Houston we have a problem!!

Well… I’m pretty sure that no one will read this, but let’s keep it just for record…

Two weeks ago the engine of my go-kart opened a hole at the piston and cut the “head” of the spark because of too poor mixture. I must say that it’s not funny when this happen at 100 km/h in a small piece of metal (the go-kart :)), the engine got stuck and you start spinning around… Some pictures of what happened inside:

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I needed one whole sunday to open the engine (thanks God it’s a simple 2 stroke) and fix the damages, but was ok…

So last saturday I went to track again to test and have fun… And this happened ok the whole day… In the end of the day my brother in law was driving when the gearbox broke. It is not his fault, the gearbox was “telling” us that this was going to happen soon. At leas happened in the end of the day!

I was planning to start doing some stuffs with the hall effect and temperature sensors I bought for telemetry, but now I need to spend next days fixing the gearbox. I’m a little bit sad that I need to postpone Arduino stuff, but pretty excited to open the gear box and see what’s going on inside.

I did some tests with sensors today, just to learn… I’ll write about it later!

And to finalize a video made from a friend of mine driving my go-kart! Just for the record… I’m about 10 seconds faster than him… He doesn’t know how to shift gears well yet…

The beggining

Hello all!

The main purpose of this blog is to share with the world my experience in projects I’m doing. By now I have 2 projects, first one is some kind of telemetry system for my go-kart and the second one is an airplane model I’m building slowly (made of plastic bottles, I show some pictures later!).

Both projects are going to be done using Arduino, but I’m not planning to share my whole codes and I tell you why: you’ll lose all the fun and the knowledge if you easily copy and paste the source codes and use the same schematic that I’m using. Am I right? Of course I’ll share some tricks or how to solve some problems that I’ll have, that’s the purpose of internet, right?

Some words about me? Well… I’m a Brazilian guy (sorry about my bad English btw) graduated in computer network that works for an automation company. As a hobby I like to race go-karts and this year I was introduced to Arduino world then I decided to do by myself an airplane model and this telemetry for my go-kart. And no, I don’t have big knowledge with electronic stuff and/or Arduino. All that I know I found at Google or some friend helped me.

Hope you like it!