Re: Car hack + Hack adhesives
Article: 7437 of alt.hackers From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Adams) Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: Re: Car hack + Hack adhesives Date: 22 Feb 1995 17:24:29 GMT Organization: US Space Acadamey Lines: 50 Approved: Stanly R. 'Slick' Chapman Message-ID: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Host: ec119.residence.gatech.edu Status: RO
In article <D4BFLw.B33@nova.sarnoff.com>, Hans Baumgartner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >ObDuctTapeCarHack: I was in a 60's Ford Falcon at one of the 3 busiest >intersections >in Los Angeles county (Wilshire & Veteran) throttle coupling broke. We >had to >idle/push the car accross the intersection. I popped the hood was >thrilled to see that >the linkage between the pedal and the throttle wheel was made by a 1/2 >inch hollow >bent steel rod (instead of a sheathed cable like operates bicycle >brakes). A tiny cotter >pin that had held the rod to a peg on the throttle wheel had given up >after 30 years. >One quick wrap of handy DuctTape and the car was back to its >roaring :-) self! I had something similar to this happen in my 1977 Honda Wagon. I was stopped at a stop light. When the light turned green, I pushed the pedal. When I changed to second gear (manual transmission), I heard/felt something pop, and the pedal went all the way to the floor. Except on my Honda, the link WAS a cable. I managed under the momentum I had to get off the road into a parking lot. I phoned home, my dad came out with his truck, and I figured we would try to tow it home (about 8 miles). Silly me! Instead, we turned the idle speed up from ~800 to ~2500, and I drove home! Top speed was only about 35 miles per hour, but we got home! Putting a new cable in was tough work; it goes through the firewall on the passenger side of the car and loops around under the hood. I hope it never breaks again, but now I know what to do if it does! ObHack: Hmmm, running Linux on a 386DX20 with one 40MB hard drive? No, I guess that's just stupid. I did get X running though. Initially, it would only do 640x480, because everything else was outside the monitor's specifications. However, I figured out how to do interlaced and found a dot clock that was just under the line, and got 800x600 @ 45Hz interlaced. Then I really started having fun, and using the same dot clock, got 1024x768 interlaced. Only problem was that it was at 30 Hz refresh, and I had a headache for the rest of the night after looking at it for just a couple of seconds! I still have a problem with the interlaced modes though: it doesn't relly interlace. I only get every other line. This is with XFree86-3.1.1 using a ET4000 based card. Anybody know how to make it work right? -- Chris Adams - Computer Science Junior - Georgia Tech - email@example.com Also: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Home page: http://ec119.residence.gatech.edu/~chris Abandon all hope, ye who PRESS ENTER here.