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 Post subject: Re: ThePistonHead's EFII XR8 Fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:31 pm 
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Hey pistonhead, what spec leds did you use for your interior lights? Looks good :)


Hey mate, they aren't anything special. Just took in one of my old ones into jaycar and told them i wanted a blue LED of it.

Still not satisfied with the lighting on the dash, especially on my climate control and the trip computer, many parts aren't being lit up properly.

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:47 pm 
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Still not satisfied with the lighting on the dash, especially on my climate control and the trip computer, many parts aren't being lit up properly.


Same problem i'm facing, the climate control is the main culprit in mine though, the light appears a lighter shade of blue from behind the buttons and is patchy in some places. My trip comp also has the 3rd button not lit up at all. It sucks that LED's are directional. Your cluster turned out tops though and so did that ignition light for the keyhole. Nice work!! :wink:

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:49 pm 
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KWIKXR wrote:
thepistonhead wrote:
Still not satisfied with the lighting on the dash, especially on my climate control and the trip computer, many parts aren't being lit up properly.


Same problem i'm facing, the climate control is the main culprit in mine though, the light appears a lighter shade of blue from behind the buttons and is patchy in some places. My trip comp also has the 3rd button not lit up at all. It sucks that LED's are directional. Your cluster turned out tops though and so did that ignition light for the keyhole. Nice work!! :wink:


Yeah, the search button? Look above, same thing with mine.

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:53 pm 
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Ha, yep that exact same one :lol:

It pisses me off so much in my EF i almost want to change it all to white LED's so that it doesn't look so bad :lol:

 

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 Post subject: Re: ThePistonHead's EFII XR8 Fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:56 pm 
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KWIKXR wrote:
Ha, yep that exact same one :lol:

It pisses me off so much in my EF i almost want to change it all to white LED's so that it doesn't look so bad :lol:


Haha, you'd still probably get that problem.

Tempted to open up an old clock (from the GLi's) to see what they look like inside, assuming they are similar.

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:23 pm 
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So how do you change the boot struts? I've had a set sitting here for 6 months I have been meaning to get around to.
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Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:30 pm 
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SLO247 wrote:
So how do you change the boot struts? I've had a set sitting here for 6 months I have been meaning to get around to.


Here we go I'll write it up for you. This is the way without taking your seats out. Should take you 10 mins tops.

1. get your head under the boot and look for where the strut meets the boot, directly across from that (facing the exterior of the car) is a semi circle clip holding it to the boot. You need to take this off with a small Flathead screw driver until it dislodges from the strut.

After this you should be able to get it to pop out with a light tap of a hammer. Warning at this stage the boot will most likely suddenly drop onto your head, BE CAREFUL!

Now that it is free you need to get the other end off, do this by leveraging it off the second mount point. Just move it side to side and it should come off.

I recommend doing one at a time. To put it on just slide it on, do the far end first. Goes on very easily, shouldn't need to use a hammer at all.

Good luck.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:58 pm 
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Small update: Was chatting to user 'empty' few nights ago and he suggested that i keep my blue LED's and add some 'ford' stickers over the plastic covers to get the ford badge look. Thought it was a great idea, and they arrived today, thoughts?

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And my rear quarter window taped up ready for sanding/painting:

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Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:58 pm 
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SLO247 wrote:
So how do you change the boot struts? I've had a set sitting here for 6 months I have been meaning to get around to.


Here we go I'll write it up for you. This is the way without taking your seats out. Should take you 10 mins tops.

1. get your head under the boot and look for where the strut meets the boot, directly across from that (facing the exterior of the car) is a semi circle clip holding it to the boot. You need to take this off with a small Flathead screw driver until it dislodges from the strut.

After this you should be able to get it to pop out with a light tap of a hammer. Warning at this stage the boot will most likely suddenly drop onto your head, BE CAREFUL!

Now that it is free you need to get the other end off, do this by leveraging it off the second mount point. Just move it side to side and it should come off.

I recommend doing one at a time. To put it on just slide it on, do the far end first. Goes on very easily, shouldn't need to use a hammer at all.

Good luck.


Please disregard everything I said, very bad idea to do it this way, as my struts mount got torn off because i was lazy and did it this way. Very annoying job to get it in again, would NOT like to do it again.

Take the time to take your seats out, trust me, far better in the long run.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:14 pm 
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Small update:

Got the sub installed with the help of a mate. Good learning experience on my behalf, never had much to do with car audio prior to this.

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Hooked up via a push style switch, hanging out of my fuse panel for now until i can be bothered finding a better spot for it. Suggestions?

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Yes, owning dark cars really makes it harder to keep clean. This was after 30 mins of rain if the span of one fortnight.

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I also hooked up 2 LED neon tubes to my amp, so they come on with the bass. Hopefully i can get some pictures of it in action tonight.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:55 pm 
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Haha thanks. When I figure out how to remove the back seat back, I'll do it that way :oops:
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Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:44 am 
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Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:19 pm 
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Those lights with FORD on them look great matey... Classic.


Thanks mate. Also a huge thanks for the reply on your build thread, I'm off to take a look at it once i finish this post.

Got a second intake in today, just used some old radiator piping. Sits behind the headlight.

Seems to have a bit more oomph by the seat of the pants. Revs out easier too.

Originally tried to fit a bigger pipe, but there was a fuse panel in the way.

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Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:59 pm 
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Added some blackness to the car today, did the rear quarter windows and airbox cover, snorkle and pulley cover:

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Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:36 pm 
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Got the Fairlane indicators on today, still not too sure about them - hopefully they will grow on me.

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