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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.


Plug Bug: Transmission/Transaxle Assembly

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


Plug Bug: Transmission Disassembly

I took the transmission apart and recorded it!


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 mount and welding in a replacement; thank goodness they are easily available from online sources, otherwise I’d be fabricating one.  I’m documenting my transmission work on video, but I’ve come across a question. I’m attempting to rebuild an older transmission that pops out of fourth gear. I had bought it on eBay a few years back when having some problems with my leaking main transmission... [read more]


Video: Eisley the TRAIL DOG Goes to Slickrock!

Eisley, the super shiba mutt, goes for a bike chase in Moab on the Slickrock trail!


Video: Custom Tap Handle from Redwood and Steel

Here I hack together a custom tap handle for my homebrew kegerator setup. Some quick work on my lathe followed by a little bit of minimal woodworking to get something looks a lot better than the stock handle.


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 bug! Dealing with insurance took months, and I finally got a settlement for the bug, which was deemed totaled. For about $800 I had the opportunity to buy it back as a salvage vehicle, and I snapped up that chance.  I wasn’t too motivated to work on it…other things came up, and I was enjoying driving my Tesla Model S. But now I’m at the... [read more]


Video: Wedding Ring from Steel and Pennies!

Lexi and I got married! We made our own wedding rings from some stainless steel that was in my workshop. But the nice added touch was melting some pre-1982 copper pennies on top to add a center accent line.


Photography: Eisley the Trail Dog

Everyone thinks that their dog is the cutest and best animal ever.


Photography: Arches National Park in Utah (But Not the Actual Arches)

Arches National Park in Utah - I drove around and stopped at a few choice places to grab some photos. You can't walk in here without a permit (and I didn't have one).


Photography: Colorado Trees in Motion

Taken while I was hanging my head out the passenger window of the Tesla!


Photography: Durango Fields

While driving the Tesla through Durango I stopped to grab a couple of pictures. This was taken across from a place that sold fresh honey.


Photography: Molas Pass, Durango, Colorado

A beautiful picture from Durango.


Photography: Lahaina Sunset Series – Gentle Ocean

More pictures from Lahaina during awesome sunsets. This was taken past the reef where the waves are gentle.


Photography: Lahaina Sunset Series – Golden Sailboats

More gorgeous sunset photos from Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.


Photography: Lahaina Sunset Series – Outrigger

There is a luau every evening next door to where we are staying in Lahaina. Every night right around sunset we would watch them take an outrigger out into the ocean and paddle back in to do a small arrival ceremony for the tourists. We finally decided to get a closer look and I grabbed a few photos.


Photography: Lahaina Sunset Series

This is one photo grabbed from the multiple exposures that I setup for creating a time lapse video. Taken from Lahaina Shores in Maui. Camera: Canon 5D Mark III:


Photography: Torch Ginger

Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior) growing in Hana, Maui, Hawaii. The eastern side of Maui is a lush, wet rain forest where these gigantic ginger plants create the most beautiful red blossoms.


Video: Sunset Time Lapse in Maui

I took a ton of pictures with my Canon 5D and created this awesome time lapse video.


Unicycling: Chupacabra Muni Video

Some footage of the Chupacabra trail in Santa Cruz.


Photography: Sunset in Maui

Sunsets in Maui are fabulous! I took this picture hand held from our balcony with my Canon 5D Mark III. 5 exposures combined together in Photomatix to create a vibrant HDR, pulling out some of the colors a bit, and then upping the contrast in Lightroom.


Photography: Waimea Canyon in Kauai

Waimea Canyon in Kauai - an HDR photo where I combined 5 exposures to generate one beautiful image.


Photography: Napali Coast in Kauai

The Napali Coast as seen from a boat.


Photography: Hanalei Coconut Trees

While traveling in Hanalei on the island of Kauai in the early morning I snapped a picture of some of the trees.


Unipacking: Setting Up Your Unicycle for Unicycle Backpacking

The first in a series of videos on how do to unicycle backpacking: unipacking! This shows how I setup the unicycle with a standard off the shelf rack and some custom panniers.


The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Complete Google Maps

Here are links to all the Google Maps for our Arizona Trail Unicycle adventure. Note that I started in Tucson to join my friends who got a 5 day head start. These were created by recording each day with Strava.


The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 29, The Last Day

April 28, 2017 So, at this point, I had stopped writing daily notes in my iPhone, and it is now nearly a month later where my memory is already starting to fade. All the celebration at the end of the trip, and I forgot to take detailed notes. But I will never completely forget this day. Riding the Arizona trail was the hardest physical thing that I have ever done. I lost about five pounds, despite eating a jar of peanut butter every week. Don’t worry, I’m working on gaining the weight back by drinking home-brew.  The last day. We... [read more]


The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 28, The Cold Cold Day

April 27, 2017 That’s two colds in the title, because it was really cold. One thing I didn’t mention about the prior day was the wind. The wind was constantly blowing, and it would usually stop at night, but the night before it never stopped. We woke up in the morning, and the wind woke up with us. The wind was a little tired and slower than normal, it probably just needed its coffee, but it was still blowing, and it picked up as time went on. One good thing about it freezing at night is that the snow becomes... [read more]


The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 27, Welcome to the Snow

April 26, 2017 We weren’t sure who was going to have a harder day. Our three hiking friends, Lexi, Colin and Ashley, had to hike back out to the south rim of the Grand Canyon in one shot, and take a slightly longer hiking path via the Bright Angel Trail. The Bright Angel Trail is less steep, but longer, and from the Cottonwood Campsite it was a full 20 miles. The unicyclists, Jamey, Rebekka and myself, had to hike about seven miles to the north rim and ride as far as we could. We got up a bit earlier than... [read more]


The Arizona Trail on Unicycle: Day 26, Just 7 Miles of Hiking

April 25, 2017 The seven miles down may have been harder than this day’s seven miles of slightly uphill. My calves were still sore from the hike down, and the heavy backpack wasn’t helping. We left the Bright Angel campsite and did a quick stop off at Phantom Ranch around 9 or 9:30AM. Not only does the ranch sell beer, but they also have some postcards you can buy. Does that mean the mailman will do a daily hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon? Well, not quite: the post cards are carried out by mule, and you get... [read more]



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