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    Quote Originally Posted by WidesWhitesAndCholos View Post
    That I do not know. I can probably run the Vin and find out though.

    I doubt that you will find out much unless you know a cop.............. Best of luck.......

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    It ain't worth running a VIN for useless information. Corrosion is found by inspection.

    Study wiring threads at leisure since most problems with older machines are electrical. Jet fighters use crimp connections (and even some butt splices) but they don't use auto store butt splices with heavy sleeves. No need to redo your repair but when you know the best way you'll be much more effective and multiple splices won't look like a tumor on the harness.

    Doombuggy wasn't kidding about face shields. I use them for all such tasks, including using a Dremel (those little motherfuckers throw crumbs and wire brush strands). The Jackson style are excellent. Another winning tip is accumulate tools. Ya don't need to spend much. I bought one tool, no matter how small or apparently trivial, every payday for many years. It's an ancient method which kicks ass. Used corded power tools go cheap and beat cordless with the exception of needing a cord (which cordless users have anyway to charge batteries).

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    It ain't worth running a VIN for useless information. Corrosion is found by inspection.

    Study wiring threads at leisure since most problems with older machines are electrical. Jet fighters use crimp connections (and even some butt splices) but they don't use auto store butt splices with heavy sleeves. No need to redo your repair but when you know the best way you'll be much more effective and multiple splices won't look like a tumor on the harness.

    Doombuggy wasn't kidding about face shields. I use them for all such tasks, including using a Dremel (those little motherfuckers throw crumbs and wire brush strands). The Jackson style are excellent. Another winning tip is accumulate tools. Ya don't need to spend much. I bought one tool, no matter how small or apparently trivial, every payday for many years. It's an ancient method which kicks ass. Used corded power tools go cheap and beat cordless with the exception of needing a cord (which cordless users have anyway to charge batteries).
    Tools I have covered. We have a 3 car garage with two lifts, and all kinds of tools. Even the dreaded 10mm sockets. We have a corded drill I've dubbed the wrist breaker. Because it'll whip around like a Bronco when it catches.

    I printed out a wiring diagram for when I go to change out the tailight.

    I plan on redoing the connection this winter. Since this repair fixed it, I know that it was indeed the cause, and can do a more permanent repair now. When I do permanent splices, I do them to NASA spec. (AKA Western Union/Lineman splice) See video here:

    https://youtu.be/O-ymw7d_nYo
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    Quote Originally Posted by WidesWhitesAndCholos View Post
    Tools I have covered. We have a 3 car garage with two lifts, and all kinds of tools. Even the dreaded 10mm sockets. We have a corded drill I've dubbed the wrist breaker. Because it'll whip around like a Bronco when it catches.

    I printed out a wiring diagram for when I go to change out the tailight.

    I plan on redoing the connection this winter. Since this repair fixed it, I know that it was indeed the cause, and can do a more permanent repair now. When I do permanent splices, I do them to NASA spec. (AKA Western Union/Lineman splice) See video here:

    Man it sounds like you got it going on....... That's awesome......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    Man it sounds like you got it going on....... That's awesome......
    Yeah. I'm pretty lucky to have what I have. In the garage is a 1966 Tube Chassis Dart with a 588ci, 1000hp Hemi.

    Going to the shop Tuesday to get all the oil and change everything. That'll just leave it to the tires to be changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WidesWhitesAndCholos View Post
    Yeah. I'm pretty lucky to have what I have. In the garage is a 1966 Tube Chassis Dart with a 588ci, 1000hp Hemi.

    Going to the shop Tuesday to get all the oil and change everything. That'll just leave it to the tires to be changed.
    Just glanced at your profile.16 yo
    Christ, I was still on ring-a-ding two stroke dirt bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillcat View Post
    Just glanced at your profile.16
    Yep finally a kid without an attitude............. I believe he will go far..........

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    I hope to go pretty far. My grandfather taught me to shut up and listen to the Professionals, then maybe you'll learn something.

    I have quite a bit of work to get done for it to be a clean bike. I have until June of 2020 roughly. That is when I'll be enlisting to serve in the Air Force. Should be plenty of time. Especially this winter.

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    Have a guy coming to look at my truck tomorrow, and hopefully buy it. As soon as I have the cash in my hands I'm off to buy wheels and tires. And brake pads.

    Also on the list:
    Tombstone Tail Light
    FL Tank Badges
    Solo Seat (With the Buddy seat style chrome tube around it)
    Switch Housings
    Pulley Cover
    Belt Cover
    Rubber Grips (Never been a Fan of the bumpy metal/rubber grips)
    Mirrors.

    After that. Ride. Ride. Ride. I'm going for a sort of Retro style. Like a 49 Hydraglide. Man those are beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WidesWhitesAndCholos View Post
    Have a guy coming to look at my truck tomorrow, and hopefully buy it. As soon as I have the cash in my hands I'm off to buy wheels and tires. And brake pads.

    Also on the list:
    Tombstone Tail Light
    FL Tank Badges
    Solo Seat (With the Buddy seat style chrome tube around it)
    Switch Housings
    Pulley Cover
    Belt Cover
    Rubber Grips (Never been a Fan of the bumpy metal/rubber grips)
    Mirrors.

    After that. Ride. Ride. Ride. I'm going for a sort of Retro style. Like a 49 Hydraglide. Man those are beautiful.
    i do like a classic styled heritage. this wont be to everyone's tastes, maybe too much chrome but has a few of the items you are going for

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    Quote Originally Posted by WidesWhitesAndCholos View Post
    Have a guy coming to look at my truck tomorrow, and hopefully buy it. As soon as I have the cash in my hands I'm off to buy wheels and tires. And brake pads.

    Also on the list:
    Tombstone Tail Light
    FL Tank Badges
    Solo Seat (With the Buddy seat style chrome tube around it)
    Switch Housings
    Pulley Cover
    Belt Cover
    Rubber Grips (Never been a Fan of the bumpy metal/rubber grips)
    Mirrors.

    After that. Ride. Ride. Ride. I'm going for a sort of Retro style. Like a 49 Hydraglide. Man those are beautiful.
    It sounds like a great plan to me.......

    Here is my 50 Hydra that I built.......

    The Dixie Queen......
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    That's a great looking bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarcubes View Post
    That's a great looking bike
    Why thank you.......

    It was a fun build.............

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    That is when I'll be enlisting to serve in the Air Force.
    Wise move.

    Retired MSgt here. Study the jobs which interest you. If you're a gearhead aircraft maintenance is currently undermanned and has poor retention which makes this the best time to get in and make rank. (What sucks for some is opportunity for others, and it's easy for anyone with an automotive background to learn aircraft maintenance specialties) I worked avionics on Phantom and Bronco, later engines and crew chief on F-16s) If you prefer a comfier gig the medical fields are a good deal with many civilian job opportunities.

    Avoid Transportation (you want to work on aircraft, not ground vehicles, for many reasons) and security forces (horrible morale, constant deployments, only civilian gigs are cop jobs). If you find systems whose service life is long enough for multiple careers that's the best bet.

    Retiring long before you're 50 is magnificent. Do it right and you'll never have to work again.

    Do not enlist for six years. This preserves some ability to crosstrain after four if that interests you. I loved getting paid to go to tech school on active duty.

    You can retake the ASVAB to boost your score. Study whatever ASVAB prep is currently available. Forums like f16.net make useful reading.
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    Really solid advice here. I started my military career in the Army as a recovery/demo specialist. The "downside" was I finished A school just as they pulled the last of the troops out of Vietnam. That put a real limit on advancement opportunities for me. Once I realized the job I was in was a bit of a dead end I changed over to a battalion photographer. Great job, lots of chances to be around people who can help your career.

    Had I not shattered my knee in a "training exercise" I would have stayed for the full 20.

    Be smart, get the MOS ( job ) you want and if allowed pick a really great first duty location. The Air Force has bases in some very nice places ( Hawaii comes to mind ).

    Looking forward to welcoming you to the family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    Wise move.

    Retired MSgt here. Study the jobs which interest you. If you're a gearhead aircraft maintenance is currently undermanned and has poor retention which makes this the best time to get in and make rank. (What sucks for some is opportunity for others, and it's easy for anyone with an automotive background to learn aircraft maintenance specialties) I worked avionics on Phantom and Bronco, later engines and crew chief on F-16s) If you prefer a comfier gig the medical fields are a good deal with many civilian job opportunities.

    You can retake the ASVAB to boost your score. Study whatever ASVAB prep is currently available. Forums like f16.net make useful reading.
    My Current ASVAB stands at 70, with top 1% in Mechanical Comprehension and Auto/Shop. My plan is to enlist as an Aircraft Mechanic, Hopefully working on some of the larger cargo planes.

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    Whatever you do, make sure you have a signed contract, nephew went in AF to be a jet mechanic, signed up for six, gets to boot and it's "Boy, we gots enough airplane mechanics, we need truck mechanics" No contract, made a truck mechanic and then leased to the Army as a truck mechanic and went to Iraq and Afganistan, six months at a time. Good luck, was a Navy A/C mechanic myself.

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