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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: July 24, 2021 05:39PM

Texted Jimmy who stated that he would call this coming week to come give me an estimate for the body work & paint.

In the meantime, I decided to "build a better mousetrap" regarding the power door locks:

Although the Electric Life power locks worked, I was not satisfied with installation nor with the occasional bounce back that would cause the locks to reverse from locked to unlocked.

When I finished the prototype mounting plate and tried to test the locks, I discovered that the remotes were missing.

I searched high and low but came up empty handed.

After researching a bunch of forums trying to find replacement remotes (no luck), I read some reviews of the Electric Life kit that I originally purchased and discovered several installers preferred the Autoloc kit because it was less complicated, less expensive and supposedly better quality.

Purchased the Autoloc kit and started the trial and error process of perfecting the "actuating rod" between the solenoid and the door latch.

The best solution was to use two rods connected with the rod clamp.

Yes, I used the rods from the discarded Electric Life kit in addition to the rods from the Autoloc kit, but the two Autoloc rods are long enough that one could cut them in half, then bend a loop to attach to the door latch "ear".

Fabricated the mounting plates out of 14 ga steel, then used 6-32 machine bolts, nuts, washers and lock washers to attach the solenoids, then attached the assembly to the door latch with rivets.

NOTE: Be careful that the mounting plate does not extend too far away from the side of the door latch or it will not fit inside where the door panel starts to angle in...

Bottom line is that I am much happier with the Autoloc kit and the new "mouse trap" smileys with beer

Be certain to watch the video at the bottom...























Video of the door locks in action

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Date: July 24, 2021 06:08PM

That solenoid has some power!

Looking good!

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: July 24, 2021 06:55PM

In the 60's we used actual standalone starter solinoids.

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: July 25, 2021 11:18AM

Finished the power door locks today.

Installed both units inside the doors and tested them.

You eagle-eyed viewers will notice that the remote buttons are reversed such that lock is unlock and vice-versa.

Since the kit was designed to connect to the door knob rod, when I connected them to the "ear" on the opposite side, it changed the direction.

Be certain to watch the video at the end...





VIDEO OF THE INSTALLED POWER DOOR LOCKS

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 01, 2021 01:30PM

Lifted the 215 onto the test stand, reconnected everything, added coolant, added fresh non-ethanol fuel to the tank, cranked it a bit to distribute the oil, then fired it up for a 20 minute run.

It still has noticeable lifter noise which I need to get sorted out...

Still, this baby sounds so good!! (click link below to see and hear it)



20 Minute run of the Buick 215

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: TIBCO ()
Date: August 01, 2021 03:55PM

Shortest dang 20 MINUTES of my life.

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Nicholasville, KY
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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 01, 2021 05:03PM

Oops...

well it WAS 20 minutes for me but I only taped 15 seconds for you...grinning smiley grinning smiley

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Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: August 01, 2021 05:52PM

eye rolling smiley
eye popping smiley
hot smiley
winking smiley
cool smiley

Nope, I will not say it!

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: TIBCO ()
Date: August 01, 2021 08:26PM

Actually, it was 18 seconds, but we get the idea. Nice job Dean.

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Nicholasville, KY
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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: August 02, 2021 04:41AM

Are the door locks a universal type kit? Nicely done!

-Tom


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73' NovaSS 454 Big block (Sold)
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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 02, 2021 05:41PM

Tom (toms73novass)

Yes, the Autoloc power lock kit is "universal".



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Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: August 03, 2021 05:45AM

Thanks smileys with beer

-Tom


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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 15, 2021 03:38PM

Began working on the back seat storage unit this weekend.

My goal is to build something that retains the relative outline of a back seat, allows access to the floor and the firewall and can be covered in black vinyl with the houndstooth inlay to match the front buckets

The first step was to remove the lower seat brackets and the upper back seat crossmember support brackets.

I then fabricated a cardboard & duct tape "model" of my idea.













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Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 15, 2021 04:56PM

Trick!

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 21, 2021 09:24AM

Began fabricating the actual storage "units".

Still sorting out how to make "doors" to access the seat floorboard and the rear firewall after they are installed...















Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 21, 2021 03:40PM

After much thought and some trial and error, it appears that cutting large access holes in the top seat panel, then fabricating removable "covers" will do the trick.

There is plenty of access to the floorboard.

The plan is to use magnets to keep the "covers" in place.













Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Date: August 21, 2021 04:49PM

Now you’re playing in my world…this is one of the ways we do storage in the back seats in boats!smiling bouncing smiley

I enjoy watching your open-mindedness for problem solving and your craftsmanship.

Keep up the great work!

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 21, 2021 06:48PM

Thank you vairy much, Johnny B (PressurizedPancake).

It's amazing how much time is spent staring at a project, thinking of different solutions, walking the aisles at Lowe's/Home Depot, watching YouTube videos and hoping to find a really good idea that will pay off.

I would sincerely like to cover everything in vinyl myself but the fact that the houndstooth fabric needs to be sewn together with the vinyl means that I will leave that to the professional upholstery folks.

Stay tuned...smoking smiley

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: August 22, 2021 04:59AM

WOW, Love this idea! I have a 65 that some day I plan on doing interior customization and I will definitely keep this in mind.

-Tom


63' Monza Spyder Convertable (in process) MY Build Thread
62' Wagon rebuild MY Build Thread
65' Monza MY Build Thread
73' NovaSS 454 Big block (Sold)
86' BMW 325es
67' UltraVan 211 "Violet"
NFCC, UMCC
Grand Island, NY

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 22, 2021 05:35PM

Cut the holes in the top back "seat", then fabricated the "covers" so that they matched the bottom "covers".

Finished modifying the speaker panel and cut the holes for the Kicker CSC693 6x9 speakers.

The speakers are just sitting inside the holes for the photo and will be mounted after the panel is upholstered.

I plan to hold off on getting it all upholstered until after the car is re-assembled and all the plumbing and wiring are finalized because there will be access holes that will be cut to accommodate those items.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the results! smiling bouncing smiley









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Columbus, Georgia
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