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Skylark Headlights

Since I was driving an old car, I figured why not have some fun and modify it a little. I always thought the LED outline of the Audi headlights looked sweet, so I set out to put some on this car. I got some 12v white LED strip online. I soldered wire to the ends, the covered the exposed bit in hot glue and heat shrink for some waterproofing.

2012-09-08 20.05.35I also wanted a bend in each of the headlights, so I cut the strip to size and soldered a couple wires at the angle I wanted, again covering it in hot glue and heat shrink.

2012-09-08 20.05.27This is what the car looked like before with its park lights on:2012-09-08 20.11.28This is after:

2012-09-08 21.19.19Not quite as bright during the day:

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These lights worked great and stayed on the car through a Michigan winter before the car broke beyond repair (brake line rusted through).

Skylark Automatic Passenger Window

A couple summers ago I was driving a 1996 Buick Skylark. Unfortunately it’s air conditioning was broken, so since it was hot out, I would immediately roll down both front windows when I got in the car. I’m kind of impatient, and the passenger side window was really slow. I got tired of holding the button down for a good 8 seconds every time I got in the car, so I decided I’d add an automatic down button just like the driver side window had.

I took out the window control unit, added a relay and a 555 circuit set to run for about 9 seconds to the control unit, a second relay to move the driver auto down button for convenience, and the two buttons.

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It worked pretty well for the rest of the time I had the car. Only problem is that it would sometimes trigger accidentally when the car was turned on. I added a bit to the circuit that really cut down on this, but it still happened rarely. I eventually had to replace both front window motors because they stopped working due to age (which is also why the passenger window was slow in the first place).