Petal to the Metal

Today was filled with little projects for Beezus. First, we sanded down his rusty bits and gave them a new coat of paint (he needed it!). 3 cans of black rust-proofing paint later and he’s looking pretty lovely. After that, we took apart all of the petals, which ended up being more of a chore than it sounded. Fabric is difficult to remove when it rusts onto something! But we did it! Afterwards, we measured out a lovely little template for the new petals we’ll be making. Take a peek!

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Now to order 12 yards of pink and purple spandex. Stay tuned.

The Indiegogo is LIVE!

Alright, friends!

The time has come. For the past 2 years we’ve been rocking Beezus on the playa. This year, we’re launching another Indiegogo campaign to help make him even better! We’re re-doing all of the lights to fancy him up a bit, creating a second iteration of the flower petals, and doing some major repair work (see: new motor, drive system). And we need YOU to make this happen! SO check out our campaign. Donate if you can. Share if you can’t. Either way, let’s DO THIS!

<3,

The Beezus team

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/beezus-christ-super-car-2015-edition/embedded/3484996

Heart Transplant #1

So as it turns out, even benevolent bee saviors can have health issues. A few weeks ago, Beezus suddenly stopped running. What to do?!

Our first thought was that maybe his poor little batteries were tired. So we let him charge up for a while. No dice.

Next thought was an issue with some of the original wiring as some of it was fairly corroded. After a lot of fiddling around with the multimeter, we decided that wasn’t it either. Which left one last thing…

The motor. We set to work taking it apart, and determined that the brushes had burnt out and broke, and that the commutator was past being salvageable.

TIME FOR A HEART TRANSPLANT!

Fortunately the space where Beezus lives (NIMBY) can be a great place to find old parts, and SuperDave happened to have an old motor from another utility vehicle lying around. We just had to detach it from the axle. This actually ended up being more of an adventure than we had originally anticipated, but after a lot of tinkering and a lot of motor oil getting on basically everything, we managed to make it happen. Ta-Da!
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Then came the process of putting the new(er) motor in Beezus. The replacement was slightly bigger, so making it fit was a bit of a challenge. Then came the process of trying to fit the chain back on. We had hoped to do this without taking everything apart, but no such luck. So off came the brake drum and the casing around the chain. Lots more tinkering. Lots more oil. Lots more fun tools.

Tinker time

Tinker time


Eventually, we got the motor in and connected! Then it was time to actually try to run the bee again. SO I pushed down on the gas pedal and… nothing. Wires were connected wrong. Oops! Tried again. AND IT WORKED! Sort of? We managed to get the motor running and wheels turning, but we ran into a slight issue. The new(er) motor had a bad bearing. Siiiiiigh. Well at least we’ll be ready for the next one!

More updates on heart transplant number 2 here soon!