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SnowMongoose Dork
7/9/15 3:59 p.m.

Catch can is headed my way courtesy of ebay.

So, found out that while the PO owned it, the turn signals worked.
Somewhere in swapping out the turn signal switch I made them... cease working.

Interesting fact: the gentleman who owned the vehicle prior to my buddy appears to have abandoned the entire concept of a fuse box, I haven't been able to find one.
Sketchiness intensifies!

Sourced the brackets for mounting the battery under the bed, also sourced a back-up light.
Now I get to learn how to wire stuff.

SnowMongoose Dork
7/9/15 11:55 p.m.

New discoveries!
Hazard lights work! (with clicky noises!)
Turn signals still not so much. (no clicky noises)
Still no evidence of fuses.

Aaaaand I still need to google how to adjust an 86 ranger parking brake.

SnowMongoose Dork
7/10/15 9:10 p.m.

Not sure what I did but the blinkers work!
Replaced the bulbs and housings for the front, she's now street legal except for the utter lack of back-up lights.

Raze UltraDork
7/11/15 4:16 p.m.

Sounds like if you have no fuseblock you've probably got the turn signals wired together so when one is bad or the ground is bad it takes them both out, glad to hear they're working, you should invest in a multimeter...lots more electrical jobs to do on that engine, injectors, tfi, to gauge overall health and diagnose major issues...

Dusterbd13 UltraDork
7/11/15 4:39 p.m.

Time to buy a harness. Either stock used, or an ez wiring 18 circuit.

SnowMongoose Dork
7/12/15 6:37 p.m.

In reply to Raze:

I have invested in a multimeter...
I have not - as of yet - invested in learning how to use one.
Electrical stuff scares me, I'm working on it.

dean1484 MegaDork
7/12/15 6:38 p.m.

Smoke is bad everything else is ok.

SnowMongoose Dork
7/15/15 11:56 a.m.

This thing is even quirkier than I expected.
Without changing anything under the hood, now she'll ONLY idle when warm.

RossD PowerDork
7/15/15 12:54 p.m.
SnowMongoose wrote: This thing is even quirkier than I expected. Without changing anything under the hood, now she'll ONLY idle when warm.

Engine Coolant temp (ECT) sensor?


SnowMongoose Dork
7/19/15 10:37 p.m.

She didn't fire up when I went to drive to work the other morning.
Found out after failing to bump start it that it's waaay harder to push up an incline than a miata.
Thankfully the Mister Two was there and mostly functional.

Based on the lack of noise from the fuel pump I'm pretty sure it's the fuel pump...
Based on the lack of fuses I know it's not a fuse problem.
Another case of 'Snow needs to learn electricity'

SnowMongoose Dork
7/22/15 3:57 p.m.

Turns out it DOES have a fuse box, that's nice to know.

Fuel pump still not pumping/making noise/being helpful.
Either I killed it while driving or I disturbed some crucial wire while 'installing' the catch can.
If I were more of a go-getter I'd be looking to ax all the unnecessary wiring under the hood.
But, I'm not.

daeman Reader
7/22/15 6:00 p.m.

Snow, your going to have to tidy up the wiring sooner or later, and sooner would be better than later, you could spend a lot of time chasing faults and replacing non broken parts only to eventually end up needing to deal with it anyway. Watch some YouTube tutorials on auto elec and ask as many questions here as you need to. 12v electrical is pretty simple for the most part, its just a case of following the flow.

classicJackets New Reader
7/24/15 8:21 a.m.

Snow, Cool! I am in the slow process of prepping that exact motor to throw in my old Ford Courier. stinger performance (or somebody) sells a reman wiring harness in the $550 range if you don't want to have to redo it yourself. My engine also didn't come with a fuse box - I guess the car should have one, but it doesn't seem like the engine needs them! I may pop in here from time to time to ask questions about placement on a few items that came uninstalled, haha. Doug

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