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Re: Flashlight Hack

David Russel
 

Fred,

Suspect it is mainly a matter of cost.  Expect that any engineer who suggests an improvement like this is going to be told 2 things:  It will make the product more costly to manufacture,and the Users will not know the difference if it isn't done.

If I had some copper braid laying around it would be tempting to try this, especially if there were 2 identical flashlights so a comparison could be made.
David


On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 7:47 PM Fred Cisin <cisin@...> wrote:
How much reduction in resistance do you actually get from solder-braid VS
contact spring?
Resistance, voltage, and current are quantifiable.

The engineers at the flashlight companies couldn't come up with the idea
of using low resistance connectors.



On Wed, 7 Jul 2021, David Russel wrote:

> Here is something that the Brits might call Brilliant
> https://youtu.be/GtXeQNEX_Xw
>
> Don't know that I'll try it but it is tempting.
>
> David






Re: Flashlight Hack

Scott Davis
 

And with an LED it doesn't even matter...

At 07:47 PM 7/7/2021, you wrote:
How much reduction in resistance do you actually get from solder-braid VS contact spring?
Resistance, voltage, and current are quantifiable.

The engineers at the flashlight companies couldn't come up with the idea of using low resistance connectors.



On Wed, 7 Jul 2021, David Russel wrote:

Here is something that the Brits might call Brilliant
https://youtu.be/GtXeQNEX_Xw

Don't know that I'll try it but it is tempting.

David



Re: Flashlight Hack

Fred Cisin
 

How much reduction in resistance do you actually get from solder-braid VS contact spring?
Resistance, voltage, and current are quantifiable.

The engineers at the flashlight companies couldn't come up with the idea of using low resistance connectors.

On Wed, 7 Jul 2021, David Russel wrote:

Here is something that the Brits might call Brilliant
https://youtu.be/GtXeQNEX_Xw

Don't know that I'll try it but it is tempting.

David


Flashlight Hack

David Russel
 

Here is something that the Brits might call Brilliant

Don't know that I'll try it but it is tempting.

David


Re: Tow Trucks!

Fred Cisin
 

In the 1970s, the local AAA contract place would hook up Hondas, and when they raised the car, the hooks went right into the CV joint boots. EVERY TIME. He REFUSED to learn. "I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING."

But, one day, a kid named Peter, starting up a tow business, came into our shop and ASKED about best way to tow a Honda. He got all of our business from then on.

On Wed, 7 Jul 2021, Lou via groups.io wrote:
Next time you call AAA for a tow, I hope you don't
get one of these clowns.   3 MP4s attached.
        Stay Safe,            Lou


Re: Tow Trucks!

Matthew Spielberg
 

OOps

On 7/7/2021 12:51 AM, Lou via groups.io wrote:
   
   
   
Next time you call AAA for a tow, I hope you don't       
get one of these clowns.   3 MP4s attached.            
        Stay Safe,            Lou               
   
   
       
   
   
   
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Tow Trucks!

Lou
 

   
   
   
Next time you call AAA for a tow, I hope you don't       
get one of these clowns.   3 MP4s attached.            
        Stay Safe,            Lou               
   
   
       
   
   
   


DaF on BaT

David Russel
 

Just a FYI in case anyone feels a need to have one.


David


Re: SF Old Car Picnic returns Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow

Gerard Chateauvieux
 

So much for October tradition... lol


On Jul 1, 2021, at 11:58 AM, Craig Parada <craig.parada@...> wrote:

August brings lots of choices. This is the same day as Concours d’Lemons in Seaside. 

On Jul 1, 2021, at 10:18, David Russel <djrussel@...> wrote:

F. Y. I. 

Sent From Mobile Phone

Begin forwarded message:

From: San Francisco Old Car Picnic <sfcpadmin@...>
Date: July 1, 2021 at 8:59:34 AM PDT
To: djrussel@...
Subject: SF Old Car Picnic returns Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow
Reply-To: San Francisco Old Car Picnic <sfcpadmin@...>



Start your engines!
Mark your calendars!

The 33rd Annual San Francisco Old Car Picnic returns to Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow

Saturday, August 14, 2021

7 am to 4 pm

Cars & Trucks $40 - Motorcycles $20 - Bicycles $10 - Spectators FREE

1996 or older year limit for vehicles. No vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pickup. No other vehicles allowed on meadow. No exceptions. No in & outs.

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Re: SF Old Car Picnic returns Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow

Craig Parada
 

August brings lots of choices. This is the same day as Concours d’Lemons in Seaside. 

On Jul 1, 2021, at 10:18, David Russel <djrussel@...> wrote:

F. Y. I. 

Sent From Mobile Phone

Begin forwarded message:

From: San Francisco Old Car Picnic <sfcpadmin@...>
Date: July 1, 2021 at 8:59:34 AM PDT
To: djrussel@...
Subject: SF Old Car Picnic returns Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow
Reply-To: San Francisco Old Car Picnic <sfcpadmin@...>



Start your engines!
Mark your calendars!

The 33rd Annual San Francisco Old Car Picnic returns to Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow

Saturday, August 14, 2021

7 am to 4 pm

Cars & Trucks $40 - Motorcycles $20 - Bicycles $10 - Spectators FREE

1996 or older year limit for vehicles. No vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pickup. No other vehicles allowed on meadow. No exceptions. No in & outs.

The SFOCP benefits programs for the developmentally disabled.

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SF Old Car Picnic returns Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow

David Russel
 

F. Y. I. 

Sent From Mobile Phone

Begin forwarded message:

From: San Francisco Old Car Picnic <sfcpadmin@...>
Date: July 1, 2021 at 8:59:34 AM PDT
To: djrussel@...
Subject: SF Old Car Picnic returns Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow
Reply-To: San Francisco Old Car Picnic <sfcpadmin@...>



Start your engines!
Mark your calendars!

The 33rd Annual San Francisco Old Car Picnic returns to Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow

Saturday, August 14, 2021

7 am to 4 pm

Cars & Trucks $40 - Motorcycles $20 - Bicycles $10 - Spectators FREE

1996 or older year limit for vehicles. No vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pickup. No other vehicles allowed on meadow. No exceptions. No in & outs.

The SFOCP benefits programs for the developmentally disabled.

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Re: East Coast Auction with Red Fred in mind

Berkeley
 

Looks like a dirtier, less organized version of my dad’s attic.

 

 

From: ArcaneAutos@groups.io <ArcaneAutos@groups.io> On Behalf Of David Russel via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, July 1, 2021 12:24 AM
To: Arcane Mail List <ArcaneAutos@groups.io>
Subject: [ArcaneAutos] East Coast Auction with Red Fred in mind

 

but plenty for others.

 

 

That's what happens when you have too much space to stash things.

 

David


Re: East Coast Auction with Red Fred in mind

Red Fred
 

Yeah, this is a goodies.  I've already seen the East Coast Vultures already on it.

Thanks, RF.

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 12:24 AM David Russel <djrussel@...> wrote:
but plenty for others.


That's what happens when you have too much space to stash things.

David


East Coast Auction with Red Fred in mind

David Russel
 

but plenty for others.


That's what happens when you have too much space to stash things.

David


Re: JDM fans - is an Infiniti J30t worth resurrecting?

Ken Nelson
 

Yrs ago I learned from Matt Spielberg on Twin Peaks that good old brakekleen is a terrific tester for spraying in a carb or air intake to see if an engine will fire - who needs real starter fluid??  He got a Merc running and I think it was Byron Brill's car or Maras that Matt got running on that trip with just that stuff.  
Plus, Geoff, even coil on plug ignition should be testable by just pulling the plug with its coil out and connecting the plug base to ground to see if you get spark, and if one plug fires, the others should be ok.  The inductive timing light test should also be good and easier to do -

Ken

On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 5:20 PM Fred Cisin <cisin@...> wrote:
Is that car new enough to have OBD?


Before you start replacing parts that don't have anything wrong with them,
. . .

On some cars, an inductive triggered timing light will tell you whether
the plug wires are "firing".

A compression test will tell you if stuck valve(s) are the problem.

If it is ALMOST starting, then a volatile spray, such as "starting
fluid", or even just spray carburetor cleaner, can fire under marginal
conditions.

And, of course, hook up a battery charger.  It might not seem like it
needs it, but "modern" cars sometimes will crank with no start if the
voltage drops below a threshold.  Automotive computers can be picky about
voltage.  A friend bought an "irreparable" almost new VW Squareback (from
a dealer!) for a few hundred dollars that didn't need anything more than a
stronger battery to get the voltage up a little more!


--
Grumpy Ol' Fred                 cisin@...






Re: Down shifting a manual car to slow down

Ken Nelson
 

Thanks David - I hope to get to that one while I'm in town.

Ken

On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 10:12 PM David Russel <djrussel@...> wrote:
Ken,

Here is what Matt typed previously and it has the address:   “ At that point, having seen some cars but no flying cars, we finished our coffee and donut, took our goodie bag and balloon and headed out to 815 Portola Valley Road for a second Cars and Coffee of the morning, put on by the Silicon Valley Motor Club. (Next one scheduled for July 31) No admission charge, and the coffee is not free, but all proceeds go the church which provides the parking lot. Mix of sun with shade, and a really friendly and open vibe. ”

David 

Sent From Mobile Phone

On Jun 27, 2021, at 6:43 PM, Ken Nelson <citbuff@...> wrote:

Matt, I’ll be in town for jul 31
- where does Silicon Valley club meet?  Is it in Ladera lot on Alpone rd in Portola valley?

Ken



On Jun 27, 2021, at 3:33 PM, Stephen Cooper <oobowls@...> wrote:

Interesting conversation.  Since I've been driving a few months short of 60 years, I can certainly speak from experience.  For the record, I have yet to wear out/nor replace any clutches.
I too am from the camp wherein my father taught me to "use your gears to slow down because gasoline is cheaper than replacing your brakes".

Now then, I just paid $3.85 per gallon to fill up yesterday and that's roughly 20 times as much as when the lesson was given.

However back in high school I earned $1.50 per hour working at Foster's Freeze. While the average dealer's non-supervisory workers made $2.16 per hour out here in the West during 1962.

According to :https://autoservicecosts.com/clutch-cost/..........the average cost to replace a clutch today is $843...
And the average cost of a brake job today would be $270-$375 per axle according to : https://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/consumers-guide-to-brake-job-cost/.

So, based on my history of never having had any clutches wear out in 60 years of owning many many vehicles (as many of you in the club know, I have a history of BUYING  vehicles but seldom selling them) but I have had a couple of brake jobs,

I'd say my dad's advice was good.  Even at $3.85 per gallon, gas is still cheaper than a brake job and I have NEVER  had a case of "brake-fade" while coming down a long grade on a hot day.
Average
_


Re: Down shifting a manual car to slow down

Ken Nelson
 

Thanks Matt -

Ken

On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 10:10 PM Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:
815 Portola valley road. In the lot of an Episcopal church ?

On Jun 27, 2021, at 6:43 PM, Ken Nelson <citbuff@...> wrote:

Matt, I’ll be in town for jul 31
- where does Silicon Valley club meet?  Is it in Ladera lot on Alpone rd in Portola valley?

Ken



On Jun 27, 2021, at 3:33 PM, Stephen Cooper <oobowls@...> wrote:

Interesting conversation.  Since I've been driving a few months short of 60 years, I can certainly speak from experience.  For the record, I have yet to wear out/nor replace any clutches.
I too am from the camp wherein my father taught me to "use your gears to slow down because gasoline is cheaper than replacing your brakes".

Now then, I just paid $3.85 per gallon to fill up yesterday and that's roughly 20 times as much as when the lesson was given.

However back in high school I earned $1.50 per hour working at Foster's Freeze. While the average dealer's non-supervisory workers made $2.16 per hour out here in the West during 1962.

According to :https://autoservicecosts.com/clutch-cost/..........the average cost to replace a clutch today is $843...
And the average cost of a brake job today would be $270-$375 per axle according to : https://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/consumers-guide-to-brake-job-cost/.

So, based on my history of never having had any clutches wear out in 60 years of owning many many vehicles (as many of you in the club know, I have a history of BUYING  vehicles but seldom selling them) but I have had a couple of brake jobs,

I'd say my dad's advice was good.  Even at $3.85 per gallon, gas is still cheaper than a brake job and I have NEVER  had a case of "brake-fade" while coming down a long grade on a hot day.
Average
_


Re: JDM fans - is an Infiniti J30t worth resurrecting?

Fred Cisin
 

Is that car new enough to have OBD?


Before you start replacing parts that don't have anything wrong with them, . . .

On some cars, an inductive triggered timing light will tell you whether the plug wires are "firing".

A compression test will tell you if stuck valve(s) are the problem.

If it is ALMOST starting, then a volatile spray, such as "starting fluid", or even just spray carburetor cleaner, can fire under marginal conditions.

And, of course, hook up a battery charger. It might not seem like it needs it, but "modern" cars sometimes will crank with no start if the voltage drops below a threshold. Automotive computers can be picky about voltage. A friend bought an "irreparable" almost new VW Squareback (from a dealer!) for a few hundred dollars that didn't need anything more than a stronger battery to get the voltage up a little more!


--
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin@...


Re: JDM fans - is an Infiniti J30t worth resurrecting?

Geoff Kirkpatrick
 

Thanks all for the suggestions. I will try the ether idea. The car has individual coil packs, not a distributor with plug cables, so I'm not sure if the spark plug test works with this system. At first I tried starting the car on the old gas in the tank, then thought better of it. I bought a fancy siphon on Amazon and used it to drain the old, very stinky gas, then added a couple of gallons of fresh fuel. Matt also gave me input about checking the in-tank fuel pump and disconnecting the fuel rail to see if it sprays fuel when cranked. Worst case, I can get all new injectors, coil packs, and a fuel pump for about $350 online so if I get ambitious I may go that route. I just kind of feel bad about sending the car to the junkyard for what is almost certainly a repairable fault. Thanks all for the information!


Re: Down shifting a manual car to slow down

Geoff Kirkpatrick
 

I meant to say, "Using the engine to keep the speed in check when descending a steep hill is still a good idea." I need an editor for my posts.