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HellFire Status & release date annouced

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Lenny, Was just thinking about you today and wondering when you might start to find time in the shop again. :)

So you say that Bob's AFM has an offset that would make his car run rich? Couple questions...

First, you're talking about an offset in the "airflow to resistance curve" right? Bob's takes less air than normal to move the vane? (Mechanically speaking, he's got a spring loose?)

Second, you've measured enough AFM's to be able to spot an outlier? If so, that's fantastic! That means you've got enough data to identify what "normal" looks like???

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Captain,

Bob's definitely got a spring loose. :) However, his AFM offset is primarily because the wiper is mechanically shifted on the carbon track so even at rest it can't show a small enough airflow to the ECU, so the ECU then meters too much fuel (particularly at idle). I see this in the data, I see it fuel my car poorly at idle (rich of course), and Bob (rcb280z) was reporting the same thing.

The curve on the AFM actually isn't too far off. He did some spring adjusting and got it really close in the upper RPMS by of course loosening his spring (way to go Bob), but with that offset, there would have been no way to get it back perfect. Idle is where the problem is. He would have failed smog with this one for sure!

As for knowing what "normal" looks like. I'm not there yet, & I'm still kinda going in circles, but the circles are getting smaller. Once I play with my flowbench some more and begin to trust it's numbers, I'll bring in a factory calibrated unit and check my work. I have a buddy with an "in" at Oreilys and he can get me one to play with for a few hours without actually have to BUY a new one. :) I'll only need it for 30 mins. I hate to just buy one to confirm what I already know....in theory.

Len

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Glad to hear some updates and progress is still being made! I'm still staying tuned in.

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Wow, how did I miss these updates?! Hey Len, I figured I was close but not close enough. Its good to know you see the same thing. Any closer at getting it right? I was thinking, if you have it ready I could put it in my Z and loan you the one that I passed smog with so you would have the "calibrated" readings. Let me know if that would help.

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Glad to see some activity on this thread. I was starting to look into mega squirt because I thought this project was on permanent hiatus due to kids. My stock FI doesn't like my cam and it creates some questionable performance sometimes.

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Hi All,

Sorry for the slow/non-existant updates. I've been playing with the new baby & friend/family projects have been needing my attention when I did have some free time this summer. I had seriously forgotten how much time a cute baby can occupy. Of course, my older boys have been blowing engines, & 4 wheeling in the creek...with the car! It seems to never stop. :)

I've been slack on HellFire progress, but it's still on like Donkey Kong. I have 10 prototypes built up and ready to send out once I get some code finished up. (primarily bootloader code and AFM calibration numbers). Capt. O and I did some brainstorming on the phone a few days ago on a good plan to get an accurate picture of the AFM. I just need to get my test setup wired up and run some more numbers. Look for some good data within 2 weeks. If not, start blowing up my email/PM on why I'm loafing.

Len

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My Z stands ready for action! I just finished ticking off a major project, so I think I'll have some time for ECU stuff in weeks to come. Looking forward to it! :)

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Hey! Glad to hear from you Len! Now get back to work!! :D:D joking of course.

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Time for an update & some pics. Don't get too excited, I'm still mucking about with the AFM and flow bench pulling some numbers, but it's somewhat interesting so here are the pics. The first is my 3d printer making an adapter/bushing for the Infinity Q45 MAF Sensor. These are $30 new from Ebay and I think will be handy two ways.

1. As a research tool, it's another sanity check on calibration of the AFM. My flowbench gives a number, this MAF gives a number, and the AFM gives a number. In theory, they should all agree. That's what I'm studying currently.

2. In production, it would make a good choice for an aftermarket MAF if someone doesn't want to pay to get their AFM rebuilt or buy a new one. This MAF is cheap and easy to secure and the HellFire will ship with the calibration already in place for this model. You can of course use any MAF you drag up from anywhere, but this one would be a drop in.

The second pic is of the flow bench test setup. You can see the AFM (it's actually Bob's, he make recognize it & I left out the copy of today's paper as I'm sure he thinks I have it kidnapped. :)) at the start of the airflow then onto the Infinity MAF using the adapter I printed, then down into the flow bench. Inside the flow bench is a calibrated orifice that I measure pressure drop across. All of the measurements of course are done with the HellFire board itself. The user calibration feature of the GUI makes it easy for me to drop in any kind of sensor and just type some numbers into a spreadsheet to scale/calibrate it. The MAF is read directly on the channel that in the stock world is the AFM reference signal as we don't use/need that reference. To measure the PSI drop across my flowbench orifice I had to scab on another differential pressure sensor and blue wire it's output to the EGO monitor.

Now, I just need to find some more time to measure/test/measure/test...ect.

Len

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Oh, I forgot to add that an quicker way to reach me instead of PMS (I've not been checking in that often) is to hit me at superlen*hellfireproducts.com. The webpage is just a hello world, but the email is all functional.

Len

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Hey Len,

Thanks for the progress update. Your not the only one suffering from too many things to do and not enough time to do them:LOL

Chas

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After I get the HEI stuff working, I'd like a Hellfire (I think?)

But in the meantime, can your 3-D printer build me a brunette, say 5-9, with blue eyes? ;)

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Nice update Len, glad to hear the progress. That's also funny you mention HEI TomoHawk. Yesterday I wired in a GM HEI with a MSD coil and now I have no spark. So that's today's project.

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I don't think I want to wait for the ignition box to fail in the middle of no-where to change it out. The hellfire system might be a nice upgrade to the "NLA" control unit.

Edited by TomoHawk

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hellfire and brimstone! this has turned into one big project.

can you release a few bare bones boxes so that some of us can do our own tweaking?

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Haha!! I was wondering if someone was going to catch that one, as it was admittedly a little obscure!

Gold stars and a new 5 1/4 floppy for you!!

Edited by Captain Obvious

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