This new section is
dedicated to the daily running and repairs of RUR,
after the restoration.
Once the restoration of RUR
was completed, the Landy had to be safety inspected, before I could
legally drive it. To be honest, I was worried, not of the work that I've done, but of the inspection. The
inspection can vary between inspectors, even in the same station. We've always had mixed results with
the wife's car.
Well, my hesitations turned out to be unfounded, the inspector was impressed. The majority of his
comments, while he was under the Landy, were, "that's new, this is new, very clean........." He was impressed
that a 24 year old vehicle could be in such good condition. "No Faults Noted, Pass"
In the 3 month's since RUR
has been safety inspected, I have driven it everyday ! I'm enjoying the
rewards of 3½ years of hard work ;-)
A number of running repairs and upgrades have been done within this short time.
One of the first things that
I had reservations about, is the wiring to the headlights. I was amassed at
the size of the wire to the headlights, so, therefore I replaced it all, from the main wiring harness, with a
much heavier grade 12 wire.
While changing the wires, I
installed relay's, one to high beam and another to low beam. I can't really
say that there is a difference in the light output, but there is a difference at idle. You know how, if you
rev the motor at idle, the headlights will get brighter, well that brightness surge is less noticeable.
Next came the signal switch in the
steering column. It began acting up, actually living up to the old saying,
"Lucus, The Princess of Darkness". When I would switch between high and low beams, the headlights began
to go out. No fun when I work nights! Then a few days later, when I would signal left or right, the
headlights began to go out! To say the least, I wasn't impressed, so a new switch was ordered and installed.
I've been having an on going
problem with keeping a fully charged battery. At first, I was blaming it on
the battery, but after replacing it 3 times under warranty, I had to look elsewhere's. The alternator has a
new voltage regulator and it produces 14.0V, exactly what it's rated for.
I was totally baffled, everything is as it should be, but, when it's minus temperature , the Landy will not
Well, searching the internet and talking with a few people, I finally have the answer.
Today batteries are basically called "Green Batteries", because they are environmentally friendly. The
acid content is considerably less than say batteries from the seventies or the eighties. To compensate
for the lower acid content, vehicle charging systems have been upgraded to produce a higher voltage
output of 14.4V, in order to maintain a fully charged battery.
Simple enough, I was never fully charging my battery. Plus, Bosch alternator's have been know to
be conservative with voltage outputs. So, searching the internet, I found a guy that was using a diode on his
(Bosch) voltage regulator, so that it would produce a higher voltage output to his car battery. The whole idea
with the diode, is to use it in place of the ground contact on the voltage regulator. It delays the regulator
from sensing the current flow from the ground, causing it to produce a higher voltage output, approx. a
half volt above the set max. Simple right ?? ;-)
Actually, it was just a 30 minute conversion, that does work. The diode that I'm using is # 1N5402
that I bought from my local t.v. repair shop. As you can see in the picture to the right, I carefully
removed the ground contact and soldered in the diode.
Now, I'm getting 14.5V at the battery.
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