Work and improvement - march 2011

We have entrusted this partnership "helping hand - masterstroke" to our friend Joel Goupil. Joel is our champion "kinetic wind structures". He will spend time and put his experience to benefit Woki.
Tuesday, March 8, Patrick go on the road to Beaugency. Inventory of the vehicle, list of tasks to perform and as it is already a bit late, the main activity of Joel and Patrick will taste the Chantal's pancakes for Mardi Gras.


Next morning, activity around the Toughbook. We bought aDock auto Panasonic CF-WEB 184B, it is a support for hosting our Toughbook CF-19 MK4. It has all the connections necessary to operate the CF-19.
Now we must fix it in the "passenger area". After several tests and advice from Joel we decided to put it on the dashboard instead of the handful of empty pockets. Place particularly strengthened in of origin and ready to support the weight of all: 2.5 Kg to 2.5 Kg and the dock for micro FC-19.


Joel has made in first a plastic model to control the kinetics of the whole.
Then the final support is composed of a steel plate supporting a device made of aluminum. This allows tilt adjustment of the microphone with two adjustment knobs side. Everything is determined by four BLOQ silent on the Dock.


The assembly thus achieved allows optimal adjustment of the angle of sight to the screen whatever the size of the passenger.

Garmin GPS 18 is connected to the dock and the power supply cured the CF-19.

The Garmin 62S is installed on the dashboard, driver's side, through a fixation RAM Mount. It will be connected by a USB port on the dock to receive or retrieve waypoints tracks.

Left: Before
Test phase position of the CF-19

Right: After
Actual placement of the CF-19


Based on stories from other travelers and to their difficulty in finding fuel in Uzbekistan, we decided to add a jerry can of diesel.
"L’air de rien", the choice of jerry took us some time. We wanted to put under the chassis to the left of the waste water tank. We took the dimension, have gone shopping with a meter for measurement. We found our happiness: a metal container color steel gray, capacity 10l. Compact form with the proper dimensions. It has a separate cap with seal and a spout that screw.


Joel has built a steel bracket to take it. This bracket, rear left, tip up to put or remove the jerry can. It closes with a padlock and will also host the hydraulic jack. We will therefore lived with a capacity of 190 liters of diesel, especially the ability to find one station or another vehicle refueling (10l) in case of fuel exhaustion.


Joel excel in the wire and had the opportunity to exercise his art to produce a metal sieve behind the grille of the vehicle. This sieve in small mesh netting designed to prevent impacts from stones on the radiator (here's an idea of Fred - Zigzag cruiser)


On the outside kite aluminum box, made by Bruno Tondellier, we also made some improvements. In fact, during our first ride in Germany, we had some leakage problems.

We redid a silicone seal on the connector plate and top have been a seal on the two small side flaps of the box. We also made the two caches locks in aluminum that Bruno had made.
Finally, the locking device of sand plates was modified for better reliability and a water tank was placed on the small back door of the vehicle.