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Monday, April 25, 2016

Project: K.I.T.T. Is On Facebook!

We finally did it! Project: K.I.T.T. is on Facebook! People have been trying to get us on Facebook since the Project started and we finally gave in.

Since we do not use Facebook for anything else, we are not sure how active we will be on there. However, we will for sure post all of our blog posts on that page.

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectKITTblog/

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

KITT's Tow Bar And An Update

Today I found out that Billy of Knight Designs is changing the way he will be selling his products and is discontinuing everything except his fiberglass parts. Here is the update in his own words:

PLEASE READ ALL.....twice. lol
Hey guys I hope everyone is well.
I have some announcements to make. Please share this with friends so everyone can be informed of the changes.
I am wrapping up the last of all my paid orders. After those are complete I am shifting the way I sell parts. From that point on I will no longer be taking orders. I will simply build parts and put them up for sale auction style right here on facebook.
This means there will be no long wait times for those who have the funds. So here is the example, I build a pilot bumper, I post pics or vids of it here, I say the start price is 1250, I let it run for a posted time, when the time is up the best offer gets the bumper.
This eliminates the long list, the long waits, and most of all the stress of a long list and long wait. Granted all my guys are good customers, and are very respectful. However I stress myself out because I don't like making people wait. It is what it is though, because it is only me building the parts. If I sub it out, it just won't be the same, the quality would suffer and I just can't have that.
ALSO
I am scaling back the options. I am running one last set of towbars and blackouts. After that, once ALL my stock is gone for fab, and miscellaneous parts (overlays, plastics,switches, etc) I will only be offering fiberglass parts. Many but not all of the things that I was the first to bring to the hobby can now be found in other places so not much use in me buying tons of stock to sell here and there. I have knight rider stuff coming out of every nook and cranny and I am a bit tired of it.
So to rehash I am gearing up to run one last set of blackouts and towbars. I will make a separate thread request so I know how many to build.
Thanks guys, if you have any questions please ask.

I have to have a tow bar if KITT is to look authentic, so I added my name to the list tonight. Here is what the the tow bar looks like.



Saturday, March 12, 2016

KARR: This Is How I Roll

As promised, here are KARR's new wheels and tires. I think there are very similar in style to the old low profile wheels, but the difference in ride is nothing short of amazing!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Revisiting The Taillight Harness, Part 3

Over the last few days I have been working on cleaning the contacts. I started with the contact that was in the worst shape. As you can see, this one was very heavily corroded. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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