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by woody
Wed, 04 Dec 2013, 21:23
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5
Replies: 1698
Views: 333158

Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

One thing i don't like about a lot of the off the shelf lithium BMS is why a lot of them need to take the cells to such a high voltage before balancing starts. Some don't even start balancing until 3.65V. There is a fixation with trying to get every last bit of capacity from the cells. I would much...
by woody
Mon, 02 Dec 2013, 15:40
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Derogatory auto acronyms
Replies: 7
Views: 1063

Derogatory auto acronyms

From Memory...

Ford = First On Race Day!
Still Holden Together
Mopar = Mostly Old Parts And Rust

From Google...
(looks like that guy didn't like BMW)
by woody
Sun, 24 Nov 2013, 13:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Public charging
Replies: 29
Views: 1906

Public charging

I keep on having discussion about more infrastructure for EVs but in 3 months of ev ownership I've only publicly charged once. Is this just me ? Is it possible that you knowing that there is not a complete charging network is modifying your behaviour? I.E. You would do longer journeys if you knew t...
by woody
Wed, 20 Nov 2013, 18:23
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: eV Challenge Facebook page & 2013 race date
Replies: 22
Views: 3386

eV Challenge Facebook page & 2013 race date

Thanks Clay and James for taking over and running the event, it sounds like you had your work cut out for you with the previous committee dissolving. Richo has been brutally honest in his words, I hope you can take the honesty and ignore the brutality :-) You being drivers that is what you would hav...
by woody
Sat, 09 Nov 2013, 03:21
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Commercial charging stations
Replies: 16
Views: 3151

Commercial charging stations

Should we put a thread in the members section for members charging locations/power points?
by woody
Wed, 09 Oct 2013, 15:49
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: gholm's Morris J2 Van- 1966
Replies: 187
Views: 45738

gholm's Morris J2 Van- 1966

Did you go to a random mechanic when you got a pink slip*?
Was he a bit confused?

*For non-NSW folks, Pink Slip is the annual registration / roadworthiness check where they give the car a once-over, check that the car isn't falling to pieces.

by woody
Tue, 08 Oct 2013, 20:38
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: VW Type 3 squareback conversion ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1195

VW Type 3 squareback conversion ?

Have you seen seligtype3's type 3 in progress?
by woody
Thu, 03 Oct 2013, 23:23
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5
Replies: 1698
Views: 333158

Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

Congrats Guys, are you driving to/from Canberra? Stop by in Mt Colah on the way home and say G'day and have a cuppa.
by woody
Wed, 02 Oct 2013, 15:07
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5
Replies: 1698
Views: 333158

Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

It's a delicate balance with these engineers: they may be asking for something not legally necessary or in some way unreasonable, but I think it can sometimes be prudent to humour them rather than to insist on the letter of the law which may be on one's own side. A case of "You don't have to agree ...
by woody
Wed, 02 Oct 2013, 15:03
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Commercial charging stations
Replies: 16
Views: 3151

Commercial charging stations

Hi, I live at Mt Colah, about 2km off the F3 (oops, it's called the M1 now!), if you need a few amp-hours to make sure you get home from Sydney, you can plug in at my house. I have a 10A external power point (for my gas hot water), you'd just need a 5m extension lead. I'll send you my phone number i...
by woody
Tue, 01 Oct 2013, 14:07
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5
Replies: 1698
Views: 333158

Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

All the best for your Engineering Inspection!
by woody
Thu, 12 Sep 2013, 20:31
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: AEVA for Senate?
Replies: 12
Views: 1284

AEVA for Senate?

Much of the momentum for AMEA was gained in the Street Machine movement - around a few frustrating examples: * someone was prevented from working on their car at home because it was deemed an industrial activity on domestic zoned land * with the restrictions on importing modified cars, people who to...
by woody
Thu, 12 Sep 2013, 13:10
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Renard's BMW
Replies: 237
Views: 27792

Renard's BMW

They are TIFF images with a .png extension. I have converted them to png and re-uploaded here. Not sure it's what Renard wanted to upload, they look familiar...

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by woody
Mon, 26 Aug 2013, 16:20
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5
Replies: 1698
Views: 333158

Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

Good work guys, your "warts and all" documenting of the process is a great read :-)
by woody
Thu, 22 Aug 2013, 16:15
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Junkyard motors parade
Replies: 130
Views: 23569

Junkyard motors parade

Looks therapeutic, like building a bicycle wheel... I watched the first video - it shows him putting 3 passes of 18 strands in each slot, he is going to end up with double that in each slot - 2 * 3 * 18 = 108 strands. Maybe work backwards using your scrap copper - see how many strands you can cram i...
by woody
Wed, 21 Aug 2013, 19:06
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Midvale speed dome used for all sorts of testing
Replies: 3
Views: 721

Midvale speed dome used for all sorts of testing

Maybe start a "g4qber links thread", and just post to that?
by woody
Wed, 21 Aug 2013, 17:43
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control
Replies: 89
Views: 17205

Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control

There is a converted A or B Merc in sydney near me, I've only seen it in traffic...
by woody
Thu, 08 Aug 2013, 21:09
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Light Weight Electric Vehicles
Replies: 13
Views: 1745

Light Weight Electric Vehicles

My take on the Australian law is that there are 3 types of vehicles: a) motorcycles b) cars c) goods vehicles (trucks) Cars are the ones which have all the safety features NCAP testing, etc. It's pretty hard to get a new car design registered. Motorcycles are assumed to be dangerous, so it's not too...
by woody
Thu, 01 Aug 2013, 22:14
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Lithium from brine
Replies: 2
Views: 553

Lithium from brine

There's not much Lithium in LiFePO4, mostly iron by weight, from memory the raw lithium cost was <$1 per cell.
by woody
Thu, 01 Aug 2013, 17:41
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: What an EVSE provides
Replies: 145
Views: 15793

What an EVSE provides

Er, those little numbers under your speedo are your total distance travelled, these are recorded with your rego renewal :-P Really? I've never had to disclose the odometer, either in Qld or WA. Mind you the year of manufacture sort of gives it away (1974, 1988...) I think in NSW they use it for sta...
by woody
Thu, 01 Aug 2013, 16:30
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: What an EVSE provides
Replies: 145
Views: 15793

What an EVSE provides

You would have to agree that damage to a road is the product of a vehicle's weight and how often its used? It varies quite a lot in road construction, e.g. fully engineered road construction such as freeways and concrete roads cost a lot to build handle a lot of "kilogram kilometres" per maintainan...
by woody
Thu, 01 Aug 2013, 16:03
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: ABC Story 10 bucks a litre
Replies: 28
Views: 5134

ABC Story 10 bucks a litre

While you're talking about cornflakes, put a handful in a plastic bag, squash them up a bit and shake them, then put a decent (non-fridge) magnet near them.
by woody
Wed, 24 Jul 2013, 13:17
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Liquid cooling an industrial AC motor
Replies: 9
Views: 2427

Liquid cooling an industrial AC motor

I had a thought to run copper (ali for no galvanic action) pipes jammed between the fins and run water through them.
Another was to put the motor in tight (Ali?) duct and fan cool it by blowing air through.
by woody
Thu, 04 Jul 2013, 23:38
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: How much to charge lithium packs
Replies: 5
Views: 942

How much to charge lithium packs

Aha but what do 100% and Turtle on your commercial EV dial correspond to? Turtle = 10%
100% = 90%?

90% of what? Volts, Amp-hours, Watt-hours?
by woody
Tue, 02 Jul 2013, 19:51
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Karts
Replies: 19
Views: 2441

Electric Karts

There is a track in Auckland (Formula E) which has electric karts only.

They are quiet, fast, not smoky or stinky. Made in Italy, ~NZ$18K each. 4 optima yellow tops are in the pods and charged at ~100Amps.