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Forum: Electric Projects 04-15-2010, 08:52 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
The project is not dead... I just haven't had a...

The project is not dead... I just haven't had a block of two or three hours in the garage. I've had a couple of minutes here and there but not enough to make significant progress. I've done a lot...
Forum: Introduce Yourself! 02-27-2010, 05:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,012
Posted By frederic
A good replacement of the northern tool diff...

A good replacement of the northern tool diff (since it's no longer available) is any rear axle/diff of a riding mower that has the transmission as a separate unit from the differential - simplicity,...
Forum: All Other Parts 02-12-2010, 10:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,385
Posted By frederic
DIY: Turbines require a lot more engineering...

DIY:

Turbines require a lot more engineering than "fins on a disk" as they're sculped, angled, and tapered causing the air to be drawn in, compressed, and pushed into the engine. This requires...
Forum: Using Tools and Welding 02-09-2010, 04:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,487
Posted By frederic
Years ago I considered purchasing a mini-lathe...

Years ago I considered purchasing a mini-lathe and talked to several friends who had one. They all said the same thing - whatever size lathe you buy, you'll always find a project that's just a hair...
Forum: Engines & Clutches 02-08-2010, 10:23 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,162
Posted By frederic
Two strokes generally make twice the power of...

Two strokes generally make twice the power of equal-sized four strokes, simply because they fire each cylinder twice as often. Sounds plausable to me.

Making one may or may not be difficult...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 02-08-2010, 10:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,465
Posted By frederic
I don't know about that. I have a 1993 Olds...

I don't know about that. I have a 1993 Olds Delta 88 (generic FWD big car) and it's dead nuts reliable - oil changes and brakes. Ugly, somewhat not comfortable, but enough pep to drive in NJ safely...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 02-07-2010, 08:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,287
Posted By frederic
A "sleeper" is any car that looks "ordinary" but...

A "sleeper" is any car that looks "ordinary" but has far more power than cars of similar ilk.

The "method" to build a sleeper has changed somewhat here in the USA. In my hot-rodding days everyone...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 02-07-2010, 07:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,465
Posted By frederic
Having owned products of all three, new and used,...

Having owned products of all three, new and used, I've had the best overall luck with Fords. Case in point, my F350 crewcab has a little over 500,000 miles on it and it still runs fairly strong -...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-28-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,533
Posted By frederic
I have to admit I like. Very nice work t-man. ...

I have to admit I like. Very nice work t-man.

Though your youngest drives like my similarly aged son - if there is an obsticle, they aim for it !!!

My son particularly went for shrubs :D
...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-28-2010, 11:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,950
Posted By frederic
You can drive automotive alternators with a...

You can drive automotive alternators with a pull-start engine. You still need the battery to provide the field voltage as the alternator is "excited" while it speeds up. Once at a certain, minimum...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-27-2010, 08:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,693
Posted By frederic
Fair enough, was thinking with that degree of...

Fair enough, was thinking with that degree of articulation, you might be pounding on it harder than the average kart builder.

I have a lot of experience building serious off-road trucks, solid...
Forum: Engines & Clutches 01-27-2010, 08:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,549
Posted By frederic
The clone versus "real deal" arguments are always...

The clone versus "real deal" arguments are always amusing. It's like us older car guys arguing that a 66 GTO is a better car than a turbocharged Honda.

It comes down to preference, wallet, time,...
Forum: Go Kart Discussion 01-27-2010, 09:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,693
Posted By frederic
If you want to go ultra cheap and you're building...

If you want to go ultra cheap and you're building something that's adult sized... your local u-pull-it junkyard is bound to have many, many useful parts.

Most FWD cars have a "trailer" rear axle...
Forum: Using Tools and Welding 01-27-2010, 09:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,653
Posted By frederic
This is when a welder can take it to the degree...

This is when a welder can take it to the degree of art. Very nice.
Forum: Electric Projects 11-30-2009, 09:55 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
Yeah, it gets dark way to quick. At the pace I...

Yeah, it gets dark way to quick. At the pace I was going I'd have the chassis done by now and would be working on the body, electrical and sourcing the remaining parts over the winter.

But I can...
Forum: Electric Projects 11-29-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
heh-heh, this isn't exactly well engineered...

heh-heh, this isn't exactly well engineered either and just uses bigger parts. One of the problems with custom made one-off parts is repair/replacing them when they break. And they will. ...
Forum: Electric Projects 11-29-2009, 07:14 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
Not mechanical/welding work, no. Due to the...

Not mechanical/welding work, no. Due to the holidays, work, and various other things I've only gotten 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there, where setting up the welder and hauling the kart outside...
Forum: Electric Projects 11-29-2009, 12:59 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
When you're sizing your IGBT's make sure you...

When you're sizing your IGBT's make sure you "supersize" well above the motor's rating to ensure the IGBT's don't explode when exposed to the much higher inrush current of the motor. The 2HP...
Forum: Electric Projects 11-28-2009, 01:35 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
Keep in mind the above schematic is only the...

Keep in mind the above schematic is only the power section. There are some digital circuitry between that and the PIC, which I haven't put into Visio yet.

Programming the PIC can be done in many...
Forum: Electric Projects 11-26-2009, 10:33 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
Some of the servers I have host customer...

Some of the servers I have host customer applications, not limited to but including websites. Other servers host applications that I "rent seats" to certain types of customers, whereas they pay per...
Forum: Electric Projects 11-12-2009, 06:39 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
No updates that would be amusing. I've been...

No updates that would be amusing. I've been engrossed in other things though over the past several weeks I've been picking up more gym equipment at the curbs to use as raw material. A friend of...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 10-30-2009, 10:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,571
Posted By frederic
I'm sorry to hear of your plight. Hang tough and...

I'm sorry to hear of your plight. Hang tough and good luck. I'm about to start my 5th year of no employment.

Here is what I did/am doing. Maybe it will give you some ideas.

Start a business....
Forum: Electric Projects 10-29-2009, 08:26 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
Out of habit (long story) I leveled off the...

Out of habit (long story) I leveled off the floor, which was fine when the backbone was actually level. Since there was about a week between cutting the rear suspension mounts and welding them on,...
Forum: Electric Projects 10-28-2009, 10:16 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
Me either, I still have to rework the rear...

Me either, I still have to rework the rear suspension mounts since somehow I managed to mount all four of them at the identical 85 degrees rather than 90 (from the floor).

Thanks for the...
Forum: Electric Projects 10-27-2009, 08:02 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,170
Posted By frederic
It's in the same spot since I last posted... had...

It's in the same spot since I last posted... had a lot of distractions, mostly work-related. Then when I finally had some free time, it rained for a week. Then I decided to repaint the "beater" and...
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