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So all was going really well and it was time to run the engine in conjunction with the battery's and controller. From about an hour before this photo was taken it went bad as you might be able to tell from the expressions on our faces, well at least mine anyway.
After quite a few hours buggering about with the electronics it became apparent that we were suffering from corrupted data transmission along the USB cables causing random events to happen with the Phidget boards, a couple of meaty ferrite cores temporarily allowed us to have a couple of runs of the engine which can be seen on the media page.

Ian adjusting one of the interfaces of the Phidget control box.

The very first run of the engine since being mounted in the car, it was only run at idle and suffered a couple of flame outs, possibly due to the entirely new fuel pipe work that I had made, a video of this run can be seen on the media page.

The completion of the car doesn't seem to be far away now and it's time to install all the components that will make the car work and fingers crossed road legal. Pictured is the curtis throttle pot and lever, connected to the throttle cable, which in turn connects to the accelerator pedal.

For the starter solenoid I have used a Kilovac EV200 unit, very well engineered and has great specs, the box that is just viewable behind it is the generator exciter unit, this is controlled by the speed controller and turned on and off by computer software using the Phidget's.

The igniter exciter has now been permanently installed just below the exhaust elbow, as close to the igniter plug as we could get.

10mm cable was used to take the power away from the generator to feed the speed controller.
All the engine compartment cabling has now been tidyed up and made shipshape.

Looking as tidy as it has ever been, I just need to wrap some heat resistive tape around the exhaust
The wiring on the back shelf has been tidyed up and cables cut to their proper length and me mate Will has made a couple of brackets that now secure the Phidget control box and the charger box to the shelf. Two new high quality USB cables were purchased to replace the previous ones and as an added precaution ferrites were clamped on each end of them as well.
A birch plywood shelf has been made to cover the electronics, this will be covered in vinyl and a couple of holes added at some point for ventilation.
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