Use it Again

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

This wagon was made completely from scrap. 

  

The basin is an old concrete mixing tub.

The fame work is old shelving.

The axle, wheels, and tires were taken from a scrap mini van.   

As I look at scrap I look for alternative uses. Either I construct something useful or I send it to the scrap yard where it's melted down and turned into something totally new. Time and effort has already been spent in making the existing object, so why not make the best of it. As for the wagon it is larger than the lawn and garden carts sold at discount stores and can hall a heavier load. This picture doesn’t show the completed product. The wagon was painted with scrap paint.  

Yes, paint that was left over from a contractors project.   

Purchased for pennies on the dollar.

Hybrid Cars

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

The hybrid car can run on electricity, gasoline, or both. The hybrid gasoline engine is assisted by electric motors. This unique design incorporates electric motors placed in the transmission of the vehicle. As the vehicle comes to a stop the gasoline engine is turned off by the hybrid controller or computer may be another term used to describe the controller. By turning the gasoline engine off when stopped the fuel consumption is reduced. As the vehicle accelerates from a stop the controller starts the gasoline engine and the electric motors assist by adding torque and horse power to the gasoline engine. The additional horse power from the electric motors reduces fuel consumption for the gasoline engine. 

The electric motors receive their voltage from a battery pack.The battery pack is made up of several cells wired together and uses transformers and capacitors to convert low DC voltage into high AC current or electricity to run the electric motors. The high voltage leads are all ran in orange colored wire. The orange color coded wire insures that the technician knows to use special safety equipment when handling these wires.   The battery pack is charged by the electric motors. When the vehicle is decelerating or stopped the motors are no longer producing torque, they are producing charging current to keep the battery pack fully charged. 

The hybrid controller also controls the braking of the vehicle. The electric motor is used to slow the vehicle down when the brakes are applied. Because the motors are only connect to the drive wheels usually located in the front of the vehicle they are the only ones being slowed down by motors . The rear brakes do not have a motor unless the vehicle is four wheel drive, so the hydraulic brakes are always used to stop the rear wheels and they are controlled by the controller. When force is applied to the brake pedal, the force is calculated by the controller and the controller determines the rate of stopping distance.   If the force is extreme the controller will over ride the use of the motors to bring the vehicle to a stop by applying the hydraulic brake brakes to all wheels. The ABS system is part of the brake system and plays a part in preventing skids. The controller controls the ABS module or computer.

Main-te-nance

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

Main-te-nance

  1. continuing repair work: work that is done regularly to keep a machine, building, or piece of equipment in good condition and working order
  2. condition: working order
  3. maintaining of something: the continuation or preservation of something 

The filter above is an air filter designed to keep continuation from entering the engines air intake system. As you can this filter is extremely dirty. Maintenance of the filter has not been performed until now. When a filter gets this dirty bad things begin to happen. The fuel mileage drops off, the engine searches for alternative sources to draw air into the engine, and the engine performance suffers. The crankcase ventilation system is one alternative source for the engine to draw air from. When it pulls from this area of the engine it brings with it engine oil. The oil is mixed with the air / fuel mixture in the combustion chamber and causes damage to the spark plugs and emissions system.

4th of July Party - 2011

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

This years 4th of July party went very well, everyone had a great time. We had guest that came from as far as Germany and Texas. Check out the video of the fireworks. You know it's a good party when the children have a good time. They played hard up to the fireworks and continued after the show was over. We grilled steaks, bratwurst, hamburgers, and shishkebabs. Thank you to all the guest that brought a cover dish. Everyone enjoyed the food, fireworks, and visitation.

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2nd Annual Ostrander Car and Bike Show

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

The 2nd Annual Ostrander Car and Bike Show proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project & the Ostrander Fireworks committee. The show was a great success. Chris Dylan from QFM96 spent the day at the show. Chris interviewed the owners of some of the classic cars and socialized with the public. Auto Inspection Service held a drawing for a flat screen TV and two GPS units. The winners were Tyler Duraud of North Lewisburg won the flat screen TV and Betty Kendrick and Jon Erwin both from Ostrander won the GPS units. Twenty five other lucky winners won a free oil filter lube service. The kids really enjoyed the dunk tank and miniature gold course. The golf cart racing was a big hit. Chris Dylan got a ride in the winning cart. The driver advised his to hold on. Overall good time for everyone.