One door closes, another opens

In this case, it’s a car door that is closing (well it’s not closing, you’ll see what I mean below!).
The time has come for me to part with my mini. This car has become part of my soul over the past 5 years or so that I have owned it, it was my only car during my time at university and we have many good memories, but it simply requires too much work to make it a viable project for me, as much as it pains me to say it. There is simply too much time and money required for me to get it roadworthy again.


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Bad Obsession Tyre Stick-Out Gauge

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The latest episode of Project Binky is out.
This is a brilliant fabrication series documenting an amazing classic mini cross Celica GT4 build. The episodes really show the level of work that goes into a top quality custom car, coupled with lots of British humour.

It’s probably one of my favourite series on YouTube and the quality is shown by the fact they have over 100,000 subscribers despite only having 14 episodes in the series so far.

I would definitely recommend checking them out at: https://www.youtube.com/user/badobsessionmsport

 

 

Why I don’t believe Electric Vehicles are the future

I have an unpopular opinion, and that opinion is that electric vehicles (EVs) are not the future and they aren’t as good as people make them out to be.

It is claimed that EVs are better than typical combustion vehicles as they save you money on fuel while being kinder to the environment, both points I find debatable.

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(NB. Long post warning, I normally like to keep them short and sweet but I got carried away)

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New Job – Racing Ahead

Now some of you may have noticed that I’m an engineer by trade, and you may have noticed that I recently started a new job and having been posting a lot less frequently than before (recently now being a couple of months ago…).

But I am glad to say that I am now working back in Formula 1 again! I am doing Power Unit/ Engine-based work, which is pretty cool as it’s probably the part of engineering I enjoy the most.

I thought it might be worth giving a quick overview of what it’s like to work in Formula 1, as the majority of people are unlikely to know anyone who does, especially outside of the UK!daniel-ricciardo-leads-the-filed-at-the-start-of-the-2016-formula-one-chinese-grand-prix

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How To: Join Wires Without Soldering

A nice quick but handy one today – ever been in a situation where you can’t or don’t want to use solder but still need to form a decent, strong and permanent wire join?

It’s pretty common when working on cars and motorbikes in garages that don’t have power, or even out on the road after a breakdown etc.

This type of repair is low-profile, neat, strong and unlikely to need replacing and can sometimes be preferred  to a soldered joint.
Side note: Soldered joints are not used in motorsport as the solder makes the wires brittle and more likely to snap due to vibrations.

Alternative to this method you can substitute the heat shrink for electrical tape, although this is much less preferred, less neat and far less strong but can be used as a last resort if need be.

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