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    MV, vintage computers, old Saabs
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  1. I didn't get used to it, just wandered off. I haven't visited in months. The only reason I'm here now is the new post in thread notification. I might come back some day, but I've enough annoyances without a recreational forum having high friction for me.
  2. 02FD92 (now wearing a Sabre turret) made it's way through Withams and on the the United States. I saw it a couple years back in a very sorry state. The fellow doesn't want to sell but also hasn't touched it in a decade or more.
  3. I'd rather we went to the scientific/ANSI standard of YYYY/MM/DD .
  4. I am in agreement with the OP's observations about the new layout. It has taken me a while to say so simply because the new look has sufficiently reduced density that I've not spent the time to do much more than glance at it. I think a lot of it for me is just that the fonts seem much larger bu default with more space between text, as a result less text fits on the screen. Reducing the scale of the view helps somewhat, but then I get large margins that hold no content. I will say the timeline markers ("last hour", "Today", "last week", etc.) are pretty handy in going back to see what I've missed.
  5. I've been running MUCH smaller batteries in my vehicles for years for a variety of reasons, weight reduction on smaller vehicles is the most common. In all cases, I've had no problem at all with battery life or charging system issues. If you have parasitic loads or engine troubles it will become apparent much more quickly (don't forget and leave your lights on) and I wouldn't try it in very cold climates. I should say I've been using odyssey batteries which are a high-current non-liquid battery so that might be some of why it works so well. Two of their PC925 crank the Cummins lump in my CVR(T) with no problem at all and they take up very little space so are easy to move in and out of the hatch.
  6. Mine sort of stalled out after I bought a big AC TIG and correct filler rod but I couldn't find the correct plate alloy to repair the rear sponson. Then in rapid succession my uncle died, I quit my job, moved house, moved my parents, rolled my Jeep, bought a crane truck, found that my landlords are planning to sell the building my shop is in, found a new building,... it's been busy. In any case, I'm pretty booked until spring with buying and selling some property and prepping the new shop, after that it will be time to get serious about the armor again. Really looking forward to owning my building cutting down on nagging from the landlords and artist neighbors who seem allergic to anything in olive drab. Or I might just be stalling until you have finished the picture book for a complete restoration! :-) Nice work, I've been wanting to do the big stuff but it's good to remember that all those little brackets and fittings need doing too.
  7. Since the Sterling was what was used as the imperial blaster in the Star Wars movies, A lot of folks in the US made blasters using real Sterling parts when they all got ZFd (sorry about that). I wonder how hard it would be to buy a blaster and remodel it back into a Sterling? Just a thought.
  8. He might just want the project to feel original from an operational standpoint, he might want to be able to drive around in areas where there might be some rubble that could puncture a tire and be worried that getting a recovery vehicle in could be a challenge (and in that part of the country, fatal due to heat), or he might want to hire himself out as part of a security convoy. Not sure how it changes the answer. He's implicitly clear that he isn't worried about using different-looking tires changing the external look, so that frees things up. I suspect that finding some more recent military wheels/tires and replacing the centers would be a way forward.
  9. It seems that Zero motorcycles made a big run of a motor and then changed to a different one, so some of those have made it out into the wild. 44 or 54HP per motor times 4 should be enough. It would be an expensive toy though by the time you buy batteries. https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50367
  10. I think the proposal was for a V8 replacement for the I6, so the torque might well go down. In any case, who knows, he might be the one who finally drives the supplies over the edge and we could get new high-strength bevel boxes out of the deal. Think of all the effort and support for making Jeep replacement parts now. I do think military vehicle collecting is going to be in crisis very soon as all of the older folks die off and the youngsters who can't drive a manual transmission let alone adjust drum brakes come to the fore. So as long as sufficient original vehicles and important examples are spared, I don't mind seeing people express their own uniqueness. Heck, I think a four-motor electric Ferret would be cool. If I had a lot of money and time I might consider going out and finding a really poor specimen to play with, making sure all the original bits I took off went to another collector in need.
  11. It's nice to see more women in the building trades and she's pretty and all, but screwing dimensional lumber together would not be considered joinery here in the states. It might be that the word is used differently in other places. Here it would be carpentry and joinery would be reserved for projects with carefully fitted, well joints, a simple dado would suffice but think mortise and tennon or dovetail.
  12. Actually, I'm not so sure... Imagine having no fuel cell to rupture and burn, no heat signature at idle, distribute batteries around the hull so any one hit won't disable the vehicle and either a single set of motors or hub motors in each road wheel so you can take several hits and keep moving. Oh, and as quiet as you can be and still run on tracks. The combat advantage to an electric MBT is enough that I suspect it will happen eventually. The logistic disadvantage is of course not insignificant, I can imagine some sort of towed generator that gets dropped as you get to the field of battle or large truck-mounted tenders. Zero Electric Motorcycles is already selling bikes to police and military customers, including for combat purposes (think infiltration fast-attack).
  13. OK, so I'm in a pretty sunny part of north America and while an electric car isn't right for me, some of the quoted information has problems: Charging an EV can be done quickly or slowly, if you aren't in a rush 20 Amps is fine, if you want it charged quickly and have 75amps great but you are moving the same number of electrons, you are just charging your car in one hour rather than four. So, if everybody goes home and plugs their cars in at the same moment there might be an issue, stagger the arrival times and the load averages out to manageable pretty quickly. Most new houses or remodels around here are being equipped with a 30-amp service to the garage for EV charging. That's the same as an electric clothes dryer, hardly a technology that broke the grid when it came out. Renewable energy is growing much more quickly that any other power supply and around here most of that is taking the form of rooftop solar. If you make 20-amps of power and set to slow charge, you could actually break even. This is one of the reasons Tesla is selling solar carports. Now, it's true that solar is a daytime technology and people tend to charge in the evening, but commercial buildings are also getting rooftop solar and often have much heavier electric services so charging at work or a mix of home and work will further reduce the strain. Sure, there will be local problems but I think just saying the grid will break is a shallow view. Yes, it may well take 10 hours to *fully* charge a battery, assuming a typical 30-amp service. Any of you who have charged an automotive battery or laptop, or your phone for that matter know that it's not a linear thing. You get a much faster charge when it's low, decreasing as the battery voltage increases. So that 10 hours for a full charge may well result in an 80% charge in an hour or two. Tesla quick chargers (that 75-amp thing discussed earlier) will do something like 50% charge in 15 minutes. It could easily take me 15 minutes to drive both ways to a filling station (using more fuel) and wait in the queue some days. Due to battery technology, safety margins, charge and discharge rates, etc. The Volt battery isn't going to be nearly empty when the generator kicks on. I suspect it will still have about 30%-50% charge, this way the car still has full acceleration should it be needed and you don't drain the battery too much and shorten it's life. I can't remotely follow the charging cost math below. Around here I pay $0.15 per KW/h of power, but actually that's a lie, by the time it's all done it's a bit over double that, so lets say $0.32/ So, 25 miles=65% of a battery is about 10.4KWH, for me that's $3.33 to go 25 miles, so $0.13/mile. Ok, so my 1979 Datsun does better, right now... a few years ago the advantage would have been to the Volt and I can't make gasoline on my rooftop like I could electricity. Onward to cost of ownership. Car dealers in this part of the world make most of their money on service and repairs, the rest they make on lending money (financing), anything the happen to make actually selling cars is pretty incidental. The electric car that Henry Ford's wife drove https://cleantechnica.com/2014/04/11/henry-fords-wife-wouldnt-drive-model-t-kept-electric-car/ required almost nothing aside from a new battery to run again. Electric motors have two bearings and that's about it for moving parts. So, your service department at the dealership just isn't going to do any engine work and you the electric car owner aren't going to be paying for any engine work, for the life of the vehicle. I'll compare this to the old diesel/petrol situation. In this country you can expect to pay a heavy premium for a diesel vehicle and yet people pay it gladly, particularly the people who can do the math because they have accountants (businesses). Why, well partly because the vehicle life is so much greater and maintenance is so much lower. Oh, we already have electric heavy trucks plying the lanes of our motorways around here. Mostly local delivery, but I see them. So, yeah, they aren't for everyone but they are also not some great conspiracy doomed to failure.
  14. A lot of older 3-axle military transport trucks see some results of a wind-up as well, the original M35 (deuce-and-a-half) with the sprag clutch for the front axles had the potential for all 6 wheels to move at different rates and even just having both back axles driven at different rates. Many collectors fit hubs so they can unlock the front and sometimes back axles and report much improved steering, tire life, and fuel economy. In cases where locking hubs are not available, or they would alter the look of the vehicle in an undesirable manner, it is common to find some extras and de-spline hubs you don't want driven and just swap back in the originals should you think you might need the traction. Of course, the modified driveshafts for the Stolly have the same utility.
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