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Old Sat 1st October 2016, 09:07 PM
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Not much going on with the wagon lately

But I spent most of today working on the custom tacho circuit - using a NE555 timer chip. I've made a piece of prototyping PCB that will go in place of the original circuit board, today I mocked up the circuit on a bread board to make sure it was going to work. Amazingly, it worked! Check out the video below; there are 2 relays (working bloody hard!) being triggered at 60hz by an Arduino to simulate the "points" signal to the circuit. Calibration is just using a trimpot and adjusting the needle to read 3k rpm at 60hz which will make it right for anyone else. In my case because I'm using a twin coil pack that gets fired half as often I have to make it read 6k rpm...when it's all put together in the instrument cluster.

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Ta da!





Took 2 attempts to get this to work, which included ripping everything that I'd done off the board once because the circuit I followed didn't work. Then the second iteration didn't work initially, I found I'd put a junction of 2 resistors on the wrong side of a a capacitor. Fixed that and it works pretty nice The needle is a little jumpy on the lower positions hopefully I can smooth that out somehow. Have yet to test it in the car. The little blue thing you can see in the second photo is the trimpot for calibration.
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Awesome work SB!

Will you be creating an analogue speedo driven by an electronic device as well?

That'd be sweet!

Keep up the good work!

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Great work Sam!!
Is there anything you cant do??
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Old Sun 4th December 2016, 06:28 PM
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This isn't interior related but whatevs

Got new tooters for the wagon, installed them today. They are nice and loud, which is what I wanted. Managed to fit one behind the grille, had to remove some of the flare from the horn and sand some little scallops into the back of the grille to clear everything. The other horn had no chance of going behind the grille on the other side, so I found a perfectly sized nook behind the RH headlight, in front of the battery.

A short demo below, ignore the bomb site that is the front dash/instruments I've been tidying and tying up the wiring loom, it's nearly ready to be wrapped. Also needed the instrument cluster out for something else.

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Old Thu 29th December 2016, 05:45 PM
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Another step towards having a fully functional 6 gauge instrument cluster When I got this instrument cluster from NZ the digital clock did not work. I touched up all the solder joints on the PCB inside etc but it didn't come back to life The old clocks display is fascinating, it is one big sealed glass block with the digits inside. The construction is something akin to a nixie tube and not LED's. Without a circuit diagram for the clock I had no chance of repairing it, if the main IC was dead it would have been impossible to replace as that is hidden under the numerical display. I wasn't keen on de-soldering 30+ individual legs to remove the numerical display

I knew it was going to be impossible to find another clock for this instrument cluster so much searching on eBay later and I found a decent quality 12v clock (from NZ again )

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/252684193...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

There is alot of cheap chinese rubbish on eBay when it comes to 12v clocks but this one is quite good. It has pretty much the same functionality as the old one (except "reset" but who needs that anyway) And importantly has the same size digits on the LED display. It comes in a plastic housing meant for popping into a rectangular shaped hole but I pulled it apart and fit the PCB/display into the old clock housing, so it looks as good as the real thing. Even better was the buttons for setting the time were wired onto the board remotely, which meant I could easily wire the original switch onto the new clock to set the time as per original.

Pretty chuffed with the result, now this instrument cluster is 100% functional again and all wired up to work with my car. I've got a little bit more fiddling to do on it in the clock area (just mounting hardware to make sure it never breaks loose inside there) and have to give the front perspex a final clean/polish but other than that it's pretty much done!







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Bugger me mate, that's crazy good! Nice find.

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Warning - wall of text ahead probably all boring so don't read if you don't want to

About time I told anyone following this build - the project has been well and truly stalled for some time now Most recent plans were for this car to be on the road and 90% done by the end of last year, well we can all see how that turned out All because of one little part that I haven't been able to find which has held up pretty much EVERYTHING else. This little $2 item has caused me so much headache and frustration, searching online for hours and hours for a suitable replacement. But luckily a single spur of the moment trip to U pull it the other day has solved everything.

The rubber grommets for the wiring in the door jambs to each door. They are so car specific that the same part from any other car just does not fit. The holes in this car are so small (20mm) that nothing else even comes close. I should have enlarged the holes back when I had the doors off but oh well. Anyway because of that I couldn't wire up the doors, couldn't lay the carpet until the wiring is complete, couldn't do anything else on the interior until the wiring is complete etc etc. The grommets are special as well with a little rubber tail for the loom tape to wrap onto and seal out the moisture. Regular household rubber grommets are no where near right So on that spur of the moment U pull it trip the other day I found a pretty much untouched 84' touring wagon with power windows...with all the rubber grommets for the window wiring intact - BINGO!!! :

Long story short I nabbed them all for every door (sorry to anyone who goes and wants the window wiring intact hehe) plus some other choice interior goodies and have been working furiously on my interior wiring ever since. Have got all the wires run out to all the doors (windows, locks, speakers, and a courtesy light) So now there is not alot of work until I can lay the carpet and start getting stuff to a nearly finished stage on the inside FINALLY! Now I have to buy all the stereo stuff like speakers and amp, sub woofer and head unit.

So todays picture is of the speakers I'm going with in the front doors which I think is the max that will fit depth wise. JL Audio C2-600x are 6" coaxials with 60mm mounting depth. I'm putting mine flush in the door which leaves about 5mm clearance when the window is down. Going with the same speakers but 4" in the back doors, these are a bit shallower. Also an 8" slim sub woofer in the tailgate. All powered by a very slim low profile Clarion 5 channel marine amp under the passengers seat when it arrives. I'm also ditching the tablet PC idea because I think it's just going to be all too hard to wire it up nicely and have all the functionality I want. I'm on the hunt for a "mechless" double din touch screen head unit with no CD player (these are slimmer) but the options are severely limited unless you've got an iphone which I don't. Apparently all the major brands will be releasing this years new models soon so hopefully there is a decent mechless double din/sat nav/touchy screen unit among them.



Here is one of the back doors mocked up (for fun mainly) it will be different colors when it's done for real though.
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Awesome work as usual, like the clock fix - Got a shot of the install in situe ? ( from the back ) Might have to do the same to mine - haven't checked if it works yet ... :/

Other option for door wiring grommets is the bung stops in fire wall ...

On the home stretch now ...

Ciao, Bantum ...

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So that's what's been holding you up! Totally knew something was up

I've got the same issue with the RS build. While I still need to sort the engine I'm looking for a little seal for the intercooler pump that no one seems to make

I feel your frustration prior to finding what you needed. The other thing is may have had a set on a parts bomb at m&d's - I'll have a look next time I'm there.

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