No more moving backwards!
While a true statement, it only means I haven’t taken anything apart lately. While I’m being sarcastic, I’m also optimistic. Moving forward inexorably one will eventually arrive at some destination. This update should probably be a 2-part post, the work shown took place over 10-13 days, but I’m lazy, so here it is in one shot.
With the backseat out for a few weeks I have completed the circuits for the console, wiring/cabling for speakers (8 wires), signal to head (9 wires), wiring to power windows (only 4 but split to two looms), and all of that needs to be in conduit and laid out with room for a retracted top.
Then there was installing all the parts for the regulators, being a powered version made it harder since I could not move the arms slightly with the ease of a handle right there, but having switches installed before the hardware reduced that greatly! The first one I put in took over twice as long as the second. It took a few tries to see which roller needs to be within which rail in which order…not hard…just…”specific”.
I pulled the backseat, probably the only stock part I have left. When I pulled it the amplifier was under there, I did not bother showing it since it was installed as a proof-of-concept for the stereo/head-unit. Anyway, when the seat was pulled you could see the leads for rear speakers and power window regulators.
This is the mess I had a few hours later. Too much to try and caption, but you can see multiple initiatives in there if you know where to look.
One thing we installed was these two quick-connects. I learned a trick long ag it may be ghetto, but install a pair bassackwards to each other so they cannot be cross-connected.
When I did test-fit number 24 (JK) of the console I quickly realized that my yellow/green connectors (see November 2019, second picture for context) were not long enough. The green one shown here was the real issue, I needed at least 8 more inched. so I made an 11 inch extension.
This took hours to do, but as I had an extra male and female connector, why not use them? These are 12-pin connectors, and I am only using 11 of them. With it being straight-through, it wasn’t hard.
But being anal about perfection, I spent almost 4 hours making these crimps. The silver “dust” in the foreground was from me filing down some solder.
There is it, 34 pieces as one. Would have been 56 pieces, but I used 14g wire and all those orange grommets wouldn’t fit over the fat wires.
Some loom makes it look like a real auto-part!
I mentioned moving the amp, here it is early in the process.
Amplifier mounted and partially wired in. Finally (20 years later?) mounted the fuse panel.
The holes circled in blue are the ones to use when mounting “Electric Life” window regulators in a 67 or 68 Mustang. Factory regulators used 4 bolts, these use 3 each. For the record,since they are manufactured in the EU, the bolts you want (not included) are M6-1.0 X 10mm. Factory boltes were SAE of course, and the correct length would be more like 8mm, but I installed a flat washer and a star-locker so the 10mm fit very well.
I found it best to have the top neither up nor down. Having it halfway made installation easiest with regard to interference.
It has been a long time since I’ve had a picture of both glass bits in there!