June 27, 2016

Licence Plate Mount - Corrected

The license plate mount as sent from Amazon and the mount as I have corrected.

The license plate mount from VXMOTOR is mostly standard, only difference in vehicles in the bolt that fits the tow hook hole. The sent me a 3" long bolt. Totally unacceptable. Asked for a 1.5" bolt. Sent me a 2.25" bolt. HEY! They said that's the shortest they have. Ah bother!

But....

While I couldn't shorten the 3" bolt, I could shorten the 2.25" bolt. The problem is the hole in the center, for the bolt to connect the plate to the tow bolt. If I had the 3" would have to drill the center and tap for the small bolt. With the 2.25" bolt it could handle the small bolt.

Extended the flats for the 17mm, cut 7/16" off the end, and it worked!

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June 25, 2016

Smart Luggage

Our Big Suitcase:
24 inch x 24 inch rolling suitcase
American Tourist, obsolete, measures about 24 inches by 24 inches and 10 to 18 inches thick depending on how much you want to stuff in it. Big enough to carry clothing ForTwo ForTwo weeks. I wondered if it would fit in my ForTwo.

It does: In the Cabrio which has less space than the Coupe. As you can see: sits in with space on the side for more stuff, like a carryon suitcase and/or laptop.
Big Suitcase in Smart Trunk Smart in luggage, closed

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June 22, 2016

Cossack Decal

Got a decal for Zap, a Cossack. And the decal came from the Ukraine!

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June 11, 2016

Licence Plate Mount

Car came without a front license plate. I could have simply screwed the license plate into the plastic front of the car. But new cars have a place to bolt a tow hook on the front, a place where you can mount a license plate. Bought one on Amazon:
Front license plate mount for Smart ForTwo

Looks sharp! Only problem is that the mount sticks way out from the car -- it sticks a full two inches out from the car. Which is a stopper problem -- a person walking past the front of the car could swing a shin into the license plate. Hard enough to break skin. Hard enough to sue:
two inches Suit time
The problem is the mount bolt, the bolt is different for various vehicles. The bolt designed for the ForTwo is wrong. It is too long. What they should have made was 1 to 1.25 inches shorter:
bolt short bolt

Just a cut, drill and tap a bit deeper, cut the end, cut for make 17mm flats so to wrench in. But I cannot, and I doubt I could get someone to modify the bolt for under $40. So either they send me the proper bolt, or I send it back and find another company.

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June 03, 2016

New Ride

Dropped the scoot, second time in 2 months, figured it was time to stop riding, before I got really hurt. But I need small, in the air, not in an enclosed car. So I got:
Smart Fortwo Smart Fortwo

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