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post #181 of 375 Old 11-03-2017, 06:46 AM
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Hoov, sorry to hear about the tach. As far as shipping cost mine was $25. I think it was insured shipping. I'm sure you can ask for a lower cost for the shipping.
My clock has not been shipped as yet but I elected a cheaper shipping method in my discussion with ISI. It seems companies often think customers are in a super hurry to get things and default to a faster method. Its worth asking.

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I got the same shipping notice for the same date, Keith.

My OEM clock harness, that I purchased from another member, arrived a few days ago. So I'm set for the install when my clock arrives. I may get the hole drilled in my dash, today.

Speaking of drilling, my trusty old Dewalt 18V cordless finally died. Any recommendations for a new one? I like the compact design of some of the newer models, but I don't have any experience with any of them.

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Not that you want to and it might not be cost effective but a couple of years ago my old Dewalt cordless quit and I found a somewhat local shop that fixed it allot cheaper than a new one. I've used drill since 1998 and it is still going! The newer ones are nice too by the way. I mainly mentioned fixing your drill since I know you like keeping things in service.

Along those same lines. I was helping a friend drill holes in his welding table for mounting a vise, 1/2" material thickness and the newer Milwaukee cordless kept stopping and he had to let it cool off. He was not pushing it hard either. I was not at all impressed with his brand new drill. My old Dewalt does not do that.


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Jim,

I think my old Dewalt is even older than yours. It's led a hard life. I think I'm just going to bury it.

Interesting about the Milwaukee drill. I've had good luck with that brand, and it's one I was considering, but I may reconsider, now.

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I bought my first DeWalt cordless drill about 1989, 12V, from Hechingers. My son has it and still uses it.
I bought the Porter Cable line of cordless and promptly took them back as the cordless drill kept stopping by design so as not to overload it. Went back to DeWalt and never looked back. Currently bought their new line of 60V Flex volt tools, chainsaw and trimmer. The same battery works on the 20V tools that I have. Goodbye 2 cycle gas mix.....

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Sounds like a new Dewalt 20V may be the way to go. Thanks Keith.

My biggest issue with my old 18V was the batteries discharged quickly when I hadn't used them for a while. Just when I needed the tool, my cache of 3 batteries would all be dead. Hopefully the new battery designs have addressed that.

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I picked up Dewalt's XRT (I think) line and it's been great. A bit heavy if I had to use it all day, but it's tough as nails. Got a few Bosch tools (corded and not) and I think I like them more FWIW
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Not sure what kinda luck you guys have had with Rigid but I have had Makita and Milwaukee drills and none of them where as good as the Rigid drill I bought about five years ago.

At the time they were offering lifetime warranty on battery replacement. Had to take them up on it once and they sent me two new batteries free of charge. They told me to register the new batteries when I got them and if ever a problem just send them back for new ones again.

The batteries cost about 75 bucks new in the store. It's been well worth the money to me. You might make sure they still warranty the batteries though.

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Sounds like a new Dewalt 20V may be the way to go. Thanks Keith.

My biggest issue with my old 18V was the batteries discharged quickly when I hadn't used them for a while. Just when I needed the tool, my cache of 3 batteries would all be dead. Hopefully the new battery designs have addressed that.

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Matt I had the same experience with new batteries after they were recharged a few times but found a place that rebuilds them for about $25.00 per battery and they last longer. Factory battery packs use several round cells in the case where the rebuilder uses square ones that have more capacity.

In all fairness my friend should have been using a corded 1/2" drill for the vise holes instead of the 3/8 cordless. I don't like the overload feature in any of them though. Seems more and more tools and such are going that way.


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Thanks for the drill suggestions, guys.

I ended up buying the Dewalt 20V XR Drill/Driver, mostly because I'm a creature of habit, and Dewalt tools have never let me down. It was also highly rated in most "Best of..." reviews that I read.

I also picked up a new 2-1/2" hole saw and mandrel for cutting the clock hole in my dash. They didn't sell a 2-5/8" at Big R, which is what I really needed, but I figured a little dremel work will take care of that.

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I just drilled mine for tach and clock. I bought the 2 5/8 and 2 7/8 from this guy on Ebay. They are made in USA and have lifetime warranty, They worked really good for me.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/DrillHog-2-...53.m2749.l2649
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Finally got my clock sent to ISI today. Talked to Lori today about insuring that it works properly since my clock was not hooked up and the harness was gone. I will post things up as they come back to me. The pick below is the before. Can't wait to see what it looks like after there done.

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In anticipation of my clock arriving in a few days, I got down to the business of cutting my dash.

Nothing too exciting. I measured, marked, center punched, and drilled. I ended up making the longer trip to Home Depot for the proper 2-5/8" hole saw.

My new drill worked great. Its smaller size allowed me to drill without removing the steering wheel. I also love the built in light that comes on automatically when you start drilling.

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It made a nice clean cut. Better that you got the right size too.


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It did make a surprisingly clean hole, Jim. One might think it's even factory.

I think the hardest part of the install is going to be getting my big hands up behind the dash to install the clock's retaining strap. As you know, the factory wasn't exactly tidy with their wiring back there. I considered separating the dash from the tub, but that's a lot of work for just a clock. Besides, my dash has never been off and those damn torx screws would probably fight me.

I may have to recruit the Warden for that task. Her hands are about half the size of mine.

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Matt, you might gain a little more access by removing the plastic 'bezel' around the steering column where it goes through the dash panel. The four Phillips screws are easy gets, and could allow you to get a finger or two back there to get the screws on the back of the clock during installation.

Edit: forgot to mention, you did great work on the dash! That hole saw did a nice job-

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