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Finishing touches…

Friday, November 19th, 2010

To help complete the retro look, I am going to reuse the feed pipes (used to pump gas originally) to run my wires. The PSU will be on the bottom shelf, or the floor once a make a base for it. At any rate you can see the copper pipes, and the dials hanging in place.

I also moved the mother board to the back of the pump, to make it easier to access the components.

The gauges still need a lot of work, but the fit and the style works perfectly!

The ‘case’ is closed!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The case is finally back from the Body shop! it took longer than expected, but it was worth it! Try as I might, I could not have made the front as well as a professional could have!

It’s come a long way from its original status as a gas pump on the side of the road… But it still has a way to go…
I still need to complete the computer components, wiring, and the door (It needs dials…)

Almost Done!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I got some new images from the shop today!

Wire Mesh Fitting

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

So, another round of updates… This time they have panels painted and were fitting the wire mesh that is supposed to go behind the front panel.


Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

well, they have made more progress. here is the result, the actuators are attached, and working (all but one), and the front door needs to be mounted on hinges to work. but at least now it’s starting to look how I want it to look…


Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Ok, so the guys working on the pump have finally taken care of most of the work I asked for. At this point it only needs finishing and mounting the mother board bracket.

At the Body shop guys…

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The Gas pump has actually been at an auto shop for about three months. I wanted the front to look it’s best and while it’s there I figure it’s good to get a lot of the little things done as well

Whats being done:

  • The base is being hammered out level
  • all the unused screw wholes are being filled in
  • Gas hose and pump holes are being filled in
  • bottom plate wholes being covered
  • brass pipes being cleaned polished and sealed
  • actuators being added to lid
  • front door panel being cut out
  • back panel cable entry being made
  • front door hinge being fitted
  • primer and glossy clear coat applied

When it’s all said and done the body should be complete…

It Works!!!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

I got the touch sensor to actually function, now to build a cleaner prototype…

touch sensor attached to home made adapter

Here it is actually turning a pc on and off just like a normal switch, well almost… Because the sensor is normally on (it sends voltage to the analog input), and the capacitors take a fraction of a second to charge, the machine turns on right away, then you just turn it off like normal and it will work regularly after that. But if you lose power the circuit will automatically turn a pc back on when it regains power…

sensor connected to pc

A list of components:

  • 2 diodes
  • 2 capacitors
  • 2 2N3906 transistors
  • 3 resistors (10k ohm recommended)
  • 2 phidgets touch sensors

new version of circuit… part 3

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

new circuit part 3

After talking with people on other forums I came up with this solution, the 3rd in a series of incorrect designs… Maybe three times the charm

Power Switch Idea

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I wanted to do a “no button” look to my computer, I like the stream lined look of it. So what I will be doing is setting up a touch sensor behind a panel. I did some research on the voltage going through the power switch on an ATX mother board (note: power switch, not power supply…), and it is about +5Volts.

I found a touch sensor that works off of +5Volts, hopefully I will be able to use the simple design I came up with for implementing a touch sensor switch on a motherboard.

 Motherboard info here.

 Touch Sensor info here.

Here is the simple schematic…

touch sensor schematic

EDIT: It turns out that the other schmatic would have fail for sure… this one should work
corrected schematic