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I know how you feel! All these guys with their modified Mazdas posting on the Forum with photos of their impressive mods and you with your bone-stock car. It's a real come-down and it's enough to make you doubt your self-worth when you compare yourself with these automotive stars. Maybe you just don't have the ability to do your own mods, or you don't have money to pay others to do it, or you don't want to lose your factory warranty. Whatever the reason, what if I told you that modifying your car yourself is not only possible but is also a DIY project that requires no skill, relatively little money and won't kill your warranty.. The result will be a modification that actually does nothing to improve the machine's performance but to others less knowledgeable than you it will appear that now your car is one to be reckoned with - a mean machine that few will want to challenge. Think of the effect on your image as those who enter your vehicle will now see you in a new light as a man not to be trifled with who can hold his own in any situation. How can you achieve this significant transformation? Simple, install a Machmeter in your car - right up there on the front panel where it will be prominently displayed.

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The images are the front and back views of a Kollsman Machmeter and a Pitot tube sensor.

As most of you now, a Machmeter indicates the speed of the vehicle in question in reference to the speed of sound. At sea level on a standard day (59 deg F), the speed of sound = 761 mph ( 1225 km/h) which registers as Mach 1 on a Machmeter. Kollsman is one manufactuer of this instrument and it is available at moderate prices either new or surplus from aeronautical instrument suppliers. To complete the authenticity of the installation, you'll also want to mount a Pitot tube in front of the car as this is the sensor that provides velocity input to the meter. Note that the two units don't actually have to be connected, although this is simple to do, as it's enough to give the impression that you have a working installation.

At least run a tube from the instrument to a hidden location just to indicate to any passenger in the vehicle that it is a legitimate installation. For those of you that want the instrument to actually work, bear in mind that the lowest index point on the instrument is .5 Mach which indicates 380.5 mph at sea level. So unless your car is actually that fast you won't get a reading below that. For that reason, it's too bad that Half-Mach meters aren't made because, as you all know, in this case half a Mach is better than none. Well, that's all you need do and you're on your way to a new sense of self-worth in relation to your car. In any case, the object here is to give the impression that your car is that fast, not that it's actually capable of achieving it. For very little money, with no automotive knowledge and minimal effort you have created a whole new image of yourself as a driver.

You don't have to thank me for this attempt to bolster your self-esteem as virtue is its own reward.
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