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Trombones & Snakes · 18 October 05
Remember way back when, back when I was yanking practically everything out of the engine compartment?
When I got to the point of removing the power steering pump, reservoir, and hosing there were two power steering pipes that ran into the the fender area…and never came out.
What were they doing in there? Where did they go? Was there a top secret hose committee plotting the downfall of the world through unnecessary pipe runs?
Well, it turned out it was just a wrong exit: the pipe went out and the pipe came right back in…after using up a couple of bolts. Maybe it was a subtle attempt at fluid cooling? Looks like part of a trombone some kid hid from his parents.
To get to it I removed some of the wheel well plastic and unbolted the horn (yes, the horn is inside the right fender). All of this to shave a fraction of a pound in weight.
Well that and to feed last night’s obsessive compulsive disorders. Man, I went out to the car after work last night and really, really, really wanted to set things right. And it all started with this here snake…
You probably recognize this from earlier photos. It used to be hanging off of the firewall along with a bunch of other unnecessary ICE (infernal combustion engine) parts. When I saw it smugly coiled in the engine compartment last night I snapped, grabbed the nearest hacking tool and cut off it’s head!
Just a warning: this could happen to you.
On to other news.
Yesterday I picked up these manuals for Eve from Ebay. Should have done it right off the bat, but I sometimes forget about Ebay for things like this.
The master plan, if really I go through with it, is to go nuts and rip up all of the wiring harnesses. Clean it up. There’s another snarly wire snake driving me crazy over by the battery tray. It is most likely 70% unused wire at this point.
Here’s the list of things that need to keep working:
- headlights & the little light opening motors
- park lights
- turn signals
- brakes lights
- reverse lights
- passenger compartment lights
- dash (well, some of it)
- seat warmers (hah, just kidding)
- fan blower motor
- rear window defrost
And here’s what we don’t need:
- radiator fan motor
- fuel pump
- fuel injection
- onboard computer
- that damn motorized seat belt/head bonker!
- emissions sensors
- water thermo sensors
- starter & solenoid
- EC/AT control unit
- AC sensors & switches
- Oxygen sensor
I may use these yet:
- transmission neutral switch
- dash meters (heat, fuel, charge, rpm)
At the moment I’m not planning on an onboard computer display or anything fancy like that. The commute is too short to bother. What I would like to get rid of is the keys…ignition and door locks. Maybe embed an RFID chip in the hand or in a wedding ring?
Or bluetooth…that’s the answer to everything these days! ”:^)