Moving along on the wiring, albeit slow. Today, I spent 6 hours working on wiring up the instruments. I was able to re-use some of the looms I made up the firs time, but had to make plenty of alterations along the way. This is what it looks like from the backside:
The gauges are VDO Vision. The have been great and are all electronic, compatible with the ECOTEC. The speedo is programmable, so it is 100% dead nuts accurate. The backing plate is aluminium and the front is made from quilted maple (I’ll have pics of the front in a later installment, once the dash is in place).
I realize this looks perhaps, unimpressive – but a huge amount of work has gone into making this up. Every single connector has been soldered and shrink wrapped. Since I wanted to make this so it can be removed easily, every circuit is connected to a “Weatherpack” connector. This is why it has taken so long to make.
The following picture shows the dash area in bowtie6 before the dash goes in.
- The heater has been replaced with an aftermarket unit. The “original” heater unit I used to have developed a leak. A little research found the unit pictured above which was a) cheaper and b) more efficient. Plus it is able to withstand higher pressure. This is desirable since it allows a high PSI cap on the radiator.
- The transmission tunnel has been made from scratch to match the ECOTEC’s AISIN 5 speed gearbox. It will be covered soon in Dynamat Extreme, just like the rest of bowtie6 has.
- Finally, the piece de resistance: If you look close, you can see the steering column is now fully adjustable. Yes, a special mechanism has been made by my cousin Jim that allows the column to tilt with the flick of an adjustment bar. I’ll have more on this later, once I get it all bolted back together. Trick, huh?
This wiring effort has been very time consuming, but the end result will be fantastic. There is a huge satisfaction from wiring up a car from scratch. Not many people can do this type of work – it takes patience, but it sure is a lot of fun.