Front Trunk Refurbishment T5 Coupe

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Re: Front Trunk Refurbishment T5 Coupe

#76 Post by Ken Tuvman »

Making good progress this week / wiring is tedious work that requires concentration and quiet - lots of back and forth referring to schematics- will install battery and start testing lights, turn signals, parking lights and horn - hoping I’ve got it right!

Looking for your suggestions for a durable rubber mat that battery sits on to replace this one & would like to buy locdlly st Home Depot or hardware store.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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#77 Post by Mike Wilson »

Home Depot or a hardware store may have rubber sheets or look at fatigue mats. If not, McMaster Carr has a big selection of rubber sheets.

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Thanks Mike
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Always glad to be of help.

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#80 Post by Eric McKinley »

Ken,

I know its not what you are referring too, and this is far from correct for the front trunk area, however i installed a coir matt in there also, made by coco mats the same time as I got my interior mats made.
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Eric - beautiful work - looks really nice!
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Home stretch!
Found a great sound deadening material available at O’Reilly - looks like a wet suit (neoprene) with a peel off adhesive. Never had a spare tire but I do now! Fuses are in and no surprise incorrect fuses (incorrect values) were previously installed.
Hope to make more progress tomorrow.
Amazing how small improvements and addressing deferred maintenance and undoing incorrect work by former owners really adds up.

Still a long way to go!
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#84 Post by Martin Benade »

It’s looking much improved
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The project is dragging on but starting to see light at end of the tunnel. There will be a two or three part story in coming issues of Registry.

This has been a very challenging project - actually, overhauling the engine was a lot less stressful!

I got hung up reconnecting the non-stock nor correct color coded rear harness wires to the original wires - long story but spent a few days chasing a short causing fuse #1 to blow - had a friend stop over yesterday who worked at Delta Airlines as a mechanic and is pretty good with electrical - not exactly sure where the short was coming from but we went though circuits one by one and somehow the clouds opened up and everything is working. Now have a couple days work reattaching wires making sure everything is insulted and working correctly.

Thought about a new harness but now thinking to replace rear harness wires with correct colors and calling it good.

Was having very serious thoughts about either setting the car on fire or selling it but I've regrouped and am moving ahead.

Electrical troubleshooting is not for the faint of heart!

Will post more pics as I reinstall the fuel tank and get this car on the road for some fall driving.

Picture below is my friend Bob studying Greg Bryan schematic - we did a preflight before diving in - also the Registry has the Joe Leoni electric files that dissects circuits and that helped a lot too.
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Re: Front Trunk Refurbishment T5 Coupe

#86 Post by Ken Tuvman »

Battery Orientation on my T5 B

I'm thinking a previous owner reversed the battery terminals - currently negative post is facing passenger side and positive to the right - shouldn't it be the there way?

I looked at post # 81 and his battery is oriented with positive on left or passenger side.

Please let me know - it seems I need to correct this.

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#87 Post by David Jones »

Looking into the trunk from front of car, the negative terminal should be on the right and closest to you. Positive terminal to the left closest to bulkhead.
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David Jones wrote: Thu Oct 05, 2023 10:28 am Looking into the trunk from front of car, the negative terminal should be on the right and closest to you. Positive terminal to the left closest to bulkhead.
Thanks for the confirmation!
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Re: Front Trunk Refurbishment T5 Coupe

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Today installed Felt Padding for Fuel Tank provided by
Deluxe Customs - really nice kit & thick padding.

Electrical 98% functional - one photo shows what’s left to do.

Dave Jones confirmed previous owner reverse wired the battery when he put the relays in years ago - meaning battery needs to be flipped 180 degrees so negative terminal is on right side front - so many things to correct on this car!
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Re: Front Trunk Refurbishment T5 Coupe / Front Grounding Points

#90 Post by Ken Tuvman »

Ground Point Help for Horn, Front Parking Lights s and Headlights

I believe the horn, headlight, and turn signal wires feed through the left and right front fender braces - should the brown wires also go through? It seems that they should ground to the negative battery post.

I'm not seeing any articles or visuals in the Joe Leoni document or on Greg Bryan's schematic - I guess you can ground anywhere - pictures below show grounds but not where their final destination for mounting in trunk.

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