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It's been a crazy wrenching week

Thursday is DWA Rally From Home North. Basically a 1 day version of the 3 day rally sans hotels and driver meetings.

I’ve been hustling to get the Exocet prepped. It’s only 3.5 items: how hard could that be?

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1) New instrument cluster

2) New headlights

3) Fuel cell

3.5) Fix exhaust hangar (just a couple of welds)

Yeah, it’s more complicated than I thought.

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Friday, I pulled the old tank off.

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Did some CAD (Cardboard Aided Drafting)

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Now, I will admit, I’d been cheating all week by building this while on work calls. It’s essentially a cage for the fuel cell. Can’t have it slide around while cornering.

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Cutting the 6061 wasn’t too bad. Thanks, cardboard pattern!

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Saturday, time to rock. The cage does 2 things: holds the tank and also proves a box of extra rigidity to the 6061 sheet.

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Tank fit down nicely.

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Ah yes, the cluster, it’s an Android powered rear view mirror. I cut up some extra 6061 and made a hood for it. I took apart the mirror and re-used some of the hardware to mount it on a big aluminum angle that I picked up on ebay. I painted both with bedliner to cut down on glare. I hinged the visor to make the touch screen easier to use and put some powerful magnets and some steel washers to hold things together while driving.

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I still need to figure out how to mount the fuel gauge...

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... and the power for the screen / phone charger (or vest heater).

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Okay, Sunday. Back to the tank, getting it bolted down was a bit tricky. I bolted the tank to the sheet first, then getting the sheet bolted in was a bit weird. The rear bolts were tough to access.

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I did the wiring. At least I think I did. Don’t want to run the pump without gas (could burn it out) and can’t put gas in until plumbed. Unfortunately, the hardline under the car had some grub on it and I didn’t realize it until after I gnarled up my AN adapter. Had to order another one.

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Monday! I got the AN-fittings and hoses made. I got my replacement hardline adapter (installed under the car). Just missing my vent tubing (adapter comes tomorrow).

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So in the meantime, I got the rear view camera wired. Because why the hell not?

Still got a ways to go!

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