@tweezak That would cost way more than it is worth since the 911 is rear engined and the Caddy is in front. This is a bicycle hauler more than anything. If I wanted a powerful engine I could do a tuned 2.0T from the Golf R and get almost as much power at a much lower cost than a Beetle…I mean 911 motor.
The goal is the Digifant motor out of the '90 to '93 Cabriolet that is reliable, easy to work on and bolts right in. It is .01 litres larger in displacement but stock delivers 50 hp more than the 60 hp 1.7 litre currently in there. Some basic tuning and I could probably get 120 to 130 hp in a truck that only weighs 1800 lbs.
@yakkoTDI Ok…when you said Caddy I thought you were talking about one of those old rear engine beetles that had the horrendously ugly Cadillac or Rolls Royce front clip on them. Hence the reason I was thinking 911. Once you finish the pickup you need to post a gif of a big smokey burnout! With bicycles in the back, of course.
@tweezak I sometimes forget not everyone is a VW person. The Caddy name was way more popular overseas because they didn’t call the mark 1 cars a Rabbit. Since it was always a Golf to them it made sense to call the vehicle that hauls your junk the Caddy.
Might get a burnout picture but I will not risk they bikes. Those things are expensive.
@simplersimon I came here to say that - we trimmed the big cedar this year and have lots of 2 - 6 inch diameter pieces that I’m thinking of making into cabinet pulls but will probably whittle to a sharp point over and over, also.
@simplersimon@stolicat If you whittle multiple sticks into sharp points you can make stakes, which are useful against vampires. Possibly more like filling an armory than crafting, but if that’s what works for you I say go for it!
I’m probably not going to crochet a gigantic pair of ram’s horns to wear, but maybe I will? Really, a cap is more likely. Oh, I should put little horns on a cap. Holy crap, I should put little devil horns on a cap.
@gt0163c I told my mom about my plan the next morning, and she was like, is this for a certain newborn baby we both know of? [boss’ new grandkid], and I was like NO IT IS FOR ME. But I do need to learn how to scale patterns, at this point in time I can barely manage figuring out the gauge. And my boss’ new grandkid, or the first grandkid, does need some kind of a devil hat. Obviously.
I have a small metal lathe but I want to make some mods to it. Then I want to get a mid-size mill or a Bridgeport if I can find a bargain. I’ve been trained on machining but haven’t had a lot of practice. I also need to upgrade my grinder and would like to start learning to weld. I’m tempted to try one of those portable 120/240 inverter welders to start with for basic small stuff.
@tweezak Lathing, milling, grinding – sounds destructive (and fun). But welding is not; it’s constructive (even for a rank amateur, such as I).
Closest I’ve been to welding for years is a little soldering for electrical repairs; decidedly not the same (but still constructive).
@phendrick I’ve been doing soldering (mostly under a microscope) off and on for over 30 years. I do it almost daily in my current job. I’d also like to get into additive (3D printing) rather than just subtractive (machining) but I just like the permanence of metal over plastic. And I don’t think sintered metal 3D printers will be affordable (by me) anytime soon. Welding is a basic skill that would enable me to do so many things. I like to repair things and that would be better in many cases than drilling and bolting together.
Does building things with small plastic interlocking blocks (and because it’s FIRST Lego League season, beams and axles and assorted connectors) count as crafting? Because I’m doing a lot of that right now.
A lot of it isn’t terribly fun to look at because it’s mostly to give my FLL team ideas in how to solve whatever problems they’re running into (how to change the direction of the holes on a beam, how to change the direction of rotation coming off a motor, how to build things that are strong and rigid).
@gt0163c I had to look up FLL – sounds interesting. I might have to get involved locally. I searched for teams in my city and was returned 16 – of which 8 were actually local here. (Three were out of country! Plus one in California, which I have considered a separate country for at least the last few decades. Questionable – and weird – search function.)
I’ll have to see if anything in my budget for Legos, of which I currently have none.
[are you a GT Ohh or a GT Zero? just curious…; looks like a zero, but a lot of people use “leet” spelling in user names. I used to have a Chevelle SS396, inherited from a girl friend but in terrible shape, but never a GTO. I currently have a '64 LeMans sitting in my garage, waiting for me to get back to restoring it, which I halted a few years ago – wonder if it misses me? I miss it. Last I drove it, it had some starter and carburetor issues, but otherwise was in pretty good shape, especially the body.]
@phendrick I’m assuming you searched for FLL teams in the FIRST website. You’d think that would be a great way to find teams to be involved with. Sadly it’s really not. The better way is to figure out what region you’re in and then contact the regional partner to volunteer.
This is a weird season (stupid pandemic) and many teams are meeting partially or completely virtually (stupid pandemic). Many tournaments will be all or partially virtual as well (stupid pandemic). But they still need volunteers to judge and referee.
I think it’s a really cool and very unique program. I’m in my 8th (I think) season as a volunteer coach and it’s been a really great experience for me.
I’d be happy to help you figure out your region and get contact info for the regional partner if you are interested. You can whisper me your general location if you’d like.
@phendrick Oh, and the GT0 is a 0, but the GT is Georgia Tech and not related to vehicles (I’m more of an airplane nerd than a car geek). Students at Tech get a GT number which is based off their assigned post office box (usually) and is the unique portion of their student email address. It also can identify roughly when the student started based on the letter. (I was the third person to use post office box 50163 since they started the system). And it makes for a nice, unique user name on message boards.
@moonhat I’m an intermediate-to-advanced knitter, but I’m incredibly slow, so I don’t have a lot to show for the amount of time and money I’ve invested in knitting. You should learn another stitch, though! It makes knitting even more fun.
@Thumperchick Ugh, I actually should finish the project I started for meh’s birthday last year (but thought of the previous birthday) before I do anything else. Just in time for Halloween, three years and three months late! If I finish it… if I find it.