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Parts Wanted / Re: Seats
« Last Post by Dipsy Deb on Today at 01:51:03 PM »
Thanks a lot. Did leave a message for buggy Pete who has seats waiting to hear from him.
Cheers Debbie
Parts Wanted / Re: Seats
« Last Post by Dave DND on Today at 01:46:23 PM »
Got those in mine too - really comfy seat  ;-)up ;-)up
Parts Wanted / Re: Seats
« Last Post by Hunter on November 15, 2019, 07:17:52 PM »
Hi Debs, came across this and it may be worth an ask. Got them in mine and fit nicely.


cheers H
Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Seats
« Last Post by Dipsy Deb on November 15, 2019, 10:55:09 AM »
Thanks a lot, always the way when looking for something. Deb
Parts Wanted / Re: Seats
« Last Post by Dipsy Deb on November 15, 2019, 10:50:57 AM »
Hi I mean 2 seats for sale not free, preferably high back, black or blue, vinyl, pvc or leather. Cheers Debbie
Newbie Welcome Area / Re: New member
« Last Post by dodger on November 14, 2019, 11:40:03 AM »
Welcome Nice looking Buggy
Events, Cruises and Gatherings / Re: MBC Christmas Party Saturday 7th December 2019
« Last Post by Vanessa on November 13, 2019, 07:05:04 PM »
So it has been decided we will do a secret santa at both the Christmas party and at the MBC January meet, recycling presents if you want to  ;D It's buy and wrap a 1 present with ladies buy for a lady and men buy for a man......... and you just hope you don't get the present Lee buys  ::)
« Last Post by Paul1953 on November 12, 2019, 02:27:24 PM »
Here is an introduction to the "timer relay"....

Not needed on a buggy I know, unless you go the heated windscreen route as I have.   The timer relay can be used with any suitable load that requires a timed on period. (or off if you can think of anything requiring this).    There are timer relays and then decent timer relays. The versions with a little variable resistor that you can adjust through the relay casing with a tiny screwdriver are generally useless over any prolonged period of use. I use Nagares, an oem supplier and their relays can be found on many cars etc. They vary with load capability and timer duration. The Nagares TLT/5-12 as you can see in the photo has a load capacity of 20 amps and the timer duration is stated at 10 minutes. It`s accuracy is not too far out and the one on my buggy goes off after 12 minutes. This relay will cost between 15 and 20 but in this instance you really do only get what you pay for

Sticking with my idea of dual brightness illumination at the switch, low brightnesss for night lighting and full brightness to indicate Demist On gave me an issue that I did expect to come across. Back EMF when relay switched to on and pin 5 became live. Solved with the old school method of including a 12v 500ma Zener diode in the wire from pin 5 back to the momentary switch led positive. Diode anode, (the end with the coloured band), to the switch side.
(You can use switches with incadescent bulbs but they are quite dim when resistor fitted in line with feed).   Having not kept up to date when electronics went digital and solid state I don`t know if all diodes are of zener variety now. The first diodes were "slow in action" and so did  not take over from rectifier valves until the zener was introduced.

The relay has 5 terminals.  Terminal 1 is linked to terminal 4 via a "momentary" switch. The relay operates when this switch is depressed and released which sends a pulse to the relay. The first pulse forces the relay into action. A second pulse switches it off..  Terminal 5 is the 12 volt out to the "load", the demist screen in this case. Terminal 2 is the relay ground. Terminal 3 is a 12 volt, fused, ignition switched feed. Also to terminal 4 is the ACC 12v in. (Should be fused also).  ACC = accessories and the terminal remains live. The momentary switch is there to ensure you cannot operate the screen demist without the ignition on.

Only for dual brightness at switch illumination.....  Wire from the relay terminal that is live with ignition on, (no 5), a wire back to the positive side of the switch led with the diode fitted in-line. To same switch illumination terminal a wire with an in-line resistor from dash illumination or sidelight switch on output terminal.

VW Parts For Sale / Re: the yard is getting impossible to walk through sale
« Last Post by Dipsy Deb on November 12, 2019, 02:17:22 PM »
Hi Pete pm'd you about the pair of seats, cheers Debbie
VW Parts For Sale / Re: the yard is getting impossible to walk through sale
« Last Post by Dipsy Deb on November 12, 2019, 10:14:44 AM »
Hi any seats for sale, 2 preferably black or blue please, leather, vinyl or pvc even better.
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