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  1. Are you sure the BECM and engine ECU are in sync? In a Bosch the immobiliser allows the starter to crank bus disables the coils and injectors.
  2. I'm fitting a TrueTrac to a customer's RRC next week (as soon as all the parts arrive), I'll play around with to get an idea how it would behave on rollers. Because of the centre viscous a standard roller test will be out of the question anyway, but I don't see a problem with the wheels turning in opposite directions for the test. Mind you, I don't actually have brake rollers, so it wont be a conclusive test. Filip
  3. I wouldn't expect any trouble with a TorSen style diff on a normal brake roller. As long as there is no input torque to the R&P there shouldn't be any locking action. Over here the standard rollers check both wheels on an axle at the same time, but for permanent 4wd with a limited centre diff (like the P38) they test one wheel at a time with the other free to turn backwards so the propshaft doesn't turn and there is no torque on the centre diff. Of course if a tester forgets to change the roller set up, the car is likely to drive out of the rollers.
  4. @landroversforever I think the big one in your first picture is actually Baldwin's Liebherr LTM1450 8.1, so a 450ton crane! It was one of the first big mobile cranes to have just one engine, a big 500kW V8. There is a mechanical drive to the pumps in the superstructure for the hydraulics instead of a separate smaller engine as in older cranes. All to keep down transport weight and get a higher lifting capacity for the same on road footprint. Great info here: http://baldwinscranehire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/LTM-1450-.pdf or on the Liebherr website. /anorak off 🙂
  5. Yes, but you'd have enough info to drive by instruments only. 🙂
  6. That sounds like something we would do. 🙂 Only I'd try and drive it back home if at all possible. I've always had a thing for the Elite. But I ended up with an Eclat Excel a couple of years ago. She will come up for sale soon though I still enjoy driving her.
  7. I don't think the Boomerang was ever road legal. But Giugiaro reused a lot of design cues in the Esprit. And you definitely can have a great time daily driving one of those! 😎 As for the dash, I like the idea a lot, just surprised he kept the clock but didn't include a rev counter. I had one fitted to my 90 as soon as it left the dealer.
  8. I've bought a cheap one a couple of months ago, but haven't used it much. The results seem to be hit or miss, which is annoying as that's what I was getting using a bench grinder as well. I'd hoped a dedicated sharpener would make it an easy job and as said would lead to a lot less time wasted using blunt drills. Even if the result is not perfect. So far that has not been the case. I'll have another go this week, now that this thread has given me a wake up call.
  9. Wouldn't applying burst of 12V to power out be enough to keep the magnetic field strong enough to allow the motor to generate current while lowering the car?
  10. This! Nothing to my liking on the market, nothing even remotely affordable that is. Most would annoy the living daylights out of me if I had to drive them. I want to give the Grenadier the benefit of the doubt, but it's off to a bad start being auto only, with a digital dash, BMW switch gear and I'm not convinced about the chassis/suspension as it looks considerably lower than a Defender. Luckily I have 2 project cars that should (almost) perfectly cater for all my driving needs for as long as we're allowed to drive ICE, so I'll happily spend my money on them. Just need to get them finished to get some reward... Filip
  11. Too bad... What's the reason behind the limit? To keep out larger/heavier vehicles? It doesn't seem that twisty so I don't see a long wheelbase causing much trouble.
  12. As above, you've seem to have checked everything but the starter.
  13. With the ignition off you should have no voltage at the MAF as it is fed by the main relay, not directly from the battery. The SLABS ECU does stay awake for a few mintues after locking to allow for self levelling. So make sure you give it enough time. If you still have a drain, pull the fuses that are permanently live one by one until the drain disappears. That will narrow it down.
  14. You're a brave man to start such a project! I'd be worried about the damage that can't be seen unless fully stripped (and even then) but might show up over time, with connections going bad etc.
  15. Keep the faith, you'll get there!
  16. Especially the previous model (the light green one in the vid) looks like a G-wagon shrunken down a bit. Just to prove I'm a grumpy old barsteward, I prefer the old one, not only the looks but also the lack of a touchscreen and other gizmos. It didn't seem very convincing offroad though, the lack of center differential and IFS with obviously limited articulation let it down. The lever operated lockers are nice though! Not taking price into account, I'd still prefer one of these to a new Defender, just because of the character and because there's less electrickery to annoy me. I'll take a Niva over both any day. 🙂
  17. That sounds like a fun project! 😎 Everybody likes pictures... It is possible that the engineblock was cast in 2001, the GEMS management (and 'brick' intake etc) was only used up to '99 by Land Rover, but lasted longer with TVR etc as they never made the transition to Bosch management and the 'banana' manifolds. I have a Megasquirt running an engine with a GEMS flywheel (though not yet in the car...) and standard sensor, so the Emerald should cope as well. Makes for a tidy install without the addition of a toothed wheel at the front. Filip
  18. There are different sensors for manual and automatic because of the location of the tooth wheel. But that can be solved by playing around with the spacers as well. Also a difference between early and later GEMS, early ones have the connector high up near the coils and a short wire on the sensor, later ones have a longer loom with the connector directly at the sensor. I think the connector is the same, so interchangeable if you adjust the wire length in the loom. Please tell us a bit more about your project, that will help give the correct info. Are you using the standard GEMS ECU or something aftermarket like MegaSquirt? Also, there's no such thing as a 2001 GEMS, they were replaced by the Bosch ECM in 1999. Filip
  19. Hard to find indeed... Probably due to it being an old program (last version was 2014 I think) and not straightforward to get it running on a modern OS. And there being so many online versions out there now. I had a version on CD, but that didn't survive the fire...
  20. Exactly this! Luckily there seems to be some renewed interest in nuclear. Even the greens are now realizing building new gas (or coal) plants is not really a sustainable answer. I have heard fusion research is making progress as well. 🙂
  21. PB and BY are the 2 signal wires on the sensor in a GEMS. The Bosch has a separate 3rd B wire for earth.
  22. The drains are a stiff pipe, I blew through it with some cleaner before reassembling. All seemed well but I'll double check when I get back.
  23. I got the turbo out again, only took about 3 hours now that I knew what I was doing and could cut a few more corners (like leaving the prop in place)... It doesn't look good. First off, there was a lot of oil (as in 1-2 liter!) in the air hoses, both from the air filter and to the intercooler. The intercooler also held a good amount of oil. So clearly the turbo oil feed was working (I did clean and check it before putting the rebuild turbo in) but something caused the seals to fail again. Once I had it on the bench, much to my surprise the entire compressor wheel was missing! I found some debris and swarf in the oil, more than last time. But not nearly enough to make up an entire compressor wheel. So either the parts fell out while I struggled the turbo out of the car or it got blown into the engine (or at least into the intercooler). What really needs answering is what could have caused this rapid failure? I can't just put another turbo in and hope for the best... I'll send an email to the supplier for advice. I didn't expect the turbos to last another 400k km but certainly not fail straight away either. I also need to decide what to do with the RHS. It seems fine, I'll check for oil in the pipework but don't really feel like taking everything apart again without good reason either. Filip
  24. There used to be the Microcat CDs, with unlocked version available. I can't find a copy anymore, but I'm sure there out there if you search a bit.
  25. That goes with all the added creature comfort I'm afraid. I was hoping for the last Lotus ICE to be a new Esprit, not a next generation Evora. I'm sure it will be a great car and appeal to a bigger crowd as there seems to be a lot of interest from non-Lotus owners, which is what Geely wanted. Those who prefer an Elise/Exige will be harder to convince. And a new Esprit, if it ever happens, is likely to be electric (which puts us back on topic somewhat 🙂 ). I've only seen renderings of the Munro, but based on an Ibex is certainly a good start. The limited range is probably enough for most practical applications like farmers (the original/main market for the Ibex I think) but could be a problem for leisure users wanting to take an offroad trip or drive to a pay&play and back. Unless we put a big diesel generator at each offroad site. 🙂 "You can go anywhere, as long as there's electricity" doesn't really cut it... And not as easily solved as just putting a can of petrol/diesel in the back. Filip
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