Buying From Ebay

Today I receive a package from the postman. It is an item that I have bought eight days ago from Ebay, a Timing Light.

The DIY LED timing light, constructed from a circuit pulled from the Internet, is dead and the old car still needs some working to be done, hence the decision not to repair but to buy one online.  It shouldn’t be expensive because it is just like a small manual flash unit with a trigger circuitry added to it.  After a while browsing at the choices available, I choose the one as shown above.

Bright LED DIY timing light

After unpacking the item, I did not try it out immediately. Instead, I make myself a cup of coffee, sit down and relax while enjoying the cuppa. Once done, I set off to work with it. Unfortunately it does not work but the small red coloured check light at the side of it do flashes.  I assume the fault is on the output side. Shaking the device, I hear sounds of something small bouncing between the walls.  Upon dismantling the device, I find that the xenon tube is chipped at one of its terminal ends. A case of rough handling I presume.

The damaged xenon tube

I have a spare xenon tube but the xenon tube is slightly longer.   I decide to buy one from the electronics shop near my area but could not find any, the shop does not hold stock.  So the xenon tube that I have goes into the timing light and it works.  The timing part is done and the next part is to set the rpm to the desired setting at 800 rpm.  But, the car has no tachometer.  In order to read the rpm, the pickup coil from the old DIY LED timing light shall be used to feed pulses to the notebook running freeware oscilloscope program.  To do this I need to clean the pulses and make sure the output voltage equals or less than the required voltage level of the notebook line-in, so as not to damage it.

Bukit Malawati

There was once a fort atop a hill overlooking the Straits of Malacca and the mouth of the Selangor river built by the then Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Ibrahim at the end of 17th century to guard against the Dutch. In spite of the defence, the fort at Bukit Malawati fell to the hands of the Dutch but not for long as in less than a year it was repossessed in a night raid. Later on through the years, there were internal squabbles between factions in the kingdom and when the British came, they ravaged the whole fort to the ground.

There is no fort to be seen now but Bukit Malawati is now a popular tourist attraction. There is a mausoleum for the first three Sultans of Selangor, a museum, a torture well and a lighthouse. The area now is in fact a park atop a hill. Remnants of the canons are displayed, scattered around the area. The area is also a spot where the Silver Leaf Monkeys go searching, or in actual fact wait, for food.  Food from the visitors that is.

Altingsburg lighthouse

Kuala Selangor Museum

Fire extinguisher used in the 50s and early 60s

Torture chamber


Not a popular bench


VOC. Mark of the Dutch East India Company

Silver Leaf Monkeys

Mannn…What a view