Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Can't Hug Every Cat

I haven't posted much humor, but I love this.

So here it is.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dukes Autotrader Mini-Movie

I had caught quick pieces of the Dukes of Hazzard Autotrader commercial(s), but I don't watch enough television that I had see it in it's entirety.

Apparently, Autotrader produced a 2 1/2 minute "mini-movie" that they split into 3 commercials.  All 3 commercials and the consolidated mini-movie are on youtube, but the mini-movie is more fun to watch and has a few more details that they cut out of the 3 commercials.

It's pretty cool.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Metal Melter

Here's another cool project utilizing an old Microwave Oven Transformer (MOT).

Actually, everything on the King of Random youtube channel is pretty much wonderful.

You should check it out.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

'68 Charger Power Steering Return Line Adapter

On my '68 Dodge Charger, as far back as I can remember, there's been a mis-match between the return port of my power steering pump and the return port on my power steering gear box.  (the LOW pressure line)  The return port on my power steering pump is about 3/4" in diameter and the return port on the power steering gearbox is about 3/8" in diameter.

I either needed a different pump (with a smaller port) or a bigger return fitting on the gearbox.

You can see the fitting on the pump in this picture.  (this pump isn't mine, but is identical)

And you can see the 2 different return fittings in this picture.  I need the fat one since I have a fat port on my pump, but my gearbox has the skinny one.

My solution up till yesterday was to put an inch long piece of 3/8" hose on the skinny fitting then a  big host over the skinny hose and clamp it down real tight on the fitting.  I've known I had power steering leak for a long time, but didn't know most of it was coming from my hose-over-a-hose solution until yesterday.

I could buy the large fitting, but I needed a quick solution to go to the Cruise-in at Fuddrucker's tuesday night, so I decided to make an adapter.

I scouted around the shop and found this old, metal fuel filter.  Sweet!  I thought it was going to be more work than this, but this thing will almost work as-is.

I happen to have a lathe, so I chucked up the filter and turned down the metal that was crimped over (just to get rid of it).  Which got me to here.

Then, popped out the filter guts.

Chucked it up again and used a file to eliminate sharp edges on the big end.

And here's the finished product in place.

I may eventually get the correct fitting for the gearbox, but for now this is working great!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Check out this fusion of man and machine.

He's color-blind, so that thing is implanted in the back of his head and allows him to hear tones that represent different colors.

Things are starting to get weird...

Video at the links below.