Here’s someone who’s not been on the blog for a while. With moving my house and shop, little Bucky hasn’t had much action lately. Also, the not commuting anymore has me pretty much reaching for Sharka’s keys any time the need to drive presents itself.
But I’ve worked a bit on Bucky lately and he needs the spotlight.
You might notice the steering wheel. I missed my tiny Prototipo. The feel, the 310mm size, the SMELL of that old leather. It’s lovely. I’d never tried it in Bucky, so a few minutes of swapping bolts later, we were scooting around with a wheel more suited for a kart than a real car.
heh, “real car.”
And that meant I had no more view of Bucky’s gauges.
When I first got this wheel and put it in Sharka, I designed a set of gauges to work with it. I (very imaginatively) called the gauges “Prototipo.” The zero points on the speed and tach are rotated to give the most view through a small wheel. The rotation feels a bit odd at first, but it works great. Your brain gets used to 80 being at 6:00 pretty quick.
I have a ton of gauge clusters rattling around the shop and garage. I grabbed a few of the worse NB ones and built up a nice NB2 cluster to hold an extra set of gauges for Bucky. I don’t know how long I’ll use the tiny Prototipo wheel, so putting them in a spare cluster seemed the best choice. Plus now I can swap the cluster and wheel into the car together whenever I feel.
So now Bucky has two gauge clusters and a fresh set of Prototipo gauges… but didn’t the blog title mention something about an NB HVAC?
The inserts for this little panel have been on my back burner for YEARS. I’ve tried to make them at least a dozen times. My machinery and materials were never up to the task before. Either the edges looked poor or the surface wasn’t strong enough, or it was too thing or (insert other problems here).
But my new laser cut Gen3 gauge materials and machines? Yeah. It works. At long last, the NB folks can enjoy a matching HVAC panel for their gauges.
The panel shown here is called the Roadster HVAC. This design is meant to be universal and work with any of my gauge designs. It was originally the ONLY design I had for the NA and there’s thousands of them out in the world. It was the first one I tried to turn into an NB design.
And I think it came out great! The panels are so small that there’s not a whole lot that can be done, design-wise, but even just swapping out old yellowed stock parts for fresh ones is can be a huge change.
Actually making these is… so annoying. The pieces are super small and hard to get into the printer. Takes forever. But being able to make them at all? SATISFYING. So very satisfying.
Time to zoom around in Bucky a bit more.