• Updates, upgrades to the turbo Camaro

    Getting suuuper close. The closer we get, the closer *I* get to work on the new CAN based Arduino dash for the MS3 Gold box.

    Required changes for the 1000+ hp this turbo Camaro will put down.

    MANY updates being done from wiring, fuel system, to safety over the past 3 months. Features such as bump box functionality, boost controller both controlled by my EFI setup, line lock, Kirkey alum seats, flex fuel sensor that way I can run both e85 or 93 pump, support for dual fuel pumps for when I need it, removing the Painless switch panel and condensing to just two switches needed, relocating trans cooler, adding driveshaft loop, replace all fuel lines with PTFE, adding an aluminum console with cupholders (need that! LOL), updated fuel system to be a return type instead of dead head and I’m sure I’ve forgotten things. Everything that can be controlled by the awesome MS3 Gold Box EFI, will be. Super excited!

    The new LS engine from H-Squared Racing isnt fully broken in yet, have about 250 miles on it. Will be looking to put more miles before I can get into real boost and then the e85 switch. Enjoy the pics my friends!

  • Working on an Arduino based CAN-BUS dash

    I’ve been thinking of ways to improve the Raspberry Pi based PiDash. While I can add software functionality, I want speed. The only way I know of is using an Arduino, a SeeedStudio CAN BUS Hat, Nextion display and some custom C++ code. Currently my turbo Camaro is getting some work done to it and once its back I’ll hook this up to the MS3 ECU via CAN BUS to test my code and display. Testing out sending data from the Arduino to the Nextion display. Video below of what I have so far.

    Ardunio, SeeedStudio CAN BUS Hat, Nextion 4.3″ resistive display
    Arduino and the CAN BUS Hat
    Currently how it looks as a test. Font colors and stuff are just beta testing.

  • New Dash Build coming up!

    I’ve been thinking of different ways to speed up the PiDash build but it all leads me to either writing my own software that accesses a RS485 CAN HAT which connects to the CAN bus on the MS3 ECU or an Arduino setup. For now my end game is to have a text only display. I just need something that is instant on and has a layout of what I deem is important to me.

    Nextion 4.3″ display hooked up to the Pi4

    I decided to buy a RS485 CAN HAT, Nextion 4.3″ display and hooked it all up to my Pi 4. I am able to send data to the Nextion display using C code. Getting some updates done on the turbo Camaro so I dont have an ECU to plug into. I bought a second RS485 CAN HAT so I can test the CAN functionality to make sure it works. In the above pic I added a picture I found on google and some text fields along with a button. All if it works with custom C code I’ve written so thats cool. There are bigger displays but I bought the 4.3″ for now.

    Also bought an Arduino UNO and an CAN-BUS Shield v2 for it but it hasn’t arrived yet. “Patiently waiting” 🙂 . The CAN-BUS Shield v2 will plug on top of the Arduino. I’ll use the CANL and CANH on the CAN-BUS Shield and wire it to the MS3’s CANL and CANH. I’ll update my PiDash Facebook page with its status. Once its complete I’ll give out my code for free and show you how to build it. If you’re wondering why the Arduino, its because its instant on. No operating system to load up like Linux on the Pi4 build.

    Arduino UNO
    CAN-BUS Shield v2

  • New build first start!

    H-Squared Racing in Houston TX built a forged LS for me. I ran the same 317 heads as my previous build but everything else is upgraded internally on the engine, including a custom cam, all spec’d for E-85. My initial start is for heat cycles, about 4. Then I’ll change the oil, inspect the filter and then go for a drive.

    If you need a builder, check out their Facebook page and get a hold of the owner, Halston Harrist!

    If you have an aftermarket ECU, get a hold of Scott Clark from RealTuners.com. He can remote into your laptop and get you up and running.

  • Making changes to my personal setup

    I’m finding that acquiring time from GPS works, TunerStudio will be datalogging as soon as it starts running, well, that’s how mine is configured. GPS time will sync but I’m not sure how that will affect the logs and whatnot. My problem is that the real-time clock (RTC) module will hit the aluminum heat sink and short out so I bought a new case to put all of this in. I bought the adafruit RTC and then one off of Amazon. The Amazon version has pins that will let me plug in the fan from the new case. I’ve had an RTC but misplaced it. Its a simple setup. Plug it in, configure it, set the time and then it’ll keep track on its own.

    Now, the second part is also interesting. The biggest slowdown isnt loading into Linux. I can do that pretty damn quick with or without X running. Its loading TunerStudio and my tune. I can switch to USB but I forget what time savings it gave me. I’ll move it to USB boot and report results. But thats not the second part. How else do you get faster? Buy another small board computer that has some extra features! In the second pic you’ll see the ODROID-N2+ board. It has more horsepower than the Pi4 AND it has an eMMC which is MUCH faster than USB and microSD! I’ll need to install Linux, lean it out, make my changes, copy over Updater and test but it should get me what I’m after. A much faster bootup into a working/datalogging TunerStudio setup.

  • PiDash by AB Updater ready for download!

    Give it a go! Download PiDash by AB Updater here! Here’s a video on how to update from 1.5.3 to which includes an overview of the Updater and its features.

    My hardware rundown/configuration:

    How to update from 1.5.3 to and a highlevel overview of PiDash by AB Updater.

    How to enable GPS Time with the Updater

    How to enable Mausberry with the Updater

  • PiDash by AB Updater with Mausberry support works!

    Getting closer and closer to releasing this software. Just need to finish coding the “Check for PiDash Updates” button and “Backup PiDash”. Behind the scenes, I need to make an archive that is self-extracting and runs a script which installs the PiDash by AB Updater. Here’s a demo if it working below. I am going to send it out to a user to beta in the next two days and then general availability in one week unless there is a major issue found.