workday

On Wednesdays (and all other days), We Weld

Mikey and Joe have been racing against the clock all winter break to get our frame welded in time for the NU Formula team to use the welding table when school starts up again. They've had a lot of help from Connor and Luke doing jigging and lathing as well!

Arduinos and Engines and Halfshafts, oh my

Another Sunday workday today! We used 5 KP (kitten-power; courtesy of Blake, Connor, Spencer, Kevin, and Peter) to tow Knuckles and carry some tools and parts over to the Autobay from North Garage.

Once we got there, Stephanie, Karen, Gideon, and Peter went at it with sockets and wrenches, disassembling the rear suspension. 

Stephanie with a two-wheeled, de-shocked Knuckles (and Karen's foot)

Stephanie with a two-wheeled, de-shocked Knuckles (and Karen's foot)

Eric, Colton, and Spencer puzzled over our poor, drowned engine (yes, too much motor oil can be too much of a good thing). 

Spencer, Colton, and Eric making progress on the engine (see Eric's face for summary)

Spencer, Colton, and Eric making progress on the engine (see Eric's face for summary)

Emily, Gaurav, and Gerardo helped Drew complete a data acquisition system for our CVT! Now we'll be able to gather much more concrete information from testing. 

Armando and Jon continued to look into jigging, Will became a tube-coping champ and a master socket-organizer, and Sebastian got some plastic ready for laser-cutting next week. And Isaac brought Peter, Gideon, and Blake back over to North Garage to take off Spot's half shafts. 

Busy busy...Will coping tubes, Alex supervising rear suspension disassembly, and Colton, Spencer, and Eric taking apart the engine.

Busy busy...Will coping tubes, Alex supervising rear suspension disassembly, and Colton, Spencer, and Eric taking apart the engine.

Good work, team!

Campus Slaloming

It was a whirlwind workday on Saturday, with quite literally all hands on deck. John in welding mode putting together the rear suspension and attaching the gas pedal, Joe making sure the gas pedal has enough support, Ben bleeding brakes, Sarah mounting the gas tank, Eric and Matt finger-proofing the CVT guard, Jared finishing up the foam seat, Faye doing the headrest, the kittens helping out everywhere they were needed, and Mikey running around making sure it all got done so Knuckles would be in full driving condition....phew!

And sure enough, we got him in working order, so a couple of us took Knuckles out for a little spin on the slopes (well, as sloped as Illinois gets) next to Lake Michigan. Some improv flashlights lit up a path between the tree trunks as we took turns testing out the feel of Knuckles 2.0 in preparation for going to the Cliffs tomorrow!