[time-nuts] OT: Re Technology. Was Naval Jelly

Brooke Clarke brooke at pacific.net
Tue Apr 13 13:26:58 EDT 2010

Hi Mark:

The Prius fire was caused by improper spacing.  I've come across this in 
related areas.  My son restored a 1941 D8 CAT and told me the lifters 
were hitting the valve cover.  It turns out he substituted a gasket for 
the factory thick cork seal.  The seal thickness was part of the 
design.  In a similar fashion modern off road vehicles require the 
proper thickness of gaskets or things touch each other that are not 
supposed to.

Have Fun,

Brooke Clarke

Mark Sims wrote:
> Oh, yeah...  there a lots of neat Prius hacks.  Including conversion to plug-in hybrids with lithium batteries.   For a good time see:
>   http://priuschat.com/forums/prius-hybrid-news/51283-prius-a123-battery-fire-report.html
> BTW,  Toyota sells a non-hybrid Prius overseas... it gets better milage than the hybrid...
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> (I wonder if there's a hack to change the SOC limits?) Makes the warranty
> more impressive. 		 	   		
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