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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991459 10/14/10 10:21 PM
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hey russell-
i was hoping the photographer wouldn't mind me using it.
i did note photo credit.
it's my favorite- you made her look her best!
as far as working on her, that never really stops.
this is the first time i have put suzi out of commission during the season.
i hope she will be happy with her new high heels, and i'm interested in this steering project.
i think i'll have her ready for one more run to the east fork carson next month.
how's the move going?


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991460 10/15/10 03:27 AM
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The move is like a landslide during a drought...it's going, but with utmost slowness...when the rains start, look out! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

We are caught between our current bills = current income (or so) and desire to be moved. We've looked at a few houses around Corning/Red Bluff, but now have to find a different lending source.

Tough, it is. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991461 10/17/10 07:05 AM
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here's a little progress report on suzi's steering upgrade(we hope):
i gave up the idea of making some one-off thing to run the steering pump. i wimped out and threw money around.
i found that samurai folks have done this sort of conversion, and some real nice v-belt/ribbed-belt pulleys are available for sammy 1.3L engines.
[Linked Image]
the stock pump mounting bracket almost fits and seems to line things up pretty close, so i drilled it to fit the bolt pattern on the block.
[Linked Image]
i've put everything back together(at least enough for a test run), and i hope to test things tomorrow.
this should be interesting.

Last edited by rascott; 10/24/10 05:28 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991462 10/17/10 08:24 PM
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well- it's raining pretty steady, and my "shop" has no roof, but i had to do it.
i cleaned the tools and other debris out of suzi's engine compartment, put steering fluid in the reservoir(a little more than a pint?), and started her engine.
nothing broke or sprayed fluid.
i turned the steering wheel back and forth.
still nothing seemed to break, and still no fluid sprayed.
the belt stayed on.
the wheels tuned like they should.
i'm excited.
no squeal.
very smooth.
very easy.
i think suzi the psychic will be pleased with this one.
[Linked Image]
i have to wait 'till it stops raining(or put the rear window up) before i can road test, but i see no problems.
i'm not keen on my funky reservoir mount(embarassing- hence no pic.), and may use that as an excuse to add a power steering cooler and relocate/remount the reservoir at that time.
woo-hoo!
i came inside to dry off, have a beer and celebrate.

Last edited by rascott; 10/17/10 08:27 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991463 10/19/10 05:00 AM
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<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

Hoist one for me, too!

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991464 10/23/10 04:14 AM
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i picked up a little cooler for the power steering fluid.
i'm fabbing up some brackets- one to mount the cooler in front of the radiator, and one to mount the fluid reservoir.
i am going to try a simpler bracket for the reservoir than i first tried to make(i still can't bring myself to post a pic.), but it may add some funny stress to the radiator bracket i'm gonna attach to.
i should have something this weekend to report(mabe).


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991465 10/24/10 12:57 AM
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i figured out a bracket for the oil cooler.
[Linked Image]
apparently it's acceptable to stick these right on a radiator, but i didn't want to.
[Linked Image]
i ran the hoses thru the headlight can. right to the steering box, and a good route to where i am mounting the reservoir.
[Linked Image]
it's starting to rain again, and i still need to straighten up the steering wheel. i can wait.

i goofed- the funky bracket does show up in one of those pics. please ignore it.

Last edited by rascott; 10/24/10 05:38 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991466 10/26/10 04:37 AM
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gave suzi a run today around the neighborhood and on the freeway.
it is so much easier to wheel around she feels like a new car.
i should have done this years ago!
still need to straighten her wheel and should set the steering limiters.
i'm real pleased.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991467 10/31/10 03:39 AM
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Yeah!

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991468 11/06/10 07:39 PM
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oh yeah!
i ended up making a little more modification to the pump mounting bracket to align the drive belt a bit better.
i got the wheel straight.
work may prevent a run this month.
i may have to wait 'till next season.......
hummmm.
next project may be modifying her soft top.
the rear widow zip up thing is much too much trouble to deal with every time i want to open the back.
besides- the rag top is pretty much a rag.
mabe a partial hard top.......
hummmm.
we'll see.


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