Corbin Dunn
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Plug Bug: Fixed, and then broken again

The electric bug constantly has stuff going wrong with it. I got it back on the road and registered as a salvage vehicle. I could finally drive it to work again, but I’m a bit... [read more]
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Plug Bug: Carpool stickers going bye-bye

I had to tear them off. It was a sad day.
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Plug Bug: Rear Apron Mod – make it removable!

The rear apron on my bug got severely damaged in the accident. I had to replace it, and I decided it would be nice to make it removable instead of spot welding it back in. So, here’s a video of me hacking it together.
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Plug Bug: Transmission/Transaxle Assembly

Okay! Here is a video of me assembling the transmission on my 1969 VW Bug.
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Plug Bug: Transmission Disassembly

I took the transmission apart and recorded it!
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Plug Bug: Transmission Decisions

The bug was rear ended last year, and the motor/transmission combo was pushed forward, shearing the rear transmission mounts off (they are rubber) and severely squishing the front mount. I cut out the old front... [read more]
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Plug Bug: Working on repairs…

It has been just about a year since my 1969 VW electric bug was rear ended. I was driving to work and stopped in traffic, but the gal behind me didn’t stop and squished the... [read more]
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Plug Bug: Crash update.

Back in October 2016 my electric VW bug was rear ended: http://www.corbinstreehouse.com/blog/2016/10/plug-bug-the-bug-is-squished-i-was-rear-ended/ I was super sad, and I’ve had to deal with the insurance side of things. In the end, the bug has been declared... [read more]
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Plug Bug: The bug is squished… I was rear ended!

It’s a sad day in electric-ville. I was driving the electric bug to work at about 6:45 am on Highway 85, trying to enjoy my morning commute by working on learning some Japanese words for... [read more]
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Plug Bug: Rear bearing replacement and updates

Oh, the Plug Bug! I have so much time and energy spent on this car, and it continues to this day.    In the past month, the bugs transmission has been in and out three... [read more]
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The Electric Bug Chronicles: Yeah, those skid marks on Highway 85 are mine…

Oh boy… My bug needed new brake pads. I go through them crazy fast, as I drive down the famous “Highway 17” on a daily basis and my car doesn’t do any re-gen braking. This... [read more]
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The Electric Bug Chronicles: Cops.

Stories from the driver’s seat. I have been pulled over at least ten times by the cops. It has become less frequent the past two years, although part of the reason is probably because I... [read more]
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The Electric Bug Chronicles: You’re kicked out!

Stories from the driver’s seat. So, this happened about three years ago. I was driving the bug to the Summit Store in the Santa Cruz mountains, and pulled into the parking lot. It was a... [read more]
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The Electric Bug Chronicles: Hey, Don’t Pull Him Over!

Stories from the driver’s seat. In the past four or five years I have been pulled over by cops a lot. I always get set on my way without a ticket; so far I haven’t... [read more]
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The Electric Bug Chronicles: F – You

Stories from the driver’s seat. This is something that happened about four years ago, and the picture below is from 2011.    The California HOV white stickers: the privilege to drive solo in the carpool... [read more]
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The Electric Bug Chronicles: Window Down

Stories from the driver’s seat. It was quite chilly out as I was driving home on 17 yesterday in the fast lane. I was surprised to see a guy in a red BMW with his... [read more]
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Plug Bug: Try 3 with the transmission

I really miss driving my electric bug. It has basically been out of commission for an entire year. I probably squeezed out around 1000 miles on the rebuilt transmission I got late last year, but... [read more]
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Tesla OS 7 has serious usability problems combined with a hit from the ugly stick

October 15th, 2015: Tesla released their OS version 7 – featuring Autopilot. A self driving car, who wouldn’t want to update? Well, I wish I hadn’t and I want to downgrade. The instrument panel is... [read more]
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Bug transmission down again :(

Sadly, my transmission saga continues. My rebuilt transmission from MOFOCO was slowly leaking oil from the main shaft. I had took it out…and tried to see if there were any problems. A few months ago... [read more]
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Plug Bug: charger repaired; back on the road

The bug is rolling again! About 39,800 electric miles. I asked Manzanita Micro why it failed and what I could do to prevent it from happening again. They said it “was something in the negative... [read more]
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Bug down! Charger broken (again – 3rd time)

Sadly, the electric VW bug will be taking some time off the road. Last time it was the transmission, and this time it is the Manzanita Micro PFC-30 charger. I didn’t even get a 1000... [read more]
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chargepoint energy stats for my bug

Since July of 2011 I’ve been using chargepoint for charging at free charging stations, and at work. Prior to my work getting J1772 stations, I would use a dryer plug outlet that was provided for... [read more]
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Plug Bug: You are only as strong as your weakest cell

I had known for quite some time that I had a weak cell in my battery pack. My electric bug’s battery consists of 48 lithium iron phosphate cells. I use the eLithion battery management system... [read more]
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Plug Bug: Killing Chargepoint Charging Stations

Well, my bug wasn’t killing the charging stations, but it was giving them an internal error. It seems that the newer charge point stations with a large display weren’t compatible with my car’s J1772 port... [read more]
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Plug Bug: Transmission / motor removal in an electric conversion

I was still having trouble with my transmission. My last post talked about how I got it back in — this was months ago, in October 2014. I drove the car about 20 miles, and while... [read more]
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Plug Bug Videos

I made a playlist of all the videos I have on YouTube to more easily find them. Here they are:
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Electric Bug: Running Again!

So, I got my new rebuilt transmission from MOFOCO. I put it back in the car and buttoned up the rear end entirely. I then attached the shifter…but, it wasn’t shifting! So, I posted on... [read more]
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Final drive ratio in an electric conversion car

So, I’m getting a new transmission for my VW bug (number 3), and probably buying it from http://www.mofoco.com/category/Rebuilt_VW_Transmissions/c112. What drive ratio should I get? They can do a few different options. My bug is/was currently... [read more]
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Electric VW: Transmission Killer

In my last post on the bug, I had mentioned that I replaced my brushes, hoping it would fix some noise I was getting in the transmission/motor area. It didn’t help, and I then replaced... [read more]
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Electric VW Bug: Brushes replaced

The rear end of my car has been making quite a bit of noise lately. It seems to only happen when I apply power, and I wasn’t too sure of what it was. If I... [read more]
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Plug Bug: New front brake pads

I wear out brake pads faster than normal since I don’t have regenerative breaking or a normal “ICE” engine to slow me down. I replaced my first set of pads really quickly, but the second... [read more]
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