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  1. Looking good. Any chance you can piece together the front by splitting up the centre parts from the fenders and using the bits you need to make it work? There isn't a soft top in the wrecker near me, or I'd offer to get the fender from them if you wanted.
  2. I bought two of these polar heating pads, the bigger square one to be stuck onto oil pan, the thinner one to be stuck onto the rad bottom tank.....both are on and working perfectly. They get HOT...can't touch them with the back of your hand at all. I spoke with the owner and he suggested these were to two for the job. I want the radiator warmed up as well as the oil. That way the engine will be warm at start up and so will coolant. IF you don't heat coolant as soon as it opens the thermostat the cold coolant will shock the system and cool down the engine all over again to some extent. I also installed a ceramic heater to be mounted on a board to sit behind seats to blow forward all operating at the same time.....tried it out today.....for 2 hours and it works well. Didn't heat cables up at all, or kicked out any breakers. So I'm happy. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B015CXHG06/ref=pe_3034960_233709270_TE_item https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075PWYH6W/ref=pe_3034960_233709270_TE_item Hope this works.
  3. Maybe make that cradle 2 feet tall...lol I'm a welder/fitter by trade also, so steel is my material of choice....but you can't beat the cost of wood.....augh!
  4. Now the fun begins.....build a set of ramps to get it up off the ground, it'll make working on it far easier....it's my next project for sure. Wood costs roughly $200 all in! I hate this crawling around under a 10" space....augh! Good luck, start a fixing it thread so we can see the progress, so to speak.......lol
  5. Hmmm.....isn't that horse shoe switch on the cockpit as they call it that lamp? It has a key symbol on it and does flash. Thanks Stickman007....puts my mind at ease...lol. Will have a go at it soon.
  6. Well so much for keeping this car salt free...lol....augh!!!!! I drove through a snow storm on my way home on a sunny day!!! You could see the cloud formation way in advance, way before you got to it! Didn't look like snow but that sure changed in a hurry! Anyone who drives their smart in the winter needs to do the wiper mod so the dang snow doesn't pile up on the wipers and simply keep folding up over the windshield! I bet with the wipers in the upright position you could keep the glass cleaner longer. I also saw the dreaded salt slop tracks fresh on the road...damned salters! Now before i put her away for the winter and bring out the beater she'll need a good pressure washing.....son of a Biatch!
  7. TAN code...? Does that mean I can't or shouldn't try to do this Glenn...before I get interested...???? If so is this something you have?
  8. Make a patch out of tin or plastic and simply pop rivit it on over your piece then rivit the piece to the patch. That way IF you need to go back in it's just drill out a few rivits.
  9. Not sure if your model also has the added advantage of this scoop rubbing the intercooler tubes to rub through a hole in it also or not...but it's best to keep it. Mine was busted all up as many get and I made a rebuilt one out of sheet metal and used pop rivets and mucho silicon to keep it in place as yours isn't the only one to have or get rounded off attachment bolts. I'd cut out what you need to fill tranny and leave the rest....it won't make that much difference as long as you don't remove too much material. You just need to get bolt out and hose in then return bolt and retighten. Haven't done that yet, just thinking outloud.
  10. A question, if you get this up and running and we need to reinstall the EGR, will it have to have the water hoses reattached or can it simply run without that aspect or the system..??? I ask simply as I am thinking of creating more space by removing hoses, but won't if this could be in the works down the road...? Thanks
  11. Well, I'm sick and tied of this jack stand crap of getting my fat ass under the car to deal with issues....! When searching around here yesterday I noticed someone had made up a neet ramp system out of wood that got the car up what looked like 2 to 2 1/2 feet.!!! Sure beats 6 inches! That's what she said....ooops! So today, I'm pricing out the costs of that new project. I would install a hoist but I don't have the cieling hight required without redesigning my roof trusses and that at my age and health isn't happening! But this easily made ramp could very well be a go. Anyone else been busy beavers and made a ramp? Thoughts about this and what could be best? Design etc etc
  12. Funny, I just asked also about this, lol I also only have one key for my beater officially. I went to wrecker and saw that some cars had two keys and good fobs.......so, I took second fob. Just so I had what looked like a stock fob and not a clone. Next was wondering about coding them, I have machine, easy...but wondering if for some stupid reason key had to be in fob to be coded as in supplying a ground of some sort etc etc, seems not. So, I will soon be risking it as you have to recode all keys at the same time to a new code when you recode a key. So if you screw it up, you lose all keys not just the second.....augh! We'll see...lol. I may just do the James Bond ign system for a key and use the fobs to deal with immoblizer system. Sounds like fun..... Worst case, get carbon paper if you can find the stuff, place on working key, imprint imagine onto new blade and carefully have at it with die grinder or mill......I made a key for my dad's GTI using a chain saw file way way back in the day and a majic marker doing basically the same thing. Yes different blades now, someone has been paying attention, lol. and made it far more difficult. But nothing is impossible, IF the dealership makes life too hard! or Expensive!
  13. I know where there are 4 in the local wreckers, but they wanted $1500 for the last one they took in and it wasn't complete and also non running! You must find them BEFORE they get to a wrecker...imho. I am thinking of advertising for parts cars. Offering more than they would get for scrap value. After me going to my local wreckers and them seeing there is a market here, they have decided that overnight their cars are gold plated! So, they won't get anything large off me ever again! Small trinkets etc but nothing of value! I know of 3 or 4 other parked Smarts but so far no takers. I guess they also think they still hold sentimental value and won't let them go cheap. But I sit and wait....lol.....rubbing his hands tightly...lol My Precious.......
  14. LMAO......lol.....ain't that the truth...lol
  15. Check out this other site and pay their small donation fee to get to the really good information, worth ten times what they ask. Evilution.uk.co I think it is, they are the top tech site I know of....no chatting though....after you pay the donation they will answer questions. You simply pick the car models you do not have and then start searching everything related to your specific model car! It takes time to navigate through their site. Again well worth the $10 donation fee. After you have used their site for days on end you'll feel cheap for not giving them more!.....lol
  16. I would say the drain is the circle on the far right in your pics, the fill is a mystery, maybe a same style plug higher up...? PM Smart142 he knows all....lol
  17. Welcome to the site, sorry to hear of your problem...it's the main issue for me when even considering an electric vehicle along with ranges. Hope there is a simple fix for you...good luck. I'm possitive someone will chime in to help I'm sure.
  18. I'd go from the inside then also the outside if that didn't show what i needed to get at. I bet just a popped off connection or a busted plastic tab due to some gorilla pulling too hard on it....lol. They are known to break or sieze, the door cable that is.....my beater is in better condition than my good car in this regard. Seeing as it'll be frozen most of the time i didn't swap them. Just soaked them both in plenty of lube.
  19. Yesterday turned out to be another great day weather wise, so took enough meds to cloud the pain and soldiered on.....did way too much outside work and also ran the wires correctly to my headlights and spots and installed relays for all. Today's job was to finish it, but now can hardly see keyboard, so may just have to take today off.....raining here anyway. I get migrains from barometer swings so just another pill to rattle around....inside me today....I'll say goodnight....lol
  20. I found out that if you hit a pot hole hard enough the H7 bulb moves around in it's holder and makes it not focus correctly within the light fixture or assembly! You just need to un spring it and readjust it and bingo, problem solved with bad headlight. I had one staring into space for a while, then saw it wasn't positioned evenly within the space it lives in. Just don';t touch the bulb with bare hands as the oil on your skin will cook the bulb when it heats up. I expect everyone knows this by now.
  21. I was thinking it was the light wire but didn't know what circuit in the clump of wires that light system was. That is what I was after...then wasn't sure if it was a 12 volt wire or something stupid, seeing it's a MB vehicle...lol. I would kill for a proper wiring schematic! Just a simple piece of paper like the old days with little lines all nicely labeled...lol..!!! Thanks again... Didn't take the day off, and now am being forced to....can hardly focus on the keyboard....augh! Damn neck!
  22. OK, today's issues...lol I am knee deep in the dash and centre gauges etc. I have added a tach and a clock to my 450 which was easy enough except the tach wiring harness has a single loose wire attached to it? Question is, where does it go? No plug it's simply spliced into another wire. The car I took it from it was spliced into a blue wire. I can see one blue wire but it's being used for something and I do not simply want to splice into it wihout knowing what it is and where it goes. Next.....when I removed the front centre console I found the three wiring harnesses for the cig light plug, centre light and lastly the switch......but they is also a spare harness there hanging loose and it wasn't used. What is it for? It isn't showing any if much voltages at all with just the key being turned on...? Third I have a front right side headlight out.....no haven't checked the bulb yet but have read on eilution's sight that there could be a cracked solder joint in SAM......if so, how regular is this to happen? Just thinking is all...don't want to remove SAM just to look at it, but just might, now I'm curious....augh! Thanks guys, I can't reinstall dash until I figure out that one wire attached to the tachometer harmness.......thanks again... Time to get the STAR out and play around with it, maybe it'll tell me...?
  23. You need to make up a set of dollies for rolling them around easier on that nice smooth concrete flooring....I bought a set for my Willys but they don't like carpeting. For the weight of these cars I bet simple princess Auto type casters would easily work..! Then you can get them positioned easily to get the most room to work. I'm after lifting them higher to get underneath them better....maybe a 3 foot lift system somehow? I also have ceiling hieght restrictions. OR there would be a hoist installed asap! I almost concidered a pit! Quick, get that thought out of my head, as it would solve many issues with a good solid cover system.......Damn...now thinking again!
  24. I can't believe these little go-carts even came with power assist steering in the first place...!....lol Who were they targeting...? Scooter drivers? Damn....!
  25. Hmmmm........sitting here waiting impatiently for pain meds to kick in......I think I over did my allowed work load for my busted neck yesterday! TIC ......TOC......TIC.....AUGH...!!!!!!!! Augh to be young and fit again!