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by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 22:22
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: How to feed an original tachometer?
Replies: 35
Views: 6570

How to feed an original tachometer?

Thanks for the help. With some further reading I found mention of a hall effect device at Jaycar (ZD-1900) for $19.95. It has a slot so that a vane can pass between two halves. If soft iron passes through the slot it changes the magnetic path in the device which turns a transistor on or off. It has ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 05:06
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Vac switch--- closed
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Vac switch--- closed

I got a vacuum switch from http://www.baccara.com.au/vaccum-switches.shtml It cost half of the RS price (that's normal). That have a good range of adjustable and set at various pressures, normally open or closed, different fittings, etc. I notice one is adjustable from 12-30"Hg which is pretty much ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 04:51
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: How to feed an original tachometer?
Replies: 35
Views: 6570

How to feed an original tachometer?

Would a reed switch be fast enough to switch, say 2x 5000/min? Wouldn't it fatigue and break pretty quickly if it could keep up? Do I understand correctly then that a suitable feed would be from 12V via a resistor with some sort of switch to ground that closes twice per revolution? I'm not sure what...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 03:07
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: How to feed an original tachometer?
Replies: 35
Views: 6570

How to feed an original tachometer?

Hello All, I would like to send an appropriate signal to my Daihatsu Charade's original tachometer if it can easily be done. One diagram I have shows a single connection called 'tachometer pulse' while another diagram shows the connection as 'from ign. coil'. I assume I could generate an appropriate...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 29 Oct 2008, 02:33
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling
Replies: 6
Views: 1931

Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling

Thanks everyone. I have now had a good chat with Geoff and it looks like we can work things out from here!
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 27 Oct 2008, 21:09
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling
Replies: 6
Views: 1931

Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling

I hear there were several Daihatsu Charades at the AEVA AGM/field day. I have just got my engine out of my '91 G102 Charade and now I'm thinking about adaptor plates and couplings. I was planning to be clutchless. It occurs to me that someone may have already made all the crucial measurements for an...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 27 Oct 2008, 20:18
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: mains power meter for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 332

mains power meter for sale

Hi, I bought one of these mains power meters: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=140276368283 I had intended to monitor the total energy used by my EV but no longer plan to use it. It is new, pristine and unused in a box just as shown by the seller on Ebay...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 20 Oct 2008, 14:18
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 4810

Testing brake failure light

As indicated by others in this thread I suspect authorities will not be too pedantic about whether the lamp is tested at 'on' or 'start' so long as it is still tested by the actions that start the car. I think both authorities and the driver would also like to see the light come on if vacuum fails (...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 17 Oct 2008, 16:24
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Daihatsu Owners - Heads up!
Replies: 1
Views: 401

Daihatsu Owners - Heads up!

Yes, I found daiclub and joined and even offered parts that I didn't need to members that were sticking with petrol. The most useful things I found on that site so far were pdf copies of the Charade chassis manual and circuit diagrams.
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 13 Oct 2008, 21:26
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 4810

Testing brake failure light

Continuing on from above..... none of the various bits of salvage with electrical and vacuum connections had the right characteristics. A someone pointed out in an earlier thread there is a vacuum switch available from evparts in America (www.evparts.com/prod-BK2785.htm). This has a fixed vacuum str...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 12 Oct 2008, 14:29
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 4810

Testing brake failure light

After sleeping on it I had another idea. Among the salvage from the ICE are various vacuum switches. If I can find a normally closed switch that is opened by vacuum I could place that across the brake fluid float switch. When the car key is turned to start the vacuum switch will bypass the float swi...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 12 Oct 2008, 03:07
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 4810

Testing brake failure light

I did some guestimates about the size of cap I would need for the one cap and resistor suggestion above with the lamp in my particular car. Unfortunately it would take about a half Farad cap to keep the lamp on and fading over a second or two.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 10 Oct 2008, 22:24
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 4810

Testing brake failure light

I have just put my dashboard back together and have just noticed my brake light doesn't come on. So here are my first thoughts: Wouldn't this work: Put a capacitor and high ohm resistance parallel to the brake fluid float switch. At turn on, 12V appears across the brake lamp and it lights then fades...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 23 Sep 2008, 19:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Government Rebates for EV's
Replies: 42
Views: 1519

Government Rebates for EV's

The ACT gives 10% off registration for electric vehicle. Not much but at least it's some gesture. That would apply regardless of home conversion, commercial conversion or any newly made EV that might appear. Perhaps we shouldn't make too much noise or someone might argue that electricity for EVs sho...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 15 Sep 2008, 21:22
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Heater-- Demister
Replies: 91
Views: 16305

Heater-- Demister

For what it's worth I was uncomfortable with the idea of enclosing 144V getting hot next to my feet and also the various low power 12V gadgets didn't seem sufficient for Canberra's winter. I am considering a purchase of the larger Iota 90Amp DC/DC converter rather than the 45 Amp one that ZEVA sells...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 04 Sep 2008, 04:35
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Heater for a cold climate
Replies: 14
Views: 1879

Heater for a cold climate

Thanks for the tips. I have my dashboard entirely pulled out and the heater box dismantled. My current plan (pun unintended) is to use two 240V wire elements with some modifications. I found two identical second-hand blower heaters with zig-zag resistance wire elements. I am crimping some copper str...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 02 Sep 2008, 22:39
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Electric/AEVA/renewable car stickers
Replies: 17
Views: 2839

Electric/AEVA/renewable car stickers

I like it and would be happy to have one on my car when it's finished. As a separate point I'd still like to have something about using electricity from renewables. I just received a sticker from ACTEW (ACT electricity and water) that says something along the lines of "Greenchoice: this home uses re...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 02 Sep 2008, 01:02
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Heater for a cold climate
Replies: 14
Views: 1879

Heater for a cold climate

Me again, replying yet again to myself. I hope someone else reads this and gains something from it! I have sad news to report. I received my four 12V heaters from Hong Kong via Ebay. The vendor did honestly report that they only gave out a warm, not hot breeze. However, they are clearly not 200W as ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 28 Aug 2008, 21:21
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Electric/AEVA/renewable car stickers
Replies: 17
Views: 2839

Electric/AEVA/renewable car stickers

My inclination is to use a very simple font with as few words as gets the message across. Minimal decoration and no logo. Probably black on a white background (I am converting a white car). Perhaps something like a banner to run across the rear or bumper saying: This car runs on renewable electricit...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 28 Aug 2008, 15:51
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Electric/AEVA/renewable car stickers
Replies: 17
Views: 2839

Electric/AEVA/renewable car stickers

Hi, When my car is finished I would like to have some sort of sticker on the rear to say that it is electric, and furthermore that the electricity is from renewable sources, and finally that this web site is the place to go to find out more. Rather than write an essay on the rear of the car I am thi...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 19 Aug 2008, 15:11
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: weighing vehicles
Replies: 19
Views: 3929

weighing vehicles

It should be possible to find the mass of your car mentioned in a listing of specifications or a review on the web. The actual mass shouldn't be much different. As for your test of wind resistance, I'd say yes and no to your question. Whatever resistance you can deduce from your rate of deceleration...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 18 Aug 2008, 16:13
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Reality check on motor/battery/donor combo please!
Replies: 13
Views: 5368

Reality check on motor/battery/donor combo please!

Thanks for the comments. I plan to use an Impulse 9 rather than the L/X-91. The general indications above make me think I should not loose any efficiency so long as I don't get heavy footed. I have wondered if it is possible to have some form of current limit between the batteries and the controller...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 18 Aug 2008, 04:50
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Heater for a cold climate
Replies: 14
Views: 1879

Heater for a cold climate

Me again, replying again to my own post. Having decided that 800W or so should probably be sufficient I was still a little uneasy about sending 144V DC into a hot confined space next to my feet. A fan failure and a meltdown could be nasty! Then I noticed there are a lot of 200W car heaters on ebay a...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 18 Aug 2008, 04:32
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Loaner tools for AEVA
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Loaner tools for AEVA

On behalf of the newly formed ACT branch, and one who is just starting pulling stuff out of the donor car, thank you very much!
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 18 Aug 2008, 04:27
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Reality check on motor/battery/donor combo please!
Replies: 13
Views: 5368

Reality check on motor/battery/donor combo please!

Thanks for the feedback. I'll be interested to hear how it goes and may get in touch if I run into anything tricky as I dismantle the petrol-associated stuff. I had planned to not keep the clutch and removed the clutch pedal today. There seemed to be a fair consensus that one can do without it. Sinc...