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Dear WeatherCat fans of a certain rascally wagon,

Biquette has been out of the news because there was one last component needed to allow her to at least get on her larger tires - a new axle.  It turns out to be a long story, but I was persuaded to go with a Ford 9" crate axle.  That would seem to be an impossible choice but a company called Currie Enterprises has adapted the Ford axle for 1964-72 GM applications:

One downside to the Currie product is that you'd better not be in a hurry to get one.  It takes about 3 months to have one fabricated.  So Biquette and I have had to bide our time this Autumn.  However, eventually one such axle found it way to Orinda Classic Car:

As you can see, these axles come with your choice of brakes so Biquette has become the first car in the family with 4-wheel disc brakes.

It wasn't too much of a problem to install the axle as can be seen here:

The new axle fit nicely with all the previous suspension upgrades.  However, those brakes . . . . . .

Nice and shiny all right.  Alas, they required more fluid than the existing master brake cylinder could deliver.  So a larger master brake cylinder and a different design of proportioning valve was required.  Also, there was a problem getting transmission gears to match the speedometer to the new tires and rear end ratio.  However, eventually this was all straightened out.  Yesterday, Biquette was finally able to come home on her beautiful new Diamond-back white wall tires.  For comparison, here is a photo taken a few weeks back with her 14" wheels and old tires:

There was a beautiful sunshine, but you can see now "ordinary" those old tires were.  Alas yesterday was a cloudy day, but here is the comparison photo:

You can see how much larger the new tires are.  The white-walls are also larger and nicer looking (at least in my opinion.)  Here is another angle:

Better still, Biquette's beauty most definitely isn't only skin deep!  She is performing much better on just about any parameter you can imagine.  With the 3.20:1 rear end ratio, she is accelerating better.  However to my amazement, nonetheless she is actually quieter!  Moving the engine RPM up seems to put it in a better "sweet spot."  She is actually easier to control and the transmission is shifting much more smoothly.  The brakes are performing very well.  I'm definitely very pleased!   We have some of those digital speed limit signs that report your speed.  I checked the speedometer against those and it does look spot on.  So at last I can know what my speed is and can finally start tracking gas mileage.

As always there are still a few details to be settled, but at least Biquette is in large measure "finished" at least as far a the drive-train is concerned!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
WeatherCat General Discussion / Re: Mojave Monday
« Last post by wurzelmac on Yesterday at 07:12:15 AM »
I'm using a mid-2011 Mac mini with Mojave 10.14.1 and WC 3.03. No problems at all.

Hi, can you tell me how you managed to update your Mini mid 2011 to Mojave? Thanks a lot.
WeatherCat Releases / Re: WeatherCat Version 3.0.3 Now Available
« Last post by Blicj11 on November 12, 2018, 09:40:32 PM »
We have a wiki article that compares the Davis USB with the Davis IP data loggers:

Having invested in the IP data logger I would never go back to something that required a driver. The IP logger can also by plugged into an Apple Express (or Airport) if that is handier than an ethernet outlet.
General Weather Discussion / Re: Welcome to Autumn 2018
« Last post by Blicj11 on November 12, 2018, 09:33:40 PM »
Those California fires are powerfully destructive. The one in Southern California came within a mile of my brother's house. That is getting personal.
WeatherCat iOS Clients / Re: WeatherCatRCP 1.1 (180928) for iOS Beta
« Last post by Blicj11 on November 12, 2018, 09:31:57 PM »

I restarted my iMac again and and just like magic, the RCP app on my phone started working. And now I have RCP running properly on both iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1.1.

Tip o' the hat to you, sir.
WeatherCat General Discussion / Re: Mojave Monday
« Last post by ColdnFrosty on November 12, 2018, 03:36:55 PM »
I'm using a mid-2011 Mac mini with Mojave 10.14.1 and WC 3.03. No problems at all.
WeatherCat Releases / Thanks for the reminder. (Re: WeatherCat Version 3.0.3)
« Last post by elagache on November 11, 2018, 10:30:03 PM »
Dear DFW and WeatherCat gadget cataloguers

I would buy the Meteobridge Nano instead of the WiFi unit mentioned earlier in the thread. My 0.02¢.

Thanks for the reminder!  [tup] I just plain forgot about that option.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

P.S.  So did you decide to buy one and try it out?  I always prefer to know that a product works with WeatherCat before recommending it to any other WeatherCat user.
WeatherCat Releases / Re: WeatherCat Version 3.0.3 Now Available
« Last post by dfw_pilot on November 11, 2018, 08:39:10 PM »
I would buy the Meteobridge Nano instead of the WiFi unit mentioned earlier in the thread. My 0.02¢.
Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning, . . . . . . .

This morning I was able to capture the following image of the sun rising on the same horizon as my anemometer:

It does look very similar to the photo I posted back in on August 7th:

The smoky background is very similar.  Of course the position of the sun is radically different.  It is a reminder of how the sun travels across the sky during the seasons.  Alas, I never thought I would be taking a photo of the sun though the smoke of a wild fire in November.

The smoke is also having a far more pronounced effect on the weather.  The high on November 7th (the day before the fire started) was 72˚ F (22˚ C).  Today's high will only be 59˚ F (15˚ C).  The humidities are still very low and we are continuing to have off-shore wind events.  We are under another Red Flag fire warning tonight through tomorrow morning.

Certainly it is an unbelievable weather scenario coming horribly true.

Oh well, . . . . . Edouard
WeatherCat Releases / Re: WeatherCat Version 3.0.3 Now Available
« Last post by Felix on November 10, 2018, 01:37:56 AM »
Thanks to Edouard for the heavy lifting. I think this is about the cheapst you’ll find the 6555 but by the time you add in the ridiculous S&H, I suspect you can do better with a good internet search.

The only thing you’ll need out of the box will be the logger, running the software requires Windows. Plug in to the console and the other end into your router or router extender via as long of a cable as required as long as it has a free Ethernet port. Or an Ethernet hub as Edouard mentioned.

Once ordered, we’ll go over configuring WC properly (or you can read the manual or the WC Wiki). And why you’ll need an IP scanner (the free LanScan works just fine) to eliminate any guessing about identifying the station’s address which WC will need.

Since you’re already familiar with WC, you know what your upload options are.
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