Hey guys, Hope yall are having a happy christmas eve!
Since there hasn't really been much work (until the year starts), I decided to go over some of the electrical wiring of the car. The dome light switches were completely painted shut and cut off so I decided to remove em seeing as to how they couldnt even be salvaged. That wasn't so bad. Out of curiosity, I decided to inspect the light on the dash and that completely led me down a rabbit whole. Noticing that most light bulbs were gone (I also saw what seemed to be rust, however it was simply the ceramics inside the broken light bulbs) I disassembled the whole dash. The whole thing is hacked. I counted a total of 5-6 wires that were just cut with no signs of specific connections. I didn't get too much into it since ill have to really verify each and every cable before putting it all back together. I moved to remove the cassette player that was added in, and it was certainly unpleasant to see that the previous owner had cut part of the original radio display area. Kinda sucks. I havent decided on what ill do in that area, perhaps I could fabricate and weld sections to fix it or use fiberglass to fabricate the designed view. That'll be done much more ahead once I get money, but I might just make a contrasting vinyl overlay that would go overlap the radio area. Continuing- I got told by my parents that I should look into making the license plate bulb work, and while I only needed to change the bulb; I came to find out that my reverse lights were not done at all. The mechanic we had previously hired to do the work ( when I was much younger) was supposed to have done it, but I started to notice that he was quite lazy with the electrical work as I go over it. I mean I can't blame him, electrical work takes time and hes better off making profit out of newer cars faster. He's still a hell of a mechanic when it comes to any mechanical work though, so im not upset- infact it leaves work for me so im quite excited. PLus- I should've had checked so I only blame myself. Literally, all I have is electrical work, and its not bad at all- just brain destroying if I overthink it a little too much. I have it under control though
Only question I have as of right now is if the back up light switch is the one I have taken a photo of at the end of the column shifter? I thought typically they were mounted in the trans but I came across an example of a 60's pickup that is in the same area but looks far different. Perhaps the mechanism is inside instead of the outside? Im not quite sure but I assume thats what is up.
Also, saw a classic car junkyard 20 minutes from my house, so I might take a look and see what I can find. Theres not much I can think about adding. The real work will come once I manage to get my hands on a welder. Have a good christmas!