September 18, 2003

Scary Wiring and Trunk Cleaning

I decided to clean out the trunk today. There are two reasons for this. One, so I could show a better view of the scary wiring. The second was because the trunk is sitting about 2 inches from the sidewalk and I was afraid of things getting stolen during the night:

So, I removed the spare first. That was the one thing that worried me the most about getting stolen. While it can be replaced, it might be expensive:

Then I dragged out a box and cleaned out the trunk. I found a Pinto hubcap, two sets of a pair of snow chains, an ahooga horn, pens, markers, a toothbrush, pieces of wire and a ton of trash. Now, it looks a little better:

Now, I could take a better shot of the nightmarish hack job wiring. The previous owner had converted the car from 6 volt to 12 volt and added an alarm system. I don't think anything has worked right ever since. We've had occasions where the tail lights stopped working, along with the headlights. And, it's not fun fumbling around in the dark in the middle of nowhere, trying to get your lights working again:

You will notice in the upper left you can see the contents of the glove box. That may be the original, I don't know. But, it has been crumbling steadily over the years, exposing more and more of the contents. So, I cleaned that out while I was at it:

Since the metal strap that was supposed to be holding it from behind wasn't fastened down on one side, I just shoved the, now empty, glove box through into the trunk. You now have a nice view of the street:

And, while I had the trunk lid open, I sprayed the inside of the latch/handle assembly with WD-40. That will be next to come off:

Posted by Valkyre at September 18, 2003 10:16 PM