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Jun 18, 2017, 07:17 PM
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Lowering the Lunchbox

After 3 years, the lunchbox finally got run over by an H1B, as expected. It confirmed H1B's are indeed the lousiest drivers. It is a great irony how the most advanced software & the most money in the world is made by people who grew up with no modern appliances, still count in units of 100,000 instead of thousands or millions, & still eat with no utensils.

Didn't expect him to gun his $80,000 SUV, but he did. The human easily jumped in the middle of the road but the tiny, inconspicuous lunchbox didn't stand a chance. Amazingly, it still ran. There were some minor cracks, a broken spring & some bent plastic parts, but nothing that couldn't be worked around.

The lunchbox could easily have been put back on the road in its previous form, but it was a good time for the next long awaited mod. After much staring at walls, it was decided to replace the suspension with wood & replace much of the chassis with angle aluminum. This would lower the payload down to the wheels. Ideally, the wheels would have been raised higher on the existing chassis, but this would lower the battery down to the road.

Most of the chassis was ground off. The aluminum had to be ground away to make room for the motor. The aluminum ended up much heavier than ideal. There was enough room for a later step to expand the payload.

After 3 days, it was mostly complete. The suspention had to be rebuilt several times to get the measurements right. I bolts were key, but the 4-40 eye bolts of long ago are no longer available without $20 & 2 weeks of shipping from the midwest. The homeless despot had some I screws that were too big but did the job.

Several more days of work remane to integrate the payload, stiffen the radio masts, probably grind away more burrs. Some space above the wheels is still necessary to route wires.
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