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Old 01-01-2013, 01:23 PM   #141 (permalink)
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I checked today, bent the pushrod around a bunch and the JB weld seems to be holding quite well. Better than I expected for sure. Now to get it hooked up to the actuator...

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:12 PM   #142 (permalink)
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I worked on the grill block again last night. Its really starting to get near to its end form.

Here is a shot of the actual pushrods I used. I picked them up at a local hobby store. They're made for radio control airplanes. By the time I had sanded mine down those ridges were completely gone on the grey pieces. I only sanded it down in the area of the bend.
Hey Daox, speaking as a model airplane modeller I wanted to make a quick mention about the pushrods you chose. They are known for expanding and contracting with temperature changes and can mess with the trim settings on your model. Your use of such a short run should minimize this tendency though. Great project!
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:52 AM   #143 (permalink)
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Hi Daox, any news? Any tests? Photos?
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None yet. Its in the plans, but just haven't had time for it quite yet.
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So I'll still keep my fingers crossed
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A simpler version for those of us with mechanical knowhow but no computer knowledge would be this:

German Supply - Parts for VolkswagenŽ Cars - Home

Originally used with a pushrod or control cable and vent flaps in air-cooled VWs, available for opening at 65-70C or 85-90C.

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I don't know how this didnt make it on the wiki before, but its on there now.

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Great idea, very similar to mine, I was going down the simple route of no electronics just a heating thermostat bolted to radiator operating central locking actuator when the temperature exceeds 80 degrees just those two components and a fused supply from ignition on circuit. I guess I should also wire a manual override switch in the unlikely event of the thermostat failing

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