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WARNING: This website contains ingenuity, do not try this at home.

WARNING: This website contains ingenuity, do not try this at home.

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  • Building a New Rear End – Part 3

    So after ensuring the MPV TT is built strong for going fast, next was to ensure I could slow down from all that speed.

    After purchasing a flaring tool and a few feet of steel 3/16″ brake lines I, spent a few hours practicing and refining my technique until I could consistently produce a good and centered double flare.

    Here are the final pieces necessary for hooking up the master cylinder to the new proportioning block, and the line lock.

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  • Building a New Rear End – Part 2

    The next thing to tackle was adding all the parts for the air system, and I began by milling a piece of UHMW to act as a spacer for extra clearance and extra support.

    Then, making a little bracket from a scrap piece of aluminum sheet to hold the air water separator in place, I was able to mount all the components and start running the lines.
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  • Building a New Rear End – Part 1

    Having close to four times the horsepower output this van was designed to handle, it was only a matter of time before the stock open differential decided it had enough, and I was surprised it lasted this long. Beginning to get louder and louder with more and more vibration I decided to change the oil in the stock diff, doing so twice in a week each time with more chunks coming out. It was after this I knew it was time for me to start on this long overdue project.

    Here is what it first looked like when I first brought home this used Ford 9″ differential, it came from a farm where it was sourced from a 1970′s Ford Torino (a Starsky and Hutch car).

    After tearing it down, I then took a plasma torch to the remaining brackets, followed by a healthy dose of power grinding and sanding.

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  • Rain Drain Repair

    After installing my rain barrel system at my parents home, and once it was full to the brim, I went out to see how well the overflow works. I discovered a puddle around the downspout and water percolating from the cement rain drain it fed into.

    After some excavating I discovered a fractured pipe full of roots and roof debris, clearly water was not flowing through this. These pipes were most likely installed when the house was built back in the mid 60′s. So after weighing the options, and hoping for a best case scenario, it was decided that a pickaxe was to be purchased and digging would commence.

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  • Rain Harvesting

    Living in the Pacific Northwest means seeing lots of rain throughout the year. With the notion of being able to capture some of the rain that would normally hit the roof, flow through the gutters, out the downspout, then into the drain, I set out to build a rain barrel system that would capture the rain and allow easy access of the supply.

    P1130932I sourced some HDPE 55 gallon barrels which would resist UV rays and hamper the growth of algae. After a using a pressure washer to clean out the remaining contents of the barrels I picked up a variety of ABS fittings to connect the system together.

    P1130929I set-up a little work area with my trusty Black and Decker Workmate and a chop saw, and made a pile of pressure treated 4×4′s and 2×4′s close at hand making cutting the lumber a breeze.

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  • Cleaning Rollerblade Bearings


    Over the last four years, these Red Star Rocket wheels seen seen all types of surfaces, and terrain.  With many miles of abuse on them, they had sat in storage for almost a year up until a week ago…  I dusted off the boots and head out for a few hours of roller hockey.  I ended up blowing the front tires on both my boots, but luckily I was able to find an Allen Key and move another wheel forward finishing the day on six wheels.  Desperately needing a new set of wheels, this seemed like the perfect time to clean and lubricate the bearings.

    P1130852So I gathered the necessary tools to do so, and set up a little work station.

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  • Car Stereo Cable Adapters

    With the goal of learning about my milling machines mass production capabilities I set out not only to decrease the size of my scrap pile, but also to fabricate something which could be a marketable product.

    P1130683Beginning with this ‘sliver’ from a 1″x12″ piece of aluminum flat bar, I marked the cut lines which would produce the most amount of adapters, then used my portable band saw to slice them up.

    P1130689Able to produce six nuggets from that “sliver” I clamped them into my Grizzly Mill, and got to work getting rid of the saw marks and making them true to my machine.

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  • Giant Aluminum Spoiler Brackets

    A customer with a Nissan 350Z inquired if I could use my CNC Plasma to make him some new brackets for his carbon fiber spoiler. I met up with him, took some measurements, and found that the stock height for his wing was 45″. I asked how high he wanted to go, and after some surveying decided on an overall height of 60″.

    IMG_6075These are the brackets I would be improving upon. I found that 5/16″ aluminum plate would be the best material to use so I got to work creating a CAD design, and below is the video of it being cut on the plasma.

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  • Rounding Out The Big 3

    The BIG 3 is an upgrade preformed to the electrical system of a car and includes:
    - alternator positive to battery positive
    - battery negative to chassis
    - engine ground to chassis

    I previously had a run of 4 gauge from the positive post on my alternator, and now that I have upgraded my alternator to a higher output I wanted to match the wire as well.

    Pulled out a piece of aluminum from my scrap pile…

    … and used my trusty Milwaukee band saw to slice off a little nugget.

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