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  2. My megajolt will talk to a laptop with XP Pro via the TriggerWheels supplied serial port adapter. Havent tried via a USA port. Its possible that the Insperon may only spport USB 1 not USB 2 or 3 , which may be the problem.
  3. Today
  4. I wouldn't rule out an old machine or Windows XP purely on age grounds. XP is one of the better MS efforts and in fact Megajolt (and Megasquirt for that matter) date from similar times and also use aged tech. My "car" laptop is a very elderly, though not much used Acer, running XP without even built-in wifi. Does the job fine.... The issue is that more recent interconnecting cables and the like might not come with drivers that will talk to XP. There are usually ways around this though they can take a while to unravel....... Of course, some of the USB - RS232 adapters simply don't work. I have that T shirt as well. Nick
  5. John It might indeed be a driver problem. Have you tried uninstalling the usb driver? Equally, the equipment may simply be incompatible with XP - the packaging should give you some indication of which OSs it is suitable for. The Inspiron 1300 is an old machine and a quick check on the potential to upgrade the OS to something newer suggests that even W7 is unlikely to work, so it may simply be a question of biting the bullet and getting a new(er) laptop. I used to buy refurbished equipment for the office and a decently specced year-old Dell laptop can be had for very little. As Ian and Nick have observed, reinstalling any Windows OS involves a lot of brain damage. Dell outlet is offering an Inspiron 15 with W10 for £245 here. Paul
  6. PaulAA

    We are not worthy....

    Thank you, John! I have been on the look-out for something digestible about the Kurchatov Polygon! The closest I've been is Novosibirsk (close on the map, but a day's travel from the Polygon). In this neck of the woods, disaster tourism is focused on Chernobyl and, about ten years ago a then-assistant of mine joined a tour going there from Warsaw University. His biggest challenge was getting hold of a Geiger counter, for which he needed (as a private individual) a permit... and a plausible explanation. Apparently, an unquenchable desire to enter a radio-active zone was not seen as an acceptable reason. Paul
  7. After the extraoridinary., and fortuitous preservation of the Reims-Gueux circuit buildings, I thiugh this might be of interest. I was led to it by a thread on TenTenths, "Abandoned Tracks". The Middle Georgia Speedway lasted twenty years from 1966, so isn't as aged as Gueux, but asx well preserved. This video gives a good idea of it today, by some nifty drone work, including a 'drive around'. John
  8. Windows software is not fun, full stop. I am rather hoping that when the time comes, a friend will have a suitable laptop for tuning my car. If not I guess I'll have to buy a laptop just for this purpose? Ian.
  9. Yesterday
  10. Nick Jones

    HS6 piddling petrol

    Exactly this....... a US feature for reducing "fugitive emissions" from the float chambers. Nick
  11. PaulAA

    HS6 piddling petrol

    Thank you, both. Yes, I have an in-line fuel filter, but common wisdom has it that petrol in Poland has a higher ethanol content than in the West. Being a lowly carb car, it has a mechanical fuel pump, but the quantity of the stuff piddling off the front valance was impressive. Not. I will do some float chamber thumping when I return to the ranch tomorrow and report. John, the carbon cannister is merely a capture device at the end of the overflow pipework, so no more than an obstruction to identifying the source of the streaming fuel. Cheers Paul
  12. Nick Jones

    Vespa smallframe

    These things are sent to try you. And do. "Blue coloured hiatus" Yeah. Maybe some small tools ricochetting of the walls too. Can relate. Nick
  13. Nick Jones

    Spitfire Drive Shafts

    My first thought is that the unnamed suppliers supplier is not the manufacturer. One wonders how long the chain is, who actually commissioned the manufacture (one of the usual UK suspects or maybe Bastuck?) and where they are actually made. Also whether anyone in the chain does any QC........ though I reckon I might know the answer to that........
  14. Nick Jones

    HS6 piddling petrol

    Probably just one carb and probably a lump of crude in the needle valve. A sharp smack on the side of the float chamber is sometimes enough to resolve it. A slightly less probable concern is that ethanol has eaten your float and its sunk. Do you have an inline filter? Nick
  15. Did you say XP? .......that is quite old now. You may well have a driver problem. Presumably the USB ports do work for some things -memory sticks and so on? The MJ presumably was connected via USB- RS232 adapter? Picoscope perhaps not? Reinstalling Windows isn't huge fun. Nick
  16. thebrookster

    Vespa smallframe

    Thats a damn good quality picture on the camera!! I occasionally have to use a ridiculously expensive FLIR one of those on the ship's, and to say it is awful is an understatement. Several thousand dollars of waste. Phil
  17. JohnD

    We are not worthy....

    Thanks, Roger! Our heroes have been heading north, now in Semey, which is 80 degrees East of Greenwich. Those only go up to 180, so nearly a quarter of the way around the Globe! See: http://track.mongoltriumph.com/ Old Soviet fans may recall this town as Semipalatinsk, and that the USSR's primary nuclear test site was about 150 miles to the East of the city, near Kurchatov. The site was never well cared for and in the past radiation has escaped, but it can be visited: https://caravanistan.com/kazakhstan/semey/kurchatov-polygon/ But lets hope the Triumph team won't side track! JOhn
  18. JohnD

    HS6 piddling petrol

    Both carbs flooding would point to excessive fuel pressure. Just one - take off the float chamber and inspect. Dirt in the valve? Yes, float not floating, perforated, but that would be unusual, IMHO. I'm not familiar with the Carbon canister system, so cannot say more. John
  19. Earlier this year, I was given enormous support from the Assembly of Sideways, when I was trying to get my old laptop to talk to the Megajolt unit. Problem never got it sorted, and eventually I gave up. Not like me, but the racing season was starting and I needed an ignition system! My other project that you-all have supported me in is the Crank Pulley Damper. The next stage of that is to compare signals from the front and back of the crank, to see what oscillations occur. To do that, I've bought a Picoscope, that allows a laptop (or any PC) to act as an oscilloscope. Software downloaded, installed on the laptop, and I run the programme. It asks me to connect the Picoscope, which I do, I get the usual XP "new hardware detected" and it lights a red LED on the unit. But the laptop cannot see the Picoscope unit, even when I move the USB plug to any of the three sockets on the laptop. So I had a Megajolt that the laptop detected, but would not talk to. I now have a Picoscope that the laptop detects, but will not talk to. That two quite different devices, that should communicate with a laptop by USB cable, have failed to do so, points to the Laptop as the faulty unit! Is there a fault in the laptop that means it can't communicate via USB? It's an old one, a Dell (Inspiron 1300) that I bought maybe ten years ago, for teaching at work. Haven't used it for that since before I retired, and I've hung onto it with these projects on mind. Maybe a drastic solution like wiping the hard disc and reinstalling Windows - But it may be that I need to splash out on a new one! John
  20. PaulAA

    HS6 piddling petrol

    Chaps I have twin HS6s on an ex-US TR6, which have performed faultlessly for two years. This morning, they did not. Although the engine started and ran smoothly enough, a strong smell of petrol revealed that fuel was evidently being pushed down the overflow into the carbon cannister and flooding quite lavishly onto the garage floor. To help me target the cause, would this be symptomatic of a broken float, a contaminated jet or something else that hasn't crossed my mind? Advice much appreciated. Paul
  21. rogerguzzi

    We are not worthy....

    Hello All I have started a new thread so as not to clog this one up http://sideways-technologies.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/7973-spitfire-drive-shafts/
  22. rogerguzzi

    Spitfire Drive Shafts

    Hello All I thought I had better start a new thread not clog the other one up I emailed the suppliers today and recieved 2 replies all as below Hello Sirs I purchased two Triumph Spitfire Drive shafts from you on the 04/07/2017 Part No 155928 One of these drive shafts started to make a soft crunching/squeaking noise at about 500 miles but I could not see at the time any fault so I thought it may be a faulty universal joint and carried on using the car for the rest of the summer. Over the winter months I did a bit more investigating into the noise and found that the yoke had come loose on the drive shaft and all that stopped it coming out of engagement was a ROLL PIN - which was breaking up!!! I have also checked the second shaft, which is still fitted, to the car and this is also showing slight signs of movement having now covered 5,000 road miles. Triumph fitted a solid pin in this position and we assume their Engineers knew what they were doing as this is a Safety feature and also, on the OE shaft, the yoke is a press fit onto the shaft requiring several tons of pressure to fit it. As the combination of too loose a fit of the spline and a wholly inadequate pinning method can cause the shaft to pull right out, resulting in the collapse of the rear suspension (and has done so on at least one occasion I am aware of - see link below), I think you need to advise your suppliers of the potential failures of these parts as it could lead to at best badly damaged cars and at worst loss of life with all claims that will bring! You may also wish to advise your colleagues in the retail sector of this safety risk. I have attached photos showing the roll pin(as it came out) that just pushed out and the fretting of the shaft where it had been moving in the yoke. This drive shaft had only covered 1800 miles You may also like to read this report of one of these type that failed (I am not saying you supplied these but they look like they are of the same type I think?) Roger Greening 14/08/2018 http://forum.tssc.org.uk/topic/3850-reproduction-herald-driveshafts/ Hi Roger, Thank you very much for informing us of this, we have not had any other comments as yet. I will forward your email to the supplier and let you know what they say. Regards, Paul. Hi Roger, The initial feedback from our supplier is that they have not seen this problem previously. They are going to examine a couple of shafts in their workshops to assess how securely the yoke is attached to the shaft. I will let you know. Regards, Paul. So I will wait for their findings, perhaps I was unlucky and was supplied the only faulty 2 ! Roger
  23. GT6MK3

    Vespa smallframe

    Buffy hasn't been forgotten, but her powerplant has been taking much longer than I anticipated to put together. Everything almost fits, and everything that doesn't quite needs careful thought and precise fettling to make right if she's going to be capable of the rev's she'll need. And then of course, there's my idiot/rookie mistakes. Today's task was to put together the clutch cover. Should be simple, but there's aftermarket bits, which precicely almost fit, and I needed to waste hours filing, sanding, twisting, heating, cooling, clamping, swearing and pondering. Eventually, without breaking too many parts, this simple assembly was together. Easy. I should have left it there. Instead, I decided to fit it. And dropped a clutch cover bolt (actually a high tensile M6 socket head screw), into the open clutch case. Sod's law dictated that it (of course), immediately rolled through a tiny gap, into the gearbox. Fair to say I was displeased. Genius that I am, I gently rolled the case over, and tried to gently shake it back out. Which resulted in a click, a clunk, and then silence. Yep, I'd got it jammed in the gearbox. A machine screw floating in the gearbox is not ideal. After a short, blue coloured hiatus, more shaking and swearing (if it was a baby, I'd have been arrested), and some general poking around, I remembered I impulse bought an inspection camera at Aldi a while back. Oil filler bolt out, camera in, a bit of wiggling, and the little bugger came into view. Half an hours prodding and probing with a bit of bent mig wire, some more rolling of the case, and I'd got it loose of where it had wedged, and worked it up towards the front of the gearbox. Now to get it out. So I glued a rare earth button magnet to a thin screwdriver and went in on an angle past the clutch I felt like Jack Swigert trying to capture the LEM in Apollo 13, I really didn't want to have to split my pressure tested cases, so it was a delicate operation done juggling the mag stick, the camera probe, and the screen, but before too long I had "Capture", as the bolt jumped onto the magnet. From there it was a twisting and turning in and out see saw to gently twist the bolt out of the gearbox, through the slot, and under the clutch. Finally though, Success It reappeared. Good tools, Are their own reward. Craig
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  25. rogerguzzi

    We are not worthy....

    Hello Nick Yes top one OE spec I think I had to saw the yoke off as I could not get the pin out I have had another look at both shafts the OE one has 24 splines and is 1.034" (about 0.003" over 1 1/32") sounds about right for an interence fit! and the main shaft looks like hot drawn bar(rough) 1.044" Dia The pattern one is 1.110" = 28 mm Dia and 25 splines and they are deeper the whole lenght of the shaft has been turned down to 1.044"? So was it hot rolled or bright drawn bar? I tried the file test on both and I can just mark the pattern one but not the OE one (needle file) Roger
  26. Nick Jones

    We are not worthy....

    Top one is OE? How tight was that spline? PM me by all means Nick
  27. Nick Jones

    Vitesse project

    Yeee haaa! Now get out there and drive it....... Nick
  28. rogerguzzi

    We are not worthy....

    Hello All I have driven the roll pin out of the other yoke(not very tight) I tried to press one out of and old drive shaft with the hydraulic press with no luck. Looking at the red rust on it I think the other drive shaft may be coming loose as the rust is the same as failed one! I have fitted a 6 mm 8.8 bolt in it for now that has got to be better than a roll pin? Roger
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