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MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: We all need to get around, right? Whether it’s by car, motorcycle, boat, bicycle, or hovercraft, what have you done to modify your ride to your own specifications?

I once was a pizza delivery driver and spent lots of time in my car, winding through suburban streets. I went crazy with some velcro and attached my phone, GPS, Walkman, and a portable digital four track recorder to my dashboard. I felt like Han Solo in the Millenium Falcon!

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.



  1. Tom327Cat says:

    I built a topcase rack for my commuter motorcycle which I mounted a rubbermaid box, gas can and 3 band radio antenna to. Inside is my dual band radio and a bluetooth re-transmitter. I replaced the existing fairing with a handmade unit that has a headlight and windshield I like better. It required making new brackets, but that is part of the fun.I added two cheepie wal mart aux lights that threw too much light up until i made shades for them out of black PVC sewer pipe. Then more fiddling with the electric system to get them to come on with the brights. I also made a radiator guard from a silverware tray, extended the front fender using a piece of 1/8 rubber and some double sided tape.

  2. asciimation says:

    Not so much tricked out but I am coachbuilding my own car. It’s a mechanically standard 1937 Austin 7 but with a custom body. The body is steel tube bent by hand and then a single piece aluminium skin over that. I’ve had to learn a lot of new skills to build it including English wheeling, metal shaping, oxy-acetylene welding aluminium, body filing and hammering and so on. A lot of skills considered ‘old’ these days and ones you would pay an expert an awful lot of money to do for you. But they are all learn-able if you have the right teacher. The car will be a road legal, post vintage sports/racer. I am also looking at supercharging the engine which is a massive 750cc.


  3. NicholasW says:

    I built a trunk organizer for my Crown Vic. It’s a box made of OSB that fits almost perfectly in the lower part of the trunk. With the addition of dividers and a top, I can store quite a few items neatly inside it while keeping the rest of the trunk usable for hauling other things.

    I also did some other things, like installing seats from a Mercury Grand Marquis, upgrading the headlight wiring with a pair of relays, and altering the side markers to flash with the turn signals.

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