05-03-2020

05-03-2020 - Website launch, product development and project:leo

It's about bloody time.

 

Today, the PGT Design website launches with desktop compatibility in place. Mobile page development will come soon, but for now we're focusing on getting eCommerce sorted through PayPal, and getting product development back underway despite the Resident Evil level Pandemic that's going on.

 

Speaking of that, sadly NCov-19 has pushed back the development cycle of pretty much all our products, with our main prototyping agency in Shenzhen finally re-opening as of this Monday. We're working on PGTA-LL01-72 (72mm Throttle body spacer with 3 NPT ports for HFV6 engines) and plan on testing this piece as soon as it arrives. And before you ask, No. I haven't stocked up on bog rolls. Coronavirus does not give you the shits. Drinking a Vietnamese coffee every morning before does.

 

Speaking of testing, i'll give you a little background on the test mule we use to test automotive gear on. Our automotive products get tested on my personal VE Holden Commodore SV6 Ute, known as project:leo. It's a daily driven vehicle with well over 230,000km on the body, and 75,000km on the engine. This car also features an LLT engine, which as far as parts are concerned, receives a lot less love and support compared to the LFX and LY7 HFV6 blocks.

 

I'm on the lookout for someone with an LY7 based V6 Commodore or Pontiac G8, to have a go at fitting the TB spacer to check for clearance on this engine. The dimensions should be the same, but I just want to double check for compatibility. For now the part is listed only for fitting to an LLT (So, Series 1.5 VE Commodores and early 5th Generation Camaros) but if the part is deemed compatible, we'll change the part code from LL01 to HF01 to signify its cross-generational compatibility.

 

We're also going to be working on an remote oil cooler block kit for HFV6 engines. This will replace you stock oil filter housing and will also come with a secondary block, containing the necessary connection for your Oil Pressure switch. This block runs inline from your "From engine" line, and comes in either M14x1.5 (for VZ LY7s) or M16x2.0 (for VE and VF V6 engines). We recommend you pair this with an LSx engine compatible remote oil filter kit. We will begin developing this when we get the ute back on the lift at DIY Garage.

 

As for the RC stuff, In our next order to the machinist's (In about six weeks or so) we'll be sending out for a pair of our rear Yokomo YZ-4SF arms for development. I made these arms because I got rear-ended by some gronk in a 1/8th scale buggy on Practice night a good six months ago. I know, it's been collecting dust, but I've been really enjoying the automotive stuff. But, I'm still keen to get the buggy back out on the track and into some proper testing and development.

 

The front arms have been updated where the Swaybar linkage screw hole now reflects a size between the diameter of the M2 screw minor and major bore sizes, meaning now the screw's got some more meat to bite into. Hooray for miscalculations! Gives me even more incentive to just get my finger out of my butt and buy a 3D printer.

 

Thanks for finally making it through that. Stay tuned for more news as it comes in. For now, It's back to the CAD program. Stay safe out there, and remember that despite it being a dead meme, if you dab when you sneeze, it could save a life. Have a good week.

 

- Beano

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