21 October, 2017

Meet Cooper

Susan got a new daily driver, a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited Turbo.  Named for her favorite silver fox, Anderson Cooper. 

Low miles, VERY clean, with all the bells and whistles.  Heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, awesome stereo, etc.  240hp, and 260tq available at 1,350rpm.  Decent low and mid range grunt.  We averaged 33mpg driving it home from Roseville.

It was time for our every five years car upgrade.

18 September, 2017

Woody Progress

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02 July, 2017

01 July, 2017

Morning 360 from Budapest

Early morning in Budapest

I'm always up early the first day of the cruise, but at least 4:30am in Budapest isn't a bad place to be. Hot coffee, good book, and a nice view.

Budapest at Night via the Danube.

More Budapest pics

After dinner evening cruising.

First night in Budapest

27 May, 2017


I realized I never blogged about my latest project.  I had this weird idea to build a bike out of wood and aluminum, using a spare Honda Cub engine.  Not sure why, I think I wanted to work with wood, which is something I've never done much before.  I also wanted to create lots of stuff from scratch using the mini lathe and tig welder.

So all the photos below show the progression from sketch, to a roller.  The basic idea is a pair of wood frame spares, that will bolt together using about 25-30 aluminum spaces.  The spacers are turned down on their ends, and internally threaded.  So they slip through the wood, to really lock things in place.  We will see how rigid it really is when I get the rest of the spacers made.

Just remember, we're talking about a 4.5hp beast that likely won't exceed 35mph and will weigh somewhere in the 110# range.  And it will mostly be an art project anyways, occasionally running errands to Safeway or Trader Joes for donuts.

This is mostly just something to fiddle with over the next year, and give me a chance to use my new tools.

I'll try to keep the blog more up to date as it progresses.

Woody 5

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Woody 4

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Woody 3

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