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  2. Site keeps logging me out

    You are not alone it has happened to me also. but on only one of my computers so far.
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  5. Just put a set of alloys on my TC and I have a set of steel wheels that I'll never use again - No need for snow tires down here. They're in great shape and I'll take $50 for the set of 4 . . . . but you'll have to come pick them up in Biloxi MS. I don't want to ship them Don
  6. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg visited Ford Motor Company today as part of his “Personal Year of Travel Challenge” to get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working and thinking about the future. View the full article
  7. Ford Motor Company and Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network and largest provider of campus car sharing, today announced that as part of their long-standing collaboration, the companies will plant 20,869 trees on Saturday, April 29, through One Tree Planted as a result of their college Earth Month campaign. View the full article
  8. In the expedition and the Suzuki, I was able to drop an overhead console at the antenna point, and that gave me access to drill upward, and to mount the connectors. No such luck on the connect. I am worried that I won't be able to get enough access with just pulling the headliner down a bit, especially in the front. I can probably use the position above the middle dome light for the middle antenna. I haven't looked at the back position much yet. All the parts are in, and I could theoretically start this week, but the weather here is going to be snow or rain all weekend, so it looks like I will be pushing to next weekend at best. Fusing: No worries, that's one reason I choose larger gages. I want the wire to be rated significantly in excess of the fuse current. In a typical fault, the wire will have rubbed on something which shorts through the insulation into a small point of contact on the wire, with high local heating. The large gage acts as a heat sink until the fuse blows. This article by LittleFuse is excellent: http://www.littelfuse.com/~/media/automotive/catalogs/littelfuse_fuseology.pdf From the graphs, it appears that a 25 or 30A maxi fuse may be what I need. That seems wrong, but look at figure 2 which shows the time to blow for a 30A fuse at various currents. Two seconds at 100A, and basically "never" at 50A.(!) Section 6 says that I should not exceed 47A for under the hood applications with a #6. Fuses are tricky. I will of course have spares on hand and this is open to revision. Related: I had a run in with this phenomenon in my day job a couple years back, and I highly recommend a read of the article "Low Voltage, the Incompetent Ignition Source". In my case it was a PCB which had passed all applicable UL testing, but was capable of igniting and sustaining a flame under certain conditions. The brick power supply detected the fault, and was in "hiccup" mode, but the PCB couldn't quite dissipate all the heat from one pulse before the next one hit, and the temperature got high enough. Don't underestimate the ability of low voltages to cause fires. They show one case where a lithium coin cell caused ignition on a PCB. The two radios in transmit could draw as much as 38 amps. I've decided on a #6, which will probably be about 10 feet or less. Powerstream has a nice table that tells me that #6 will do 38 amps all day, (literally) and will sustain 110A for short periods. The chassis wiring rating is conservative, but does assume that the wire has air surrounding it rather than being bundled or enclosed with other wires. I will have something like 0.004 ohms in series with the battery, so IR loss is 0.15V. It's all about the I^2R losses. Assuming a 40A fuse current the I^2 term is 1600A, and the resistance is .004 for this length of wire, so 6.4 watts of heat lost in the wire over its total length. That's nicely conservative. I will at least temporarily use the chassis as the ground return until I get better info on the implications in this vehicle. I can always run a ground return if needed. If I need to run that wire it will be fused, to protect against wiring faults like open battery-ground cable which could subject my ground lead to more current than it can sustain. The likelyhood of this is near zero, but it is not zero. Depending on where the battery current sensor is, that ground would terminate either on the battery, or on the point where the battery grounds to the frame. Diamond recommended their C213 cable for the HF antennas, so it's their antenna, their mount, and I can't much argue with that. http://www.diamondantenna.net/c213.html The mounting of the two radio main bodies and the tuner will be an interesting problem. One option might be to locate the tuner in the drivers side back pocket near the jack, and save space under the seat. I've got the mounting brackets for the control heads printed in PLA now, and that all looks good. I will have to re-print them in ABS or some other high temperature filament before summer, but that's a ways off yet. One of my smaller problems is finding a home for the two microphones, but I'm not too worried about that. I'm looking for some doc that will tell me the relative safety of mounting two VHF/UHF antennas in close proximity. I worry about the receive front end in one radio being damaged by the other transmitter. I will not have a lot of options in locating the center antenna, and somewhat less on the front and back antennas.
  9. Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] today reported its 2017 first quarter financial results. View the full article
  10. I wonder if you use a thicker, dense foam or rubber mat you may not need the plywood base. http://www.americanfloormats.com/gym-mats/ There are a lot of options. I have an aversion to putting wood inside a vehicle so I would be motivated to try something else. Maybe the rubber weightlifting mats?
  11. Is there a doc somewhere showing how to drop (not necessarily remove) the headliner? I need access in three spots along the center of the roof for radio antenna mounts. I can wing it, but I'd prefer to know more before I attack. The airbags up there make me nervous. Installing high powered electronics next to armed explosives....
  12. Working on getting my control head brackets done, but I do, and I probably will do some custom gizmos for this rig. Printing for in-car is a challenge, it requires something like ABS for the temperatures, but ABS is very prone to warping when printed. I'm looking into other filaments that would be compatible with my printer.
  13. Make the center console compartment useful

    I have this. I may end up 3D printing a gizmo to create the false bottom and shield the USB stick from bashing. For now I'm just not puttng the usual gear in there. The compartment is disappointingly small. That's one feature I am missing of my Suzuki XL-7. There were three large-ish compartment spaces in the center console.
  14. 2013 TC on Falken Ziex tires ?

    Thank you. Solid advice there. I'm going to do some shopping around before proceeding. Part of the reason the tires are approaching 5 years, is that it sat on the dealers lot for 6 months before I bought it. Assembly date (in Turkey) was about Christmas 2012, while my purchase was mid September 2013. The tires were probably 10 months old when I drove it off the lot. The spare has never been used.
  15. Ford Motor Company Fund and the Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF) are launching a new initiative to support the innovative business ideas of women entrepreneurs. View the full article
  16. Ford Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the United States over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to growth in international markets, the iconic pony car is the most popular sports car in the world, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit new vehicle registration data in the sports car segment. View the full article
  17. Seven Ford Motor Company cars, trucks and vans have won the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2017. The awards recognize vehicles that provide fleet customers with lowest total cost of ownership. View the full article
  18. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) will release its April 2017 U.S. sales results at approximately 9:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 2, 2017. View the full article
  19. The 2017 Ford F-150 has earned a Top Green Vehicle award in the pickup category for its best-in-class fuel economy from AAA Green Car Guide. View the full article
  20. Wheel Size Question

    You could be correct Don . I will find out and let you know.
  21. New from Virginia

    I guess so. Norfolk.
  22. Lately the desktop format site has been pretty mych unusable on ipad. Is there a link or a setting to default to a mobile layout?
  23. '16 TC Cargo w/ST Wheels

    Dunno the physics of it but I ran the wheels for a month w/o them and they were visibly dirty. The next month with them on - they sure were a lot cleaner. I wash the van once a month. The covers are basically just a shell around the calipers and they stay very clean whereas if I just painted my calipers they would be grungy pretty quick (like my calipers on my VW GTI).
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  25. You need both of these Ford Accessories for the full tow hookup. Hitch and wiring kit are seperate. I had it done on my 2015 as part of the purchase deal. https://accessories.ford.com/vehicles/transit-connect/2017/exterior/trailer-towing.html One note: the hitch replaces the stock rear bumper support. So if you think you'll ever remove the hitch, make sure to get the removed bumper support returned to you after the install. I didn't find out that part until several weeks after the job, so my bumper support was long gone. I don't plan to remove the hitch, but it would be nice to have the parts if needed.
  26. GEN2 - TIRE PRESSURE & TPMS

    Good info Don. I think that if the tire had been designed to Run at 26PSi it would have been ok, but the tire was not a full redesign but a relabeled 35PSi tire.
  27. I took both second and third row seats out of my 2015 TC. Just four T50 bolts per seat. Third row has one bolt at each corner. Second row has two bolts at the front of each seat side rail. No tricks on the third row other than sliding the seat forward and back to access the bolts at each end. Second row just remove bolts with seat unfolded, then fold down and latch seat before trying to remove. There is a locating pin on the bottom of each rail, so pull straight up until that pin is out.
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