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Unread 10-28-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Well, I picked up 2 Marathons about a month ago. One was a 1977 that was in rough shape. One was a 1988 that needed a couple of components and a paint job. Someone welded on some unistrut on the back.
I should have just parted these things out, but nooooo not me. I will make one out of two.
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Coming home on the trailer

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I decided to use the rear fenders off the 77 and put them on the 88. The 88 had the front part of a lift kit. So I need to build me some for the back.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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I pulled the rear fenders off and start to clean up the frame and check out the damage. It's not too bad and at least is a place to start.

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Getting everything ready for paint. I sprayed everything down with OSPHO and hopefully that will take care of the rust. I even tipped her on the side to get the undercarriage.

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Tonight I hope to get the frame and undercarriage painted.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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I need to get me a solenoid and some wires. The motor seems to work. So I have my work cut out for me. I figured this would be a good run around cart for the nieces, nephews, and grandkids to play with. That way they will leave my cart alone. Especially, when I get the one I really want. A 6 seater limo. But, I haven't found the right one yet. One day.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 03:26 PM   #4
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Cool project! Keep the pics coming.

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Unread 10-28-2009, 09:32 PM   #5
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Got the frame and battery trays painted today.
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Got a question....Do the wires going from the resistor coil to the wiper block have to be this long??

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When I replace the wiring, I want to try and clean this up a little.
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Unread 10-29-2009, 07:42 PM   #6
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Good job. Not sure why they are that long. No reason to change them though.
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Unread 11-09-2009, 09:31 AM   #7
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I got a few more things done this weekend. Lift for the back is done and on. I pulled the rear axle off and cleaned it up and painted it and then put the lift on. I ordered my new brake cables, brake shoes, and rear fender shields. So work on the chassis has come to a stop.

Thanks to djhartley2003 for the resistor coil and wiper board assembly. I decided that my assembly was in need of a rebuild. Dave had a setup that I can just bolt in. I still have to install this and some other things while I wait on the new parts to show up.

I'll get some pics in my next post. This is going to be an awesome cart went I'm done. I just hope there isn't too much troubleshooting to be done once all the electrics are hooked up.
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Unread 11-09-2009, 09:50 AM   #8
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looks good.. keep us posted
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Unread 11-09-2009, 10:21 AM   #9
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The cable's might be to long because someone moved the resistor coil,the bracket must of broke off , that is not a good place for the coil because it gets very hot an that is close to the wood seat , on my cart the coil is mounted to a plate right next to the driver side rear tire u can see it by the shock, I just changed all my cables and the cables that go to the coil were 28 " when i took them off and my cart is stock ----- Just my 2 cent
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Unread 11-09-2009, 10:39 AM   #10
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The cable's might be to long because someone moved the resistor coil,the bracket must of broke off , that is not a good place for the coil because it gets very hot an that is close to the wood seat , on my cart the coil is mounted to a plate right next to the driver side rear tire u can see it by the shock, I just changed all my cables and the cables that go to the coil were 28 " when i took them off and my cart is stock ----- Just my 2 cent

Thanks for your 2 cents, that makes sense. I have different components I'm putting in and will look for the orginal mounting area. Thanks for the pics and I will move them close to where they belong. This helps alot, Thanks again.
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