Repaired: brake lamps

26Mar06

Tonight I tackled figuring out why the brake lights stopped working. Well, as it turns out, it was because I had removed the wiring for them!

I had labeled two plugs (besides the 50-way connector) between the engine harness and the internal harness A and B. Well, “A” looked like it was just cruise control, so I removed it. Unfortunately, it was also the brake lamps as well.

Fortunately, I’ve hung on to every piece of wire and electrical component I’ve removed, so I was able to piece things back together again relatively easily.

This is how I envision a lot of the rest of the electrical/mechanical work going. I’m going to pick something off the list, work it until it’s repaired, and then move on to the next thing. I need to flesh out the list a little more. It occurred to me tonight it’s missing some things, like repairing the wiper linkage, that I didn’t put down in the last blog entry. What I really need to do is sit down and put together a checklist. Maybe I’ll get that done in the next few days.

I also sealed the steering column back up, putting the clamshell pieces that fit over and under the column and around the ignition lock. It’s nice having all the steering-column related issues resolved! The steering wheel was replaced a month or so ago, so it’s all ready to go now.

I’m finding evidence that this car was originally a 1991 model, instead of a 1992. The dashboard frame pieces all appear to be stamped with dates of manufacture that are sometime in November or December 1990. Also, I’ve found a tag under the carpet indicating that the supplier had prepared it for a 1991 model. It will be interesting to find out if removing a fender reveals a VIN number for a 1991 model.

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