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PostPosted: March 27, 2011, 6:59 pm 
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Thanks for looking. This is the latest update.

I installed new wheel bearings on all 4 corners, disc brakes up front, and finished enough welding on the cab to set out for Salina. We made the trip, all 1500 miles of it without any mechanical failures.

Notes from trip

1- The radiator is not big enough. I am going to replace the radiator. I don't care if it is made for the truck, as long as the lower hose hooks to the passenger side.

2-Fuel injection would be nice for the high altitude parts of the trip. Fuel mileage averaged at around 18.3 mpg. This was was including the parts that were around 7000 ft above sea level.











i started out with a 63, with a 223 and a 3 speed. 3.89 rear gear.

I, after my first wife died, turned this into my sanity project. i did a bunch of stuff to the rhino. i pulled the 223. yes i used ratchet straps as a lifting sling. works really well and I will do it that way from now on.

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the engine is now a 300 from a 1980 f100. i like painting in the letters on the valve covers. i used one of those little bottles of scratch fixer since my art stuff was not handy.

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I put the 300 in with ratchet straps too.

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it still has a 3 speed, but with wide gears and a 2.70 rear.



i put the 300 in. to put a 300 in a 63 truck, you need a few things. this is what i used.

-bolt in x member for an fe motor
-1970s motor mounts
-a piece of heavy channel iron about 3 and a half feet long.
-an electric fan

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-something to make duraspark work. i guess you could use a stock box. i built something to do it. use real heat sink grease on the module. that means go to radio shack.
-a computer heat sink
-a 4 pin hei module. i always ask for one from a 78 camaro.

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My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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PostPosted: March 27, 2011, 9:26 pm 
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sweet looking 300 I6... I like this!!! :thumright:

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PostPosted: March 28, 2011, 6:20 am 
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this is the engine as it sits now. if you look closely, above the no.5 spark plug there is a bell crank to operate the throttle. i know, i need to touch up the paint.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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PostPosted: April 3, 2011, 11:48 am 
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this is my brake light switch.

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i drilled a hole behind the dash and mounted it to work off of the bump stop bar on the brake pedal. if you strip the wires out of the harness under the hood and route them through to the inside, they will just reach the top of the switch. then you can put spade connectors on them and be done.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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this is my behind the seat toolbox for my jack and some small tools.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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this is my throttle linkage. I am going to build some more of them when I get to new mexico, and possibly sell them.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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keeps on rollin. good project

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This is what I did with 2 cheap falsa blankets and a cotton clothesline. The steering wheel took a while, but has awesome grip properties and feels awesome in the hands.


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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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Is that a JAWA dog protecting the truck ! :)

Gotta love the ole 300's.. if only they were miserly with fuel...


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mine is pretty good on gas, actually.

The creature is the Chijawa. I created that picture as a joke, because I was asked what the jawas looked like under their hoods. I always said they look like chihuahuas.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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Better be careful those Jawas will sell any old truck/robot they stumble on to !


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Today I am going to do some wiring...

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My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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If you look at the plug in the center of the screen you will see that I cut the two wires on the upper right. Those wires go to the two wires on the other side that go to the brake light switch.

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Now since I have my brake light switch on the inside, working off of the bump stop bar, I took the 2 wires from the harness and connected them to the brake light switch. You can see that I used red butt splices, and the switch is the grey thing on the right.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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Now I have 2 wires on the harness that used to go to the brake light switch to use for something else. Any ideas?

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My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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I did a rework of the stock harness to clean up the underhood world a bit.

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I took the stock wire that goes to the generator, and ran it instead over to the driver's fender. you can see it here taped to the main power wire that goes to the firewall. The red wire is taped with it. It is the wire that sends power to the "s" terminal on the starter solenoid when you turn the key. The 2 yellow wires going towards the bottom of the picture are the "gen" light wire, which is the one that has a black stripe on it, and the other is what was the horn power wire, which now is the sensing wire for the Delco alternator.

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This is the other end of the harness. The firewall plug is shown, with the big yellow wire that used to go to the generator at the top. It will be used to power the fan, ignition, and the horn relay.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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This is where it is at now. I wrapped the harness in split loom material. The alternator plug is in the middle, near the piece of tape. The end that hooks onto the solenoid is near the left top, with the start wire sticking out. The firewall connector is on the right, and the unfinished harness entrails stick out on the top right.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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With the new harness installed, there are no wires on the passenger side fender. You can't really see it, and that is the point.

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Here you can see where the wires go to the solenoid.

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This is the wiring hub on the driver side fender. I have not cleaned it up yet. It includes the electric fan controller, ignition relay, horn relay, horn and fan circuit breakers, and the ignition fuse.

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This is the harness as it comes out of the firewall. I have not prettied up the headlight harness yet.

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Here is another view of the relay center. The circuit breakers work well as junction blocks, allowing you to tap the battery side of them for power. The circuit breaker to the right is the horn circuit breaker. I use the side of it that gets power from the battery as a junction point.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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looks great! like the ideas.


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Thanks. The underhood harness thing has been getting to me for a while. I hope to have it done shortly. I want to mount the relay center inside a removable box so if I need to pull the wire harness I can just take the box out with it.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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I did some more pretty on the wire harness. It also shows another view of the weird setup I use for the ignition.

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For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble

My '63 short wrongbed

"The Iron Rhino"
300 I6, 3 spd manual, DS II/ HEI ignition.

Stuff I added to Hints and tricks

-300-6 choke tube repair
-duraspark II/ HEI
-Horn ring contact tube repair
-turn signal indicator fix




Mikhail Kalashnikov and Nikola Tesla are the guys i think of when i build things.

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