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Anyone have a diagram for wiring the canopy?

DoorsWhatDoors

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I heard the canopy hydraulics came from a Ford Mustang, 70-something model, but I can’t find wiring diagrams for it.
looking to see what you guys have wired up and how..

Thanks
-Luke Ashlocke
Owner of #268
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
Typical setup. Pump style may vary, of course, but operating principles are the same.
Sterling hydro electric.jpg
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
No problem. Not all systems are plumbed like this though. Some have an extra fluid block next to the pump that acts like a lock when the canopy is lifted. Get a marine based pump, follow those schematics, and you'll have zero issues.
 

farfegnubbin

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Cool schematics. Thanks, Rick. 🙂

I had the pic below in my schematics folder. It’s not for the Sterling per se but it was a nice clean schematic used for a convertible top with an electro-hydraulic pump (which is analogous.) I kept it because it had a few good reminders…like to have both the switch circuit and the pump solenoid circuit be connected to an “always on” power source.
 

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farfegnubbin

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Oh, I remember the other thing I liked about it: It has an actual circuit breaker going to the pump. They use those a lot in home-built aircraft. Instead of a fuse that just irreversibly blows. It’s literally a little button-like circuit breaker that can be reset if it pops. I don’t have that in any of my current cars but I always thought it was a neat idea. (I have no idea why they used a circuit breaker AND a fusible link to the pump. Those seem totally redundant when used in series.)
 
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