Hello Internet, meet Zapp Brannigan my new ride!

Zapp Brannigan - Tesla App

After my last car was destroyed, I knew i wanted an electric car.  After extensive research and soooo much driving around to check out cars.  I am very excited to announce my Model 3 that i have named Zapp Brannigan in honor of its electric power and my favorite cartoon.  I cannot wait until i can drive to visit my friends and family again.

Zapp Brannigan - be3n driving his new Tesla Model 3Zapp Brannigan - be3n's new car

Saying farewell to a gallant steed!

More than 5 years ago, i bought this car after its kin had served me well.  This one did me proper as well, not one major problem. . .

goodbye elantra - 1 - Hello Elantra

Until two weeks ago, this happened on the 101.

The damage didn’t seem that bad.  i tied my bumper up and drove it away. my neck was a bit stiff.

Battle Damage

After some work, the true extent of the damage was revealed.

Battle Damage CloseBattle Damage BareFinal GoodbyeI hope you live again in salvage
I didn’t expect my car to be totaled so i had left quite a bit of stuff inside.  I made short work clearing it out.  (made shorter by this timelapse)

Lamenting the lost ride. . .

Hyundai Crash Airbag DeployedYesterday I was in a collision that destroyed my Hyundai Elantra of nearly a decade!  It was a car i never planned on owning, but without which i cannot have imagined my life these past years.  It is important to say at this time that i escaped relatively uninjured.  I put a great deal of effort into this car.  Shortly after i purchased it, i installed my first carputer.  With the incredible help of BJ and his father Bill and a headless G4 laptop.  I wanted to finally post these pictures now that it is all over and done.  From prototype and preparation to wiring and construction.  It was amazing and it was done years before the iPhone.  Bill even welded me a custom bracket to make it all fit together securely.

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Car Trouble

Smoke is bad right?
OK, so the supra isn’t perfect.  It was doing fine until some hose broke or cracked, or something and the car started to overheat in the worst traffic imaginable just inside Nogales.  We tried to make it to a mechanic, but the car stopped just 50 feet from one.  They were kind enough to help us push it the rest of the way.  I guess we’ll camp here for the night.


Post Script. . .
Looks like it’s just a seal, if we can locate one today, we can hit the road today, otherwise we are stuck here until monday or tuesday.  No one works Sunday.

Post Post Script. . .
No one has parts for an 88 Supra.  So we hacked something together and it is being assembled today (Monday).  Wish us luck.