Clocking off

With the house to myself today, I moved inside to work on the kitchen table in the warmth for once. For anyone who’s ever thought that the only difference between a 4-cylinder (left) and a V6 (right) tachometer was the dial face and maybe a resistor or something round the back, prepare to be surprised……

Making it work more

You’re all correct and better illumination’s been part of the plan all along. It actually turns out that there was only one working bulb on the old set of clocks, so no wonder I thought it was dark anyway After robbing Peter to pay Paul and moving bulbs about, I finally had a full working…

So did it work then?

This evening I had a spare hour, so I spent some time soldering the brass connectors from the 14-point multiplug onto the car loom. The best thing I can say about my soldering is that it’s secure, if a little workmanlike Luckily it’s out of sight behind the dashboard, and when you slot the doofers…

Four more clocks

After a week off from mucking about with the car, living the high life of a long weekend away in France, one’s mind naturally wanders to what the next job is going to be… The current dash has a number of faults – primarily that there’s no trip counter (so I don’t know how far…

Have you ever seen the rain…

More rain this morning, but at least most of the garage roof leaks have now been fixed  Was just out there tidying up really, and whilst admiring my recent handiwork had one of those “doh!” moments. Crouching down to look through the grille, I could see the fan, the relay and the thermostatic switch … and…

Best put that light where I can see it

Ahhhhhhhhhhh! You would not believe how cold it is out in the garage tonight!  Ran some wire through to the cockpit for the LED to show me when the fan’s on, and put it in its temporary position on the steering column shroud. It’s earthed onto the column itself, along with (I think) the ignition,…

So it works on the bench – what about in the car ?

OK, first up I’ll admit straight off that I spent some time putting a couple of coats of Hammerite on the fan shroud and my new brackets  Having reassembled everything, I then drilled some holes in the bodywork to mount the brackets onto. To reduce vibration and noise, I wanted to put some kind of rubber…

I’ll be happy when the little blue light comes on

It is indeed a 12 volt LED, so hopefully none of that confusing stuff about resistors applies  You lost me on the second sentence, Group4_Mark2  I just chose blue cos’ it looks cold, not for any technical reasons  Had to go and get some more yellow crimp connectors at lunchtime, so got a multi-pack of lots of flavours…

Making the electrons flow round and around

Went out shopping to Maplins armed with a big list and came back with a bagful of goodies  A 30A relay, an in-line fuse holder with 20A fuse, some 30A and 3A wire and a nice little panel-mount blue LED… The thermostatic controller I got from the Staffordshire Vehicle Components stall at the NEC Classic appears to be much the…

There she blows

Right, had some time in the garage this afternoon – football on the radio, tea in a Thermos, the smell of woodsmoke wafting in through the gaps in the roof  First of all I hooked up the fan to the defibrillator to check that the thing actually worked  and gave myself a surprise as it almost…

Got myself a fan

Back in the mists of time in November, a parcel of treasure did arrive from the land of ebay …  Originally Posted by Stu.C  … a radiator fan from an Escort RS Turbo… I forgot to check the address of the chappie that sent it, but I’m guessing this Escort lived in a seaside town and…