Friday, February 27, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

OMG what I have I done LOL ROFL

(Just trying to attract a younger audience with the title. Don't suppose it'll work. I probably need to learn to completely mis-spell stuff for that).

If it's working...

Shortly after the Brands day, ex-Supergrad Ian Northern put his DL1 / Dash2 datalogger and dash combination up for sale. It was a bargain - slightly less than the full price of the datalogger for the pair of them. I can never resist a bargain, even though they usually turn out to be much less of a bargain than I'd (ahem) bargained for.

I bought it, then looked at the four million wires coming out of the dash. And contemplated my wiring skills. And put the dash up for sale with the hope of ending up with a very cheap datalogger. But having done that, and spent a lot of time on the net finding out about the dash, I decided I really did want to keep the thing after all.

So I've spent hours and hours (including half a day with my brother, who's somewhat more competent at this sort of thing than me, being an electrical engineer by training), cutting splicing and wiring under the dash. The old dash panel had to be attacked with drill and tinsnips to cut enough space to mount the new device, and a special mounting plate had to be made up.

At the moment, it looks like an absolute nightmare:

But hopefully I can tidy that up and get it moderately reliable.

I *know* that some of those connections are going to fail. But at least I wired it up, so I should be able to fix it myself. And as far as I can figure out, whatever fails should lose me instrumentation only. I might have to do qualifying without lap times, or race without a shift light, but it shouldn't prevent anything from working.

I hope...