Builds Shipwreck

Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
3,382
Location
Woodinville Washington
Have you made any cuts yet on the table?
Today was spent re-leveling the X axis, but yes, I've cut out a couple tabs (practice cuts).... the big issue, at the moment, is the plasma requires another signal to turn off - meaning, when you pull the trigger and hold it for a few seconds, it then stays on. To turn it off means sending another trigger signal.... and outside of manually, I haven't found the setting to do that - and yeah, I'm sure everyone and their brother knows the solution but I haven't found it yet....
and a new issue, the cut area is now larger than the water pan - don't know how (or even if) I'm going to solve that issue .... the big issue is it makes kind of a mess ..... but then again, the last 1 1/2 inches - I don't see using it enough to warrant a full-scale solution (new pan).
 
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
3,382
Location
Woodinville Washington
Not a rant - simply wondering if anyone else is dealing with this.

I have a Miller Elite helmet I bought early 2014. It has worked as expected since new, but recently the dimming function seems to be possessed. My first thought was battery, and I replaced it, that helped but it still either doesn't dim or dims then doesn't come back to see-through. Replaced the battery again, replaced the protective lens, dusted (gently) the lens and sensors... no joy. Anyone else dealing with this? I've reached out to Miller but probably won't hear back for at least a couple days.... are sensors a wear item? I would hope that replacing $400 helmets every 5 years is not the answer.... of course, if it is.... what do you like? this helmet is starting to wear on the pivots so I won't be terribly upset to give it a full update (I like that it doesn't fog easily).
 
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
3,382
Location
Woodinville Washington
Miller's answer - I'll try this tonight, surprised no "dancing with virgin witches at mid-night during a full moon"


Are you using Panasonic batteries?

If the lens is a digital elite put brand new Panasonic batteries in the lens

Turn the lens on

Turn sensitivity to zero

Remove the batteries while the lens is on

Press and hold the on/off button for 10 seconds.

Put batteries back in the lens.
 
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
3,382
Location
Woodinville Washington
Time to start making this winter ready... first, exhaust leaks - thanks to WA state's salting the pass, these mufflers did not last long


so some stainless turbos




also keeping these in place - needs positive connection, so screws it is



and fix the fender

now to brace it better


I'm going to change the dash and the EFI as well, I'm done with old-skool TBI
 
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
3,382
Location
Woodinville Washington
I like the FItech that's on my Corvette - that said, it hasn't been started yet ...
I've run Holley dominator so I've had some experience with their systems
I'll never darken EZ-EFI's doorstep again - even though their system would work fine for it; their cusstomer service is abysmal
I still have the parts to assemble a MegaSquirt
MSD has been reliable....

and then

FItech costs $800
Holley $1100
MSD $1000

The other issue is timing control - whether or not I want it - on a 4x4, I may go back to MSD/HEI and dump the problem-laden TBI distributor.... I have a brand new HEI (maybe even 2)... but that's still something I need to decide. That said, I'm going to the Reno Air Races this week so this isn't something that I need to decide (though I may stop at Summit while I'm in Reno).
 
Joined
Nov 4, 2008
Messages
1,919
Location
Federal Way, WA
I think I prefer the timing control myself. That with the knock detector are worth it in my opinion.

I like the FItech that's on my Corvette - that said, it hasn't been started yet ...
I've run Holley dominator so I've had some experience with their systems
I'll never darken EZ-EFI's doorstep again - even though their system would work fine for it; their cusstomer service is abysmal
I still have the parts to assemble a MegaSquirt
MSD has been reliable....

and then

FItech costs $800
Holley $1100
MSD $1000

The other issue is timing control - whether or not I want it - on a 4x4, I may go back to MSD/HEI and dump the problem-laden TBI distributor.... I have a brand new HEI (maybe even 2)... but that's still something I need to decide. That said, I'm going to the Reno Air Races this week so this isn't something that I need to decide (though I may stop at Summit while I'm in Reno).
 
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
3,382
Location
Woodinville Washington
at this power level? dial back a degree on the static timing and call it a day.... my motor MIGHT make 300 hp, more likely it's 200 - which is sufficient and allows swill gas. Anti-knock device - they are easy to fool, have a slightly noisy valve train or a touch of timing chain slap and it goes into emergency mode....
 
Joined
Nov 4, 2008
Messages
1,919
Location
Federal Way, WA
Since my engine is 200+ I have to think yours is a bit more. Lots of people run manual timing, I just think having them synced up by a computer will allow for more power. There are ways of cheating the knock sensor for loud valve trains.
 
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
3,382
Location
Woodinville Washington
at these hp levels, close counts - my Buick motors (boost) or the Corvette motor (high compression)? yes, it's a huge deal but with cast pistons being conservative with the timing is really the only solution.... and having one less thing to not fail is good as well. Not just that but it's a $200 'feature' that I don't think is necessary (for this build, the FI tech on the Corvette has full timing control, as does the megasquirt for the TT 430 Buick motor).
 
Top Bottom