Corbin Dunn
Redwood Monkey

All posts in 2010

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Plug Bug: Rear Battery Box

Don’t forget about the original design: http://www.corbinstreehouse.com/blog/2010/12/plug-bug-battery-box-design/ I did modify it slightly as I went along. I learned a lesson from the front box: add 1/8″ or so to the total length to avoid it... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Front battery box fabrication

I’ve been working on fabricating the battery boxes out of 1/8″ steel angle iron and flat stock for the past two weeks. The first step was to strap them together to get an accurate measurement... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Turner’s Cube

Tuner’s Cube. I made it for my dad for Christmas 2010. Aaron helped me over Thanksgiving break to figure out the details and did some machining on it too. It started out as a ~3.5″x3.5″... [read more]
Machining
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Metalwork: Wine Glass Rack

Here’s a wine glass rack I made for my dad’s wife, Karen. I made it a while ago, but it was a Christmas present, so I couldn’t post it till after the 25th. It is... [read more]
Machining
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Plug Bug: Strapping Thundersky batteries together

Here’s how I strap the Thundersky batteries together. As previously mentioned, I bought the Mini Polyester Strapping Kit 5/8″ x .040″+seals + tools for $80 (plus shipping) on ebay. The pack of 4 (or 5)... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Weight Distribution

The unladen weight of the stock bug is 1807 lbs. The gross vehicle weight is 2645 lbs. Front axle load: 1080 lbs, rear: 1609 lbs. The front axle had the 10.6 gallon tank removed —... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Battery Box Design

I did some research on what people have done for battery boxes. The cells need to be contained well so they don’t go flying around in the event of an accident. A few interesting posts... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Batteries Arrived!

I’m a little behind on the status of the project…I got the batteries on Dec 8th, but was really busy that week due to Louise’s show, Left of the North Pole. It was a pain... [read more]
Electric Bug

Plug Bug: Gas Gap Sticker

My batteries are in California! I just need to have the guy call me to pick them up. I’m dying to get them and put the car together, but in the meantime here’s what I... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Stereo

I wanted to have a good sound system in the car. I bought an Alpine stereo and a set of speakers. I was initially going to mount them in the doors, but I read that... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Auxillary 12 v Battery

A typical gas powered car has a large 12 volt battery mainly for the purpose of turning the engine over during starting. That usually takes a lot of amps to crank it over. Since my... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Tricycle

Tricycle From the back of Justin’s Shop (ebikes.ca), Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2010.
Photography
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Plug Bug: iPad mount

It’s raining today but I did add a cool option to my car. The iPad mount! I was originally going to make my own mount, but that would take days of machining time and would... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Electric Ceramic Heater

I got my heater installed; I can test the fan and make sure the contactor comes on, but heat won’t come out until I actually have my battery pack installed. I cut a hole on... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Wiring…and more wiring

I’m still waiting for batteries, but i’m getting a lot of the little details done. The car could be drivable if I actually had a battery pack. I can turn on the key and hear... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Wires and Hoses

More progress tonight. Here’s aluminum L angle pieces to mount the radiator on. I slotted the car with a 4.5″ angle grinder (plus a cut off wheel) to keep the L shape and make the... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Motor backing plate + Controller

The project is moving along slowly. I was pretty busy with other things last week and didn’t get much time to work on it. I wanted a 1/8″ sheet of aluminum to back the motor... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Interface Module Installed

I worked on the bug a bit yesterday but didn’t get much done; things go slow! I ordered a Heater Kit from Canadian Electric Vehicles – http://www.canev.com/KitsComp/Components/Heater.html — the easiest way to do a heater... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Motor Installed

Last weekend was a big weekend for the project. My buddy Aaron, who has a lot of home-built EV experience and now works at Tesla came over to lend me a hand. He brought over... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Wheel and Rim

A quarter shot of the bug with the painted wheels, white walls and new dome style hubcaps (from CIP1):
Electric Bug
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Plug Bug: Seats Upholstered

Not much to say, but I got a bunch of the rust off of the seats, fixed some broken parts, painted them and then put them back together with new foam. I got new seat... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Kika the Bengal Kitten

We got a new kitten! This is Kika, a marble colored Bengal. I miss Piper, our Siamese a lot. She has yet to come home. I told Louise I didn’t want a new kitten to... [read more]
Other Stuff
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Purple KH 26 Unicycle

I recently spent some time powder coating some of my unicycles. Here’s my Kris Holm 26″ Mountain Unicycle with a Schlumpf geared hub, 2.3″ tire, and the KH handlebar: I powder coated the frame translucent... [read more]
Unicycling
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Photography: Coker and Coke

Coker and Coke From the San Francisco Unicycle Tour, 2010
Photography, Unicycling
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Plug Bug: Wheel Selection

My rims started out like this, with a bunch of rust on the sides and white painted part: I thought it wouldn’t be too hard to clean them up, but I was wrong! After some... [read more]
Electric Bug
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Vancouver Muni Weekend 2010

I had an awesome time at the “California” muni weekend, hosted in Vancouver, BC, Canada, by the VanUni unicycling club and dubbed the Vancouver Muni Weekend. It was announced via the Unicyclist forums. Here is... [read more]
Unicycling
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Plug Bug: Turning the flywheel

An electric motor doesn’t need a big flywheel to keep the engine running. It also doesn’t need the starter gear teeth around the edge. In fact, all it really has to do is engage with... [read more]
Electric Bug, Machining
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Zip Line Information

I’ve had a few questions on where I got my zip line stuff. Here’s what I got: 1. Petzl Tandem Speed Pulley 30113 – $ 79.95 from http://karstsports.com/, free shipping. 2. From ZipLineSupplies.com I ordered... [read more]
General
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Unicycle ride: Mr Toads and Hole in the Ground

Last weekend when my cat disappeared I was busy having fun doing some mountain unicycling. I might as well remember the good stuff. Saturday a group of us rode Mr Toads Wild Ride as a... [read more]
Logbook, Unicycling
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Missing Siamese Cat

Please help! My cat Piper is missing. She is a siamese, with white snowshoe paws. She is a polydactyl (extra toes) and is fixed. She comes to the name Piper (when she feels like it).... [read more]
General
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Plug Bug: Speedometer Repair

The speedo in the bug was broken. Ed, who I bought the car from, said it was just the cable that needed replacing and that he had replaced it a few times. I suspected something... [read more]
Electric Bug

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