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The Alien Torch

The alien torch- finally documented! After practically a year, I’ve finally put up the photos/descriptions I was planning for the Alien Torch! What is the alien torch? You may have seen the thumbnail on the homepage recently– Now, for your visual pleasure, check out all the photos here! This is my first try at the […]

Posted on November 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm by Henry · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Art and Design, Machining

BAS Alternator- Part 2

The Plot Thickens… I worked on the alternator again this morning, I decided it was time to remove the pulley and get the case open, one way or another. I beat on the pulley with a hammer some more, put some penetrating oil on it, pried at it, and just as I was about to […]

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 10:31 am by Henry · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Electric Vehicles

GM BAS Alternator

A little background: GM has two lines of hybrid vehicles, large full size truck “Two Mode” systems, which are a little bit like a Prius torque-split bred with an automated manual, with a few extra clutches and planetary sets thrown in for good measure, and the decidedly underwhelming “BAS” belt-alternator-starter mild hybrid/start-stop system. The BAS […]

Posted on September 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm by Henry · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Electric Vehicles

CNC Bike Headlight – Part 3

Thinking about a proper name for this project- “Mega Beaminator”… what do you think? Yesterday I finished running the 2nd operation on the “nose ring” lens retainer piece- as I mentioned last time I opened up the ID behind the threads just enough to make slight pressure on an o-ring dropped into the thread relief […]

Posted on August 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm by Henry · Permalink · One Comment
In: Mega Beaminator


Since I last posted about running the Bike on a 12S LiPo setup (44.4 V Nom.) I did some work on the setup- I sewed up a bag for the four 6s packs with padding, and took it on my work commute last Wednesday. Things went well in the morning- cut my biking time in […]

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm by Henry · Permalink · One Comment
In: Electric Poly-V Bike

Ditch the Lead

I finally took the plunge on some hobby airplane-style Lithium battery parts for the ebike- it’s needed it for so long! Goodies! That’s 4x 6x Zippy 30 C 5AH packs, 24 Headway 38120 cells, a Hyperion EOS1420i Net3 charger and a Revolectrix Cellpro Powerlab8 charger, as well as a new Cycle Analyst and a nice […]

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm by Henry · Permalink · One Comment
In: Electric Poly-V Bike

CNC Bike Headlight- Pt. 2

In between busy weeks at work and a week off in Ohio attending to family stuff I’ve been moving along with the bike headlight, making progress but coming home too tired to post anything. An update is in store. First I finished running out the first operation on the “light body” part on the Hass […]

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm by Henry · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Mega Beaminator

More Lead for More Speed

In an impulsive move the day before the Refuel event at Laguna Seca back on June 26th, I decided to add another 20AH SLA battery to the  Poly-V bike, and swap the controller out for an “40 A Infineon” controller I bought a while back for another bike. I was curious to see how […]

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 12:29 am by Henry · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Electric Poly-V Bike

CNC Bike Headlight – Pt. 1

In order to take advantage of my access to the Laney College CNC machine shop over the summer while there are no classes in session I designed a bike headlight to be made out of Aluminum, in collaboration with my electrical engineer friend Cuyler. He’s already designed a CC/CV boost drive/BMS circuit for a 2S […]

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm by Henry · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Machining · Tagged with: ,

July 2011 Site Overhaul

Go ahead- check it out! I’ve reworked the site to remove some focus from the blog, in order to make it less formal and hopefully increase posting volume to keep it more current. Shorter, more frequent updates. The main meat of the site will be static pages describing my more complete or noteworthy projects, which […]

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm by Henry · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Art and Design, Life and Times, Projects