Hooking Up Gauges and LED Lights and First Rain

Sunday October 17, 2021 Guerneville CA.

Van work

We were to get our first rain of the season this afternoon, so I got right to work on the van.

New gauges

I wanted to finish getting the new gauges hooked up under the dash.workarea

 

I  needed to run this wire under stuff and get it to the temperature gauge as it was from the temperature sender unit. I got that wire run under the stuff and out of the way.wire

 

Rat nest of wires

The new gauges needed to be hooked up under here in that rat nest of wires, so I hooked things up one by one being real careful to get it right.wires

 

Testing the gauges

After some work hooking up the wires I turned the key to see the result. The blue oil pressure gauge didn’t go on but the other two green ones did. I looked around and moved one of it’s wires to where it was supposed to go and tried again.

Success

They all turned on so I tidied up the wires a bit and forgot to fasten the top green gauge in with it’s bracket as I can see from the picture, it’s not seated to the dash but at least it works. I’ll fix that little problem tomorrow. It’s a hard place to get to the rear of  the gauge to install the bracket.gauge

 

First rain

Around four the light rain started so I buttoned up what I was doing and sat and watched it.rain

 

Led sealing lights

A bit later it was still raining so I worked on getting my new led lights mounted. I painted them brown yesterday.lights

 

Stuck sliders

I hooked them up and tried the plastic switch slider that I’d painted yesterday and both of them were very hard to slide as the paint had sorta glued them. I pried the sliders to brake them loose and they were better but still very hard to turn on and off. I got my can of silicone and gave them each a spray and that did the trick. Now they worked real easy. Silicone really helps lubricate plastics.

Mounted

Here’s one of them all hooked up. They seem to provide lots of light.light

 

The rain continued on for most of the rest of the day.sky

 

It didn’t seem to bother this young rooster much as he just kept grazing away, getting a bit wet in the process.rooster

 

Nice day.

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