TM-2 Engine Watchdog

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:39
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Well we are now in downtown Blackwater, Qld for 7 weeks.

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there are no jobs to be had.

Never mind it gives me time to install the Watchdog and do some maintenance on the Troopy, and get ready for another hiding from the cane toads and Sir Kev.

Now I have the the black box of the watchdog sitting on the ironing board (my computer table),and need some suggestions on how to attach it to the dashboard.

I have thought of that sticky velcros, but am open to other suggestions.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:55

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:55
The best stuff is stuff called TWINLOCK made by 3M is like velcro but slightly different in that it has rows of little spikes whch have little heads on them and when pushed together lock really tight.
The stuff is also heat resistant to about 45deg
two strips of it held a 3 1/2 in screen on my roof console for about a year.
At present hold the remote head of the UHF with it.
Wont be available in small places I would think I got mine from the 3M warehouse in Brissy


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Reply By: Matt(WA) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:59

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:59
BooBoo,

I have my turbo timer attached via sticky Velcro. You can get this Velcro from bunnings that is grey and industrial strength. Works well for me.

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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 12:40

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 12:40
Ive got a 75 series ute and I put the engine mate under the ash tray.
Its held in there with a coupe of screws that came in the pack.
I kept the screws short so the dont foul the ash tray
I put the wiring behind the aircon duct and sent it out the hole where all the other wiring comes through.
The ash tray has to be fully closed to read it.

My preference would have been for the Watchdog to be mounted from the bottom
so I could have sat it on the dash or the fuel pod,more in my line of sight.
Although they do recommend it be shaded so you can read it,which is pretty true.
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:28

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:28
ross m
You said: "Although they do recommend it be shaded so you can read it,which is pretty true"

The best thing about the WatchDog is, that it is audible, you dont need to read it constantly.

Mine is under the dash via screws and yes I can see it "if I want too", but its great to know that if I dont look at it every couple of minutes it will let me know, when need be, by beeping.
Thats the reason I chose it.

Cheers Colin.
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 11:35

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 11:35
I like to glance at it as I drive. I have the sensor connected to the coolant outlet and the temp can rise and fall as much 20c depending on the gear Im in or the terrain.
The audible alarm is a second chance if you dont pick up a problem with your eyes.
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Reply By: Member - sdr00y (Beecroft,NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 16:28

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 16:28
I have mine mounted sort of diagonally below the ashtray, to the right. Kind of hard to explain. I will take a photo of it and post it, but it wont be until tomorrow as the troopy is in a repair shop getting some rust cut out of the roof and I collect it in the morning.

I folded up some thin sheet metal and mounted the unit to that. The sheet metal then mounts to the dash using existing screws.

I can see the unit easily except when in 5th gear, I just need to move my head a little so I can see it in 5th.

Will become clearer when I post the pics I expect.

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Reply By: That Troopy Bloke (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 17:26

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 17:26
I just screwed mine under the dash

I didn't want it high up on the dash....I figured the red numbers would be distracting at night.

Cheers
Glenn
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:15

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:15
Glenn

I will be putting mine just to the right of yours.

I can then see it from were I sit.

Thanks for the photo, it confirmed I was on the right track.
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 11:38

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 11:38
Thats going to hit your knuckles unless you reverse your grip on the shifter
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Follow Up By: That Troopy Bloke (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 17:37

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 17:37
Quote "Thats going to hit your knuckles unless you reverse your grip on the shifter"

Errr....that's not the shifter, it's the stubby funstick.

You might hit your knuckles if you are some sort of a gorilla....I never have :-)


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Glenn
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Reply By: happytravelers - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:03

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:03
As others have said, just be aware that when the sun is on it you can't read it, and also make sure you can see it in all gears. The gear stick blocks the view of mine when in 5th.
Regards Jon
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:35

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:35
Jon
The best thing about this product is that it's AUDIBLE, you dont need to watch it.
JMHO, Colin
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Reply By: Footwall - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:14

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:14
Hi all. I ordered my watchdog one month ago from fullwavemarine but no sign yet. What please is the usual delivery time for this unit? Cheers.
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:32

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:32
3 working days for mine, direct from maker.

Watch Dog TM2

Cheers Colin.
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Follow Up By: happytravelers - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:35

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:35
Someone else posted a while back about difficulties with delivery from that company. I got mine direct from engine watchdog in Brisbane where they're made, delivery in two days. Contact them through their website, enginewatchdog.com.au
Regards Jon
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Follow Up By: Member - sdr00y (Beecroft,NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:07

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:07
Same with me, ordered through the company direct on a Thursday night I think and it was in my letter box on Monday, Brisbane to Sydney.

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Follow Up By: Harrow - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 23:00

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 23:00
Hi Footwall

I had problems with Full Wave aka Frank delivering

For full story see post 65550

Raise a dispute with paypal

Cheers

Harrow
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:05

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:05
see my blog troopy
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Reply By: Trevor W(Brisbane) - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 07:35

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 07:35
Brisbane Saturday Paper
Blackwater Job
Heavy Plant Operators - Civil Works
Turners Engineering 0448 680817 or stevlestack@gmail.com
might be worth giving him a call

Good Luck - dont forget to have a look at Cania Gorge, a bit south of you , but nice spot
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 10:52

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 10:52
Trevor

The type of work I am looking for is in OHS. I am qualified and have experince.

I can also drive buses, but have never tried heavy machinery, thanks for the input.

I will have a look on the map for the gorge and check it out.
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