When I'm not at work or school, I'm always working on something! Ever since I was young, I've always been fascinated by mechanical things, and that continues today in projects like vintage automobiles, boats, drones, and more.
1970 Mandella Short Deck
One of the biggest contributions to my practical mechanical education has been the purchase of a 1970 Mandella jet boat. Originally built for high performance boating and waterskiing, this boat had been stored in a barn for 21 years before I found it. Since aquiring the boat, some of the work I've done includes:
- Complete engine rebuild, with modifications such as a hydraulic-roller camshaft and digital ignition system.
- Rewiring of the boat's electrical infrastructure including gauges, pumps, and ignition systems.
LS6 454 Block Prep
Hydraulic Roller Valvetrain
Ready to Fire!
Assembled 454 Short Deck
Marine V-Drive Bearing Housing
This custom designed bearing housing was designed to adapt a marine Walther V-Drive power tranmission unit from the original "gimbal" style input shaft, to a fixed angle input shaft with the addition of a pressurized oiling system to improve bearing life. I designed the housing in SolidWorks, and machined it using a manual lathe and CNC mill. The assembled housing was then installed and tested on the boat, and has been functioning flawlessly since!
Installed Bearing Housing
Machined Bearing Housing
Housing Lathe Progress
Bearing Housing Raw Material
Bearing Housing SolidWorks Model
1996 Dodge Ram 2500
Since purchasing my first car, I've taken on a number of projects related increasing the performance of the engine, powertrain, and suspension of the vehicle.
Some of this work includes:
- Engine modifcation for greater performance, including injection pump, valvetrain, and turbocharger components.
- Front and rear differential swap (larger diameter ring and pinion, limited slip differentials).
- Suspension modification featuring modern-style trackbar, custom swaybar mounting points, and increased ride height.
-Installation and wiring of multiple engine monitoring systems including exhaust gas temp (EGT), manifold pressure, and transmission temperature.
- Complete interior overhaul including new dashboard, seat upholstery, stereo wiring, sound dampening material, etc.
- 6 speed manual transmission swap (in progress).