Fuel Pickup Strainer/Sock was used, from an '86 Chevrolet C20, w/350. The opening was a tiny hair bigger than the pickup, so I jammed the end of a ziptie into it. perfect!
New 215/70's on, and balanced. Cleaned up and repainted the rims, with black farm implement enamel. The car looks SO much better now!
Oh, and the rims ARE 7-inchers. Three mounted on the car, and the spare, were all 7" ones, and the one that I measured (of course) was a 6.5", lol! Just my luck!
Last night, driving to meet some friends, the battery ended up going super-stone dead, car wouldn't run, stranded on the road about 10 minutes from my destination in BFE. Brand NEW battery. A good samaritan jumper-cable charged it to get it started again, disconnected the neg. cable, car died. Sounds like a bad alternator to me. New alternator is in stock at Autozone (they're still open!!!). He drives me there and back, we swap in the new alternator, Fires right up, he leaves, I leave. About a mile later, headlights are super dim, car is stumbling, and dies. F$&@#@#!!!
So, I call my friends, it's now after 9pm, so AZ is closed. Wal-mart is open. I have them get me a new 950CCA group34 battery, and bring it to me. We get to Taco John's, where another buddy met us with a DMM (Digital MultiMeter.) There is 12.4v out of the battery, and it sinks a bit when the car starts. So, alternator is not charging. Check the main alt lead, 29V, kinda strange... Check the continuity of the green and blue wires going to the Voltage Regulator, they're fine. so, maybe the VR is bad. Then I got to thinking, we should still see SOMETHING at the battery. So we continuity test between the battery and the Alt, get nothing. argh!! So, I start stripping the harness, at every joint, to see if there's something broken/corroded.
Sure enough, there's a fusible link that seems to be kinda melted. So, I drive it to a friends house, and use a bit of 10ga speaker wire, solder it to the 8ga. alt wire, and use a crimp connector on the other side for the smaller gauge wire. yay!! we now have an alternator charging the battery!!
Question 1: So, what are other, GOOD fixes for these fusible links? I kinda don't trust them now, I wonder if others of them might be funky too.
Question 2: I'd like a new door/trunk lock set. I've currently got no keys for this, and it needs them. Where have people got them before? I'd rather have 1 key for the doors and trunk, rather than one for the doors and a separate one for the trunk.