Build Day #1

This weekend was Lono's first real build day. With a crew of 10 people, we were able to accomplish a lot to prepare for Lono's first appearance at the 5th Annual Steampunk Masquerade event.

Nico & Carly put to good use their Shibari skills and taught everybody how to tie bamboo at 90 degrees angle. Jason AllDay, father of Sebastian flew from Vegas to drop some Art Car knowledge and help us have a smooth build day . Donnie V picked up Evan, some beers and some pizza to feed the masses. Jerome helped out on just about every project going on, and paired with Evan to strengthen the roof frame. Woody showed up at half time with some of the freshest Guacamole I've ever tasted. Mikaela helped throughout the weekend by doing multiple runs to the hardware store, cutting & grinding metal, painting, and god knows how many other things. Nico and Mikaela redesigned the roof over beers on Saturday night. She came back on Sunday to execute their new vision and let me tell you the roof is now nicer than I could have ever imagined!

Here are the features that were built over the weekend, thanks to everybody's help:

  • A new bamboo roof providing shade for Lono's riders.
  • Cut to fit flooring, with ready to attach Astro-turf
  • Braces for the roof frame
  • A steering wheel (yes, Lono had none!!)
  • Engine maintenance (yes, Lono hadn't been started in 5 months!)

Photos are worth a thousand words, check out our time lapse and pictures below. See you all at the 5th Annual Steampunk Masquerade event for Lono's first adventures!

Thank you so much to everybody who came and helped out. Special shoutout to Jason for flying from Vegas just to work on Lono <3

The Benches!

Lono finally has benches! Prototyped with wood, then moved to 1.5" steel square tubing. We can finally carry people around on the playa while making delicious cocktails ;)

Steering wheel shenanigans

While working on the dancefloor, Tom and I got over excited and decided to also work on straightening the steering wheel. The reasoning behind it is that an angled steering wheel takes too much space whereas one that is perpendicular to the structure allows for more space as the driver can be standing up.

After cutting it all with an angle grinder, we came to realize that reattaching it was not going to be that simple. I learned lots about how a steering wheel works, and will probably have to start welding on this guy pretty soon.


Tom was in town for the weekend. We met on Friday afternoon to catch up and next thing you know ended up at the lumber yard buying plywood to make a dancefloor for Lono! Here is a timelapse for now, more pictures to come!

Take Down

The take down has begun. Lots of metal grinding. OSHA Safety 101 was taught amongst the team.

Lots of hidden welds which were difficult to remove but patience paid off. Lono has been completely stripped down and the only thing left are the engine and a simpler electrical circuit. The electrical wires will be replaced in a following post.

Lono also took his first - very much deserved - shower!


After discovering the many welds located on the chassis due to the extension of the car, it was decided to move Lono to a location where we had power and access to tools.

Lono was moved once again, this time for a while, to a warehouse located in Oakland also known as NIMBY where he will be meeting many other mutant vehicles.

Week 2

We called Yamaha and found out that this cart has already been modified to be that long. As a result it was decided to completely strip it down so that we could look at the chassis and see how strong it was.

Lots of things to learn together, including metal grinding and OSHA 101. Yes that roof fell on one of us :P

New beginnings.

Lono was found in Santa Rosa where he apparently used to belong to a winery. His previous owners decided that his services were no longer needed and our paths crossed!

This week he moved into his new house and we started taking down his roof as he will be getting a new one as he goes through his natural mutation.