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LR Rewire Lucas DAB108 Ignition Module

Rewire of a Lucas DAB108 ignition module used on the Rover 3.5 v8, also known as a ’35D’ system.

After hearing some louder than normal sparking sounds whilst under the bonnet one day,  a closer look was needed, this is what I found…

As this is the older style of Rover distributer and coil the ignition module is large metal unit that sites with the coil attached the passenger wing – never versions like the 35DLM8 have a 3 or 2 pin ignition module directly mounted on the distributer.


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LR 90 Knee Switch (dash lights-hazard-interior light)

Fed up of a dodgy interior light / dash light switch I have decided to separate these 2 functions.

One switch will run the standard Land Rover 90 interior light and another switch will run dash lights. The switch that’s currently in place is a Britpart switch that basically failed the 3rd time it was used – both would come on at one time, dash lights toggle would stop working, both would then stops working, after opening the switch up a couple of times to resolve the issues, I just cant be bothered to fix it anymore or pay the £30 for a genuine switch.

With the original 3 position switch connection block cut off its simply a case of providing the switches with the relevant positive, negative and dash light feed  before connecting the original dash light output and interior output wires to the switch’s.

LR90 Knee Switch

The switch to run the dash lights isn’t going to be illuminated as it will be left ON, I just didn’t want to loose the function of turning the dash lights off independently – I see it as one of those cool little things like the Saab half dash illumination feature.


Whilst I was there I decided to replace the broken plastic fascia with a new one, I  picked up a brushed stainless switch holder – I wasn’t looking for a brushed one, £2 at a jumble.

Raspberry Pi Enable Cron

By default,  Cron is disabled meaning anything entered into  ‘crontab’ wont be run.

To enable this function, follow the steps below:

Once logged into the Pi use the below command to open up the ‘rsyslog.conf’ file in the Nano editor

sudo nano rsyslog.conf

Once the rsyslog is loaded into nano, navigate to the below section and un-comment the ‘cron’ option

# First some standard log files.  Log by facility.
auth,authpriv.*              /var/log/auth.log
*.*;auth,authpriv.none          -/var/log/syslog
cron.*                          /var/log/cron.log
daemon.*                        -/var/log/daemon.log
kern.*                          -/var/log/kern.log
lpr.*                           -/var/log/lpr.log
mail.*                          -/var/log/mail.log
user.*                          -/var/log/user.log

Save the document by pressing CTRL + O and then CTRL+X  close the editor.

Reboot the Raspberry Pi:

sudo reboot

Raspberry Pi Real Time Clock (RTC)

How to setup a Real Time Clock on a Raspberry Pi B v1.1


If you didn’t know, the Raspberry Pi doesn’t hold the time very well, this is because there is no on board Real Time Clock.


To keep the devices time accurate we need to add a module that holds the time whenever the RPi has no power running to it and then updates the RPi with the time saved on the battery powered module when the full power is restored and the system starts running again.

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