Here is what I have done recently. Sorry the pictures suck. The dam camera has about 200 settings and I dont have a clue what any of them do. Thats her department.
When ever I build something it never really looks good. It's always extremely strong (over built) and always works perfect, I just cant walk away until everything is right, but I just don't have a lot of the tools I need and I really lack the artistic ability to really make stuff look good. I just dont want people to think, I think, I do perfect work. With that said:
I took a DFGT made a plate so it could accept different wheels.
Then I modded ECCI buttons on to a 12.5" wheel for tin top racing
And modded ECCI buttons onto a 15" thick grip wheel for stock cars
Then I got an open top wheel off of Ebay, paddle shifters from TSW and a SLI unit form Leo Bodner, couple buttons and made this
The SLI is sweet tells you when you are low on fuel, traction control ,when to shift, gear indicator, all kinds of stuff.
The DFGT sits on a "table top" I can slide close to me for stock car racing and get it further way for road racing
What I am happiest about is the open wheel, wheel is self contained. All the buttons on the wheel go into the SLI unit it self. The buttons on the other two wheels all go to a USB board I had laying around. They connect/disconnect with a Cat6 cable and one other quick disconnect wire (needed nine wires) If anything ever happens to the DFGT or if I just want to try a different wheel all I have to do is make a new plate to mount to the new wheel that accepts the plates on the 3 wheels and no more wiring. If you have ever done a project like this you understand what that means :)
Here is an over view of the hole setup as it is now. I still have some cable management to take care of and it could use a coat of paint soon also. I am always modifying so it is looking a little rough these days.
Anybody interested in doing some mock race runs at Indy tonight?
I love looking at other peoples setups so I thought I would post mine. I have about 200$ worth of wood , bolts ,and screws into it. This thing is just like a real race car , pretty much every weekend I am looking for something to add or modify on it. I feel like a Bodine in a Hendrick car.
So just to waste some time today I went to Sears to look around. Well after picking up some tools I THOUGHT I had to have I decided I need a little more room in my tool box. I found a three drawer center that goes between the top and bottom part of my tool box. After looking around for about five minutes I decided to chase down a guy and ask if they have one. The good news, they have one the bad news, he starts with "whats your name?" I tell him then "Whats your address" I ask why? He goes on about whenever we sell something you have to pick up out front we have to enter your info in the computer and something about scanning my receipt up front and somebody will meet me. ( Remember this thing is about the size of a carry around tool box and costs about 70$) I then say "Listen I got the cash in my pocket you get the tool box and we will trade no names no survey." He says "well its never been a problem before" Now I am pissed so I respond " I guess it wont be today either" I threw the tools down on the desk and walked out.
My girlfriend gets pissed every time we go to this other store and they ask me my zip code and I tell them I live in a van down by the river.
Am I over reacting? Does anybody else get pissed when there are 20 lines and only 6 open with 9 people deep and they are asking all the questions? Does anybody else miss the old days of cash , product , receipt ?