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Haynes Internal Combustion Engine

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Jan 1, 2011 in Tech

First of all, I’d like to say a massive thank you to our good friend Antirealism for buying me and C such an interest Christmas present.

Secondly, I’m not sure what you all did for New Years eve, however thanks to Andy, me and C were kept occupied by the Haynes Internal Combustion Engine.

As we hadn’t planned on going out, to stand in an packed pub, which we’d spend a fortune to get into, to only have to spend the majority of the night queueing at the bar….we decided to get some beer in, and build the engine 🙂

I had no idea these thing existed until the Christmas special of the Top Gear …however after watching it, they were firmly on my radar. You can imagine how grateful we were when Andy turned up on Boxing Day with our present 🙂

The tech spec on the description gives the below

  • The engine you will build is a simplified version of a real car engine. The model is designed to be fun to put together and to help you understand how a full-size four-stroke car engine works.
  • Includes a Haynes manual giving you clear step-by-step instructions to guide you through the build process.
  • Comes complete with all of the parts and tools you need to assemble the working model.
  • The on/off controller includes a sound chip which reproduces the noise of a real engine.
  • For ages 10 years and over.

The engine took us around 2 1/2 hours to build, which wasn’t bad as we were drinking at the same time.

Below are the unboxing and building photos, and a video of the engine running.

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Vauxhall Vectra SRI CDTI (150)

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Feb 3, 2009 in Brain Dump

Due to C taking a new job, we were forced to buy a new car. Lucky for us, in the current climate, we were able to pick up a decent car for a fraction of the price.

As you can probably tell by the title, we picked up an 08 plate Black Vauxhall Vectra SRI CDTI (150). Granted it’s a diesel, but it’s quick. The 150 stands for 150bhp, and it even pulls in 6th. On my final trek back from the garage, I had to do a junction on the M6, and I got to put my foot down a little, the pull I got from the car, but a big smile on my face. I know the car is only 150bhp, but when you’ve been used to driving a 1.4 Clio, this is a massive improvement.

The car has electric everything, really nice to drive. Couple of downsides though, in an 08 car, I expected as a minimum that the car would have an MP3 player, or at least a 3.5mm jack to connect an mp3 player.

Another weird downside of the stereo is….it doesn’t turn off when you kill the ignition ? I got out of the car last night, locked it up, and the continued to play, thinking this was some kind of delay thing, I left it for a minute or 2, and still it played. I can see the battery going flat me thinks.

edit: Fixed the stereo, it was a setting.

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