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Old 22 Apr 2021, 15:29 (Ref:4047316)   #1996
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back in the day bikes were 6v vs cars 12v - could it be that or have they all standardised nowadays? (as you can tell I also know nowt about bikes)
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Old 22 Apr 2021, 15:44 (Ref:4047325)   #1997
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back in the day bikes were 6v vs cars 12v - could it be that or have they all standardised nowadays? (as you can tell I also know nowt about bikes)
Glad it is not just me!

The battery I have here is 12v, a FIAMM.
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Old 22 Apr 2021, 15:47 (Ref:4047326)   #1998
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back in the day bikes were 6v vs cars 12v - could it be that or have they all standardised nowadays? (as you can tell I also know nowt about bikes)

Being of a fairly similar vintage to you, David, my initial thoughts were the same as you. In fact, until recently I had a pretty swish charger that had three, no four settings. Firstly was a fast charge for 12 volts, then a trickle rate, then 12 volts for bikes and finally 6 volts.

And I also know nowt about bikes.
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Old 22 Apr 2021, 16:12 (Ref:4047333)   #1999
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Over the years things have change, you see. Today, a Yamaha 1000 cc pumps out around 200 hp, a good 600 makes c 120 hp, both remaining reliable and road homologated. In '76, a 750 Trident had 60 hp…
Sorry if this is surprising news for you but the name Neil Armstrong is connected to the moon not to a shock absorber!

John, with such a FIAMM battery I guess the horn plays La Cucaracha just to scare the groundhogs and moles sleeping around! If the thing does not start, check the coil and pull the string!
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If your charger doesn't have a trickle charge option, you could always use a car battery as a buffer. Connect the charger to your larger car battery, and use jump leads (or something much lighter, there won't be the amperage) from that to your mini tractor battery.
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Old 23 Apr 2021, 08:49 (Ref:4047452)   #2001
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If your charger doesn't have a trickle charge option, you could always use a car battery as a buffer. Connect the charger to your larger car battery, and use jump leads (or something much lighter, there won't be the amperage) from that to your mini tractor battery.
Thanks Viva. My charger claims to be for all 12v batteries but does not appear to have a trickle function. Since neither the battery nor the tractor are mine, I'll withdraw my offer to charge it!
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Wise decision, John. I thing all chargers have a built in trickle function but dont take the risk if all the stuff is not yours. If everything goes wrong for your mate, you can consider a jump start using your car battery.
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The latest Project Binky episode is now up on YouTube for those of you who, like me, are addicted to it.
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And for anyone into Scooter racing - or even if you're not - whilst playing with YouTube you might enjoy this on-bike capture from Cadwell Park.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcUSKaUtPK8
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Very happy to have finished 65th out of 71 finishers, 96 starters (I was seeded 95) on today’s Snetterton Stages rally. Was absolutely bricking it in advance, and that feeling did not dissipate when I arrived and saw the number of recent WRC type cars taking part, probably more than on any recent WRC rally!
Happy with that for only my second ever rally and first time out in my (budget) Escort. 14th out of 17 in class, think there were about 22 in my class at the start.
Had a few driver errors! One co driver error when we ended up “wrong slotting” and doing an extra lap! And the car was very down on power on the third third stage as the throttle cable melted and we only had part throttle.
Good fun but I am shattered now as I hadn’t realised how absolutely knackering it is to drive cars without power steering through loads of successive hairpins and tight corners. And all the driver errors were caused by just simply not being able to wrestle the wheel round quickly enough through some very tight sections.
(Might have to look in to a power steering modification!)
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Old 25 Apr 2021, 23:21 (Ref:4047844)   #2007
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Well done Andy, glad to hear you had fun and finished you first rallye. I dont know what exactly "melted throttle cable" means but it sounds like an earth is missing.

Power steering assist, now??? Its for old puny pensioners! Learn the good use of the handle brake first, adjust the driving posture, fit a large diameter dished steering wheell (like the Avo or Springalex) and test again. Rompez!
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Well done Andy, glad to hear you had fun and finished you first rallye. I dont know what exactly "melted throttle cable" means but it sounds like an earth is missing.

Power steering assist, now??? Its for old puny pensioners! Learn the good use of the handle brake first, adjust the driving posture, fit a large diameter dished steering wheell (like the Avo or Springalex) and test again. Rompez!
Thanks Gerard, the melted throttle cable was the sheathing that the cable runs in, it melted due to the engine heat and the steel cable was restricted in its ability to move within the sheath so the car drove like it the brakes were stuck on!
We will improve the heat protection and cooling within the engine bay and fit a larger diameter steering wheel in the first instance but several companies do a power steering kit modification for Escorts and I may fit that. I am not yet a pensioner but maybe puny! There is a market for the kits so presumably plenty of puny drivers about!
On a normal circuit, or even a little sprint circuit like Curborough (for those that know it) the steering is fine but on these sorts of single venue tarmac rallies there are usually lots of very tight, 1st gear, hairpins in succession and they become very hard work without power steering. I didn’t have a problem with the MX5 on a similar rally back in December.
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Thanks Gerard, the melted throttle cable was the sheathing that the cable runs in, it melted due to the engine heat and the steel cable was restricted in its ability to move within the sheath so the car drove like it the brakes were stuck on!
We will improve the heat protection and cooling within the engine bay and fit a larger diameter steering wheel in the first instance but several companies do a power steering kit modification for Escorts and I may fit that. I am not yet a pensioner but maybe puny! There is a market for the kits so presumably plenty of puny drivers about!
On a normal circuit, or even a little sprint circuit like Curborough (for those that know it) the steering is fine but on these sorts of single venue tarmac rallies there are usually lots of very tight, 1st gear, hairpins in succession and they become very hard work without power steering. I didn’t have a problem with the MX5 on a similar rally back in December.
Run the throttle cable round the engine bay away from the exhaust manifold. You may need a longer cable. We did this with the Capri which had a similar problem. We do the same with the MGB.
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