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Thread: The Colon aka Lady Starstruck --> 1988 Colony Park by bnw

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    Good battle you and the shift indicator had there.

    I cannot tell what wire color is on the connector but these cars have many connectors unused. Same harness really for all options. Use what you need.
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    Nice work on the shift collar and lever. I have had that same battle. It is not fun but it is rewarding.

    The mystery connector behind the instrument cluster may be one related to the optional tripminder computer clock. Seems to me there are three connectors in this year. Two larger down by the parking brake, and then that single wire small one up by the instrument cluster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Nice work on the shift collar and lever. I have had that same battle. It is not fun but it is rewarding.

    The mystery connector behind the instrument cluster may be one related to the optional tripminder computer clock. Seems to me there are three connectors in this year. Two larger down by the parking brake, and then that single wire small one up by the instrument cluster.
    Is this the unit that replaces the basic clock in the centre of the console?

    Let's also share some news.
    First thing worth mentioning is that I got the car to the tailsmiths. The first one said that the frame looks good, but there are dents in the underbelly that he can fix - but as he does not have a large column jack, he would not be able to separate the frame and the body - so, if there is anything going on concerning the upper surface of the frame, there would be no chance to get is cleaned and fixed.
    I tried the second contact then - a tinsmith that works especially on frame-based ATVs. He looks marvellous actually, like Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog series, or from a Disney movie - and I have seen his work on ATVs, he does great job fixing them. His opinion is as follows:
    -> the frame is in a generally good shape, with residual black paint here and there, no additional holes, mostly surface and mid-depth corrosion. Also, it is easy to be fixed because of its shape;
    -> the underbelly is in much worse state, especially under the driver's feet, and in the "bathtub" in the cargo space, were jumpseats are located;
    -> there is no risk of a frame breakup, or any severe damage to the car to happen in the nearest future just by using it;
    -> the expected cost of repair is around 3000 USD, this including detachment of the frame, fixing all holes and fissures in the underbelly, anti-rust coating and paint on the frame, axle housing, whatever is under the floor;
    -> the expected repair time is around one month, and we can start on March 15th.

    So, does not sound _that_ bad. Certainly it is a large amount of money, but the car is then ready for many, many years of future usage. I guess I am going for it. Right now, the car is having its coolant replaced - the quality of the one which was running inside the water hoses is rather low...

    And a funny thing I found while cleaning. This looks like a damage report blanket?



    And that is seemingly the list of options installed.



    Unfortunately, it was half-pulled from the driver's seat bottom, and some paper parts were already detached. I got myself an "invisible" tape and tried working on it a bit:



    Is there anything interesting listed here, or just the basics? I can try to scan it early next week.

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