Monday, March 7, 2016

Revisiting The Taillight Harness, Part 2

Next up: The taillight sockets. I decided it would be impossible to try to judge the condition of the contacts in these sockets without taking them apart and seeing just what was inside.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Revisiting The Taillight Harness

The last couple of days I have been working on restoring the taillight harness. Although I am completely redoing all of the wiring in the car, the taillight harness is one section that will have to be reused. I had previously removed the plastic loom and marked the position of all the breakouts as I cleaned the wires.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Removing The Window Hardware

After work on Monday I removed the hardware from the driver side window. There were four rivets that needed to be removed in order to get everything off of the glass. I am used to being able to just drill out the rivets, but these rivets are not traditional rivets. They have a long threaded shank protruding through the rivet head. I knew that I would have to use my high-speed rotary tool to cut off the shanks before I could drill them out, so I started with that.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Windows, Maintenance And Some Bling

We changed the oil in both the Freestyle and KARR today and also took care of a few items that have been on the to do list. I cleaned KITT's old door glass so we can remove the hardware as it will be needed on the new glass we have. I took these pictures more for future reference than anything.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Knight Rider Revolution

Project: K.I.T.T is a member and proud supporter of the Knight Rider Revolution! The Revolution is the premier forum for replicas and all things Knight Rider.

Stop by, check it out and you too can join the Revolution...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Celebrating 1,500 Followers On Google+

Project: K.I.T.T.'s Google+ page hit 1,500 followers today! Thanks to everyone for your continued interest and support!

If you have not had a chance to check out the Project: K.I.T.T. page on Google+ you really should. It's a great way to stay updated, leave comments, or even ask questions about the Project. It will even notify you of new blog posts and videos.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Sara!

A Message From KITT:

Tomorrow is Sara Imberi's birthday. Not only is she my favorite technician (no offense Bonnie) but she is also part of the team responsible for rebuilding me. She is always so thoughtful and loving. Even in my rather incomplete state (I'm afraid I am showing more parts than I care to at the moment) she always cleans me up and makes sure I look my best. Have a very Happy Birthday Sara! Please join me in wishing Sara Imberi a Happy Birthday !

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Painless Performance Wiring Harness Unboxing, Part 2

As promised, here is a more detailed unboxing of all the Painless Performance wiring harness products we ordered. Since I have not yet had a chance to read all the literature that comes with them, I am not going to go into a lot of written detail. I think the pictures speak for themselves and I would I hate to identify something incorrectly.

KITT's chassis harness - Painless Part #10201 28 Circuit Classic-Plus Customizable Chassis Harness -GM Keyed Column

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Four Year Anniversary

This anniversary feels a little bitter-sweet. It is always exciting to celebrate another year gone by for the Project, but this time I feel like "Man, has it really been four years?"

Setbacks just happen with any project, I know that, but I think I let the painting fiasco affect me more than it should. I lost motivation as a result. I distracted myself by getting caught up in other things and just did not put a priority on KITT. I tried several times to reestablish the pace Sara and I had at the start of the Project, but so far it just hasn't been the same.

Right now I am all fired up about starting on the wiring, and with the added "kick in the butt" this anniversary delivers I have something to announce:

I am back in the game! :D

We got KITT's 1983 Pontiac Trans Am body four years ago today. Here is what he looked like on January 14, 2012...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Great Memories

Project: K.I.T.T.'s anniversary is just around the corner and it has me feeling a bit nostalgic. Remember back, about a year and a half ago, when we brought KITT online for the first time?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

KITT Under Wraps

It has been awhile since I have posted a picture of KITT. Well, here is what he looks like right now.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Getting A Harness On The New Year

It has been far too long since there were regular updates on Project: K.I.T.T. That is going to change starting now! We decided to dive right back into the project with something big, so we ordered KITT's new wiring harnesses. This is truly where all the magic begins. KITT would not be KITT without a solid electrical harness powering all his awesome systems and electronics.

As previously discussed, we have decided to go with a new harness entirely and wire KITT from scratch. There are just too many variables when trying to reuse an old harness. We will still need many of the connectors from the old harness, but all the wiring will be new.

We decided to go with harnesses from Painless Performance. I have done a lot of research and Painless Performance seems to have the highest quality custom harnesses, offering the most flexibility and great support.

KITT's chassis harness will be Painless Part #10201 28 Circuit Classic-Plus Customizable Chassis Harness -GM Keyed Column

We are also ordered Painless Part#70920 PowerBraid Chassis Harness Kit

PowerBraid is a flexible, semi-rigid material, with a tough woven texture and appearance to enhance the look and protect the insulation of any electrical wires. I use something similar to this at work for all of our computer cable management. This stuff is awesome and much more resilient that the old plastic style sheathing.

KITT's Fuel Injection harness will be Painless Part #60101 1982-93 GM 4.3L V6; 5.0,5.7 and 7.4L V8 TBI Harness Std. Length

We are also ordered Painless Part#70921 PowerBraid Fuel Injection Harness Kit

Painless called me today to verify my order, and told me it should ship out today. I am really looking forward to receiving it, and I will do an unboxing video when it arrives!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Wishing each and every one of our followers a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your time with family and friends! If you are traveling for the holidays, please do so safely.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This Is Your Chance To Say "Hello" To KITT

We have been working with KITT on perfecting his vocal recognition protocols and he is getting really good at recognizing and responding to just about everyone that stops by. However, he would benefit from hearing more vocal samples as there can be so many variances in the way we talk, and also with our varying accents.

There was enough interest from our followers, so we are hosting a video Hangout to give anyone interested a chance to say "hello" to KITT. Please keep in mind that because KITT will be learning your voice all you will be able to say is "hello", but if we have enough people help with this we might be able to let you talk to him more in the future.

Mark your calendar and join us on Hangouts on Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 PM CST.

Are you going?

Yes   Maybe   No

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My New Gullwing Knight-Head Hat

Mark Puette creates the coolest Knight Rider stuff and his latest collectible is no exception!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Introducing K.I.D.

Introducing the Knight Industries Drone, or K.I.D. for short. K.I.D. is a Syma X8C remote controlled drone.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

An Update On KITT's Engine

I stopped down at Troy's shop on my way home from work and he had a surprise for me. He had resumed work on KITT's engine rebuild. He has the chrome valve covers and Renegade intake manifold installed. Looking pretty sweet if you ask me. :D

I have been slowly going through the parts boxes in the garage and attempting to better catalog and store them. Once I have that finished we are going to get to work on a few more things for KARR before diving back into KITT.

Here are the items I still want to get done on KARR this fall:

-Install new door glass for both doors
-Clean and lube all door/window hardware
-Tint both side windows and rear glass
-Replace or repair windshield weather strip
-Install remote starter
-Paint gullwing steering wheel

I know Project: K.I.T.T. has been quiet lately, so thanks for sticking with us.