Igloo 12V electric cooler arduino modification for the van

At the thrift store I found another one of these 12V Igloo electric coolers. They have a 35W Peltier cooler installed in them and can keep food and drinks nice and cold even on a warmer day. This particular unit I managed to score for only $7.00, which I thought was a good deal.After getting it home and plugging it into 12V, I discovered that it didn't work at all,

Things that I’ve been working on…

Here is a random post with several things I've been working on over the last month that I figure you might enjoy..   This is a 1996 Bluebird Wanderlodge, I've been doing various things to it. I enjoy the drivers area as it kind of reminds me of a space shuttle with all the instrumentation around. There are a couple of overhead panels as well that take care of various

Dubs Along the Rockies 2014

  DATR This year was in Parker Colorado, the turnout wasn't bad. It wasn't as large as it had been some years, but still larger than it was others. I had a great time talking to folks and checking out all the really cool setups. I decided to take video of a car show for the first time, including some preparation for the show and a little bit of footage

Late May post, many updates!

Well hello and welcome! I am sure there will be a video that follows up what I say here on the website, but I will be sure and include extra juicy stuff in here for those who like to read my posts :-) First off, the Talon tuning movie is ready to be edited, well part 1 of it anyways. I will be going into my office tomorrow for a

Stingray Corvette Day 2 & 3

Work continues on the exhaust and finalization of dynamat in a couple of places that I could fit scraps that were directly panels to the outside body. This included the triangles that make up the C-Pillar and support the back window. I also did a section of the firewall up by the ran tray, as well as underneath each T-Top. [caption id="attachment_1430" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Painted track with rust preventative, used
Dave's 1973 Corvette Stingray Front - DoogieLabs

Stingray Corvette Build Day 1

With my friends moving to North Carolina in a couple of weeks, and a disassembled car that needs to make the drive from Colorado to NC there is only one thing that needs to be done.. LOTS OF FREAKING WORK! heh I believe it's a 1973 Corvette Stingray, the engine was built by my buddy who spent a few years building engines and doing other various things for Petty Enterprises.

Was that… April?

I'm not completely sure, but I think it was here and gone. What was supposed to be another month of progress in my venture into self employment, quickly turned into rushing to get one thing done after another. I guess I'll take it from the top, the first week of April was bulk trash. A couple of times annually in Thornton people will set out large items curb side such

Late January update!

SGI Fuels are now in stock! Well things have been kind of slow in the way of progress of personal projects because I have been busy trying to get my stuff together and listed on eBay. I recently made the next round of purchases of computer equipment and a bunch of it will be listed up very soon. If you are looking for a laptop or an SGI Computer this

Initial Fuel Vaporizer design and testing

You've heard aboutfuel injection and carburetion, what about vaporization? Running an engine on nothing but fuel vapors is definitely not a new idea. People have experimented for ages (as early as 1930, maybe even earlier.) with various methods to optimal fuel delivery into an engine. The two most popular methods we use today to fuel engines are systems designed to carefully meter the amount of fuel entering an engine. Liquid

1982 Yamaha XS 850 Cafe Racer Intro

So I got a new bike.. I put my stereo up for sale on Craigslist, and was offered the below as a trade. This picture is the original cell phone picture taken by the previous owner. After doing some quick research I decided to go for it and snagged a truck to pick it up. [caption id="attachment_1013" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Picture that was originally sent to me when considering purchasing the

Blog and news for Friday, July 22nd 2012

Maintenance Notice! The Icebox server will be moved to a new location no later than August 31st, 2012. We expect the move to take a few hours and there will be minimal service interruption. We expect the move to take place on a Sunday evening. Please continue to check back and I'll post an exact date and time once arrangements have been made. Whats up! Things have been very busy

White Corrado Lives Again!

After a few years of sitting waiting for some new parts, the car finally lives again! The car was a little grumpy to get started, after having issues with the fuel pump wiring, and replacing some missing relays it fired up. After it was warm and I checked for leaks I went ahead and shot a video. It's a little hard to get started warm since there is no "TPS"

Work goes on

Another Corrado has made its way into the shop, the motor was received new piston rings and bearings from me in 2008, was driven 20 miles and has sat ever since awaiting shift linkage and axles and some other details. The time has come to finish this one up, since its much closer than the Black car. Anyone remember this video? Since I have upgraded all the parts in my


Welcome :) Finally got around to getting the new site together. Totally new look, totally new foundation. Freaking awesome. Its taken some adjusting to the new format but I'm finding it more useful than the old layout. So, whats new at the shop? Lots, I have started shaving the engine bay of my Corrado (project page coming soon) and getting ready for a long winter of purchasing goodies for the

News and Blog for Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Oh boy has it been a long time! One thing leads to another and in short I have been busy. A month went by like it's nothing, man don't blink or you'll miss summer! Anyways, lots of loose ends need tied up I have a few things that I'm trying to get posted at the same time. I have been parting my Passat I have and going to Bandimere for

News and Blog for Monday, April 16th 2011

Whats up! I have been busy with shop stuff which is the tradeoff when it comes to cars versus electronics. From week to week I have to choose which one I would like to spend time on. Finally got the new bumper and corner lights installed in this Jetta, I really like them it transformed the whole car into something that looks really sharp: The lights themselves are actually for

News and blog 4-15-2011

So the Xbox died about two weeks ago! Crazy too, I think the Corrado has been listening to me brain storm whats in store for it. Just after I took these pictures of a probably more than 5 year old setup still functioning normally: Closeup of XBMC I actually REALLY enjoy Xbox Media Center in my car, as a matter of fact I am working on getting that setup on

News and Blog for Wednesday, April 13th 2011

Whats up everyone! So things have been going good, I have been busy and things have been progressing slowly on all fronts, that may not be ideal for me as I like things done "now" but at least its forward progress. I have been working on various shop projects and putting together a plan that will keep me going and the bills paid and new tools rolling in. With the

Blog & News for Sunday, February 20th 2011

So much has happened over the last month and a half, lets start with the latest and work backwards. .. I now have a shop! I signed a 1 year lease on a 2860Sq foot shop space, complete with office and showroom, I am going in with my buddy Mike on it. We're looking at creating a performance shop that caters to all related tendencies... Including computers and electronics! The

Blog for Wednesday December 23rd, 2010

12/23 Update: Some goodies came for the Van, the 1st part that I have bought for it in a while. (other than hose-clamps lol) They are to replace the broken visor clips I have: As far as I was aware, only the drivers side was broken, but I was horridly wrong, both of them were! Wow glad I decided to replace them both (besides just the color lol) Installed and

News for Thursday, November 25th 2010

Whats up! Happy thanksgiving everyone! It has been almost a month since posting, I have been getting settled in but lets take a look at whats been done so far. I moved into a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house, its a very large place inside and has an over-sized 1 car garage. Fortunately, the Corrado is able to en-habit this parking space unless a current project does, in which case

News & Blog for Wednesday, October 20th 2010

Finally got the footage up I took of the last test&tune at Bandimere for 2010: The Corrado has been great over the last week. I finally got some things debunked that really needed looked at. The first was the strut tower bushings, the setup that I came up with wasn't quite corrected and got rid of the G60 bushing in favor of the MKIII bushing that came with the setup

News & Blog for Thursday, October 7th 2010

Its starting to get colder here, summer is winding down, just when it gets good like always it becomes crap outside. Well this last bit of time has been interesting, I have driven the Corrado and even broken it again. I purchased that replacement engine for a lump sum of $500. I guess it was a little much in all reality but hey it went to a buddy of mine

News & Blog for Monday, September 27th 2010

9/28 Update: Got more done on the Corrado, decided I should share what I have. Installing the Frankenstein shift-box and cables into the car: More hooking up stuff: Looks good up front, aluminum crack pipe as well as a low temp thermostat: I built a great sandwich holder: Discovered that VR6s have a built in belt stretch indicator today too, that was pretty cool! Removed the intake manifold for a

News for Wednesday, August 18th 2010

Albert got new shoes! I got some Michelin Agilis Tires to go with my smallcar wheels and it turned out great! The ride is much better and the response to wind gusts has certainly changed. It even turns better! We went to Rocky Mountain National Park over the weekend and up Trailridge Road. Albert climbed over 11,200 feet and didn't lag behind for a single bit of it. You definitely

News and Blog for Wednesday, July 28th 2010

Whats up everyone? I hope that everyone has been enjoying their summertime! Seriously if you haven't taken the time to stop and enjoy the outdoors PLEASE DOSO! So what have I been upto? Cleaning up and catching up on things that were neglected because of my devotion of time to Albert. I have had some time to enjoy the outdoors, I want squeeze in a camping trip sometime soon so

News and Blog for Monday, July 19th 2010

Hello everyone! Quite a bit has happened since I posted here last, so lets take it from the top. Albert has been doing great since the timing belt break. I have driven a few hundred more miles and things are sound, other than it's pig rich. It will be another couple of weeks before I am able to afford the needed Dyno time to finish sorting things out tuning wise.

News for Monday, July 12th 2010

Well, I had my first issue since swapping in the new stuff. Imagine the one thing that I decided to skimp on lets go. This is a perfect example of "If you don't do it right the first time you'll end up doing it over again until its done right." So it was Friday night, we were heading back from Sonic and there is a rather large hill that most

News for Monday, July 5th 2010

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! The Van is pretty much finished, the bumpers are on their way and after that all that is really left is wheels & tires, and big brakes. Of course there is the digital cluster and stuff but those are all smaller projects that aren't required for me to have safe and reliable transportation. So it's buttoned up again, permanently. In the midst of

Blog for Wednesday, June 30th 2010

It's Alive!!! Still working away on the Van, I have been getting as much done as I can, minimizing my time on any other tasks like hanging out with the girlfriend.I just want this all finished up so I can get on with my summer, there are many hiking, camping, and other summertime experiences awaiting to be discovered and the last thing I want to be doing every day during

Blog for Thursday, June 24th 2010

Just wanted to you let you all know that I haven't disappeared. I have been devoting so much time to finishing the Van that I haven't had time to post all the pictures I have taken. (and there are a ton!) Give me about another week and then I will have lots of eyecandy for everyone to look at. The current Van project status is as follows: Paint - Just

News for Friday, June 11th 2010

Whats up everyone! PAINT IS HERE! Very nice, it came in $100 under the budget, its multistage and is Magnetic Gray, a 2009-2010 Toyota/Scion color and pictures don't do it any justice: I really didn't want to open the can, but I really really wanted to take a picture and at least give everyone an idea of what's in store: Here is the rest of the stuff: I took the

News and Blog for Thursday, June 3rd 2010

Well I have been extremely busy, with everything whizzing around I only get 2 or 3 hours here and once in a while 4 hours there to get some port-work done. The machine shop that I go through still has me in limbo, haven't actually gone over to talk to the guy to get an ETA and I plan on doing that sometime after I get through the weekend. Lets

News and Blog for Wednesday, May 26th 2010

Much more progress on the engine, I cleaned the heads which will also get jet-washed again at the machine shop. They were pretty cruddy before but they did come out nice and clean: Overall very clean: I had a whole bunch of these green jars laying around the house, so I decided to use 24 of them to contain all the valve train components: Then the valves, I am being

News and Blog for Wednesday, May 19th 2010

Was going to post over the weekend but just ended up busy at work (busier than most Mondays) and I was too burned out after I got off to really deal with much else. Actually, they changed my schedule around for the week so that makes things harder still to find time between everything to post. First off, the car show on Sunday was great, I was only able to

Blog for Tuesday, May 11th 2010

I don't like the weather this week, it's delaying my project. Its supposed to snow on Wednesday, my day off and the transmission for the Van on gets built that same day. That will roughly translate into a muddy, messy car :( Over the last few days I have been helping friends with their projects more than my own agenda but I did manage to pick up a few things

Blog for Monday, May 3rd 2010

Another busy and not busy week in the books. I haven't been posting as often as I like but I haven't had too much extra to show for it either. Okay, well maybe a little. I have finally be able to pick up on few things I haven't worked on in what seems like Months. The transmission parts are back in town and it sounds like I will end up

Blog for Monday, April 26th 2010

Major Progress is coming soon I promise! The weather has been up and down here lately which has left me slightly more time to work on the electronics end of things. What time I did get outside was spent assembling the intake manifold so it looked very nice. The intake manifold isn't 100% complete on the polishing process, it actually still needs to be clay-barred, but I just haven't had

News and Blog for Friday, April 16th 2010

I have added a page that goes into great detail about what's involved when adding a chip socket to an ECU. I figured why not get some more pages up, this one is kind of short but certainly informative. Still working on the hour here and hour there type of schedule, I have continued on with polishing the intake manifold. I got one side rough polished, I really need to

Blog for Saturday, April 10th 2010

STILL WAITING! On parts actually, well the money to obtain them... With the amount I owe in taxes it had put a huge "dent" into the speed I am able to purchase the required parts to finish the Vanagon. Guess that is what happens when your ass-hole employer makes you fill out a 1099 form *argh* I don't want to tear down the engine until I am ready to send