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    Greetings all

    Joy of joys I'm back at Mum's place, taking over the double garage! Today, I tackled the job of greasing all the front joints for the first time since I bought the DecidedlySpecial.

    Armed with my German made Chieftan 660 A Alemite RED grease gun, courtesy of Roger, I made mince meat of the task... nipples nipples everywhere! Many thanks Roger for answering the call to arms... it is a diiiivine tool. Thank you also to Richo for your learned advice, yet again, ensuring I did the job correctly.

    Loving the big red German tool!!


    Next on the list was to wire in my reversing light switch. Richo supplied me with the cover plate I needed to mount the switch,, all I had to do then was wire it in. As you may recall my car has some afterthought clear trailer lights out back which you could activate by pulling a viiiile looking knob that some knob mounted on the dash board... and then only if the driving lights were on as well.! ugh!!



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    So much car... so little time...


    I found the wire from the lights under the front floor mat running up the bulkhead to the pull knob.. I then fed a new wire through a rubber grommit in the bulkhead and somehow it miraculously appeard under the dash exactly where I needed it to attach to the existing light wire.

    The other end of the new wire went to one of the terminals on the reverse switch. Power is via a second wire, on the second terminal, which I tapped into an existing fused wire in
    the engine bay.

    Reverse gear engaged.. you can see the rod that activates the reverse switch once in place. Old and new mounting plate also pictured.


    Anyway, after all that... I can now engage reverse gear and hey presto!!! it's reverse lights a- GO -GO!!! Woo Hooo!!

    Back off !!



    I was particularly keen to get this done so when I am reverse parking in Sydney's busy streets people actually know I am about to reverse. Faffing over the lights and then pulling the knob with drivers up your arse just didn't cut it.

    Tomorrow I will be gleefully blanking over the hole left by said viiile dash knob... stay tuned.

    Thanks again Roger, and my good friend Mr Kennedy for your time and patience.

    Matthew

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    Blinding work Matthew, as usual.


    Every step you take is a positive one, for the car and your new found skills.
    It's always a pleasure to "phone you through" and get the job done.
    The multimeter is a handy jigger isn't it!

    cheers
    richo

    A red Alemite grease gun is tough to beat too.
    Onya Roger for offering it to Matthew. Quality tools are always better.

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    Gooooood morning!!

    Off to a flying start today... the sun is shining, the fire's embers glowing...

    A short before and after for you. See the viiiiile knob of before, followed by the vulgar hole in the dash to fit said knob... then, my solution. I picked up a blanking plate off ebay, normally used to blank off the choke pull on EFI cars and stuck it on this morning.



    Viiiile!


    How could they??


    Better?


    Matthew

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    Such a tidy fellow you are.
    Looks made for it Matthew.

    What's the bling thing for today?
    cheers
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    Well actually... I've bought myself a new toy so I'm going off now to polish my pigmented roof! Hee hee..

    Matthew

    PS that glove box light fits in that hole so stuff it.. I'll go with that!

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    You're such a leftie ;-))

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    Hi all

    with regard to the grease gun above...I purchased an injection needle to grease the rear ball and cup thingys which proved to be bloody useless... all the grease just spewed out the connection rather than the needle. So, I sourced a Lincoln product in the US of A as shown below that actually screws into the gun... no leaks now hee hee..



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    That's a good looking attachment Matthew. I made mine by soldering a veterinary needle to a grease nipple.

    I see you are looking after the grease gun well.

    Roger

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    I've got a Gricy made one. Special.

    Well done Matthew, we'll soon see how greasy things can get eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by richo View Post
    I've got a Gricy made one. Special.

    Well done Matthew, we'll soon see how greasy things can get eh
    Have gloves will travel...

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