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Another fun day at Santa Pod

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It’s taken a while, but the new engine is ready to go in!

Only the head, clutch and gearbox were salvaged from the old engine, all the rest is new including a nice kent500 cam.

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Well, the rough running has finally ended…

Pulled away from a junction and the engine suddenly turn into a bag of spanners, luckily I was only a couple of hundred yards from home so managed to coast pretty much all the way.

I’ve taken the head off and theres bits of aluminium stuck to the tops of the pistons and some holes around the edges, not good.

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Spent the day at Old Warden near Biggleswade Beds, good fun watching the planes, especially the old bipes struggling with the strong and very gusty winds!!

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My first mini show of the season, and I think I spent more time looking at the planes then the minis…

Did buy a nice new set of lamps, halogen of course! Might be able to see where I’m going.

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The cold weather has claimed another victim… The battery in Bertie.

Went to Halfords armed with measurements and suggestion from various forums and came out with a HB075, which was about 2mm wider than the hole in the boot floor. However, the 075 seemed to be the battery of choice so I gave it a go.
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Well, the weather wasn’t anywhere near as hot as Wings n Wheels, a nice breeze and a bit of could made it quite nice out in the open.
There were far less minis this year, but it was still a pretty well packed show.

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Lots of cars to look at at Beaulieu, sun was shining so the drive down was quite good too. Driving through the new forrest was fun, horses just off the side of the road with no fences, not too surprisingly there were lots of skid marks…

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This year I tagged along on some of the London to Brighton mini run. Joining the run route at the M23 I saw 20 or so minis along the way.

Not having tickets we couldn’t park on the front, so left the car at a car park just down the road and walked to the show. By the time we got there, about 10am, the show was already well populated making it hard to get through to see the stands, but it was certainly no worse than most shows I’ve been to.

We left at around 2pm, leaving Madeira Drive still filling with a constant stream minis…

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This article includes details on making a simple volume control box for when you want to hook up an MP3 player or similar source to an car amplifier without a head unit.

Basically, you want a way of limiting the amount of signal getting to the amp, you could use the built in volume on a MP3 player, but this will be a bit course and in general isn’t great for adjusting while driving.

So, you need to add a pot to each channel, the second picture shows quite nicely a dual gang pot, which is just 2 pots with a shared knob.

The second part is controlling the power for the amp, car amps have a remote power line, taking it high (to 12v) will turn the amp on, and making it open circuit will shut it down. All you need to do is simply put a switch between the blue wire on an ISO connector and 12v, this can be ignition switch or constant. You can also easily fit a LED, just put it between the remote side of the switch and ground, with a 4k7 resistor.

One important thing to note: Do not connect chassis ground to audio ground, as this will generate some pretty amazing hum!

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