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  • Luna AKA: Lambda^2 20% Cooler Redux - 1996 Chevrolet C1500 Extended Cab

    R.I.P Project λ^2 (Lambda Squared or Lambda II)

    So, the 1988 pickup died on my way home for spring break on Friday (3/9/12) and I had to get a replacement for it. I got a 1996 Chevy C1500. Essentially, it's the same truck, just one generation up. I actually dropped $230 on an OBDII scanner for this one, just so I'd be in control of EVERYTHING this time around. (I know, OPs aren't supposed to, but in b4 "Why didn't you just get the USB scanner for your TruckPC?") This one does the ABS and SRS data as well, the PC ones don't as far as I can tell. So, I'm dropping my "signature" Lambda name and switching to a different "theme" if you could call it that.I have the tires from the other truck. They are still practically brand new. I had to fix the drivers side interior door handle to avoid having to roll down the window and open the door that way. This truck is a bit of a downgrade in that it doesn't have power locks or windows, but it does have a camper shell with toolboxes in it. Pix from before I washed it:I'll try for some more current pix later, but this is it for now.Maybe someone can tell me the best place/way to ground my amplifier? I stripped/sanded/wire brushed several places in the cab and still couldn't get a decent enough ground to get the amp to click out of protect. Running straight to the battery, it works, but that's not very cost effective...
    After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
    New vehicle, new ideas!

    Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

  • #2
    Looks like your off to a good start. Those trucks are bullet proof. I had a 92 3/4ton 2wd with a 350 and a in 95 had a 95 3/4ton 2wd with a 454. Other than exhaust manifolds on the Big Block (7 of them), I had no re-occuring issues with either truck. Regarding the amp ground, why not just run a ground wire back from the battery to the amp? That should solve it. Love the back bumper & rear firing exhaust on it BTW!
    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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    • #3
      Originally posted by PhilG View Post
      Looks like your off to a good start. Those trucks are bullet proof. I had a 92 3/4ton 2wd with a 350 and a in 95 had a 95 3/4ton 2wd with a 454. Other than exhaust manifolds on the Big Block (7 of them), I had no re-occuring issues with either truck. Regarding the amp ground, why not just run a ground wire back from the battery to the amp? That should solve it. Love the back bumper & rear firing exhaust on it BTW!
      These trucks are virtually bulletproof. The '88 took almost everything that was thrown at it. I think it was a timing chain that took it in the end. This one has an EGR code that keeps popping up, but I think I just need to pull it off and clean the carbon out of it. I will have to order some more battery cable if I run one back to the battery. The exhaust and bumper were almost the only reason I got it!
      After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
      New vehicle, new ideas!

      Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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      • #4
        Don't know why you are having ground issues. I removed the carpet in my 95 extended cab dremmeled off the paint on the floor near the rear wall and grounded my whole system there. How big is your ground wire? I am using 0 guage from ground to dist. block. And 8 guage from block to amps, x-over, and PC PS. No noise, no thumps, nothing whatsoever.

        Mal
        Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
        Gear: [90%]
        Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 4ofakind View Post
          Don't know why you are having ground issues. I removed the carpet in my 95 extended cab dremmeled off the paint on the floor near the rear wall and grounded my whole system there. How big is your ground wire? I am using 0 guage from ground to dist. block. And 8 guage from block to amps, x-over, and PC PS. No noise, no thumps, nothing whatsoever.

          Mal
          No matter what I did, I couldn't get a good enough ground. I ended up running a line back to the battery to get a decent ground. It's kludgy at best, but it works. I'm in the process now of trying to figure out a way to mount my iPad.
          After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
          New vehicle, new ideas!

          Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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          • #6
            Do your self a favor and check thoroughly for rust. If the frame and body are excessively rusted it can cause a bad ground not to mention the rigidity of the truck.
            Originally posted by Lincolnman
            Your English is fine, don't apologize. You're doing better than most Americans.

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            • #7
              IMO - in general - no harm with a "parallel" dedicated GND wire.
              And through panels, bolts & chassis, a wire might be better.

              Though all panels/trays etc should be ground-strapped, it's usually only to handle static & shielding, or typical lights (stop, tail etc even though their wiring should include &contain their GNDs) and not heavy loads (audio, inches).

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              • #8
                True. I prefer ground wires to go directly to the battery my self but it is still a good thing to check for rust.
                Originally posted by Lincolnman
                Your English is fine, don't apologize. You're doing better than most Americans.

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                • #9
                  Wow, you know you've been missing for awhile when you get messages from people checking up on you. (Thanks Tidder. ) I've been having nothing but issues lately. I failed some classes last semester so now I 'm taking summer classes (which drained everything I had and then some, money-wise). Luna has some issues about a month ago (fuel pump, brakes, etc) and that didn't help either. I have also been having issues with my main PC. I sent it off for repairs via the warranty, and a week after I get it back, my 1TB external HDD dies on me. So it's been hell these last few months. I have to do well in these classes this summer, or I get the boot for a year, so I've been working my @$$ off. (Not sure about how active the censor thing is anymore... I've been gone too figgin' long!)

                  So there's that, in case anyone has been wondering. Also, my website is finally up, but I'm still adding to it here and there when I have some spare minutes. The link is in my sig if you care to check it out.
                  After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
                  New vehicle, new ideas!

                  Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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                  • #10
                    I should try to pop in here more often... I haven't vanished off the face of the earth yet. I promise that if I do, you will all know about it!

                    I come home for Thanksgiving, only to have the alternator fail 20 miles from home. Looks like I'll be spending my Black Friday fixing things up all over again... Meh. By now, you'd think I'd be used to this BS.

                    My website is also down. College is kicking my butt, so I haven't had much time to do anything to the truck. I have been working on some musical stuff on my SoundCloud though. I won't spam the link here unless people really ask for it.
                    After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
                    New vehicle, new ideas!

                    Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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                    • #11
                      I suggest a one-piece alternator/regulator in case you have an old external type.
                      And then a 2-wire type (eg, S & L) so that the alternator can monitor the battery voltage direct irrespective of where it is mounted.

                      (I originally read your alternator fail as an alternator fall-out and immediately thanked alternator B+ insulated covers and modern vehicles for for their battery to alternator fusing!)


                      Good luck with the hassles and College. I too hate reality!
                      And thanks for posting.

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                      • #12
                        Ah, Oldspark, my friend! Haven't heard from you in ages! Of course, I haven't been here in ages, so that explains that. You just happened to reply as I was revisiting our conversations from about two years ago about the dual battery circuits. I'm considering a revisit of that topic later on after some other issues are addressed. Hopefully, these ideas will at least make it out of my head onto paper or sketches.

                        Originally posted by OldSpark View Post
                        I suggest a one-piece alternator/regulator in case you have an old external type.
                        And then a 2-wire type (eg, S & L) so that the alternator can monitor the battery voltage direct irrespective of where it is mounted.

                        (I originally read your alternator fail as an alternator fall-out and immediately thanked alternator B+ insulated covers and modern vehicles for for their battery to alternator fusing!)


                        Good luck with the hassles and College. I too hate reality!
                        And thanks for posting.
                        After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
                        New vehicle, new ideas!

                        Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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                        • #13
                          Dual batteries? Me? Nah mate, you must be confusing someone else!

                          Did I get away with that, or are you as wise as always? Rats! At least I tried.

                          Ha Ha. I'm rarely on here except for dual/multi battery stuff, though the odd alternator or battery or even LED issue occasionally pops up.
                          I'm now essentially "power" only, not the original "mp3car-naive" poster I originally was.


                          The dual battery stuff hasn't change much, though I now refer to the alt-controlled relay as the UIBI. UIBI is "Ultimate Intelligence Battery Isolator" which is a take on "Smart Isolator" as used for some voltage sensing battery isolators. I got a bit sick of crap like "priority charging" and other things which were simply invented to cover-up essential behavior of voltage sensors. Priority charging indeed - it's a fracken essential time delay!
                          Not that I should get into that now. After you excel with Honors at College you can sit back and muse over my posts (which are as short as usual LOL!)

                          But I just realised I didn't mention the other advantage with the remote Sensing type alternator - that diodes can be used in the S-line to boost alternator output voltages by typically 0.3V upwards. Not that that should be required (nor recommended) for alternators delivering 14.2-14.4V at the battery....


                          Forgive me, forget all that and get back to those College kickers. (It's amazing how primitives resort to such physical tactics.)

                          In the meantime I may try to revisit some of our discussions. I suffered a huge data corruption a while ago (thanks to Microsoft's >138G disk scrambling bug) and haven't bothered locating my previous backup nor searching the disk for key segments. But my new 3rd-gen i5 and windoze 7 is a bit faster than my P4 2.4G Windows 2000 and it doesn't have that same bug that even W2k SP4 and XP SP2 had.
                          Anyhow, I should be ready for you next millennium.

                          But if you require anything until then, well, you know - just ask.


                          Best wishes for passing those kickers and your other issues.

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                          • #14
                            So... My bad luck continues. This truck is in the scrapyard. Transmission went out over winter break and would have cost more than the truck was worth. I now have a Kia Rio, but my financial situation is horrid right now, so I won't be doing much outside of a few mods with stuff I already have. Unfortunately, one of those isn't the car computer.

                            My mom ended up in the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia, so I missed a week of classes to go take care of her. That not only drained me, but it also put me in the hole financially and with my classes. Midterms are this week, and I'm fkd. I'll try to drop in and update, but I really have nothing unless you enjoy hearing me complain... ^
                            After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
                            New vehicle, new ideas!

                            Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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                            • #15
                              Normally I'd say it's great getting an update.
                              In this case though....

                              Nah - it's still great having the update (even when nothing has progressed - it lets others know).
                              It's just bad hearing the crap news.
                              Though it IMO never helps to hear "yeah, we've all been thru that" (like wtf - how tf does that help - other than MAYBE give confidence or add strength that you will get thru it? Farrrkk!), does it help to say bad things often come in threes?
                              That's might be great for thrillseekers, or useful to brace victims for what yet's to come. (Or get their mind of the other 2.)

                              I'm not helping am I?

                              All I can say is the truck's gone, but your ideas and work etc can be transferred. And let's face it, after all this study etc, you can get another or whatever you want. (That's the cream for all this sacrifice aka investment.)
                              Sickness is a real poo at anytime, but when it affects study...
                              I reckon plow on. Repeating the year or module/s is a likely option.
                              HOWEVER - if you are likely to fail the year, dropping out may be the best option. (That was my lesson. I continued (for the sake of learning) despite knowing I'd fail. Hence I failed that year and was out. If I had dropped out, I would not be a fail and hence would have been readmitted.)
                              But also, get advise from course sources etc.
                              And see their psychologists or whatever they offer. That's not necessarily to help you per se, it's just to show them you had concerns and problems and did all you could... (They like that!)


                              Now tell me you replied only to get me off the hook re dual batteries etc?
                              In that case, I thank you. (I'm now over $20k in debt and still unemployed.)

                              But seriously, best wishes.
                              And just holler if I or we can help.

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