Exploding batteries

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Further to this topic, a leading (Oz) builder of a very high quality product has just had first hand experience of just what can happen - in his own van.

The batteries were semi-enclosed (much as in a BT) but fortunately with a metal mesh floor. It is unclear what set off the explosion - but the force blew that part of the floor clean out of the vehicle.
Collyn
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:11

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:11
Spot on and way to go Brian, steady as she goes but I bet you are a little more vigilant about your expensive investment. After all it's hassle free contentment we are all seeking. Do fellow BOGers concur?????????????????

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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:12

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:12
Ernie Et al, I'm going WRXing tonight ...seat the rings in up the gateway .... and a few k's down the M1. !!!!! How about we start a Barrista / Coffee thread tomorrow ......... Regards Anthony Subaristic Pilot (2nd class)
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:13

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:13
Aanthony,
Do you think it's too cold for me too hoon along in
the Cobra ?
David
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:14

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:14
Anthony, when we lived in BNE for a few years I drove the M1 regularly and can tell you where all the good spots are and where they are not. Brmbrmbrm

Not so good though when some knuckledragger runs up the fundermentle orifice of the sucker in front. Like they say in the army 'hurry up and wait'…………………..several times over.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:15

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:15
This seems to be a common problem on Queensland roads. Who cares if you have to "hurry up and wait" when you have a in tow. Just switch off and put the coffee on. Brian
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:16

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:16
Griff recently paid me a visit with his dad on the way to BTi. The fist full of Mastervolt gear he had (ready to install in his BT) is the best spec/quality battery/inverter equipment I've seen to date. The quality of the shunts and inline single use fuses, at 200amp mind you, would be at home at a NASA workshop. If you have a specialist charging requirement ... no problem .... load the software into a pc and set the bulk, absorb, float, equalise and temp compensation (ambient and battery) to the exact spec from the battery manufacturer ........ Their Dakar 1500w/65amp Combi Inverter Charger with a Master Link Combi System Control Panel is state of the art. It gives .... two bank battery monitoring, Ahr counting in %, Time remaining function, Ahr consumed based on Peukert, Historical data , Battery life extension, Inverter/Charger remote control, Low battery contact and an optional rs232 comm port. This system will actually alarm when batteries fall below 35 % capacity. This is the type of gear available now to charge batteries and I believe should be fitted in a BT as 12v is its lifeblood. Anthony
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:17

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:17
Dave, Might be a little brisk still ..... [smile] must be great up Tamborine at 10 in the morning though ..... A mate and I just went to the "Dark Side" whilst we would never sell our Stingrays we have just bought some Subarus ..... He grabbed a STI and a WRX evolution 6 and myself a WRX and the turbo forester for the boss. As soon as she saw 0-100 in 6.4 she was hooked ...[smile] WRX is 5.7 With their close ratio boxes and 4.44 rearends and huge Brembos they are spectacular to drive ....the sti feels like a genuine circuit car on the road. And I never thought I'd see myself saying that ........... [wink] Watch out for the dark side Dave it calls loudly ........... [smile] Anthony
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:18

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:18
Anthony,
The polarity of my blood precludes me from visiting
the 'dark side' however I must admit to another
weakness having bought a juicy late model Supra for my son last year. I
hate to say that that is one nice piece of engineering.
As for the 5.7 secs. that's where we 'drift' apart,
I would be happy to run along side with you (only in a straight line), door
handle to door handle, when you bring that down to my 4.3 secs. (not that I have
door handles).
Maybe Willowbank on a Friday night some time
?
David

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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:19

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:19
Dave, Some time after Cania (read gets a little warmer for the kids) a couple of mates and myself will see a couple of test and tunes at Willowbank. All are BBlock Stingrays and as mine is not finished I bring the barby and billy in the F250. I'm running the effie for sure ..... might find a cruiser to run [smile]. You are very welcome to join us ...just a few guys running their 500 odd hp cars down the track ...with a steakburger and coffee from the back of the effie in the pits !!! The first of this summer might be a wed night as cams officials are thin on the ground and we have a sub 10.99 car with no roll cage planned. I'm gonna challenge that Ernie to a run with effie when he gets that new power Patrol ..... you can run but you cant hide Mr.Nomad ..... [smokin'smile] Anthony
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:20

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:20
Anthony,
Sounds good to me, any night is fine, I just hate
that long cold drive home at night after the drags.
I'm waiting for Safari to finish their new 2003
LC100 Dtronic program for my Sahara, should be ready next month. Then we're
talking over 500 nM from 1500 r.p.m., wow I'll need to carry a ton of sand bags
in the BT to justify the investment.
Regards,David

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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:21

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:21
I know we are going to get into trouble for this (being "off thread" and all), but maybe one day when we are not off Voortrekking, a few of us (10 or so) could syndicate a McLaren F1, garage it at Eastern Creek (along with our 10 factory individually-moulded seats) and do hot laps once a month or so. Could be an amusing vehicle (after all Jonathan Palmer reconned it was the fastest accelerating car he'd ever been in - from 150kph on up). And, being a three seater, we could ferry one another for constructive criticism on points of style - like how many times per lap the driver shut his eyes. GRRRRRiff
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:22

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:22
A McLaren F1 is one of two cars that comes with a years supply of incontinence pads ..... [wink] Anthony
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:23

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:23
Anthony,
I have a friend in Germany who runs a McLaren F1 engine in his road registered Cobra. He told me that
he shut his eyes when he lost his nerve at 320 kph on the Autobahn south of
Frankfurt and was fortunate to hold it in a straight line !
David
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:24

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:24
Dave, I would be taking a holiday in Germany if you have not already !!!! [smile] I see the McLaren has just been pipped by the Bugatti Veyron in 0-100 (2.9 sec) and topend 406kph. Not bad from 16cyc, 8 litre, 64 valve, Quad KKK turboed, Twin watercooled intercoolers, 7 speed box, 736kw and 1250nm, weighs 1600kg and is allwheel drive. I wonder if BTi would design a little 12 footer with a nose cone !!! ??? [grin] Just for short romantic trips to the coast .....you understand .... Anthony
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:25

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:25
.....with the axels WAYYYY aft & the whole rig in 5th Wheeler config to be towed by the $WD (sic) designed by Lambourghini some years back for the Saudi royals to go charging about the desert in. Sweet Griff
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