50 Awesome Auto Projects for the Evil Genius


The Evil Genius format is the perfect "vehicle" for 50 incredible automotive projects that are compatible with any car, no matter what make, model, or year. Focusing on low-cost, easily obtained components, the book lists the items needed to complete each project along with a troubleshooting and repair section.
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The Evil Genius format is the perfect "vehicle" for 50 incredible automotive projects that are compatible with any car, no matter what make, model, or year. Focusing on low-cost, easily obtained components, the book lists the items needed to complete each project along with a troubleshooting and repair section.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071458238
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/30/2005
  • Series: Evil Genius Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,068,976
  • Product dimensions: 10.72 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Gavin Harper is an amateur hobbyist, member of a number of classic car clubs, and devoted British car enthusiast. His current "fleet" includes a 1983 Austin Mini and a 1979 MG Midget much to his family's displeasure. Gavin is currently studying with the Open University in the Honors program toward a bachelor of science technology and with University of East London toward a master of science in architecture with a focus on advanced environmental and energy studies. He holds qualifications in IT, engineering, and computer-aided design. Gavin is a Science and Engineering Ambassador for the SETNET group and is actively involved in promoting science, engineering, and technology in schools.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Chapter 1 Instrumentation 1
Project 1 Constructing a Digital Gauge 1
You Will Need 1
Tools 1
Project 2 Adding a Lamp Failure Monitor 4
You Will Need 4
Tools 4
Circuit Operation 4
Construction 4
Introducing ... The LM391x Series of ICs 5
So How Do We Go About Building a Digital Dashboard ... 6
Using the LM3915/6 Effectively in Your Own Designs 6
Project 3 Constructing a Simple Voltmeter 7
You Will Need 7
Tools 7
Project 4 Constructing the Mixture Meter 8
You Will Need 8
Tools 8
Calibration Procedure 9
Troubleshooting 10
Project 5 Installing an EGO Sensor 10
You Will Need 10
Tools 10
One-Wire EGO Sensor 11
Two-Wire EGO Sensor (ISO-EGO Sensor) 11
Three-Wire EGO Sensor (HEGO Sensor) 11
Four-Wire EGO Sensor (ISO HEGO Sensor) 11
Troubleshooting 11
Out-of-Car Testing and Inspection 11
In-Car Testing and Inspection 12
Project 6 Building an Expandable VU Meter 12
You Will Need (Per Channel) 12
Tools 12
Project 7 Building a Digital Tachometer 13
You Will Need 13
Tools 13
Project 8 Adding a Voice Enunciator 14
You Will Need 14
Tools 14
Chapter 2 Comfort Features 17
Electric Door Mirrors Explained 17
Project 9 Installing Electric Door Mirrors 18
You Will Need 18
Tools 18
Project 10 Installing Electric Windows 20
Type 1 Aftermarket Window Kits 21
Type 2 Aftermarket Window Kits 22
Type 3 Aftermarket Window Kits 22
You Will Need 23
Tools 23
Mechanical Installation 23
Step 123
Step 223
Step 323
Step 424
Step 524
Step 624
Step 725
Step 825
Step 925
Step 1025
Electrical Installation 26
Troubleshooting 26
Project 11 Installing Heated Seats 27
You Will Need 27
Tools 27
Troubleshooting 29
Project 12 Installing a Lumbar Support 30
You Will Need 30
Tools 30
Installation Instructions for a Front-Mounted Bladder 31
Installation Instructions for a Rear-Mounted Bladder 31
Installation Instructions for a Seat Pouch or Pump 31
Installation of Wiring 31
Troubleshooting 32
Chapter 3 Intelligent Functions 33
Project 13 Installing an Automatic Head-lamp Switch 33
You Will Need 33
Tools 34
Project 14 Installing Automatic Dip-Beam Lights 35
You Will Need 35
Tools 35
Project 15 Installing Simple Intelligent Wipers 36
You Will Need 36
Tools 36
Project 16 Constructing a Rain Sensor 37
You Will Need 37
Tools 37
Project 17 Installing Advanced Intelligent Wipers 38
Principle of Operation 38
You Will Need 39
Tools 39
Locating the Sensor 40
Electrical Installation 41
Troubleshooting 41
Resetting the Raintronic 42
Reinitializing Raintronic 42
Advanced Intelligent Wipers in Action! 42
Project 18 Installing Cruise Control 43
Safety and the Cruise Control 44
You Will Need 44
Tools 45
Electrical Installation 46
Troubleshooting 49
Entering the Diagnostic Mode 49
Testing the Resume/Accelerate Button 51
Testing the Brake Switch 51
Looking to the Future 53
Chapter 4 Security and Safety 55
Project 19 Adding High-Level Mirror-Mounted Indicators 55
You Will Need 55
Tools 55
Troubleshooting 57
Project 20 Adding Puddle Lights 58
You Will Need 58
Tools 58
Project 21 Installing a Total Closure Module 59
Project 22 Installing Central Locking 60
You Will Need 61
Tools 61
Installing Central-Locking Motors 61
How It Works 62
Project 23 Installing Heated Washer Jets 62
You Will Need 62
Tools 62
Installation 63
Hydraulic Installation 64
Electrical Installation 64
Operation 64
Project 24 Building a Homing Device 65
You Will Need 65
Tools 65
Project 25 Installing a GPS Vehicle Tracker 66
You Will Need 66
Tools 67
Mechanical Installation 67
Electrical Installation 67
Software Installation 67
Software Configuration 68
Project 26 Installing a Reversing Camera 69
You Will Need 69
Tools 69
Project 27 Installing a Rear-Obstacle Sensing System 70
You Will Need 70
Tools 70
Operating the ROSS 73
Project 28 Constructing Dome-Light Dimmer Delay 73
Chapter 5 A Computer in Your Car 75
Car Computer Basics 75
AutoCom ACEX C3 76
Project 29 Installing the AutoCom ACEX C3 76
You Will Need 76
Tools 77
Building Your Own Car PC 78
Mini/Nano ITX 78
Processors 79
Memory 80
Motherboard Options 80
Case Styles 80
Case Controls, Buttons, and LEDs 83
You Will Need 84
Troubleshooting 84
Constructing Your Own Case/Modifying a Standard Project Case 84
Motorbike PCs? 87
Other Car Computers for Consideration 87
Chapter 6 Power Supplies 89
Split-Charging Systems 89
Project 30 Installing a Split Charger 90
You Will Need 90
Tools 90
How the Circuit Functions 90
Inverters 91
DC-to-DC Power Supplies 91
Startup and Shutdown Controllers 92
Project 31 Connecting an External Device to an OPUS Power Supply 93
You Will Need 93
Tools 94
BIOS Settings 94
Operating System Settings 94
Electrical Installation 95
Operating the Power Supply 96
Troubleshooting 97
ATX Power Connection 98
Chapter 7 Display Technologies 99
Display Technologies 99
Liquid Crystal Displays 99
How LCDs Work 99
Vacuum Fluorescent Displays 100
How VFDs Work 100
Display Formats 100
Alphanumeric Displays 100
Adding a Text Display to Your Car PC 100
Autoroute 190
Microsoft MapPoint 191
Other Programs 191
Epilogue 193
Appendix A 195
Appendix B 199
Index 201
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