A quick update to show the progress I've made with the carbon toggle switch conversion.
I will be adding labels under the switches once I've decided the order. The centre silver push button will be the engine start button.
Continuing with Arduino development I decided to have a bash at making a gauge that could monitor all the vital systems in the car but would fit in with the period looks. The obvious way to go is to mount an OLED inside a stripped out Smiths gauge which will be mounted in my carbon centre binnacle.
I bit of googling turned up this project page with some code that I could easily adapt to for my own use. A big thanks to Boris for publishing his code.
Whilst I am waiting for the DC motor to arrive that I'll be using on the Smiths speedometer project I thought I would see what else I can use the Arduino for.
Although I'll be running the R1 clocks mounted behind the steering wheel, I also thought it would be quite cool to convert a standard looking Smiths 52mm gauge into a gear indicator. Normally these sorts of things can be picked up on eBay for £15 but they are ugly and wouldn't work with my interior.
Well it's been quite a while since I updated this blog so I thought I'd share what I've been up to. I've made quite a lot of progress with the build which includes starting lots of little sub-projects.
I have recently turned my hand to Arduino which is proving to be both fun to develop and it's opened a whole new world of possibilities.
I started thinking about how I am going to drive the mechanical Smiths speedometer once I have the bike engine installed. The R1 motor uses a digital pulse to drive the standard clocks (which I will be running in the car) but that's no good for the mechanically driven Smiths gauge. An simple post on the Mini Forum resulted in someone suggesting I look at Arduino.
Well fast forward a couple of weeks I have got a prototype code that will take the digital pulse from the R1, count it over a 1 second interval, convert to MPH, convert that to RPM to drive a DC motor connected to Smiths speedo cable to drive the gauge. It's essentially a digital-to-analog converter. I haven't been able to test it properly as I am still waiting for a DC motor to arrive but I will write up in more detail including my calculations and code when it's working.