How to use a Pi Zero W to record and auto upload Tesla Cam and Sentry Mode videos to Google Drive!

Not the snappiest of titles, but it covers what we are trying to achieve! Some very smart people have worked out how to make your Tesla believe your Pi Zero W is a USB drive, this then uploads your saved clips and Sentry mode events to either a local NAS or Online service when you connect to WiFi.

This guide focuses on getting the sync to work to Google Drive, as the NAS transfer seems to work off the bat with the headless setup guide found on the Marcone teslausb github page linked below.

The instructions I’ve based this off have come from:https://github.com/marcone/teslausbhttps://github.com/marcone/teslausb/blob/main-dev/doc/SetupRClone.mdI’ve then filled in the blanks from lots of googling and a discussion thread on the https://teslamotorsclub.com forum.

Here we go!

First off, you will need;Raspberry Pi Zero W & Case Micro SD Card – 64gb (£10.58 at time of writing) – 128gb (£16.42 at time of writing)Micro USB lead to connect it to the carPurchases via these links give a kick back to the Tesla Owners Group UK who use these funds to do great charity work.

Next you will need to grab the image from Gitlab, the Marcone fork is what I’ve used and seems to the most frequently updated. https://github.com/marcone/teslausbI’d suggest grabbing the image file and burning it to your micro SD card, on my Mac, I used ‘ApplePi-Baker’

Once the image is on the micro SD card, on your laptop or desktop edit the “wpa_supplicant.conf.sample” file and replace your WiFi details within the quotation marks in the below section:network={ ssid=”YOURSSID (Wifi name)” psk=”YOURPASSWORD (to connect to the Wifi network)” key_mgmt=WPA-PSK }

Once done, exit and save the file, rename it to remove the .sample, so the new file should […]

By |August 31st, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on How to use a Pi Zero W to record and auto upload Tesla Cam and Sentry Mode videos to Google Drive!

Tesla Model 3 Performance ownership – Two weeks in

I collected my car on the 9th of August from Telsa Heathrow (West Drayton), here’s some thoughts and pictures from the day and some notes on ownership over the last two weeks.

Collection
from West Drayton went really well, Cyril from OctopusEV picked me up from West
Drayton station (he asked if he could, rather than this being a pre-req), we
grabbed some breakfast then headed over to Tesla. We helped ourselves to a
bottle of water each and waited to called.

The lovely Beth showed me to the car, paired up my phone and walked me through the basic controls. I then had as much time as I needed to walk round the car and work through my check list. Cyril helped me look over everything on the car and the list, on site we could see no paint issues, no panel gap issues and no problems with the interior. After a quick photo with the Octopus (and a whole host of other goodies from Octopus stashed away in the boot) it was time to head off.

Cyril from OctopusEV and me at West Drayton on collection day.

Autopilot was configured by the time I hit the motorway, so I had a nice drive back with the car doing the majority of the leg work 😀

I then headed to my brothers place to take him out for a spin on the way home, like everyone who goes in one of these, he couldn’t believe the thump you get when launching, he was also really impressed with the car full stop. He and my nephew were also cracking up with the whoopi cushion! Then headed home and took my daughter out and my mum who’d been looking after her, both really […]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on Tesla Model 3 Performance ownership – Two weeks in

Tesla Model 3 UK – Calculators and useful links

Having waited for Tesla’s own PCP deals to materialise for a while, I started instead getting lease quotes. Looking back, I’d never had any intention of buying any of the cars I’d ever got via PCP, it was often just presented as the cheapest way to get into the car I was looking to purchase at the time.

Having had an excellent quote from OctopusEV (via Cyril – if you email him for a quote, let him know I sent you!), I finally placed my order on the 19th June 2019. I opted for a black Performance Model 3, black interior, with the performance add on pack. In the wait for my car to arrive, I’ve ended up joining two forums and two facebook groups, all of which have been really helpful;

SpeakEV, Tesla Motors Club, FB – Model 3+Y UK Reservations & FB – Model 3 UK Owners

In doing so, I’ve been trying to help out by creating some online Calculators in Google Sheets. If you are thinking of leasing a Tesla Model 3 in the UK, these might be of use;

Useful calculators

Tesla Model 3 OctopusEV Lease (PCH) vs Tesla PCP – This allows you compare some quotes from OctopusEV against the BlackHorse PCP deal. The calculator lets you specific the miles you actually do a year to work out the excess milage fees. OctopusEV rates are very low for excess miles at 4.4p for the first 10k and 6.6p thereafter.

Tesla Model 3 OctopusEV PCH excess milage calculator – If you’ve already had your quote from Octopus and want to work out how much you’ll end up paying in excess milage charges, put your quote details in and the miles you’re expecting to […]

By |July 13th, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on Tesla Model 3 UK – Calculators and useful links

Koa topped Strat with a solid rosewood neck

After building the maple/walnut Tele, I decided I needed another rosewood necked guitar in my life, I troubled GSPBASSES with my idea for a hardtail (same Schaller bridge as on the Tele) Strat style guitar, with a fancy top (once I saw the Koa top, I had to have it!) routed for a P90 and humbucker with a rosewood neck that had a 70’s style large headstock.

This is how it arrived with me

As per the Tele, the plan was to finish with Eze oil and wax for a smooth natural looking finish. Before oiling, the neck was sent off to Rothko and Frost to have my signature CNC’d (abalone again) into the headstock.

With the neck away, I started oiling the body. I sanded the body smooth first then set to work

Once the first coat of oil was dry (Eze oil feels dry / hard quite quick, but I tend to leave 24 hours to be safe) I de-nibbed the finish using 0000 wire wool and set to work on the second coat, with the oil on the koa looks amazing in the light

This is how it looked once the 2nd coat had dried under the light

I de-nibbed again and applied the 3rd coat of oil. I then left the body to harden for a week. Once the oil was fully cured I applied two coats of Briwax, I did this by liberally applying the wax with 0000 wire wool then buff off. The photos make it look shinier than it is, in real life it’s more of a deep finish than the glassy looking one you see in the photos

With the body complete, the neck arrived back from Rothko and Frost, the first […]

By |December 24th, 2018|Guitar Projects|Comments Off on Koa topped Strat with a solid rosewood neck

‘Fancy’ Surfmaster – JM partscaster build in Surfburst

I’d wanted to put together a Jazzmaster guitar for a while, but had a few false starts, I then got offered a ‘B grade’ JM kit from GSPBASSES at a price it was impossible to ignore.

I knew already I wanted the guitar to be ‘Surfburst’ having seen an aged/relic’d version in Coda music, I then found some images of original ones.

Rather than use the standard not so great bridge, I opted for a roller bridge from Wilkinson, this meant that I would have to modify the pickguard and enlarge the bridge holes in the body. I went for a relatively cheap trem as I’m not planning on using the trem much, ordered a parchment pickguard from eBay, then drilled out the holes that secured the trem and guard to the body.

I then had to drill out the bridge post holes and enlarge the bridge holes on the pickguard. This was done on my grandads drill press, I measured everything about 20 times I think before committing to drilling the holes.

I also drilled out the strap button holes which was the last thing to do before the body was ready for sending away for paint.

The back of the neck (up to where the headstock transition starts) was finished with Ezeoil, it’s great to work with and feels amazing once finished with wax. I also drilled out the tuner holes, string guide and rolled the fretboard edges.

The body and neck were then sent off to Rich for paint with some reference images of the Surfburst finish I was after. Along with a suitable decal for the headstock.

With the body and neck gone, the pickups were ordered from Mojo along with the wiring harness.

As per […]

By |December 21st, 2018|Guitar Projects|Comments Off on ‘Fancy’ Surfmaster – JM partscaster build in Surfburst