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    Lightbulb 240z External Hard drive..

    Was looking around the net for some new ideas of things to make on the cheap and came across this.
    Thought I would share it.
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    A solid state drive attached under the chassis might even be better for those who think this is a good HD enclosure.
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    That's what I was thinking. That way, you wouldn't have to hack up the car. That being said, as much of a Datsun fan as I am, a Datsun bodied hard drive is really a bit much IMO.....
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    It's a starting point for ideas... perhaps a hollow base to enclose the drive, with the car on top. That way you'd be concealing the drive while displaying the Z on the desk or shelf. Hide the clutter with something cool.
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    what about the exhaust fumes!
    could you plug the USB into the licence plate?
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    Like David said its a starting point with a cool looking en-closer for a hard drive. Its just a toy guys so its ok to mod it. lol
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    As a mass produced gadget... maybe not, but as a place that you can store the back-up of your important files... pretty darn cool as an idea to build on.
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    Ha! Now this is a cool idea. Moved the idea into our new "Garage Hobbyist" forum... Who wants to start building and selling these?
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    It is a good idea. At first I thought, why? poo poo...but then I realized that something like this is what turns people into millionaires.
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    I would be the first one to congratulate the person who becomes a millionaire by combining diecast 240Zs and external hard drives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cygnusx1 View Post
    It is a good idea. At first I thought, why? poo poo...but then I realized that something like this is what turns people into millionaires.
    I think the best way to end up with one million dollars from this idea would be to start with two million dollars and the desire to make money selling hard drives with Z enclosures. On the other hand.....Pet rocks shaped like Zs......
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    Same way you make a million dollars in just about any form of racing.......
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    lol all the naysayers. Snuggie. ??
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    At least it's useful....okay, I'll stop....
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    A Snuggie decorated with a Datsun Z pattern could work (SnuZZie?). After all, they sell them with University logos. And at $9.99 (perhaps a bit more after licensing fees to Nissan) it's a much better impulse buy than a Z hard drive. What better Christmas gift for the Z fan in your life?
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    I am not wearing a Z snuggie, unlike sblake , (does it get cold enough in Cali for snuggies anyhow?), but I do have a Datsun on my desk. It would be cool if that "Desksun" had a purpose besides wasting my desk real estate.

    Maybe the Californians would be better served by a satin "smoking snuggie" for dealing with the three or four dreary days every millennium.
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    I would buy one if it had built in footies.

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    Default Perhaps a little more elegant...

    Here's my take on a Z based external hard drive enclosure... Just a few pieces of wood, some glue and nails, stain, lacquer, and (although it's hard to see in the photos) rubberized undercoating.
    Why use the undercoating? I didn't want the base to rust, of course!
    Actually, I thought it'd be a nice touch to have what appeared (in color and texture) to be blacktop that the car was setting on. I was going to go for a concrete appearance by topcoating with a grey primer, then add a few drops of oil underneath, but thought that might be going to far...

    As I didn't have the micro usb cable with me at home, the hole I drilled for it is too small, but that's easily remedied.
    (and the additional holes were drilled not for looks, but to assuage any fears of overheating of the drive)
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    @zbane: now, that I like! A die cast stand/hard drive enclosure. I could put the die cast of my choice on it for the week or day/whatever. I'm literally surrounded by die casts when I'm in my den.

    @cygnusx1: I don't own a snuggie (snugZZie?) nor a satin smoking snuggie (don't smole).
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    @ SBlake, thanks! The thought of being able to swap out the car for others was the whole idea. I like that the drive will be out of the way, hidden (less clutter) and provide a nice place to display ones diecast, without hacking into it.

    Only took a little while to make with nothing more than a few hand tools, and required a couple dollars worth of materials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zbane View Post
    Only took a little while to make with nothing more than a few hand tools, and required a couple dollars worth of materials.
    When you do a cost analysis of the product, be sure to include:

    Value of your time & labor to create each stand
    Cost of materials
    Cost of hard drive
    Cost of cables
    Cost of model included with base (must have a model to be visually exciting)
    Packaging
    Shipping materials/boxes
    Value of your time for packing & shipping
    Advertising
    Depreciation on tools
    Liability insurance

    Are we much over $150 per, yet?
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    Oh, I wasn't planning on selling them, just showing it can be done easily and cheaply for oneself. However, if you'd like I'll sell you the one in the pics (minus the drive) for $99.99...but I can't do this all day long, so if you call within the next 10 minutes, I'll throw in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All you'll have to pay is additional processing...

    *some conditions apply (I might take a bite of the sandwich to ensure quality control)
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    But wait.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by zbane View Post
    Oh, I wasn't planning on selling them, just showing it can be done easily and cheaply for oneself. However, if you'd like I'll sell you the one in the pics (minus the drive) for $99.99...but I can't do this all day long, so if you call within the next 10 minutes, I'll throw in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All you'll have to pay is additional processing...

    *some conditions apply (I might take a bite of the sandwich to ensure quality control)
    You seem to have left out your "800" number. No problem with the bite missing from the PB&J sandwich. That just means my allergic reaction to peanuts won't be as severe and the subsequent product based lawsuit will be smaller.
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    sblake...just playing around. I don't smoke either...never have. Z fumes are plenty.

    Dennis, you overlook that the, infinitely more complex to manufacture, model car, on top of the box, costs about $5.50 and a quarter to make. By contrast, I could probably replicate that "wooden drive box" (I like the pun), for around the same cost (sans drive), or even much less, when mass produced.

    Visions of the toy headlights flashing on read/write, make me warm and fuzzy all over! No snuggie needed.
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    @ Sblake - I am glad you don't have a snuggie (snugZZie?) Having one would most likely have ruined your reputation.
    @ Zbane - Great Mod for the idea. Throw some neon lights in and we might have something.
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    I want a SnuZZie!! Prefer yellow, thanks.
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    @ Sblake - I am glad you don't have a snuggie (snugZZie?) Having one would most likely have ruined your reputation.
    @ Zbane - Great Mod for the idea. Throw some neon lights in and we might have something.
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    Ok now putting the drive in the base is just cheating! now I am going to go a different route: thumb drive into a Z maxbox car. (for now all I have is a 350z but Ill find an s30!). Ha! so there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 280~Master View Post
    @ Sblake - I am glad you don't have a snuggie (snugZZie?) Having one would most likely have ruined your reputation.
    Is that possible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I want a SnuZZie!! Prefer yellow, thanks.
    Watch for the infomercial at 3:00 AM on your favorite TV channel. By the way, to avoid litigation from the Snuggie company, I suggest we change the name from SnuZZie to SnAzzie. My work here is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grantf View Post
    Ok now putting the drive in the base is just cheating! now I am going to go a different route: thumb drive into a Z maxbox car. (for now all I have is a 350z but Ill find an s30!). Ha! so there!
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    SB, where did you find that? I'd like to pick up a Z flavor...
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    That was on eBay but it looks really simple to make. He doesn't show a Z on his list nor does he say what the capacity of the drive is:
    http://compare.ebay.com/like/1306529...Types&var=sbar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sblake01 View Post
    That was on eBay but it looks really simple to make. He doesn't show a Z on his list nor does he say what the capacity of the drive is:
    http://compare.ebay.com/like/1306529...Types&var=sbar
    4 GB drive on the basic $22.95 model, 8 GB & 16GB available for $5 or $18 upgrade. He says he'll make other Hot Wheels flash drive models upon request. His web site: http://www.realcustomflashdrives.com/
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    someone stole my idea! (using a time machine that I also invented).

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