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Offline Jo

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Jo's Box
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:37:26 PM »
 :naughty: That nice postman has just left me a little box.

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 12:52:58 PM »
Looks like you'v got a wee job with the soldering iron 8)             Ian S C

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 12:53:43 PM »
Now lets see if you can resist playing with your box until you are supposed to.

And make sure Eric does not get his grubby little mitts on it either, you know what he does to things like this.

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 12:57:23 PM »
Now lets see if you can resist playing with your box until you are supposed to.

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 01:48:08 PM »
Hmmm, a complex.

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 02:28:52 PM »
That looks like a very nice kit there Jo. Minimag Co. seems to be growing and adding new products and doing so in a quality and well thought out manner. Will this be used on multiple engines or dedicate to just one?

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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2014, 03:07:33 PM »
Bill,

This box is designed to go between engines, save having one ignition for each. I am promised that it will work for both points and magnetic pickup  :whoohoo: The quality is looking excellent, clear step by step instruction, even if I found the price :o but it is an early birthday present so I didn't pay for it ;)

So far the nylon for the spacers has been horrible to turn  :ShakeHead: but the acetal for the HT outlet is ok  :)

Jo
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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 03:29:44 PM »
Jo, yes I noticed the price on their site, but if the quality is there it isn't so bad. I, like many here am just tired of the "take your chanced" quality often associated with far eastern goods. Hope you will keep posting your progress on the "build."

And yes.....acetal is a far better machining material than nylon!!

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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 05:00:29 PM »
The HT terminal has to have a hole drilled across it and a nylon screw fitted in one side. A slot drill did a handsome job of squareing up the bottom of the slot. The instructions for setting the sparkplug gap confused me but follow it word for word and it all comes clear  ;)

The battery tray drawing had me puzzled as it seemed to have a tapered top edge but the side of the battery is tapered that is the result of bending it up. I had thought of bending it with my benders that fit in the vice but because of that top angled edge I got my old trusty sheet metal bender out.

Next is the top panel. I really need a Q-max cutter for the meter  :thinking:

Jo
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 05:34:59 PM »
You don't hang about, Jo! It only arrived this morning and you're already bending metal!

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 05:54:00 PM »
I was just thinking the same thing Simon...I hope you didn't tackle the poor postman Jo and wrestle it from his hands  :lolb:

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2014, 06:46:10 PM »
What size Q-max punch do you need Jo?

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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2014, 07:28:54 PM »
Thanks Eric but we are already past that bit  :lolb:

That paper template looked too tempting not to use so a couple of bits of double sided sticky tape and the hole centres were punched.

Holes in 1mm aluminium, especially this stuff they do for panels is easy to cut. I measured up and found I could cut to nearly 60mm before the hole would show behind the meter so a 54mm hole saw came in handy. The 18mm for the HT output was customised up from 12.5mm with a cone cutter and one of my tapered reamers to finish.

The front panel has three of these self holding rivets. Easy to fit drill a 3mm hole, use a large diameter bit of bar with a 3mm hole in it give it a clout from the other side of the panel and they go straight in flush.

Then it is label time. Ignore their instructions only take an edge of the backing off and fold it along the length, then line that up before you rip the rest off, saves it getting dirty and lines up so much easier  ;)

The holes in the label were cut out with a scalpel. They are a bit furry around the edges but they will individually be sorted when the components are fitted in the morning ;)

And now I have this funny looking circuit diagram to think about, over a glass of that wine that a lovely gentleman gave me  :embarassed:

Jo
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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2014, 07:36:17 PM »
Jo you will enjoy this little box and it does do what is says. How I know, I have one and it is simple to assemble and use. Just be sure to set the spark gap on the HV terminal. This is the keep the HV from distroying your coil should it fire without a spark plug installed. Good luck girl!

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Re: Jo's Box
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2014, 08:32:22 PM »
Thanks Don,

Their lack of description as to why they did that on the HV terminal did have me a bit puzzled.

Do you have any experience on using these with normal points? 

Jo
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