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A drivers eye view of the controls as they are at the moment.

Cross side on view of the kart.
The engine has had a run in it's new environment. Today has been a bad day and I have learned a few lessons about continuity.

The engine in the static frame would run very nicely and without any issues, of course I have now added to and taken away a load of features that have proved detrimental to the performance of the turbine, coupled with some good old fashioned bad luck, I currently feel quite hard done by.

1. The oil pump doesn't like hot fluids and the pressure drops to 20psi when running, it can maintain a happy 60psi when the oil is nice and cool and thick.
2. The oil cooler even with a blower cannot seem to cope with the heat and get's hot pretty quickly. A larger cooler and fan assembly will be required.
3. The fuel pressure gets erratic at 160psi due to the pump not being able to cope with the flow and pressure required, a shame as my target is 170psi.
4. One of the speed controllers packed up.
5. A 30amp speed controller relay failed.
6. The wire in the fuel pressure hydraulic line earth'ed the pump to the chassis ultimately destroying another speed controller.
7. The digital ammeter IC chip blew a hole in it's self.

The list goes on, part of the fun I guess.

Back to the old faithful Bosch car pump, I just need to get rid of the braided fuel pressure hose and it should work as well as before. The pump is mounted using the same exhaust clamp as the plessey pump, but due to it's small diameter a layer of rubber can be wrapped around it insulating it from the kart.
I have attached an oil breather with an 18mm gland that fit's nicely on to the oil tanks breather port, I may yet have the breather vent to the inlet of the turbo, but with the extra pipe work needed and lack of space this way will do for now.
I have drilled and tapped an extra hole in the turbo so an extra thermocouple can be added to increase accuracy of the exhaust temperature readings.

And to fill a hole that was in the front cowling, I have added a couple of strobe lights, just for show.
The center instrument panel incorporates an EGT gauge, Red Lion Counter for RPM, a 24volt 30amp breaker and a 12volt 3amp breaker. The switch below turns the strobe lights on and off.

     
     

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