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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ready To Go

By |October 16th, 2015|BODY BUILD|0 Comments

All packed up. Antennas and radios are back on and in the truck. I had the HF antenna removed when I needed to get on a friends hoist and had not put it back. Now its worth for the trip. Can do some DX calls from the Nullabor plain.

I also have the UHF/VHF radio back in again with the GPS for the APRS system. The 2m whip is on the left in the picture. The whip on the right is the long whip which can go on top of the HF antenna instead of the short whip with the […]

Ready For The Body

By |October 14th, 2015|CHASSIS BUILD|0 Comments

The last few days I finished the floor and prepared the chassis for the trip to QLD. I still had a very small leak in the airline around the load share valve, but it is now fixed. I also connected a few more cables to the load share valves and the brake locks.

Shaun was so kind to organise the glue for me. Sausages of 600g with KD Bond. Of course a German product for the Teutanic.

I used an air gun to apply the glue. For the whole floor I used 13 of the sausages, which makes another 7+ kg.

The […]

BMS mounted in box

By |October 7th, 2015|COMPONENT BUILD|0 Comments

Today I also mounted the components of the BMS in a new box. I needed something bigger than the waterproof boxes I am using for the other components. It is still tight, but I did fit everything. I decided not to integrate the current sensors for the load and charge into the BMS although the Arduino mega has enough IO and programming space. I prefer this to be a separate node in the network.

The components are all in the box now. Next step is to prepare the front and rear panels of the box for the plugs to connect to […]

Load Share Air Line

By |October 7th, 2015|CHASSIS BUILD|0 Comments

Today I connected the load share valve for the air line between the two airbags on each side. After it was done and working I tested the suspension and timed the pressure equalisation between the bags and discovered that it was simply not sufficient. The valves I had used restricted the flow too much and so did the 3/8 plastic tube. Not good.

The load share between the bags is a valuable feature especially on rough roads. I also want to study the suspension characteristics with and without load sharing and in order to do that I need to make […]

Measuring

By |October 7th, 2015|BODY BUILD|0 Comments

This is the first post in the category “Body Build”. The day gets closer when I leave to QLD for the body to go on. One of the main activities the last three days was double checking measurements. The paper specifications of the windows, doors and baggage doors are all 5-10mm wider than the actual cut-out needs to be.

I was wondering about that but from the answers I got from the manufacturers of the items it is just for fitting purposes. All these items are custom made to measure and are not mass produced with a fixed size. The […]