I filmed a quick video update!
When I got home, I needed to move my car for street sweeping and the battery was dead. After a couple hours charging, it wouldn’t start so I adjusted the cables and poof, started within a half hour. I guess I had poor contact with the posts since I did it in the dark.
I’m too tired to wire them up for real, but they work!
Also, what do you think - maybe I should fix this on the Miata? (video below Rid Kock video).
I may be late to this party. On one hand, these are a great way to get around a congested area. On the other, people give 0 shits about where they leave them and their conduct while driving them. That’s bad. Folks, use the bike rules: walk them if you’re on a sidewalk and park courteously.
I had the brilliant idea of stopping off for a long weekend in Paris after a trip to Luxembourg. I booked an apartment in the lovely 1st arrondissement - which is kind of fancy. I’ve never been to Paris, so it was a good idea at the time. Except the city is rioting with anarchists setting fire to police cars.
My car history is a short tale, but one that keeps getting a lot better. It all started as low as it gets: A 1994 Chevy Cavalier. In white, just like this one:
I spent the day in my company’s Luxembourg office. We rent some space in a nice building that has a parking garage in the basement. Apparently the building’s owner uses it as Ferrari storage. I counted 5 512 tr’s. Hey, if you like something, stock up!
Last night I discovered that the lights I bought didn’t have integrated turn signals so I had to figure something out. I decided to order some 4x2 inch LEDs and mount them just under the lights. That mean’t I also had to design the mount. Yay - more 3D printing fun.
I continued cleaning up wiring today. I leave for Luxembourg and Paris on Sunday so everything is a bit frenetic. I ended up having to run into the city to pick up something from the office, so I made a quick visit to the SF Auto Show. I got to drive the 2019 Miata (automatic, blegh and in traffic only). The new…
I got the lights alligator clipped together on the Exocet. I’ve never wired a relay before (or damn near anything), so I drew my own diagram. I probably got some of the symbols wrong - but they make sense to me, mkay?! This has been a 2+ month battle so I’m ecstatic.
So I wrote a long blog post about it. It kept me from working on the Exocet for nearly an entire month but the entire time, my friends and coworkers were really kind of dumbfounded by my experience.
There was a lot of poking with a multimeter, cutting things open, and feeling up wires - but it’s finally done. I found the issues that were keeping reverse lights from working on the Exocet.
My vertigo is much improved today and last night’s rocket launch went off without a hitch - putting two more of my company’s satellites in space. I clipped together a video this morning for our friends and investors. With any luck, I’ll actually be able to spend some time working on the Exocet next week. Here’s to…
I have an out of state title and a non-transferable CA registration on the Ralliart. I’m going to gear up to sell it since it’s been gaining +20 miles/month for the last 6 months and it’s just not enough. Which reminds me, I probably got an other parking ticket on it yesterday - woops. Any advice on converting to a CA…
I’ve been under the weather with 1) vertigo and 2) a cold. You’re probably familiar with how a cold works. You get a virus, things suck for a bit, and you get better fairly quickly. Vertigo is... evil.
Looks fine from this angle but I woke up with some nasty vertigo. Going to work tomorrow seems unlikely so I’ll be working from home. Just don’t ask me to move quickly. Or look up without falling over.
My 3D printed car badge has arrived. It’s very heavy so mounting it will be interesting. I think I will carefully drill 4 threaded m3 holes and make an X bracket for the reverse side. I didn’t really think that through but it’s pretty!
I got invited a few weeks ago to go drive the i-Pace at a Jaguar brand event. I doubt I’ll be invited back after this but frankly, if that car is the future then I don’t want it. There isn’t any emotion to electric cars. And before some says “but Tesla” - go drive that back to back with a Miata (hell, go drive it back…
My coworker came over the other night to lend a hand on wiring. We wired up the lights but found the wires from the neutral safety switch and the reverse switch were both knackered. The later making it impossible to test the reverse lights. There also seems to be a fault in the wiring somewhere in/around the…