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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:02 pm 
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I just see you adding weight but not removing any. This plus the rotating mass could be the problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:12 pm 
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Not sure if you have covered this before, but is that a second oil filter behind the battery?

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:33 am 
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You make a good point Pictureshowman,
although I think the most weight I've added is in the drivers seat, I've put on over 25kg since middle age officially arrived. :lol:
I'm going on a diet so that should help a little. {When I've lost enough weight I'll start the cars diet. :lol: }

I also wonder if the extra 12.5 cm circumference between the old tyres and the ones on it now would account for the drop in recorded speed and that the actual speed hasn't changed as much as I think. The rotational mass is definitely having an effect though.

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Not sure if you have covered this before, but is that a second oil filter behind the battery?

No Pauly, haven't mentioned it before, and no, it's just a catch can with a breather on it I picked up here a couple of years ago. Interesting idea though. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:02 pm 
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I think you've answered your own questions.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 4:36 pm 
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After waiting a year I finally bought one of these from gtaye.
Let the fun begin :!:


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 3:41 pm 
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Good work, but the sticker is to really stay on the chip, as when the window is uncovered if an amount of UV Light gets to it, it starts erasing the chip and could cause it not to work.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 7:28 pm 
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gtaye wrote:
Good work, but the sticker is to really stay on the chip, as when the window is uncovered if an amount of UV Light gets to it, it starts erasing the chip and could cause it not to work.


OOPS.
Does an overhead flouro type energy saver bulb give off much UV?
Just finished getting the old one out and the new one in today so maybe 5 days without the sticker on....
What are my chanced of being F.U.B.A.R.ed?
I'll PM you.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 10:01 am 
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All back together,
Turns out to be only limited success since the little bugger won't fire up.
aparantly I may have erased the eprom. #-o

Lucky I still have the original chip I can re-install and confirm either erasure of eprom or insufficient contact of the cradle to the PCB.

Still, I did learn something so not a complete waste of time. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:12 am 
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One erased and reprogrammed eprom later along with a damaged PCB track and a broken wire in the fuse box which needed fixing and we're back on the road. =D>

Thanks to gtaye for the repairs
ellpee for advice and tech support
Git-Sum for his info and patience.

Off to wear out some tyres.......


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Great to see she is all fixed! Have fun with the extra RPM and kw! :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:10 pm 
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Great to see! Also glad the ECU Repair was fairly Striaght forward,

Dave did a good job fitting the socket, and chip, but seemed to just get one of the tracks damaged, I Managed to Fix it using a Fly Lead repair :) and re-run the Track

An Example of when you think ECU's are dead, but all they need is some love'n

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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Got to remember our cars are over 20 years old now, years and years of vibrations. Glad you guys got it sorted, years ago the ecu would have just been scraped like gtaye posted.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:03 pm 
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Since the ECU is working quite nicely, thought it was time to pull the finger out and paint the Cappo rims like I'd originally planned. Pity it's so stupidly cold, taking forever for the paint to dry.
Looks like some new rubber on the spending list soon. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:08 pm 
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Nice work Dave.
Good to see you've still got it and still improving it. I'll always have fond memories of that car, despite all the problems it had when I bought and sold it.


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:23 pm 
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Hey Quazimoto, nice to hear from you.

He still eats tyres but once I get the camber issue fixed next week I can buy some new ones.
(Gone through 16 since I bought it from you.)
Build's been a bit slow due to lack of funds and a job but that should be sorted in the near future.

Have you still got yours?

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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I would have thought that a wheel align with camber to cost a lot less than 16 tyres?

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:47 pm 
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It sure would,
however, every time I took it in for the alignment(which I thought was the issue and would have cost $80) over the first 18+ months there was another issue that I was told needed to be fixed before the alignment could be done;
too much engine movement, all new engine mounts installed.
Rack ends screwed, two new ones installed.
O/S ball joint screwed; replaced with new.
Steering rack ruined by water over causeways into work, 2nd hand replacement.
N/S front bearing screwed, 2nd hand replacement,
Too much movement of engine under load, strut brace with engine steady.
O/s ball joint screwed due to damaged boot and causeways, 2nd new item to replace again.
O/S CV joint rooted. Replaced both driveshafts with new parts.
N/S rear bearing screwed, decided to replace both rears with new parts.

Woohoo! alignment done!
three weeks later crashed the car.
fixed that and registered it. (got a full set of replacement tyresin preparation for the RWC)

Picked up the Cappo rims which had crap tyres but still some tread so ran them for a while. That was when I found that the alignment hadn't fixed the issue and concluded that it must logically be a camber issue. :(

Fortunately (sort of) I was buying used tyres from the wrecker for $40 to $50 each so not as painful on the pocket as it may have been. I've refused to buy new tyres until I get the wear issue sorted.

Now i have the camber bolts installed and just need to get the whole lot sorted out once and for all. Then it's brand new tyres time.
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