Powerspark update

Powerspark received and tested my broken electronic ignition module, they suggested that it might have suffered from premature failure. They’ve put a new one in the post to me at no cost. Wonderful, they’ve been brilliant really. I would been a little miffed if they’d made me buy a new part given that it failed at less than a year old, but then again they can’t be 100% that it’s not something to do with my non standard setup. Who knows. Time will likely tell and I shall carry a spare set of points and condenser just in case!

Brand new set of points and condenser.

I have started the move of the Arduino to behind the dash. I ripped everything out of the old mounting box that I had it in and have mounted it onto an aluminium panel that fits around the steering column and will carry the new dash surround.

Mounted onto the aluminium back plate.

I have yet to mount the fuses. They will likely be to the right of the Arduino set up on the panel that is not made yet, so that they’re accessible.


I emailed Powerspark about their component that failed, I was mildly upset, as I had deliberably fitted this part to avoid this very issue. The owner of the business replied on New Years eve! I was impressed by that, they’ve since helped me do a little failt finding and asked me to return the part for testing.

Powerspark failed at Broxhead

I went to the TV4x4 event at Broxhead on Sunday 30th. It wa a great trip down open top in the cold. The event was very well attended with about 50, plus or munis 25 cars driving around. I was able to resuce one fella who got grounded out, great fun until my truck packed up. Some nice gent in a disco gave me a hand and helped diagnose the issue, no spark..

Some other nice fella in a fake Camel Trophy disco towed me to the start where Rob and I had another look and concluded that the AA were the best bet.

Abandoned at the turning waiting for the AA.
Being loaded up
Being unloaded at home.

The AA man conculuded that there was no switching happening and since it’s an electronic gizmo, nothing he could do to get me running, so they sent for a falt bed to take me home in the warm and confort of a heated cab!

Calcs and tyre pressure

Was thinking about buying a tyre pump for the car/land rover. This is because Sainsbury’s have started to charge at the tyre pump. Then I was thinking that those pumps they sell for car tyres are particularly rubbish and probably very very slow. It occurred to me that I could use a 240V pump to pressurise a cylinder to a high pressure then use this to inflate tyres.

So speaking with a friend who does scuba diving, there are cylinders available that are 3 litres and will carry that pressure. 

Soldered headers onto Uno board

Thought I’d have a go at soldering the headers onto a small knock off Arduino Uno board.

Attempt no. 1. Soldering is functional but does not look pretty.
Attempt number 2, one was not so good, but still functional.
Soldering, not bad given that the soldering iron is unlikely to be the right type. Far too big I would think.

LED Headlights comparison

I now suspect that the adjustment might be out. Though the pattern of the LED is far wider than the halogen as you can see. I am not sure that this can be adjusted away.

Tree down

We had a tree come down on Sunday night, one of three that used to stand on council property to the back of our house. Luckily it was the middle of the three that had been bend over by the other two away from our garden, so it fell onto pubic land.

The council kindly logged it, and i was able to help deliver it to a fella who lives in front of us.

Speedo drive

I have designed and had printed the body for my speedo drive:

The OneRender image of my OnShape model.
In ABS printed Parts

We visiting Longleat where we met this fella;

Volvo 50k miles

The Volvo 340 is now a high miler. Done ticket over 50,000 miles on the 24th September. I baked some sweet chesnuts from the tree outside the front of the house, i slit them all, but still a few exploded in the oven and the photo of some bits on the ground is showing the remaining fixings from the removing the plastic under-tray from Hannah’s car. I removed it to change the oil, but sheared off or drill out the fixings as they were so badly rusted, I replaced the tray using zip ties, so it will remain to be seen if it’s still there when I change the oil next time.

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Birthday 37

Birthday 37, I managed to tip over whole mug of tea, not a small one either. Then some tree surgeons turned up and started to cut down a tree out the front and late came around the back and saw the horrible job I’d made of removing a branch of the tree out the back, in January 2016. The cleaned that up for me. But my tyres turned up and I had a lovely day even if Abigail and Hannah both have stinking colds and I was working..IMG-20180905-WA0003.jpg IMG_20180906_134258.jpg IMG_20180906_133530.jpg IMG_20180906_070335.jpg 20160130_153417.jpg