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The Viper starter battery's have been mounted in to position today. I have decided to use 4 x Odyessy PC680's, each being 12 volt, they are configured in 2 pairs wired in parallel and then the 2 packs in series to give me 24volts. An isolation switch has also been inserted in between the two battery's as a fool proof way of disabling the starter sequence.

Guess where you access the isolation switch?
The Starter motor's soft start arrangement fitted in place. This basically was taken directly from the trailer and welded straight to the frame. The power leads will be attached to the starter battery via a fork lift truck QR connector and the control cables to a Panzer 24 way QR connector.
As part of making the whole Viper and frame assembly quick releasable, the Igniter box's have been mounted to the Viper's frame. I have a small concern about the heat generated from the combustion chamber in this area, its something that I will measure next time the engine is run.

I wanted to keep all the starter cables as short as possible and implement an auto engage-disengage quick release system when the engine was mounted, this was going to require a quite a lot of cable and ultimately I decided that it was unacceptable due to voltage drop. Consequently the soft start system has now been removed from the Viper frame and mounted to the HiJet's frame with the QR connector mounted to its side.

Again, not ideal in my eyes, but it does serve it's function well, originally I was going to keep the bed hole free, but this sacrifice does mean that there is less than 2 meters of cable used. Jobs a goodun.
I recently had a few emails asking how I configured the soft start system, so here is a basic diagram of how I did it.

Turbine failure containment shield removed for a coat of paint. At the moment I am undecided whether I am going to leave the heat resistant blanket on, some people take it off so that the condition of the exhaust can be monitored for cracks. Its something I will decide on later.

Pictured is the replacement electrical distribution box that is mounted to the Viper, the main loom enters here from the cab (bottom right) and connects to the original Viper connector (left), there is also a muticore lead (top right) out to the Igniter box's and EGT thermocouples.

View of the connector box from the other side.
On the left hand side of the picture you can see the 24 way multipole connector that connects all of the Viper's control circuits to the HiJet.
Quick release fuel system connected.

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