Necessity is the mother of invention....Our story is a tragic one but in the end we hope a good one for all classic car lovers. Before it happened we thought it impossible to happen to us it can really happen to anyone. We were driving a classic car. A rare 1965 Buick Riviera. With an original ultra-precious 401 nail-head engine. It just took a few days of daily driving for tragedy to strike. The car ran perfectly right up the point that the engine just stopped! No blinking lights, no noise, no smoke, no warning just stopped. Figuring some minor ignition problem or a clogged fuel filter we had the car towed to our shop.
Disaster had struck! A tear down of the engine revealed the car had been running with low oil levels burning a crankshaft bearing. The worst possible news. What happened? We kicked ourselves over and over for letting the oil get so low. But then we found the real culprit. The oil pressure indicator system was not working. Had it been we would have seen an oil pressure low indicator lamp glow, and of course we would have checked the oil immediately. But the small incandescent lamp which show that indication was out! That's right: a 10 cent lamp caused thousands of dollars of damage and could have ruined that precious and rare engine. We vowed not to ever let this happen to us, or anyone else who loves classic cars again.
More research into the problem showed us that classic cars just don't have good systems for indicator critical engine problems. A lose wire or a burned out bulb or sensor can easily lead to engine destruction!
So out of this tragedy we invented EngineStat -- Clip on smart electronic engine status monitoring. EngineStat will monitor your classic car’s valuable motor from your phone! Even if your old car’s sensors fail, lamps burn out or your wiring is intermittent Enginestat will alert you of potential problems. Plus you can tune your car with your phone! An old fashioned unreliable 10 cent lamp stands between your engine and its destruction.
To spread this product to all classic car owners we need funding to pursue the development of Apple applications. We have Android covered and now shipping but Apple will take more time and money to develop. Thus we have launched this KickStarter project to get your help in finishing out the project.
Don’t trust your irreplaceable classic car engine to out dated technology like an idiot light! Low oil levels, high temperatures can lead to engine destruction.
EngineStat is a small black box that fits in your engine compartment and easily clips-on to your classic car’s existing wiring. This little black box brings the sophistication of on-board computer diagnostics to your classic car. It will continuously monitor critical engine parameters via the easy clip on interface and transmit these to your smart phone. If your engine is experiencing any problems you will get a visual and audible alert on your smart phone even if the EngineStat application is closed or the phone is in sleep mode! Your classic's cars old fashioned warning systems depends on cheap incandescent bulbs, aged wiring, or inaccurate and un-calibrated gauges. Don’t risk an irreplaceable engine.
PATENTS PENDING. Kit includes engine module, wiring, connectors, and complete installation instructions. Download the Android phone app from the Google Play store. 4 year limited warranty. EngineStat monitors the following critical parameters: Oil Pressure, temperature, voltage battery and harness, vacuum, and RPM! Phone app will alert you even if the app is closed or phone is in sleep mode. Don't let a bad 10 cent lamp ruin your engine. FOR CARS WITH OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR LAMP MADE PRIOR TO 1979. Use adapter kit MP-OP-ES for cars with oil pressure gauges.
Risks and challenges
We face the risk of unforeseen problems with creating code for Apple devices. We have engaged Apple experts to assist us in developing iPhone and iPad software for use with EngineStat. Since the electronics and all other hardware are already completed and now in product we believe that completing the product for Apple users poses minimal risk and lead time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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