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#1 xrocketengineer

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 12:14 AM

Today I went to a local car show. There was hot/rat rod with a death team with plenty of skeletons and bones everywhere. Since it was not my thing, I was ready to walk away and continue looking at other cars. A guy standing next to me looking at the engine said "I have never seen anything like that". I looked and surely enough the small block Chevy V8 spark plug wires were made out of barbed wire! Except for the coil wire, everything was bare barbed wire! The owner showed up (he was selling it) and said that it ran fine and it was not a problem even with the dew at night. Obviously, the engine being bare, it is a fair weather car.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:27 AM

Well, I guess in lieu of Insulated Ignition Wires, making them from Barbed Wire is deterrent enough from touching them !



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Posted 03 December 2018 - 09:10 AM

Guess it will last forever, if anyone wants some PM me

 

Galvanized barbed wire with brass ends, to fit the dizzy cap and plugs unique on a Mini until the 2nd one sells

 

My mate Jeff will laugh his ******* off....he's a fencing contractor !!



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Posted 03 December 2018 - 09:12 AM

The control freekery consorship on here is re-dick-ulus all I put was a male birds name



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Posted 03 December 2018 - 12:44 PM

....all I put was a male birds name

They object to Eric!

....how am i supposed to talk about my budgie?

 

I wouldn't pay too much attention to the claim of seeing a barbed wire loom - i think he's been sniffing rocket fuel again :P



#6 nicklouse

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 12:48 PM

like this

https://youtu.be/ro5-V3fEBg0



#7 xrocketengineer

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 03:16 PM


 

Yep, but it looked like regular barbed wire and not copper based. Duh! It is a small block Ford. First try with Imgur.

 

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I think I got it!


Edited by xrocketengineer, 03 December 2018 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2018 - 02:14 PM

Must be a lot of fun to set the idle speed and the distributor timing.  :ohno:



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Posted 04 December 2018 - 05:09 PM

There must be a reason normal plug wires are covered in insulation.................



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 02:28 AM

Oh, I get it now!  The barbed wire spark plug wires on the Rat Rod came first. The  "Death Theme" came after......



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:35 PM

We used to have a mains electric fencer and used it with barbed wire on some fences 

 

They run at about 3000 Volts but a low amps, like HT leads its a hell of a belt

 

But if you have a short it interferes with radio signals 3/4 of a mile away



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 02:26 PM

When I was in college, in the first electrical engineering basics lab they told us that a current of only 200 milliamps was lethal to a person because it would cause the heart to fibrillate. Any current below that value would cause no harm and any current above might or might not be survivable due to other reasons. However, we would have to take their word for it, they did not let us run the experiment.     


Edited by xrocketengineer, 05 December 2018 - 07:04 PM.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 02:40 PM

There must be a reason normal plug wires are covered in insulation.................

It's to stop you hitting your head on the bonnet.... or if the bonnets not fitted then the garage roof!

 

As a youngster i touched a CRT TV with the back cover removed - that was the day i learnt you don't need wings to fly.

Had a propensity for static build up ever since. Can't even touch a mini door handle without getting a whack so i have to earth myself out by making love to a woman at least once a day - well that's my excuse & i'm sticking to it ;-) .



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:44 PM

When I was in college, in the first electrical engineering basics lab they told us that a current of only 200 milliamps was lethal to a person because it would cause the heart to fibrillate. Any current below that value would cause no harm and any current above might or might not be survivable due to other reasons. However, we would have to take their word for it, they did not let us run the experiment.     

Thats not quite true, it depends on the voltage.

 

If you touch both terminals of your car battery nothing happens even through it has an output of several hundred amps because it doesn't have enough voltage to push it through your skin.

 

If you break the skin (for example in a hospital when carrying out various procedures) then even low voltages and currents can be fatal. Hospitals do (or at least should) have specialist earthing systems in some locations (depending upon the procedure) to avoid small potential differences between metal items in the room to prevent this happening.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:42 AM

It's all black magic and alien technology to me. If it's not oily and can't be fixed with a hammer or big shifter then I don't trust it.

 

I remember having to fight/cheat/swindle my way through the electrical part of my Engineering qualifications, before being able to switch to full mechanical rather than mech/elec.

 

I gave up trying to do anything with it after giving myself a big belt removing a battery from my mates Hi-Lux (I think the spanner touched the body). As for domestic stuff, forget it - terrifies me! 






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