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  1. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

    Jan 8, 2021
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    So thankfully I was able to cut off the end of the hose that was eaten up, and the hose had enough slack where it could still reach the nipple on the manifold and be plugged in again. Still had a tiny bit of wiggle so it's not completely pulled and stretched. Ran the car for a while and all seems good now, just have the annoying CEL on now.
     
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  3. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    Wow that's crazy you found mice droppings in those panels, I can't believe they can squeeze themselves into them. But I did actually already check in there. I removed all of the cars shelves and panels to have everything cleaned, re-glued, and re-attached properly. And I also added some extra padding to the panels for sound deadening. I posted a few pics of it a page or two back actually. I wanted to make sure I knew everything was removed and as it should be after the previous owners stereo install. Thankfully I didn't find any mice related issues in the interior.
     
  4. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Disinfectant is a good idea since mouse excrements can cause hantavirus, but probably not in the damp NW. It can in the dry SW.
     
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  5. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    Quick update on work done today, I installed the new radio. Just wanted to add in bluetooth to get more modern features. The radio is a Pioneer 80prs and connected with a 16-pin din adapter that fit right in with no problem. The oem cd-changer was disconnected and will remain unused now that I have an in-dash cd. The radio also has a huge array of colors to match the green oem lights perfectly. I do prefer the look of the oem radio, but the modern use of this one outweighs the look for me. Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login
     
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    rhern213 Karting

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    Hmm...looks familiar.

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  11. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    Nice Tom!
    2 questions if you don't mind, are you using the preset colors either Olive or Puregreen? To see what you thought was more accurate.
    Secondly did you find any setting for the brightness of the screen? I tried to turn it down using contrast but it doesn't seem to do much of anything.
    Thanks!
     
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    I am LOVING this thread. Thanks so much for continuing to share.
     
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  15. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    Thanks! Good to know I'm not annoying people with too many posts. :)

    As a follow up, here's the fully re-assembled rear shelf. Not sure if it translates through pictures, but it's all cleaned, properly reattached, leather treated, and conditioned. Belt buckles also cleaned and polished.
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    Translates just fine. Nice job. That looks great.
     
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  17. Mirek

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    Wow, I want that. How hard was the install ?
    Did you have to do any cutting/splicing or tear out the dash to install ?

    Also, what about the Becker Radio code ? Still need one ?
    Thanks to the OP for the awesome thread and to you for putting me up on this !
     
  18. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    #115 rhern213, Mar 17, 2021
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    It should be a direct swap they use the exact same connectors. The only thing you would want to confirm is if the pins are in the exact location on each radio. The radios themselves have a diagram sticker on top that tells you what each pin is for so it would be simple to just pull the pins out and relocate them. But I highly doubt that would even be necessary, should be simple plug and play.

    Yes you would need the radio code, but Becker has to provide that when you buy the radio.

    Removing the radio is simple, take off the shifter ball, shifter plate, ash tray. The center panel should easily pop up, it's only pressed in. Gently pull it up just enough to access the connectors for the ash tray and hazard buttons and that's it. The center panel pulls out with the radio still attached, there's plenty of harness length to pull it out completely. The radio is held on by clips on the sides, and a screw on the back plate.

    One thing to be very careful with is the plastic spacer underneath the shift plate. Mine completely disintegrated and fell apart I had to order a new one from Ricambi which took about 2 weeks.

    Here's a picture of what the inside looks like including the plastic spacer I had to order.
     

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  19. Mirek

    Mirek Formula Junior

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    Man thank you for taking the time to post that (and with the pics). Great information !
    This is really great news for a guy like me. Do you just use your old Becker radio code ?

    I will most likely have it installed but my hat is off to you for doing it and of course to the OP who has a lot of talent…and cajones !
     
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  20. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    Each radio has it's own independent code, so whichever you buy make sure it comes supplied with it's code and is verified to be the correct one.

    I was the OP BTW, :)
     
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  21. niftyfivefifty

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    That interior restoration looks great. What leather cleaner/conditioner did you use?
     
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  22. Mirek

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    I bow down to you good Sir !

    Many thanks.
     
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    rhern213 Karting

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    niftyfivefifty Formula Junior
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    Thank you! Very cool, I use their stuff for washing my car.
     
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  25. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    Here's what I started on the seat cleaning. Small change but it was just a once over. I'm still going to work on it a bit more to get it better. Before is on top, after is on bottom.


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  26. niftyfivefifty

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    Very nice!
     
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  27. franschman

    franschman Karting

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    Goos to know this plastic spacer is available (again?). I had exactly the same, disintegrated in my hands. At the time I couldn'd find a replacement so made my own on the milling machine from a piece of hard polyurethane.
     
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  28. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

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    Ricambi didn't have it in stock but they did manage to get in within a week. I didn't know how long it would take to get the part, if at all, so I had a friend draw up a CAD design for 3D printing.

    Here is a link to download the STL file for anyone who'd like to use it.
    General dimensions are 103x76x12 in mm.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v1N4FO9Pxuxwu1OW_uNTuA_nbKM-Sk_L/view?usp=sharing
     

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