of 1/2 pipe welded to the end with several holes drilled thru it, I wrap pool shock granules in a piece of aluminum foil and push it to the bottom of my crucible just before I take it out to pour, I was amazed the first time I did it, I was getting parts with holes in it like a sponge, I noticed it after machining a part and it had tiny holes thru out the part, so I started using the pool shock stuff or the granular chlorine
Wish I had taken a chemistry class in high school now

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Ron, That's probably about all I know about the stuff really... so don't ask me specifically... I may have run across a thing or two, but certainly don't have all the plating answers. I don't know if copper sulfate is what makes copper plating... just that root kill is the crystal form of it, and it is pretty easy to obtain... no special licenses or anything.

Now... why I know anything bout Copper sulfate:

I tried to be a good Aircraft Mechanic a few years ago. Loved it, but the people I worked for screwed the pooch and hired an asshat that liked to get rid of talent because he had issues with their personalities not being subservient to his... Fuck HIM.... so I got let go with a bullshit letter saying they had run out of work for me and that they "laid me off"... so now I work on shitty machines that are nasty but kinda cool... hard to explain anything beyond that... but...

While I was working on Landing gear, we had to verify chrome plating was complete and had no gapes or damage through the plating on Hydraulic cylinders and Axles and pins that were thick chrome plating and had tolerances that had to be met as well. We were required to brush on Copper Sulfate liquid (we made from blue crystals in a bigger canister) with an acid brush... if any copper color turned up, the plating had been compromised and the chrome plating had to be ground off and replaced or removed then the base metal had to be verified within plate-able tolerance then re-plated... long story short... I only know because of an experience I had in Landing gear overhauling... which I loved dearly. We did a lot of things that were neat and unusual in that gig. Lot of technical knowledge had to be obtained and retained to do that kind of work. and I was just a newb at it.

The other part about the Copper sulfate, that I actually knew as well, was "what it was called" when I started having Tree roots growing in the sewer drains at a house I rented... We found out what it was and used it to prevent the roots from growing in a bunch of the old OrangeBerg Tar and paper pipes used in the 50's and 60's... usually the trees win anyway, but you can get by for a while if you're diligent. I bought the root kill stuff in 5 lb drums when I was renting, and used it monthly to ward off the growth... It was even cheaper purchased that way, but it's not bad even in smaller jars like Home depot sells.
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Scott I didn't really mean that literally, I just said it because you did send me a couple links where I could get the answers I needed, I've run across certain things where I just know enough about something but not everything, so don't worry, as far as the copper sulfate goes, you need that to plate parts, when I did the zinc plating I put the pieces of zinc in my electrolyte and let it sit overnight before putting my parts in and turned on the power, when I dropped the zinc in it started bubbling immediately, the next morning the electrolyte was cloudy, once I turned the power on it started bubbling more, I guess it was more of a fizzing than bubbling, but it still amazed me that it turned out like it did

I put the second camber adjuster on yesterday, I used the press I built to get the old one off, it came off with some force, the first one popped off using one of those tie rod forks, I smacked it twice with a hammer, after hitting the other side a dozen times I stopped, I was afraid I'd ruin the ball joint so I waited and used the press

So now I can align the front end, it's amazing how much camber adjustment there is, now I can put these 2 tires on to get me thru winter, by then I hope to buy new ones and have them align the front and rear

Now it's time to winterize it, by that I mean to cover all the air holes to keep the cold breezes from blowing in and freezing me whenever I go places, I remove it all once warm weather comes back around, it also helps to wear a few layers as well

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.... We found out what it was and used it to prevent the roots from growing in a bunch of the old OrangeBerg Tar and paper pipes used in the 50's and 60's...
It's Orangeburg Pipe, (not trying to be an ass) as in Orangeburg, NY... It's the next town over from where I live, and the town where I work. The pipe dates back to the 1860's and was originally used as electrical conduit. Yup the roots seem to love that pipe. That and it has a tendency to flatten and go oval over time. That Orangeburg Pipe is everywhere... We found a sign for it on a trip we took way up in Maine... Oh and the land were the old Pipe factory once stood was listed as a toxic waste site. Thankfully it has been cleaned up.
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It's Orangeburg Pipe, (not trying to be an ass) as in Orangeburg, NY... It's the next town over from where I live, and the town where I work. The pipe dates back to the 1860's and was originally used as electrical conduit. Yup the roots seem to love that pipe. That and it has a tendency to flatten and go oval over time. That Orangeburg Pipe is everywhere... We found a sign for it on a trip we took way up in Maine... Oh and the land were the old Pipe factory once stood was listed as a toxic waste site. Thankfully it has been cleaned up.
I knew when I posted it could be wrong... Thanks for the Correction. I was being lazy and didn't look it up for correct name spelling. Interesting bit of Background too. We have it all over Dallas Texas Area for sure.
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All this free knowledge - this is another reason I like it here.
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I wouldn't know what to do without the knowledge I have learned here, I guess I would be reading more

So for the past few days I have been drilling my front brake rotors so I can bolt on a set of wheels and tires to get me thru winter, I also picked up an almost new set of 185/60/14" tires for when winter is over, it's gonna lower the front of my Volksrod a little over 3"
I have a few pics but I'll wait until it's finished to show them

I did however plate something with copper a few days ago while I was machining something, it was a lucky quarter, the reason it's lucky is I let Trina use it about 6 months ago to scratch off a lottery ticket and it was a $25 winner



Here's the bucket of copper sulfate I mixed up to do it with, bought some root killer and mixed with tap water and white vinegar



Now I need to rig up a blasting cabinet so I can make sure the metal is clean enough for the plating to stick


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As I mentioned last time I was here I was gonna drill my rotors to fit another set of wheels and tires on to get me thru winter, I didn't account for clearance on the back side of the wheel, the caliper was in the way by about 1/8" so I just plugged the holes

That took me a while, I was down for about 6 days with a nasty cold, it's the first cold I've had in 18 years, I was taking an antibiotic since January of 2001, back when I had the brain hemorrhage the transplant team questioned why I was still taking it because they stop giving it to transplant patients after 3 months, we'll they told me to stop taking then, we'll after 6 days of misery and the 2nd worst headache I have had (the 1st was the brain hemorrhage) I called my transplant doctor up and got put back on the pills the other doctors took me off of, after going almost 20 years without a cold you forget just how bad they are

So i plugged the holes i drilled and tapped in the one rotor with some round cast iron bar stock I have, I chased a thread on a piece about 9 inches long, cut it into 4 pieces 1-3/4" long and J-B welded them in, then cut them flush with the surface and went ahead and put the almost new set of tires on
I bought this disc brake kit back in 1996, the rotors looked glazed over so I checked the thickness to see if they could be faced off, they cleaned up on both sides at the smallest size, that should make stopping a lot better









I'll hafta get a pic of the tires I picked up for $20 they have less than 1000 miles on them


Tomorrow I'm gonna check the alignment, then I hafta figure out why my tail lights quit working, until next time

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What a day I had Wednesday the day before yesterday, I had to go to the hospital to get my first of 5 iron infusions, it was a beautiful day in the mid 50's and sunny, everything is going fine, about 4:30 I take off to go home, about 3 miles from home my Volksrod starts running like crap, popping cracking like a cylinder wasn't firing, I pull over to check to make sure a plug wire didn't fall off, everything appears to be ok, so I pop the distributor cap off to make sure it's not cracked, it looks ok, as I start to put it back on I notice something under the rotor that doesn't look right, so I pull it off, the collar that has the magnets in it for the pertronix ignition it broken, the top of it is broken off, I pulled it off an notice a hairline crack down the side about 1/4 of the way, that must be my problem
I bought that pointless ignition back in the summer of 1986 for $40 and change, a few months ago when I replaced the 009 distributor with a SVDA distributor it was tough to get on, when I checked the old distributor and the new one where that collar goes on there was a 0.005" difference, the new one was bigger, so I took some sand paper to the inside of the collar, it was tough because the inside isn't round, it has the square part for the points, so I set that collar on the roof of my car to let the sun warm it up so it would fit, after an hour it slipped right on, we'll I guess after 30 years that plastic decided to break, I always kept a set of points in my car just in case such a situation occurred
By this time the sun is going down and it's getting cold, I have on a T-shirt and a Hoodia and I'm freezing, but I get the points in and get home
After I warm up I start looking to replace my pointless ignition, I see the price and just can't believe how much they went up in 30 years, so I kept checking all the websites that sell them when I go to Summit Racing, they sell the magnetic collar alone for $16.97 plus tax and shipping, I called their tech line to make sure it's gonna work with my 30 year old piece that I don't need, the guy assures me it should, so I bought it yesterday, hopefully it comes before the end of the year, total cost was $25.54, now my only hope is that this part slips right on the distributor
I just can't believe the 0.005" difference between old and new distributors, I don't know if the old collar may have just shrunk over the years from all the cold and hot temp changes over a 30 year period or if it's just poor manufacturing these days, either way I'm still driving with a smile

Thought I'd show a picture of my old pertronix ignition with the broken collar, all you can see it the top part that broke off, I tried but my camera wouldn't show the tiny crack partially down the side



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Well I put a fuel pressure regulator on yesterday, it seems to run a little bit better, the dual carbs I have work best between 1.5 and 2 psi, before I bought the regulator it was 5 psi, I was getting less than 20 mpg, I sure hope that goes way up, time will tell

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I'll warn ya's now, this may be long, I had one heck of a day

Last week I mentioned in the "Today F-ing Sucks Thread" how on Thursday afternoon how my Volksrod wouldn't start, then Saturday it started, didn't do anything to it, then Sunday evening John aka Bugula stopped over, we didn't do anything but stand around and bullshit, I showed him my garage packed full of crap, so someone here witnessed what happens when you have a friend who owns a scrapyard (one that deals in machinery, the best kind) and another friend that works at another scrapyard that deals with cars and everything else, luckily the guy that owns the scrapyard closed it a couple years ago and my other friend got a different job
So anyway I took John for a ride in my Volksrod, didn't wanna start because the solenoid wire needed a new female spade connector put on, but i roll started it and took him for a ride, ran great, he's a great guy, I need to take some road trips and meet as many of ya's as I can before I get to old to drive

So Monday I crimped a new connector on the solonoid wire, put some silicone on it so it won't oxidize since all the water and dirt get slung up there, then Tuesday I had to drop some important papers off to overnight them via UPS, on the way home the sky opened up and dropped a few inches of rain, rained all night long, then this morning I went out to take my wife to work and it wouldn't start, I took her to work in her car, that's a real exciting car to drive, it jumps to one side then back, I think it needs a steering rack, but I'm not putting one on, working on consolidating bills so we can get her a decent car, we have never had a car payment so this will be new to us

I checked everything out on my Volksrod, even put the new SVDA distributor in along with the 32 year old Pertonixs pointless ignition, new cap and rotor button and another coil, still wouldn't start, rechecked everything again, tried the hairspay that you mentioned Kim, we don't keep aresol cans in the house ever since the house fire (they're dangerous if dropped and they land the wrong way, a one in a million chance but it happened to me, wish I could hit the lottery), hooked up my test light like I was setting the timing and cranked the crankshaft around with a wrench and it lit up bright for all 4 cylinders, finally I pulled out a spark plug to see if it was getting spark there, while cranking it over I couldn't see it very well so I grabbed the wire to ground the plug, I got a nice jolt everytime that plug fired, the engine even sounded as if it wanted to come to life, so I went back to the garage and started looking for plug wires, after several boxes and an hour I finally found a set in a box that was dated 1997, they were off my rail buggy, I think I bought them in 92, I put them on and It fire right up, the wires on it were only 4 years old, had a little over 13,000 miles on then, they appeared to be in good shape, I set the timing and took it for a ride around the block, by the time I put everything away and cleaned up it was time to go pick my wife up, from work and take her to physical therepy, she got in and off we went, crossed the bridge and going thru downtown Cinci, they were doing some kind of road work on Vine St and it was covered with those thick steel plates, when I hit them things the Volksrod died, I was able to get over to the curb, checked to make sure no wires fell off, checked all my fuses, then just for the hell of it I took the coil I switched earlier that afternoon hooked it up and it came to life, I went ahead and mounted it right, I didn't want it flopping around back there and have it fall off the car when hitting potholes

I had one hell of a day today, I'll be buying spark plug wires real soon, I'll also be digging out another coil, maybe even 2 of them, I've always kept a distributor with points after I bought the Pertronix just in case as well as a coil along with a clutch cable and accelerator cable since I got stranded many years ago in one of my Bugs, but I have never had a coil go out from hitting a 1 inch high bump at 20 mph, had one go out in my rail buggy after driving up a hillside that had 20 inch high staggered bumps that were like steps at 20 mph, but that was hardcore offroading

I'm glad my day is over, my life is just so full of excitment, hopefully tomorrow I can get my new compressor hooked up after finding a brand new 50 foot roll of 10 gage wire while lookng for spark plug wires, then I get to clean up the mess I made making room for the compressor

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So this past Thursday I started doing some body work on my Volksrod, the bondo on the roof where the PO welded in the oval window clip started chipping out about 2 years ago, I should have fixed it at the first sign but didn't, I just don't like doing body work, it started spreading from water getting in under the bondo and got bigger and bigger, I got some rattle cans of primer and coarse sanding discs for my grinder, a few months ago my cousin whith all the hotrods gave me some Duraglass to fix the roof, it holes between the welds and he is a perfectionist when it comes to body work and painting, he once repainted a hood on a 1980 Chevy pickup he chopped 5 inches out of the roof because he wasn't happy with it, he does work on all kinds of cars, so I know he gave me the right stuff
I used an old wood chisel to dig all the bondo out, then sanded it down to get as much of the rust off, then I used a scotch brite pad in a drill to clean up the metal even better, I had to use my knife to dig the bondo out of the weld seams, then before adding the Duroglass I wiped it down with denatured alcohol, that stuff he gave me was old and pretty hard but after working it a while it got easier to use, I added the hardener and put it on about an 1/8 of an inch thick and let it set, I got off to a late start and I didn't wanna be spraying black primer around my wife's White car, so I just took my grinder over it to knock the high spots off and sprayed it with primer, Monday morning I'll get back to it, smooth it out and add nother thin layer until I get it filled in, in some spits it had 1/4 inch of bondo in it, don't know of the PO did it all in one layer but he did something wrong for it to crack the way it did, I hope what I'm doind lasts longer than 8 years, I know I've seen cars with filler in them last 30 years as long as it's done right, I just hope I'm doing it right, as always a few pics





This spot below in the crease was almost a 1/4 inch wide, when it stopped I stopped, altho I'd hate to have it start cracking up later so I might just sand all of the filler out that I didn't put in


I did one side at a time, it was about 90 degrees out and I didn't wanna mix up more than I could get down before hardening


I hope I can get it finished before my wife gets home Monday, it's gonna be tough with this puppy, I don't wanna skip a day of training him, so far it's going good

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It's been a while since I was here last because almost all my free is now spent with a 45 pound puppy that doesn't like it when I'm on my phone for any reason, he barks at me until I put it down, I do use the Book of Faces to keep in touch with most of my family, but usually that is when my 45 pound tazmanian devil is sleeping on my lap, don't know what it's gonna be like if he gets up over 65 pounds, altho he can almost pull me up from sitting on the ground to standing, now to my Volksrod.....

So the back around Halloween I went to get in my Volksrod to run to the store and it wouldn't start, it only sat for 2 weeks since driving it last, I went ahead and pushed it backwards and rolled down the driveway to kickstart it, luckily I was going to a place with a hill, I thought the wire that connects to the solenoid might have come off or got corroded again, but that wasn't the case, I used a screwdriver and crossed the battery cable to solenoid and it wouldn't crank over, I connected jumper cables to the battery and to the starter and it cranked over, I thought maybe the wire from the switch was bad, so I ran one outside the car to check and that didn't work, I have a tough time doing anything these days because no matter what I do I have 45 pounds of crazy either sitting on my lap or laying on some part of my body, so I don't get much time to do anything to my Volksrod and when I do it's only about 20 to 30 minutes at a time

I have had a lot of wiring issues since I got it, I have done my best to fix what I can, but at this point I think the best thing is to replace the wiring harness with one of those new updated ones
After trying everything I could think with no luck I decided to check the ignition switch itself, I had a tough time tearing the steering column apart with a dog on my lap, try it sometime, if only I could get him to fetch me the tools I need it would be great
When I finally got to the switch the back of it where the 3 wires attach to it one was broken, the one that goes to the solenoid, I have another ignition switch but it won't fit, it's from a later year that has the wires that plug into it, the switch in it just has the 3 wires soldered onto it, the plug wouldn't fit into the housing, the housing is metal and the swtch I need to use is from a newer year that had the plastic housing
I also have an ignition switch from my 66 Bug I could use, or one from my rail buggy and the broken one will just be to lock the steering wheel

One of several wiring issue I found is the wire from the voltage regulator to the generator doesn't have any power to it unless the engine is running, another is the right side turn signals don't work, when I first got it 8 years ago when you turned on the right turn signal it would engage the starter, I fixed that back then, but realized what a mess it was, everything worked fine until about a year ago, the tail lights stopped working, I had to run a new wire from the fuse block to the back, it's a headache at this point, but I'll have it fixed soon, I miss driving it, getting spoiled driving a car with A/C and heat

Until next time

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My own wiring issues stem from way too many 'modifications' to the original '58 6 volt harness. In the mid '70s I 'improved' it when I swapped in the '65 Corvair power train. Then even more when the Ford engine went in. This included more lights, a full set of gauges, etc. A few years back things began getting a bit sketchy. When I sold a motorcycle project, I invested in a Ron Francis custom harness, which has now been awaiting my attention since 2010...sigh. A few evenings back, I fired up the transporter for a quick run into town. Hmm, no lights at the gauges, and no right headlight. After lots of feeling around under the dash, the right light came on, briefly. Still no gauge lights, and the brake light on the left side stopped working..... SO, it's finally time for the new harness.
Good news is the engine fires right up and after a couple of minutes on the manual choke she settles into a nice idle.
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A few monts back my brake lights stopped working, I replaces one switch and they worked for a week then quit working again, got another switch and all was good, after we bought the newer car one evening I went to the store, the sun went down while I was gone, when I pulled in the driveway my brake lights were on, I unplugged the hot wire to the switch, the next morning I hooked it up and all was good, the weekend before the last time I drove it my brake pedal was stuck down, I bought some WD-40 and squirted it down, it isn't stuck anymore but I hafta fix the starter issue now

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