What have you done to your wagon lately?

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:30 pm

Sometimes you just have to make some small sacrifices. Haha. Just a temp fix until my modded bracket is finished.

Boy does this 70 amp make a world of a difference. The stock one drops down to 13.5 with the headlights on and 13.3 with the headlights off and the compressors on. Now I am at a 14.1 with the headlights on and 13.9 with just the compressors running. Headlights and the light bar drops down to 13.5 which is pretty damn good only at idle. I got this alternator from an 87 corolla I believe. Well worth the effort and it only cost me 25 bucks.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by 4wdEconoBox » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:58 pm

Heck yeah!! It'd be pretty cool if you could keep using an old wrench and just cut it in half and weld a turnbuckle in the middle so that it could still be adjustable haha.

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:52 am

I like that idea! Haha. In other news, I just hit 200k today.

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Petros » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:04 pm

looks like you can use a shorter belt, that is pushed up too close to the battery. that should also make the bracket smaller as well, less stress on it, less vibration.

I will be looking for one of those alternators next time I go to the wrecking yard. ARe there any external markings, tags, part numbers, etc that would make it easy to identify it?
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Jonymoto » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:12 pm

Does it make the headlights brighter at night? When I leave mine on full beam nobody flashes me back to dip my lights.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:22 pm

Petros wrote:looks like you can use a shorter belt, that is pushed up too close to the battery. that should also make the bracket smaller as well, less stress on it, less vibration.

I will be looking for one of those alternators next time I go to the wrecking yard. ARe there any external markings, tags, part numbers, etc that would make it easy to identify it?
You're absolutely right about the belt. It is real close. Funds are tight now but I definitely will make that change in the future. The alternator almost looked new when I found it and the tag was perfectly there unscathed. It is a Bosch AL219X. My neighbor just brought my bracket back so no more wrench.
Jonymoto wrote:Does it make the headlights brighter at night? When I leave mine on full beam nobody flashes me back to dip my lights.
Abaolutely. The difference is definitely noticeable. Then again, there was another thread I saw about rewiring the had light system which I have also done. It did help a bit, but now I can really see at night.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Jonymoto » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:30 pm

You guys are so lucky to be able to wonder around in wreckers yards and pick whatever you want. Overhere most wreckers won't let you set your feet inside the yards for safety reason. You have to know what you want and ask at the counter and if it's something trivial like an electrical plug they won't bother with you.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Mattel » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:33 am

Hi Jony, there is still this one at centre road self serve. I think this , kilsyth and Thomastown are the only self service ones left. http://120.150.69.218/fmi/webd?homeurl= ... 20Vehicles
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:03 am

https://youtu.be/RWRaR18u9es
Because I was too skeptical about melting things and taking it fully apart.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by rer233 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:44 pm

When I swapped odometers between 2 speedos, I ground the melted plastic away to remove the drums and then re-secured them with a little dab of JB Quick- like you, I was leery of trying to "un-melt" them. I've also heard that spinning the counters backwards like you did distorts things causing the numbers to no longer line up properly- true?? Let us know how it works out.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:58 pm

I figured out the numbers lining up after I was done running the dremel on it. After I had it close to being where it needed to be, I attempted to put that metal piece back on and all of the numbers got messed up big time. Between each number there are black little tabs that rest in between that metal piece to keep them aligned properly. After a few minutes of fiddling with it I get everything to line up perfect. 106 miles later, the odometer and trip work pretty darn good.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by rer233 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:33 pm

Perfect!
if it aint there, there's a good chance it won't break!
83 SR5 Silver/Blue (Snowmobile/work beater)-totaled but drivable
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88 SR5 White (the 'good' one)-not anymore-totaled
87 fwd silver wagon a/t
87 4wd dx Cream (a/t- not anymore- now m/t)

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by donnyre » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:34 am

I just replaced the spark plugs and plug wires. Then I ordered new General tires from http://4wheelonline.com. Hope they will arrive here next week.

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:23 pm

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:17 pm

Here's to the start to something I'm sure will be ridiculous.
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