Unzufrieden - is one of the German vocabulary that I recently learnt. I thought I would made it a title of a post. Warum nicht.
With Isolde's electrical system update project close to completion I went shopping but was really an excuse to go got a tide in Isolde.
Thai basil port with long beans; here are all the ingredients prepared and ready to be cooked in my outdoor kitchen; preparation is 90% of the work
I went for a drive in Isolde after fabricating the battery hold down for the two group 24 deep cycle batteries. I went to the Korean supermarket H-Mart as I promised two of my windsurfing friend that I would pick up the windscreens (for butane stove) for them. While I was there they have the mini butane stove and I bought one for Isolde. I also bought a sauce pan for her as well. I have been curating a collection of cookware and silverware for her.
a light weight sauce pan and a mini butane stove I picked up at the Korean store
From the beginning of the electrical system update for Isolde, I have decided to take full advantage of the air vent cutout of the Vanagon heater blower. I let the ideas simmered during the process. By the end of the project it is crystal clear as how I can best utilize it. I want to take advantage of the large area for a number of electrical functions, to house the V/A meter as well as one or two power ports.
While I can settle on a simple flat panel fabricated out of a piece of sheet aluminum, I want to make it much better. Unzufrieden - as the German word for impossible to please. I want to have the cake and eat it too. While I am making a concession of mounting the meter below ideal eye level, I want to make an effort to make it easier to read - by incorporating a slant on the panel so that the meter would be tilled in about 20 degrees.
the old defunct blower heater port to be repurposed for electrical functions - to house the V/A meter and possibly a 12V utility power port
For some reason I deviated from my original plan of making a mold out of cardboard. I thought it would be easier if I can find something at home that has the right dimension and angles. I started scrounging for a ready made mold.
this candy tin box has the right width and radius but the 90 degree angles are too tight
For the entire electrical system update for Isolde, I had work hard to repurpose all the defunct features. The air duct for the blower heater removed initially seem daunting as how I can repurpose it. I am quite please of this execution that maintaind the original integrity and aesthetics. I think Westfalia's designers would be proud.
I fabricated this panel all from material that I have at home. I didn't have to buy anything nor waste time driving to the stores.
i would prefer a coat of grey paint but this has to do for now; the recessed panel also minimize the chance of meter from accidental impact; the white panel, flanked by the black steel trim has the appearance of utilitarian Japanese electronic equipment circa 50s
my neighbor was so kind to give me this giant hello kitty when i asked - i told him i brake for hello kitty