Thinkpad T30: I replaced the factory distributor ignition with a full solid state wasted

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

IBM T30 2ghz P4/2gb running XP SP3 and Megasquirt Tunerstudio, MegaLogViewer and Innovate Wideband on my track car.

This controls a full standalone ECU through the built-in serial port and it has a second one for the Innovate LC2 wideband O2 sensor.

I replaced the factory distributor ignition with a full solid state wasted spark setup with modern Bosch modules from an Audi and a Ferrari and eliminated a lot of electrical issues this model of car was notorious for.

As for the T30, I'd like to transition to some kind of an SSD setup for improved heat management and shock protection. Always fun using period correct "obsolete" hardware for production.

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Now that's a fast thinkpad!

on ground it has seen 147mph and I had to use this machine to verify it since the factory speedo only goes to 140

It's probably a 150mph car I ran out of straightaway and decided I didnt feel like dying.

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

That’s brilliant!!! And on T30!!!

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Nice Thinkpad T30 with real RS232
I have T30 with GT1 BMW OBD1 😁

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Nice !

I also use my x270 for the diag with a Delphi ds150 and a lexia interface for PSA vehicles

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

I wanted a 4:3 with a serial and the last IBM offering with that was the T30. It works well and has an auto-tune function where it learns the fuel/ignition curve of the engine and automatically generates a profile for a base tune.

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

I have a x1 carbon exclusively for mega squirt Tuning on my cars.
Backlight keyboard and some ruggedness make it perfect for tuning

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

I use a T450 and have a backup T430 that I use for tuning, love them

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Nice! What car is it?

1993 Ford Probe GT

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

I still have my T30, working well with XP.

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

I am not a "tuner" guy but I use a T460 in my shop to keep my vehicles and some of my neighbors cars running properly You can't work on a recent car (one of mine is 20 yrs old now) without at least a couple of computers hooked up.

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Nice work

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Oct. 8, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Curious now - Is this just for visuals as i cant imagine the extra compute power is what you after here? Im sure the in-built hardware could run ok. Ahh or all aftermarket?

the car from the factory ran a distributor ignition barely rated for stock power that was known to overheat. This one is rated for 600 wheel horsepower as the car is being built for track use, and it doesn't overheat because the ignitor module is in the intake so it stays cool. The spark is also stronger because it's being built with a turbocharger system so with more air you need more fuel and a stronger spark to ignite it to prevent spark blowout.

The ignition coil it uses has more current in each cylinder than the whole stock distributor had altogether.

For this to be possible I have to run an aftermarket ECU to control it and all the spark and ignition values to make it work and the T30 controls it and lets me program those values.




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