Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

The Headboard

I deeeeeddd iiiiiitttttttt

First step was to take one last look at what my room looked like before

#before #headboard

Took a trip to the local hardware store and grabbed a 4'x8' sheet of plywood (on sale or $9), and asked them to cut it into sheets that were 3' wide so that I could fit it into my Fit. Once I got back home I used some short 6" pieces of wood to attach the 3'x4' together to make a nice 6'x4' backer.

Then, like the table, I laid all of the slats out to make sure that I had as many knots as possible and that I didn't have too much of the same type of wood too close together.

#headboard #layout

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#headboard #layout #testfit

After that I glued all of them onto the plywood.

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I put everything that I could find in the garage and put it on top of the headboard and let it set for a day.

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After the glue had set I sanded it with 180 grit to get rid of the main set of rough patches. Then I cleaned it with some denatured alcohol, and then re-sanded it with some 300 grit twice. Once the surface was smooth I propped the headboard up and started to stain it.

==I know that I said that I was going to do a whitewash pickling to the head board.... but the colors of the wood were just too gorgeous to hide. I have the spare piece of 2'x4' that I think I'll whitewash it and turn into my entryway artwork later.==

#headboard getting ready for the stain!!

Mid-process

#headboard #process

Sealed and let it sit overnight

#headboard #stained

In the morning I moved my bed out of the way and mounted the interlock to the wall.

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Grabbed and mounted the other interlock to the headboard.

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Hauled the headboard upstairs and secured it to the wall

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#install #headboard

and voila!

#headboard #mounted

#headboard #mounted #reclaimedwood

Very stoked on how it turned out, and now I have to rethink my color scheme in the bedroom because that dresser is now out of place...

Next project is going to be either a fuel cell in the 240z, pipe lamp for the corner of the room, whitewash art, or something that I haven't thought of yet!

-'til next time

The Forgotten Table

So somehow I neglected to post my dumpster diving reclaimed wood coffee table makeover, so to remedy that here she be...

I already had this coffee table in my possession, but it has seen many better days...

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Instead of simply refinishing the table, I wanted to do something like THIS. Since as I have access to a plethora of a ton of wood, I attacked the coffee table.

First thing was to make it square(ish)

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Then I taped down how large the top was to see how the wood would be laid out, and to be sure that I had enough to cover the top.

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Then I spray painted it satin black to make sure the wood would really pop.

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Then I laid out all of the planks and cut them to size to make sure that they fit properly

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Took them all off, spewed out a copious amount of wood glue, put them all back on in their original place, and then used some leftover planks and C-clamps to put pressure down on all of the slats.

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

After a day of letting the glue set in I brought it back up to the flat

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

added the final touch of my Grandfather's Pipe cutter

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Since I proved to myself that it isn't very hard, nor time consuming, I knew that I could move forward with the creation of the headboard described in the last post. Thankfully I was able to grab a few bundles of slats before the rains really kicked in, so I think it should only take me a couple more weeks until I have enough wood to start the headboard.

I also picked up some boards of Walnut and African Mahogany, and think that I am going to try my hand at some hairpin legged side tables for the couch. Maybe.

'till next time

Bedroom

I needed to build something, to create something that would be useful, and to advance the progression that I have put on hold for the last couple months. So one weekend I finalized a decision, and then I picked up a dresser.

Nothing spectacular I know, but hey it is the next room in the flat transformation and I was in dire need of something new in it. I did quite a bit of research, went to many thrift stores, scoured yard sales, and dug around the internets to find something that would work in the limited space. However none of what I found fit as well as the TARVA would. I will be the first to say that I do not need that much drawer space, but I like the idea of more storage room. Not to mention the 3 drawer dresser would look pretty silly under my window.


As you may have noticed from the last hack, the living room/kitchen area has raw wood overtone and a green accent. For the bedroom I have decided to go with a grey/white wash overtone with a yellow accent.

I am pretty sure that some would say that you should stain all of the pieces before you assemble them... but why wait to build.

Tarva

TARVA

While that was drying I painted the drawer fronts...

TARVA

TARVA

TARVA

TARVA

While I waited for those to dry I lightly sanded the dresser and moved it into the room to get a feel for how it would look...

TARVA

[[needless to say I could not WAIT to get rid of that itty bitty plastic non-sense]]

With the drawer fronts dry, I finished assembling them to the rest of the drawer

TARVA

Then I put it all together

TARVA

TARVA

TARVA

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I really do not like the pulls that it came with, but seeing as I still need some way to open the drawers... I painted them

TARVA

And then put them on

TARVA

TARVA

[I still think the knobs are terrible]

The next step in the bedroom transformation will be a DYI headboard similar to this....

(source)

The wood that I will be using will be similar those that I used for the coffee table, only this time it will be made with a variety of woods: teak, VG douglas fir, African and Honduran mahogany, rift sawn white oak, zebra wood, pine, and whatever else the office calls throw away pieces.

That process is going to take awhile for me to gather that much wood, but in the mean time I'm sure i'll find something else to build or make.

'til next time

Hack the Island

So here I am posting twice within two weeks, outrageous I know, but I made a promise/statement and I keep to them.

As per the last post, this one is going to be about hacking the FORHOJA (fhqwhgads). At first glance it isn't too much of a looker, and I really wanted to put my liqour in it, so I took a look at a possibility (John Booze Maleficent Karting), and figured why not?

Here is what the Island looked like in my cozy little kitchen before the hack.

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Not terrible, and honestly I was considering not changing the island. However after a week of pouring drinks, it was getting REALLY old having to tilt the vodka in and out to refill the goblet. So I was back in full force today to resolve this horrific problem.

First step is to pick up a set of 1-1/2" x 3/4" L-brackets at your local hardware store, I found mine at Lowes. These are going to be used to ensure that the sides of the island will not separate from the center portion. If you are already going to IKEA to pick up the FORHOJA, or have one decently close, also pick up a KVARTAL Miter box and saw. If you already have a hacksaw and miter box you will not "need" this, but it comes in surprisingly handy as you'll see later. Plus it is only $4.50, so why not?

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==It came with screws, and they will work if you are slow when you tighten them in place.

(If you have yet to assemble your island then you can skip this step) If you already have the island assembled you need to take off the side of the island that you WANT TO HAVE THE DRAWER ON in my case I wanted it to be the wheel side as it is closest to the range. In all honesty it does not matter which side that you choose to remove, but if you do it that way you only have to remove one side.

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Next, take the uppermost portion of the island (where the shelve pockets are), and screw the L-brackets to the underside. Be aware that you should go slow when tightening the screws down. The core is very soft so you shouldn't have any problems or cracking, but it is still a good idea to take it slow. When in doubt, after a good turn back out the screw a smidge and then tighten in farther. While you are tightening down the screws be sure that the joint between the middle support and the side supports are tight, this way there will not be a gap between then when the time comes to put it together. This step can be done before step one if it is already assembled, and it might be easier to keep the gap between them tighter this way, albeit a bit more awkward to do so.

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Now that you have that together, bring out your KVARTAL hack saw and miter box and place it against one side of the center support.

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The reason why it was semi-important to get this $4.50 hacksaw and miter box is that is magically places hacksaw in line with the cross brace! Ridiculous. Couldn't have been better planned out, and I was even surprised at this one. Heck I only picked it up because I was not sure if I had one in the garage.

So make your cuts to both sides of the top portion, and then look at the soft wood beneath the veneer.

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It would be a good time now to lightly sand the corners and clean up the cut.

Now follow the directions in the manual to assemble the cart, or if you already had it assembled be sure to put this top area in place before you put the actual top back in place.

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The hack is now complete, and I have an easy to access place for my wonderful beverages.

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One thing I am now on the lookout for is a couple surface mount bars that will be used to hold dish towels to cover up the tops of the bottles and to add a bit more color to the kitchen. Also if you are wondering why the mirror is so high it is because I am 6'7" and I HATE mirrors that I have to duck down to use.

-'til next time

Ikea hacking at the Pine table

I moved and some other stuff happened, so I am going to keep this short and sweet.
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the color wall now has a new home...
#color #colorwall #version2 #hiddenoctopus #crazyoctopus

And because I apparently cant use anything the way that the original designer wanted me to, I hacked some IKEA furniture

Before

Besta

After
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Also I found out that my dad and I looked very similar while he and I were in college.

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Next up I am going to turn the fhqwhgads

Forhoja Kitchen Cart

Into something like this

Boos Magnifico Kitchen Cucica

'til next time

PS Don't worry the 240z is running, it just has a hole in the gas tank so... I don't drive it because explosions are bad.

Formula 1: Austin TEHAS

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Once again I'll be in Austin this year jumping out of my seat and yelling at the automobiles screaming down the track for the race this year. If you are local, or a temporary local from abroad, shoot me a message!

Also I'll be posting photos from the race at day's end again so be sure to check www.flickr.com/crazyoctopus for updates and shots from turn 15!

'til next time

I drove it home!

Mornin'

I have been having too much fun fiddling with the car to post anything about it, but hey... better fiddling with the Z than just fiddling with my thumbs...

Last Friday Martin and I made our way down to Yoshifab to pick up the car, and bring her home.

Her first meal with her new heart & brain implant (american lard of 91 octane)

First Meal

Her first real drive on the street



(applers click here)

Look at her pretty tuckus...

Home again, home again

After some adjustment of parts and tightening of some bolts 'n bolts, I was able to get her to idle at a decent RPM.



(I really need to figure out how to integrate flickr to work with iPhones...)

This however was a small victory, there was another issue with the, I think, IAC and it is causing her to have a higher than normal idle when warm. It is either that or I need to adjust the TPS, or there is a slight vacuum leak, or maybe my dizzy... I really have no idea at this point. For now I am idling at 1100RPM and I would like it to be 750-900.

Hopefully Josh will have an answer when I stop by on Friday to patch up an exhaust leak, if not then I'll deal with it after I solve the short that I have in the running lights circuit.

'till next time.

ps. I also strapped on the front lip (FINALLY) and man oh man SEX FACE MCGEE

World First Volvo powered 240z*

*Google massive keyword attack and search, but if you can prove me wrong PLEASE let me know.

Well kidos, it has been two years since I threw sheets to the wind and decided that it would be a good idea to try to put a motor in a car that hadn't been done before. Sure there was quite a bit of frustration, hiccups, vodka, racked knuckles, & dust collecting, but there has not been a single project that I have ever been involved in that put this large of a smile of my face. HONESTY STRIKEOUT, I teared up on the drive back home from the shake down drive yesterday.

So without further ado here is the first drive of my 1972 Datsun 240z powered by a volvo b230 8v block with a 16v head, bolted to a Ford T5 transmission, snailed by a 19t turbo.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyoctopus/9975759444/

[The hesitation that you hear from the engine was due to both the ECU learning as well as running too little fuel and having the engine stave. It smoothed out shortly after 5 gallons of fuel was put in]



http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyoctopus/9975799414/



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::side note... doughnuts are now known as doritos::



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Next post will be of, hopefully, some in car videos of the drive home.

Please take note of the hilariously long shifter lever in the "first pass" video. The T-5 transmission sits much farther forward than the stock F4W 4-speed, so until I design and build a shifter relocation mechanism I will be sticking to a tube, welded to a plate, bolted to the tranny. I will say that I totally dig the boro dildo shift knob. I mean really, it is far too smile inducing for me to replace it soon.

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This morning I drove back to Yoshifab to make sure that the chassis wiring that I did two years ago still works. This way when I drive it home I will have working brake lights. The first step was to figure out which switches I actually need. Fantastically the team at yoshifab cut down the amount of switches that I need by nearly half: eFan is now controlled via a temp switch (volvo stock part), fuel pumps & IGN are kicked on with the kill key (instead of two switches).

When all was said and done I was left with only 3 switches: running/dash lights, high/low beam, & reverse lights. There was a hiccup with the brake lights, but after some troubleshooting I found out that the brake switch itself was sticking so I stole some lube and now it works fantastically. I had to leave before I tied up all the loose ends - Dad's B-day - but all that is left is to run a power wire from the fuse block to the battery, and tie the brake switch to the power side of the starter switch.

Car life is so rad when you have help from Josh and his amazing team at YoshiFab.

-'til next time

put put put put

Mornin' All,

I have something quite fantastic to share.

(Appler's don't worry I have not forgotten about you, the links are just a couple lines below)





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http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyoctopus/9960131594/

IT RUNS!!! and pretty well too!

(ps. the MAF was bad and has since been replaced; now the engine runs nice and smooth.)

Tomorrow I'll be heading into the shop to drive the car around and get a feel for her on the streets. Don't worry I'll make sure to take a few more photos and video.

Seriously, excitebike times 12!! She is almost ready to be in my hands again, and SOOO CLOSE to having the final touches put on her to become my daily driver

::smiles from ear to ear::

-'til next time

PROOF OF CONCEPT

Needless to say yesterday ROYALLY SUCKED, but here is a nice heart warming chug that made my day 1000000 times better



That is with the bad block, air leaks, MAF placement, and possibly some bad injectors, BUT WHO FUCKING CARES IT CAN ACTUALLY RUN!!!!!!!

YoshiFab is already tearing down the block so now it is only time before it is road worthy.

::sigh of relief::

-'till next time

Update on zCar

And sadly it isnt a good one, but before the heartbreak here are a couple shots that I took while I was at the shop on friday...

I really really love this slight dump on the tip, so... I took another shot of it.
240z randoms

Where the battery is mounted. I know that some of you are thinking that I should have kept it where it was, but with all of the extra 0 gauge wire that I would need to run to mount it behind the passenger seat it would negate the savings and the weight offset.
240z randoms

ECU & EZK mounting plate. Passenger side foot tunnel, I will be adding some type of protective plate to mae sure some feet don't get too kick happy.
240z randoms

And now for the heart break...

Remember how I posted that hilarious bit of the junkyard engine having a crack in it that looked, and felt, like it was only on the exterior? And how I JB Welded it together in hopes that it would "fix" it, even temporarily?
god damnit
god damnit

Well... It wasn't only on the exterior... This bucket is filled with coolant AND oil...
#notgood #fuckthisgame #allofthemoney #crackedblockiscracked #BLAH

#NOSNAKENOOOOOOOOO #workisbleh #onlysavior #20minleft #cantwait

Yep.

The result was bound to happen, but I was really hoping that the engine would have at least started and moved under its own power with that block. Proof of concept... and maybe a boost of moral?

It isn't all a total loss though as YoshiFab has a 92 b230 block at the shop. Hopefully it won't be much longer until we see a video of it starting.

'till next time

240z update

Slight update before I head to the shop today to get some more photos and check up on some dimensions for the shifter position.

Radiator, intercooler are piped and mounted; new engine mounts and a 19t turbo, eFan from a 740 volvo (used to be from a fiero)
Datsun 240z progress
Datsun 240z progress

Transmission mounted & 3" pipe all the way back ((who needs a resonator/cat really? My Honda Fit offset the carbon footprint of this car...))
Datsun 240z progress
Datsun 240z progress

And for a nod to RE-Amemyia's Dolphin Tail, a slight tip drop
Datsun 240z progress

'till next time

The 3rd.

Something happened, something is missing...

Something is missing

She moved for the first time in a year.

Taking her to the hospital for a resuscitation

The 240z has been placed in the capable hands of none other than Yoshifab to do all of the finishing touches, and should be on the road yelling down the street within the next couple months. 

At the Doctors

I cannot wait, it has been a long time in the works and am really glad that the driving day for the first volvo powered 240z is in the foreseeable future. 

-'till next time.

Jumped in the ocean while it was raining

Herro

Picking up where I left off... 

a few of shots from Austin...
Forumla 1 Day 3
#formula1 #f1 #turn12
What the?!
Formula 1 Day 2
Formula 1 Day 2
Formula 1 Day 2
Forumla 1 Day 3
Forumla 1 Day 3
Forumla 1 Day 3
#wafflehouse #amazeballs #texasbreakfast
512 IPA in oceanside

Had some fog after I returned home.
#fog #woah

Christmas time!
All dem pretty lightsParsley

Was a witness at my cousin's wedding
A & G the tease
AnG wedding extras
A & G Wedding
A & G Wedding
A & G Wedding
AnG wedding extras
A & G Wedding
A & G Wedding
A & G Wedding
A & G Wedding
A & G Wedding
A & G Wedding
AnG wedding extras
--learned two things: first, I want a 18-35mm/24-85mm when I shoot people, and second shooting people getting married in a place that you have never been to is ridiculous...

Had an amazing California snow day
#Californiasnowday, the office is flooded so no work!Flodded office

Journey's started selling no show socks in all of the colors.
Journeys released a rainbow selection of no show socks!!!! #shoexcited #happyrainbowfeet #hiddenawesome

Friend of mine finally finished his man cave
Kip's Man Cave
Kip's Man Cave
Kip's Man Cave

and supplied the breaking in party with, among many other things, a platter of bacon
Platter of bacon

I SAVED EVERYONE IN MASS EFFECT 2!!!
Just saved everyone

Had thanksgiving with some family and family friends in Malibu
Malibu Thanksgiving
Malibu Thanksgiving
Malibu Thanksgiving
Malibu Thanksgiving
Malibu Thanksgiving
Malibu Thanksgiving
Malibu Thanksgiving

Had a Vertical Epic Flight
9.9.9 10.10.10 11.11.11 12.12.2
 Vertical Flight

Rad elephant party
white elephant
-didn't take many shots, and this was the only one that turned out well...

Had first Christmas in Fallbrook
Fallbrook Christmas
Fallbrook Christmas
breffest of the best
Fallbrook Christmas

Made a trip up to Santa Rosa with the fam for second Christmas.
Start of the road trip
Santa Rosa Christmas
Quick SF SR trip
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
-figured out my next tattoo
A to Z

Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas
Santa Rosa Christmas

Had a welcoming party for Missy
Step one: sautéed garlic asparagus.
Step two: tiptop with Olav rub, butterflied with bacon on the in and outside
Step three: 10lbs of mashed potatoes with tritip gravey
Step four: forget to take a photo of double chocolate stout beer bread, eat most of it, and then take a photo of it.
Step 5(?): remove bacon centered bacon wrapped tritip and notice how it kinda looks like a catfish...
I am my mothers son. Cook for ten, clean for all.

Get an awesome gift.
Crazy awesome gift from my mam!! #superbunchoflegos #legos!!

Met some amazing people these last couple months, reconnected with some old friends, and hopefully I'll be able to see them again soon. 

Out with the good, and in with the better; here is to 2013.

-'till next time 

Deh too

Another day with slow Internet, that tied with a tad bit of drinking, led me to not be able to edit out all of the bad photos. However I did think I was able to get the lappy's color settings down. Check my Flickr page (www.flickr.com/crazyoctopus) for the photos from yesterday's qualifying and races. They are being uploaded very slowly so check back occasionally to see if more popped up.

-'till next time