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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 05, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, looks like I'll be the new Mod in Electrical.
Not that there's ever much in here that needs "moderation" but hey, it will be fun anyway.

One thing I'd like to do ASAP is a "basics sticky" similar to what Joe did in Body Shop. I'm thinking a single sticky at the top of the forum, containing links to various tech atricles and other posts, things that will be helpful and things that are asked a lot.

Topics on the list right now include:
Basic electricity (a quick tutorial on how and why it works, voltage, current & resistance, ohms law, etc.)
Get Connected (soldering, splicing, terminals, etc)
Wiring diagrams (will have to check with powers that be, would like to link to Larry's stuff as well as Geezer's assy manual scans.)
What is it and Where is it and What does it do (Pictoral of every electrical componant I can get.)
Trouble shooting the early GM Fuel guage (gotta be the most asked electrical topic of all time!)

If I can find them, I'd also like to put in any links to members sites with good how-to's and info. Some examples of things that are worthy ( but noit electrical...lol) are Brian's 3rd gen steering page and Pozzi's suspension page. CarlC has some good alternator stuff, too.

I'd look for all the help I can get on this. Reusing existing info beats the heck out of reinventing the wheel, in my book. I'll be especially looking for input from Mark Canning, Larry, and JohnZ, as well as Click's endless photo archives. All help will be gratefully accepted.

Finally, I'd like to expand our collective knowledge base on newer cars, that is newer than 69...lol. One example is details on GM's switch from using the horn relay as the main junction block to using the starter lug.

If you have anything to add or offer or suggest, please send me a PM or email, lets not clog up the forum with this stuff, at least not right away...





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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 05, 10:05 AM
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Thanks for taking on the moderator duty for this forum Jim. Sounds like you have a good plan in place already.

Much appreciated by all of us.

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Congratulations Jim and Good Luck
From the sounds of it we will all be in your capable hands once again.
Game plan sounds great.


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For he's a jolley good fellow...thanks Jim, and congrats!

I drafted a how-to article a few months ago, that never ended up as a good article. I started out with some basic stuff and before I knew it, I was writing a book. I need to back through it and split it up into topics. Perhaps with holiday vacation time ahead I can get that done and send it to you for review.

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git er done, Dave!
One thing we might be able to do is share it out fom my server at work, it has a "groupware" kinda thing that works remore, lemme know.





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Congrats on the mod status Jim! Your past efforts motivated me to tackle my engine wiring. I just finished rewrapping the engine harness today, as a matter of fact. The folks at Mad Electrical have some pretty good articles on their web site. I don't know the proper 'Netiquette" on linking, but it might be worth an e mail to Mark at MAD.

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Congrats!

I'd like to know the difference between AC and DC (not the band).


j/k...

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Hey that helps a lot.

There you go Jim, one for your archives.

Now does anyone know why they called the band AC DC?

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Harley,

That was good stuff even though I was just kidding. Put it back in if you will, seriously.

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No I don't know why they named the band that, but I like there music.

rojo- didn't know anyone saw that. I thought I edited it fast enough. Anyway here it goes.

AC- Generally high voltage low amperage.
DC- Generally low voltage high amperage.

Alternating current or AC electricity is the type of electricity commonly used in homes and businesses throughout the world. While the flow of electrons through a wire in direct current (DC) electricity is continuous in one direction, the current in AC electricity alternates in direction. The back-and-forth motion occurs between 50 and 60 times per second, depending on the electrical system of the country. AC is created by an AC electric generator, which determines the frequency.

What is special about AC electricity is that the voltage in can be readily changed, thus making it more suitable for long-distance transmission than DC electricity. But also, AC can employ capacitors and inductors in electronic circuitry, allowing for a wide range of applications.

Direct current or DC electricity is the continuous movement of electrons from an area of negative (-) charges to an area of positive (+) charges through a conducting material such as a metal wire. Whereas static electricity sparks consist of the sudden movement of electrons from a negative to positive surface, DC electricity is the continuous movement of the electrons through a wire.

A DC circuit is necessary to allow the current or steam of electrons to flow. Such a circuit consists of a source of electrical energy (such as a battery) and a conducting wire running from the positive end of the source to the negative terminal. Electrical devices may be included in the circuit. DC electricity in a circuit consists of voltage, current and resistance. The flow of DC electricity is similar to the flow of water through a hose.

Again sorry for the long post. Just trying to help.


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Hey Jim What do you think? Lets just make this forum one l-o-n-g thread.

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Seriously, I'm really just one sarcastic sob.


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Glad to have you around Jim! I have a lot of respect for you and the generosity in knowledge you display for your fellow Camaro enthusiasts.

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Now does anyone know why they called the band AC DC?
It was something Angus or Malcolm saw on the back of their mother's or grand-mother's sewing machine and the rest is history!! Congrats JimM

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Congrats, JimM. Hope to read some interesting posts and gain knowledge.

Maybe an "Electrical Tip Of the Day?"

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