Workshop Part 6 about illumination was
interesting. I have worked on a number of lighting projects and found
illumination part of the issue when not getting it right. I had a reception area
with a floor area about 50m2 with 24 lights and the admin officer had eye
strain. I designed an office lighting system with as low lux as 120 and nobody
suffered any eye strain or complained. What I achieved is a deviation of light
across the work area of a maximum of 7 lux. As you increase illumination you
create other issues like shadowing and with high illumination the ability for
the eye to change when going through various intensities moving from one area to
another while working can be counter productive. Light temperature does play a
big part in illumination, achieving an even spread of light with little variance
across the work area regardless of intensity is more of a winner than
New Car Tests
I noticed you guys have not done a new car review
for a very long time, Why?
I look forward to your critical unbiased analysis
but noticed the new car reviews have been slowing down more these days. There is
no shortage of choices out there and as a consumer i look forward to your
reviews of these vehicles.
Please advise when we should see more new car
reviews coming back?
Keep up the great work, this is a brilliant web
site, i spend endless hours analysing and reviewing cars etc and have found your
site the best overall by far. cheers.
There is ‘certainly a shortage of choices’ when
the car companies will not make cars available to us! (That’s usually – but not
always - because of a previous negative review.) That said, we have some new car
tests in the pipeline.
Well done. an excellent informative site. keep up
the good work. Especially the write up on camless technology.
Great work on the site. Long time reader. With
regards to steam power, I think the rotary makes an interesting candidate here.
It's a small, smooth powerplant that has the interesting attribute that it works
well with fuels that deliver high initial energy in the combustion, like
hydrogen and low RON fuels. The high initial torque pulse of the steam motor at
low settings would suit the rotaries ability to use it.
Moving the Battery
Relocating the Battery
id like to bring a few things up that scare the
shit out of me (i am an auto electrician). and a few additional pointers to help
with the instructions if i may..
1. cable tieing the power cable to the lines under
the car. the cable should be attached to the body separately from them pipes and
at 20cm intervals. all to often i see twits cable tieing the power cable to the
fuel line..real bright when you think what will hapen if something is driven
over and said item smacks under the car and crushes cable to the pipe work. yeh
its a maybe happen, but would rather not be responsible for informing people to
"cable tie said cable to the pipework". there are proper cable holding devices
ie P clips. that will hold cable properly and be insulated from the body for
extra safety. if i do run cable under the car id segest saying to conduit for
added mechanical protection too..
2. the battery box. what you fail to mention is
that if the boot space can vent to the cabin space, you by law have to use a
sealed battery box that vents to OUTSIDE the car (look up either JAZ battery box
or Morosso baattery box. these have a sealed lid so the container cant breath
into the car boot or cabin space. then a pipe is provided by the kit to be
attached to the box and is located to run from the box to through the boot floor
to vent outside of the car to allow the battery to breath. as when batterys vent
fumes ie corrosive. its not good for the boot space or your lungs.. the only
thing extra i do is goto an electrical wholesalers and get 25mm cable glands
that are threaded one side with a nut and have a rubber colapsing gromet onto
the cable to seal properly as i find the rubber gromets supplied in the sealed
battery box kit to be not quite sufficent.
3. a battery in the boot install has to be
engineered, to make sure the battery box can hold the battery in an
4. using a gromet on a large cable to pass through
a panel isnt a good idea as the weight and "physical memory" a large cable can
have can destroy a rubber gromet and start perferating the cable insulation over
time. i use a batery through panel. for the sake of $35 for peice of mine and
safety id rather use one. google part number ACX0034 it should come up somewhere
to show you what it looks like
5. circuit breakers should be rated to the cable
amperage to protect the cable and let the device pull the amps it needs without
burning the contacts out on the circuit breaker which does happen over time. so
measuring the amperage the starter pulls on starting the engine should be
checked before puting any cable down to make sure it is suited to the job.
especially with 12 volts where voltage drop is a big issue.
i have posted a universal kit i build which is a
proven set up to work for most cars, that i have used for over a decade now. its
posted here if you would like a read -
circuit breakers are added to the starter cable at
the battery. its an amendment ill be adding soon since i saw your circuit
breaker addition as usually on factory cars these arent fused at all. Not even
on factory cars like bmw's and skylines. but think it is a good idea for
More on Moving the Battery
I have just read your sarticle om relocating a
battery and unless I'm blind I could not find anywhere in the article where it
said that the battery box in the boot should be if marine grade quality under
ADRules this is what is required so that if battery acid should spill from the
battery it won't eat it's way through the inferior plastic of a cheap ($20) box
then the boot itself. I have it on good authority that if a car is pulled by the
police and they decide to look in the boot as part of a road inspection they
will unroadworthy the car if it doesn't have a marine grade box, these are
marked as such.
Hi guys ,love your tech articles on the
pintara,ive got a 90 trx 2.4 and have learnt and put in to practicle use of your
articles on them, eg 2.5' vr commodore cat 2.5' exhaust 2.5' redback tri flow
muffler and what a difference it has made to the performanced and sound,you are
an aussie buy the look of your cars you do stuff to,my next thing to do is your
air box mod to the pintara ,glad i found your site , keep up the good work you
put on it . i shall visit it frequently to see what you get up to ,past and
present tips and advice on what to do to our pride and joy. all the best.
There's a few inaccuracies in this article, about
2004 Engine Epic - Nissan Engines
1.) It has steel turbochargers turbines, not
2.) The single turbo version only came on the Z31
300ZX, not the Z32.
3.) The last JDM 300ZX also had the VG30DETT,
there was never a VQ30DET in a stock 300ZX.
That is all ;)
Silver Thermal Paste
Im writing regarding article at
Peltier Intercooler Water Spray
Author mentioned using car body as heatsink, but
lacked thermal connectivity with it. What about using silver thermal paste thats
used in computers (between CPU and heatsink/fan)? Just a suggestion, but this is
a nice topic!