The modern automotive industry is notoriously high stakes and competitive- traits that were amplified during the recent era of historic industry restructuring. Though many companies emerged from this turbulent period leaner, more efficient, and attuned to the realities of demand, much work remains to shore up key weaknesses. Amidst this backdrop, automotive companies continue to pour billions into developing products, building new factories, and researching new technologies – all for increasingly uncertain returns. These returns are even more unpredictable in the current global market with new entrants, new powertrain technologies, and fluctuations in oil prices. Vehicle Manufacturers (VMs) and suppliers can no longer rely on domestic demand, political backstops, or mature markets to deliver the required returns on investments. Last night I put a trap next to the wheel where they climb in. It was supposed to electrify the mouse when it climbed in for the peanut butter. It didn’t work, all I did was give it a yummy meal. But I now have a lovely strategy that has got me one dead mouse already. After finding the failed trap this morning I made my mom turn the car on while I stood next to the front wheel with a shovel. Mouse came out, I hit it with the shovel… dead mouse. Let’s hope he doesn’t have any friends. So now I’m just going to put some old-school metal snap traps next to the wheels.
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Mustangs are the AR15s of the automotive world. There are so many customizable options. From performance parts, to dress up parts, you name it, someone has made an aftermarket version of it. Measurements, certifications, development, instruments and software Accredited tests and research for EMC, LVD, MR, Automotive, MDD, RTTE and FCC- calibration and certification.
The conversion however throws in a real wrench. There’s a big Coachman sticker on the back which I thought would solve the problem. Not really. Coachman no longer does van conversions opting instead to focus on the larger end of the Class B range. They offer some old manuals on their site but nothing for the Econoline. So how to find parts for the conversion upfit elements (and which parts exactly are part of the conversion)? From my initial searches it appears that seats, door panels, carpeting, dashboard consoles, lighting and part of the upfit and therefore very hard to source. One site I found mentioned that many of the conversion companies were in Elkhart, Indiana, camper capital… As I find more leads I’ll add them below.
Of course this designer job life is not for all designers. In big design studios it is more or less as I wrote, but there are also a lots of designers that work in smaller studios or for suppliers and for them life can be less exciting. Different are the reasons, smaller studios equals smaller budgets so before making a scale 1 to 1 model the competition is really hard, or ,some of them design only parts of given projects (door pannel company design studio will work on door pannels only). Some designers are also in very prestigious design studios but working for years on the same project evolution: Porsche for example! Ferrari! Bentley! Rolls Royce!
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