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Seriously!? Again?!?

I was out and about again today after seemingly getting the Sweatcoin app back up yesterday. Well it happened again, zero steps detected all day, in spite of a 1 mile stroll in the middle of my travels. The stroll was to get from my bank to the nearest Jack in the Box for the BOGO special on the Ultimate Cheeseburger, today only and only in TX (suck it OK!). But as nice as half-price half-pound cheeseburgers are it’s still annoying to not get my steps counted when I almost have enough Sweatcoins to cash some out.

The other reason to go out today was the reason I stopped at the bank, Mrs. the Poet had a check to deposit for getting the sink fixed. And if there’s enough left over after doing that I get to get a massage. I don’t know about there being enough money for a massage, but there should be enough to get some pork chops and ground beef (the person sending the check suggested buying some meat).

I mentioned last post about the Locost homebuilt Lotus 7 clone community, and shared some pictures of Locosts. Now I’m not abandoning the Bucket, but you have to admit the Locost would solve a lot of problems I’m having with packaging on the Sprint-T, like getting the body mounted, and trying to see over and around the Pentastar engine, keeping the CofG low and the whole nose thing. TBH the whole engine-offset thing has really messed with the nose of the Sprint-T, where hiding the mess under the Locost’s hood really cleans things up. The Sprint-T will have the engine hanging out the passenger side of the body because of the pinched firewall on the ’23 T is barely as wide as the engine. The 5″ offset for balance can’t help but hang the right 5″ of the engine out of the right side of the nose. I suppose the idea I had to “unpinch” the nose that I demonstrated with “Stick-aided design” would help with this (cue the picture re-run).

It's sticks taped to the body, what were you thinking it was?

Enormous amounts of bodywork aside the smooth cowl modification would have done the job at hiding the engine offset nicely, especially if accompanied with hood sides and top that keep the engine hidden but adequately ventilated. And “adequately ventilated” means just enough metal between the louvers that there is a strong semblance of structural integrity without blocking any airflow.

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Now I’m really annoyed

I made the return trip to the store to get the $1 back I was overcharged yesterday, but for some reason my Sweatcoin app only recorded one step all day in spite of walking more than 2.4 miles (3.91 km) round trip. And I was just checking my phone and there is a critical update for my Sweatcoin app that was buried in my notifications, so I authorized the update.

If I could just find the funds the plans for the Sprint-T are getting close to done, again. And as I was walking around I was thinking about what the car would be like if I could make it a Locost instead of a T-bucket. Now I know most of my readers are not car people, so some of you probably have no idea what a Locost is. Well way back about the time I was born a guy freaking genius took “Simplify and add lightness.” to freaking extremes with a car called the Lotus 7. That car has been in production longer than I have been alive, but is simply too expensive to make at a price point most of the people who want to buy it can afford, and it’s too raw and rough for most of the people who can afford it. So a cottage industry has sprung up making replicas with different powertrains (just look up images for Locosts). Now there is a lot of cross-pollination between the Locost community and the part of the T-bucket community that likes to make left and right turns. So much so that some Locost started as T-buckets, and vice-versa. TBH in some states it’s easier to get a plate for a Locost than a bucket, and others it’s the other way around. But that is a question for the future.

And I need to go take care of the crazy cat.