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Unread 08-16-2013, 06:26 PM   #31
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Got some more time to work on the cart. During the break I received a tip about adjusting the shaft position on the potentiometer to get my desired range. Worked like a charm. In this position I’m able to get 4.95k ohm at full throttle and <200 ohm at no throttle; perfect. With the position set it was time to fasten the crank arm and pot box to the frame. Feels good to be done with that part!



With that done it was time to proceed with Wiring. Man there are a lot of circuits in this thing. I followed ScottyB’s schematic carefully, and tried to take my time making good terminal connections. I sprung for heat-shrink terminal connectors, and for solder-heat shring butt connectors, which basically means I spent a lot of money for very small pieces of metal and plastic. Ahh well, hopefully the connections hold up for the long haul.

I also got the controller, HD solenoid, voltage reducer, and BlueSea fuse block mounted up and wired.



While working on that I received another box from All Sports. I had worked with them on a custom brush guard that integrates a hitch receiver onto their “New Style” brush guard. They were very obliging, and I’m stoked. I’ll likely run a road feeder off the front.

New brush guard installed



Next I wired up my red LED light from Rigid Industries. I went with a Red LED “Dually” light in flood configuration. This will let me kill the main head and tail lights and run in “stealth mode” while hunting, driving to the stand. It’s a pretty tough little unit.



Next I drilled a small hole low and center in the front cowl to run the Red LED wire, and the wiring for my road feeder.

Front clip installed to test-fit light and wiring.



I also wired up a little triple-12V receptacle under the cart. This will let me plug in the adaptor for the road feeder and the GPS without having to permanently install them. This receptacle has it’s own circuit going to the voltage block.



Now I was finally ready to drop some batteries in this bad boy. I spent a lot of time researching and finally settled on US Batteries. It came down the them or Trojan, and I guess I just liked the looks of the US better. Battery install went fine, but man, this cart is no longer light with batteries in it. After getting the batteries installed, I hooked the charger up and forced myself to give it all night for a nice, full charge.

Batteries installed.



Next I installed the ScottyB digital volt meter, and the GPS. I was finally ready to fire this baby up! I turned the key switch and… no volt meter. Dang! I pulled the front cowl off (again), and checked the meter. I had voltage across the terminals, no I thought maybe I had a bad meter. A quick email to ScottyB revealed he almost never has one of these fail, so I decided to bench test it. Sure enough, it worked fine on the bench. I re-installed in on the cart, wired it back up, and bingo! It works. Not sure what was wrong the first time, but it’s a fair bit I wired it in reverse polarity. Thank you reverse polarity protection!

Next I checked the voltage reducer. A flick of the main activation switch, then a couple toggles, and I had front lights, two white and one red! Like the old Johhny Cash song says, “I pulled the switch and all 3 of ‘em come on!” Tail lights worked as well, good deal. Fired the GPS up. All accessory circuits working!



Finally it was time to check locomotion. I installed the rear body, and got it buttoned down. Then, I put the F&R switch in forward, and gave the pedal a push. Nothing. Dang again! Time to bust out the multi-meter and check circuits. I did not hear the solenoid fire, so I started there. Nothing. A check of both limit switches showed they were working, so I started checking wiring. Sure enough the wire going to the small solenoid terminal had pulled loose (this was a size ring terminal that I didn’t have a heat-shrink for and had to use a cheapy. It failed.). I re-crimped a new terminal and got ready to try again.

Once again, key switch on, F&R switch forward and……no motion. But the solenoid clicked this time, so it had to be something else. Dang it one more time! I then tried putting the cart in reverse, and it worked. What the? Time to get serious. I pulled the rear body, and jacked the rear wheels off the ground. I checked all my main cable wiring (again). Everything looked good, and I was mystified. Finally I decided to take a look at the F&R switch. It turns out it is actually possible to over-shoot the contact point on the switch bar. So, I rotated the switch to Forward, but not as far. Bingo!!! Houston, we have rear wheel motion! I quickly took the cart off the jacks, put the rear body back on, and got ready to go for a test drive.

And what a test drive it was. The cart accelerates smoothly, steers well, stops decent, and just generally rides nice. I was giddy. I felt like a little kid who just got a new bike. I’m sure the neighbors wondered what in the world was happening, with all my whooping and hollering. Ahh well, I was enjoying myself. The cart is faster than I figured it would be, topped out at 22 MPH per the GPS. It also has lots of torque, had no problem climbing a few curbs. I am happy!!

This build is getting close, but still a lot of work to do. I still need to install my rocker panels, kick plate, cup holders, rear bed, new seat, and jump seat. I also need to fab up a combined windshield/gun rack frame I’ve been dreaming up. Roll cage maybe? More to come!
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Unread 08-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #32
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Great build. really enjoyed all the post. I am keeping an eye out for CAMO!!!
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Unread 08-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #33
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Thanks for the great story.I really enjoyed reading about your project. I can't wait to get started on mine.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #34
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Congrats on a job well done.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #35
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Thanks fellas. Hoping to get a few more hours soon to knock this thing out, then do some ridin'.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 02:17 PM   #36
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Your doing a great job, have you decided what your going to do with the top? As you can see, I am still undecided on this 85, no doubt this was one of the funnest projects I've ever done. Seeing yours makes me want to start another. I tried to post a before pic but it wouldn't load. Keep us updated!
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Unread 08-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #37
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When you get the gun rack done I would like to see how you did it. Need to make something up for mine. Your cart is comming along pretty good.
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Unread 08-18-2013, 01:12 PM   #38
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Still undecided on the roof. I'd really like to do a roll cage to complete the off-road look, but I don't own a tubing bender so I'd have to have someone do all the bends. We'll see. It will probably stay topless this hunting season.

Nice looking '85 Capt!

Will do on the gun rack Rics. My desired design keeps the floor clear and the guns up and out of the way. Should be pretty inexpensive to build.
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Unread 08-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #39
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Good job TexAg.
Pictures are worth many words. Thanks posting them with your posts.
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Still undecided on the roof. I'd really like to do a roll cage to complete the off-road look, but I don't own a tubing bender so I'd have to have someone do all the bends. We'll see. It will probably stay topless this hunting season.

Nice looking '85 Capt!

Will do on the gun rack Rics. My desired design keeps the floor clear and the guns up and out of the way. Should be pretty inexpensive to build.
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I am like you, last season I had the 95 topless. I liked it. But a day or two with the rain and I thought long and hard about a roll cage with a canvas top. I still have that in mind and hopefully I can get down to see Brandon before to long and get a cage built..
Dito on the gun rack look and see...
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