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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    To be very picky, actually it's not the wiring diagram for a Ute.

    The utes have a different instrument cluster.

    Fortunately, I knew when to stop and can reliably read an A4 circuit diagram.
    I have a ute wiring diagram via the Dutch 404 club. The dash is MUCH simpler.

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    Default Progress with the canopy.

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    After making my canopy bows (post 29), I've been looking for timbers to use as the longitudinal supports. I'm guessing it would have been some sort of dressed hardwood originally.

    Not that easy to get these days. As Henry Crunn used to say on The Goon Show: "you can't get the wood, you know."

    And damn expensive! Treated pine?? There are 3 bows so that's a span of just over a metre for a 2100mm long canopy. I'd need about 50mm thickness at least & that would probably sag.

    I had a look a aluminium today & cowabunga! 30x15x1.4 in 6.5metre lengths @ $20.60 a length. 4 lengths would give more than enough to do the longitudinals plus 2-3 transverse ones at the front as a windbreak.

    Light, rigid and, best of all, radiused edges! No worries about ripping the canvas.

    Once I fill the ends with bog & paint to match the bows, it will be hard to spot the difference
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    What at a great idea, good work mate.

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    After making my canopy bows (post 29), I've been looking for timbers to use as the longitudinal supports. I'm guessing it would have been some sort of dressed hardwood originally.

    Not that easy to get these days. As Henry Crunn used to say on The Goon Show: "you can't get the wood, you know."

    And damn expensive! Treated pine?? There are 3 bows so that's a span of just over a metre for a 2100mm long canopy. I'd need about 50mm thickness at least & that would probably sag.

    I had a look a aluminium today & cowabunga! 30x15x1.4 in 6.5metre lengths @ $20.60 a length. 4 lengths would give more than enough to do the longitudinals plus 2-3 transverse ones at the front as a windbreak.

    Light, rigid and, best of all, radiused edges! No worries about ripping the canvas.

    Once I fill the ends with bog & paint to match the bows, it will be hard to spot the difference
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    Default Wiring forging ahead albeit slowly

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    Dash, ignition & light switches rewired & checked out.

    All rear lighting checked out & working OK.

    Headlight wiring checked OK to the front, but when I dug out the parking/flasher lights, I found one side had the wires detached at the bulb holders.

    These are surprisingly easy to fix:

    Drive out the base plate & the return spring thru the front.

    Drive out the contact pin with a punch.

    Strip about 3-4mm of insulation & splay out the wires

    Melt solder over the wires making a plate.

    Thread the wire thru the base plate & spring & pull it thru the bulb holder.

    The bulb will be the only thing stopping the spring pushing out the base plate so care will be needed during bulb changes
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    Default Merde! Same on BOTH sides!

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    The more you do, the better you get! I improved the procedure by using small brass washers.

    The 5 watt parker bulb is a swine to get in due to being recessed so I adapted a technique I used to remove & refit spark plugs on air-cooled VW's viz. push the bulb onto a rubber hose.

    I dismantled many such VW engines & found quite a few spark plugs and sockets that had been lost under the tinware!
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