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#991449 - 05/08/10 08:06 PM Re: suzi the psychic * [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
suzi the psychic passed smog test!
this was a major hassel.
i had to remanufacture some of the wire harness for that feedback carburetor system, and had a problem setting the float.
the spec. float lift and drop was in no way right- book said 8mm closed from carb. lid. 15mm was what worked!
lucky there is a window in the bowl, or i never would have figured out what was making it run so rich.
i was sweating this out- my registration was to expire today.
good to fish this coming weekend(05/13-17).
e f carson.
richard


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

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#991450 - 06/04/10 05:59 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
suzi the psychic made her first run of the season.
i managed to use my winch a bunch to clear trees and get into and out of the snow. it worked well and didn't pull off.
i did have some fuel problems at the high altitude, so i'm gonna run next time with her stock carburetor/ecu/emission.
also- i managed to get up and over a hill that had defeated me in the past. that made me feel good, and it was the only way to get where i wanted.
got another fish window next week(6/10-14). same place.
i expect less snow.
this was @ 8000'
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tried to grunt thru it, then turned around and winched back.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991451 - 09/19/10 12:04 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
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Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
it's near the end of this season, but i hope to get out again next month(oct.).
suzi the psychic has gotten me to the e f carson area a few times this season(started late- may)and to french meadow and hell hole so far. the season has been funny/late?
fishing not so good, either.
anyhow, i lost the fuel guage last run, and i found this a little agravating 'cause it's the only way to figure how much fuel my brother's rig may still have.
so i found the fuel sender wire cooked- slow fuse type of short that went a few feet thru the loom and right up to the sending unit.
ordered replacement sending unit, put suzi on stands, and pulled the tank. i'll probably have the replacement in a couple of days(+-$80).
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check out the "fuse".
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i'm thinking of spending a lot of energy to slightly modify the suspension. got her on stands.
i think i can arrange 1/4" more lift in front and perhaps improve the drop about that much also. 1/2" in the rear.
i know that doesn't sound like much, but it might be worth it.
perhaps a diff. drop in the future.
or more.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991452 - 09/19/10 02:42 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
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Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
i thought that, since i had taken the gas tank out, i would do the little modification i could to raise it.
i shortened the mount points. only got 11/16", but it's some and can only help.
here are the mount points:
rear before
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rear after
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my typical bird sh*t welding, but i do some grinding and painting to hide it. it'll hold.
here is a finished front mount
[Linked Image]
i think i'll take the front end apart and see if my idea of increasing lift will work. it's the hard one and if i am able to make it work i'll do the rear.
we'll see.......


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991453 - 09/19/10 09:28 PM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
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Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
looks like the best i can do at this time is increase the spacer thickness.
[Linked Image]
i also put another spacer on my strut mount arrangement to allow 1/2" more drop.
[Linked Image]
i hope i made suzi the psychic feel more sexy by painting her springs.
[Linked Image]
all looks ok on this side, so i'll carry on.


finished the front.
finished the back.
she's back on her wheels again.
my jack stands are no longer tall enough- had to block them.
my little floor jack needed a 4x4 to raise her high enough.
i guess i need to think about some new gear.
i expect to recieve the new fuel level sensor in a couple of days, so i'm done 'till then.

Last edited by rascott; 09/20/10 06:21 AM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991454 - 09/21/10 04:56 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
i took some afterwork measurements and am pleased to report that i gained 1" of lift in the front(which i expected), and a hair over 1" in the rear, which surprised me, as i only added 1/2" of spacer.
i haven't replaced the gas tank and rear bumper yet, so i expect her to squat a little, but i had removed the bumper before my first measurement........
go figure.
i tidied up the wireing problem i had and await delivery of the fuel level sender so i can re-install the tank.


update:
fuel level sender arrived today(9/21) and was waiting for me when i got home from work. installed in tank and tank mounted.
pleased with the little tank lift(modified mounts) as it nestles up in there better.
note:
there is a plastic check ball thing in the fill port on the tank(discovered when i took the hose off) that must be for preventing gas from gushing out in the event of a roll-over.
i removed it to siphon the gas out.
i bolted the tank in, remembered the check valve, and promptly lost the ball and ball cage part of it in the tank.
had to remove tank, remove sender i had just put in, and fish it out.
i recommend installing it before putting the tank in.
oh yeah- the fuel guage works well.and seems pretty accurate.

another update:
mounted bumper/cover/bash bar. suzi is still pretty much loaded as for a run, and i got a good 1" increase in lift all around. 14" clearance to engine skid plate, 16" at the gas tank skid.
plan to get her aligned today(toe and camber both increased).
suzi is kinda standing on her tip toes. i need to consider a diff. drop. or put cv joints in the spares box.
we'll see.

Last edited by rascott; 09/23/10 06:29 PM.

#991455 - 10/07/10 02:35 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
i'm becoming an old man, and suzi the psychic has no power steering, and it would be nice to treat ourselves.
i have been looking at some sidekick power steering gear, and think the steering box may be a "bolt on".
that would leave me with the problem of driving the steering pump.
the only pumps i've seen are from vehicles with bigger motors(so what) that use a ribbed belt pulley(oh-oh).
suzi used to have air conditioning(it worked!), so i have the v-belt drive at the crankshaft. if i can find some replacement pulley for the pump........
i may do this soon.

ahh! looks like sooner, rather than later. i should have parts to play with mabe this afternoon(10/09).
i have started trying to figure out how to get my stock stuff off.
now i'm kinda committed..... or should be.

Last edited by rascott; 10/09/10 08:17 PM.

#991456 - 10/10/10 05:01 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
these pictures are not very good, but.......
the new steering box will probably bolt up once i cut away some mangled steel. it's larger in several ways than the original.
[Linked Image]
poor suzi had been impaled on something(before i got her) that had folded the frame/body mount over the steering box. i had yanked, butchered, hammered, and welded enough to make her look ok, but i need to remove some more mangled metal before the new box will fit in there.
this whole corner is still "in" about 1 1/2"- see the ripple in the inside fender?
[Linked Image]
anyway, i'm notching it out to fit the box. i figure a couple of more grinding discs.
i'm still not sure how i'm gonna deal with this:
[Linked Image]
that flat belt pulley seems to be a pressed on thing.
i want a v belt pulley to ribbed belt pulley adapter.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991457 - 10/10/10 09:18 PM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
ha ha- i got the "easy" part done.
the steering box does bolt on, and looks like it'll turn the wheels back and forth.
as previous collision damage was modified to find room.
[Linked Image]
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here is the new steering box.
[Linked Image]
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i replaced the steering shaft with the one from the donor vehicle(shorter than original).
[Linked Image]
now i have to decide how to proceed.
i mean really.


i keep forgetting to find out what year the donor vehicle was.

update:
i think i'll throw more money at this project, as i am unable to figure a solution to the pump drive problem otherwise.....
i have a custom crank pulley(and mabe a workable pump bracket) ordered.
this should get me closer.

i meant to post this other pic. of the steering box.
[Linked Image]

Last edited by rascott; 10/12/10 04:58 AM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991458 - 10/14/10 08:16 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rxinhed  Offline

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Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 7,024
Gerber, CA *****
If I say so, that is a good photo of you and Suzi.

I am still tooling around in the Raider, but now solely as a commuter car. Shucks!

Glad to see you wrenching on Suzi, too! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />


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