Cockpit Madness, Part 1

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Cockpit Madness, Part 1

Post by Ultimo_Posto » Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:48 pm

Let's do this...

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The 10-minute prototype


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Getting it the right size for a human

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The 1/3 scale cardboard prototype (cat is to scale)

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The foot well will detach for easier storage and transportation

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Recaro seat pulled out of my dormant 1983 BMW 320*

I made a cutout plan from the 1/3 scale mockup and determined that 11' x 4' of MDF board will be enough for the main module. I did a recce at the hardware store and found that they will sell me two 8' x 4' x 0.75" boards (which will also cover the manufacture of the foot well) for a total of $50, or half that if I go for particle board. Should I go for particle board to save money?

* As featured in the motion picture Terminal Lockup

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Post by Coopster » Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:02 pm

cool, I like the "cat" scale, I would love to build a protype sytem myself, but I don't have the room to place it.
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Post by Hynee » Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:33 pm

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Is that cat using a calculator while poring over your plans?
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Does this mean that MLP gets chauffeured from now on?
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Post by mlp » Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:01 pm

Hynee wrote: Is that cat using a calculator while poring over your plans?


Why my dear Hynee that is "Schummi". We found her darting about, very quickly through a shopping mall car park, late one night.
Hynee wrote:Does this mean that MLP gets chauffeured from now on?


No I have to drive, LP's living room license expired. :wink:
I'm happy with Ultimo_Posto . ;-)

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Post by Ultimo_Posto » Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:42 am

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Cut-out plans for the particleboard. Total price $33 including 7 shop cuts

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Strange that the guys at the lumber yard split this piece and didn't seem to care :roll:

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Sizing the enemy

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Chordless drill to pre-drill and drive in the wood screws, and wood glue for decreased flimsiness.
You'll find out what the staple gun is for later. Can you wait?


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So far so good

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Did I mention that particleboard is incredibly easy to split? :?

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A design goal is to have the seat fold down inside the box...

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...so that we can cover the whole thing and hopefully disguise it as furniture when not in use

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Staple gun used to fix mat to floor. Cost of mat $13 from K-Mart

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The steering wheel shelf assembly

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Steering wheel shelf is mounted on a pivot so that I can adjust the angle of the wheel

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Trying out the positions of the seat and wheel. Ultimo_Posto looks worried because the wheel is too low and close,
but this was fixed with an adjustment to the shelf angle


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Looking more like a cockpit and less like a wooden pallette than 24 hours ago


Still to do:

- bolt the seat to the floor

- install the ancillary side shelf

- cut out a door shape to help entry and exit

- build the foot well

- paint it

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Post by Pifive » Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:12 am

Dude there is a red elf using your box.!!!!

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Post by JohnW » Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:42 am

Partical board is also very HEAVY. I think it also sucks paint up like a sponge, so you may need to use a good primer, like Kilz.
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Post by krlos » Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:09 am


Trying out the positions of the seat and wheel. Ultimo_Posto looks worried because the wheel is too low and close,
but this was fixed with an adjustment to the shelf angle


Looking more like a cockpit and less like a wooden pallette than 24 hours ago


Still to do:

- bolt the seat to the floor

- install the ancillary side shelf

- cut out a door shape to help entry and exit

- build the foot well

- paint it
I need one of those. How much would you build one for me?
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Post by JohnW » Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:11 am

I don't think you want him too. That rig will cost an arm and a leg to ship ! Have him do up a detailed drawing with instructions and send it to you in PDF format.
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ianKow

Post by ianKow » Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:15 am

JURASSIC PARK!? 8)

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Post by JohnW » Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:25 am

And in this display, you see one of the more rare dinasour remains. The scientist who found it has dubbed it , " Ultimo-saurus ".

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Post by Ultimo_Posto » Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:55 am

Ian wrote:JURASSIC PARK!?
I believe it was the third movie.
krlos wrote:I need one of those. How much would you build one for me?
It depends. Do you need a cupholder?

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Post by JohnW » Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:54 am

A guy at work bought an add-on for his PC. It was a 5.25" face plate that plugs into a p/s line and has a cigarette lighter and a cup holder that slides out when you press the button, like a CD drive. I think it was just a gag thing for him. It was rather funny.
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Post by cks1 » Wed Apr 26, 2006 8:01 am

Hey cool, can you post some images on the pedal setup and adjustments?

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Post by Ultimo_Posto » Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:35 am

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Bolting the seat to a mounting frame. This was tricky because the mounting points of the seat are at unequal heights

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The mounting in relation to the floor

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With the carpet, the seat does not move when driving even though it is not physically attached to the floor.
I put a board down as a spacer instead


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The pedal board and the foot well with multiple mounting holes for different pedal angles and leg lenths.
The holes are rather irregularly spaced. I realise it would have been better to drill them before building the cube


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Marking the cut-out for the foot well tunnel at the front of the car

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After the cutting

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Front plate installed. It is off centre because the driving position is off centre

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Foot well in position but not yet attached. Note the driver's shelf running along the left side of the seat

Still to do:

- Connect the foot well to the car (needs to separate when not in use)

- Fix the pedals to the pedal board so that they don't move around

- Cut out the door

- Fix the seat to prevent its tendency to tip over when entering

- Paint it

- Install a PC

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