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    No problem Nevin, the forum is here so we can all help each other.
    I'll be bugging others soon about resin and fiberglassing.
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    Finally got back into the garage after weeks of vacation travel.
    After mulling over how I was going to mount the gauges I bought some engine turned aluminum from Speedway.
    The smaller Autometer gauges require a 2 1/16" hole, not a common size at any of the local stores. Had to order it on line.
    Cutting the holes was a snap but I do have a question about trimming the panel. I don't have a band saw.
    I could do it with a hand held Skil saw and then smooth the edges with a file.
    The top will slope down like the FFR template with the four corners rounded.
    Any one have a better method?

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    I'm not happy with the marine vinyl I used to cover my console. The 3M adhesive isn't holding well.
    I'm going to pull off the vinyl, use sheet metal over the plywood, then cover it with faux carbon fiber.
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    What gauge? Body saw?? Saber saw??
    33 Hot Rod Stage 1 delivered on 4/27/2017, Stage 2 delivered on 9/21/2018
    LS3 376/480, 4L70E, Electric PS, Classic Auto Air, Lokar electronic sport shifter,
    Ford 8.8 w 3.73 w 4 link, Billet Specialty Legend Series MAG wheels and Mickey Thompson
    Sportsman S/R 26x8x18 front and 29x18x20 rear tires

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    Check this out Jim. It is what I will put on my dash. https://www.amazon.com/VViViD-Epoxy-...69491104&psc=1
    33 Hot Rod Stage 1 delivered on 4/27/2017, Stage 2 delivered on 9/21/2018
    LS3 376/480, 4L70E, Electric PS, Classic Auto Air, Lokar electronic sport shifter,
    Ford 8.8 w 3.73 w 4 link, Billet Specialty Legend Series MAG wheels and Mickey Thompson
    Sportsman S/R 26x8x18 front and 29x18x20 rear tires

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    I do have a saber (skil) saw.
    This is what I bought to cover the console. It came today. I was thinking about using in on the dash too.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I did look at the one you ordered. I was thinking the silver would give me a little contrast from the black interior.
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    Jim, a Skill saw designed for wood runs too fast for aluminum and will usually gum up the blade. I have a Milwaukee 8" circular saw designed for cutting steel and aluminum but these are way too pricey unless you use them a lot. A less expensive option is an orbital jig saw such as this one: https://www.rockler.com/dewalt-dw331...yABEgKylPD_BwE

    Set the orbital feed to max, use a course tooth blade and lower speed. For straight cuts I use a guide.
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    NAZ, thanks for the blade and speed info.
    My Skil saw is variable speed and looks very similar to that DeWalt, just not as fancy.
    It was given to me....friend got it for a present and didn't want it.
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/SKIL-6-Amp-...saw/1000625047
    I was using a fine tooth blade when I cut the slot for the Vintage Air insert. I didn't have to worry too much about making the cut perfect as the flange hides the cut.
    Last edited by JimLev; 08-02-2019 at 03:04 PM. Reason: Added more
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    My bad, when I hear Skill Saw I think circular saw. Your Skill jig saw should work great.
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    No Problem NAZ.
    Just finished cutting it, looks good. Still need holes for the ignition, headlight switches, LED directional indicators, and hi-beams.
    Now to cut a big hole in the dash to mount the gauges in.

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    I'm wiring in an adjustable PWM fan speed controller to have the fan run at ~50% all the time instead of on/off.
    Need to blow that heat out all the time.
    The engine fan will still function via the ECU and override the PWM to run the fan at 100% speed if needed.
    Last edited by JimLev; 08-02-2019 at 05:07 PM. Reason: Typo
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    Very well done Jim. It looks fantastic.
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    Spent a few hours in the garage to work on the gauges. I didn't do the greatest job cutting out the dash but those parts won't show.
    Now I need to put all the gauge wires back on.
    I mounted some relays and the speed controller for the radiator fan behind the dash, need to wire them up too.

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    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    Got the marine vinyl pulled off the console plywood, then covered it with 26 gauge sheet metal so I'd have a smooth surface for the (faux) carbon fiber....looks more like contact paper, but looks better than the marine vinyl.
    I also had a little help from my granddaughter, she was practicing her driving to the grocery store, so she tells me.

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    Had to make it in 2 sections and then connect them.
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    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    Nice work!
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    Looks great!! whatcha got on all those switches?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FF33rod View Post
    Looks great!! whatcha got on all those switches?
    The 4L65e has functions that you can customize with the software that came with it, shift points, shift pressure, etc. A/B shift programs, cancel overdrive, dyno mode, that's 3 of the switches.
    Back up lights
    Hi beams
    Wiper on/off
    Washer pump
    Dim radio/GPS display
    Electric steering on/off
    interior lights
    2 spare switches

    heated seats
    power windows.
    USB outlet
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    Are you an electrical engineer?
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    I was until I switched into sales/management back in '97.
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimLev View Post
    I was until I switched into sales/management back in '97.
    Sales & Marketing - the dark side....
    Gen 1 '33 Hot Rod #1104
    347 with Holley Sniper & Hyperspark, TKO600, hydraulic clutch, IRS, Foose 18" Wheels, 245 & 315 BF Goodrich G-Force Rival S tires, DRL, power windows, roadster & hard top, Digital Guard Dog Ignition

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF33rod View Post
    Sales & Marketing - the dark side....
    LOL, but I still went out in the field to help out with electrical/mechanical equipment issues or to design fixes for equipment the factory built that didn't quite work as designed.
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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    I was looking for info on my LS3, mainly the oil temp and level sensor that is on the side of the oil pan.
    I bought an Autometer oil temp gauge that came with its own sensor but I'd have to drill and tap the pan.
    With the pan full of oil I wanted to use the sensor that is in the pan.
    So in my search I found this document that has a lot of good info on a variety of GM 2011 and newer V8's, L96, LS3, LSA, and LS9.
    http://www.whitestonelakes.com/docum...e%20Manual.pdf
    Last edited by JimLev; 08-19-2019 at 10:58 PM.
    '33 Hotrod, #1047, delivered on 2/27/18, go cart on 9/24/18.
    LS3 w/4L65e, Lokar shifter, Electric PS, Vintage AC/Heat/Def, 8.8" 3.55
    TorqThrust II Wheels w/Toyo Proxy T1 Sport Tires, F 245/45ZR17 R 295/35ZR18

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