Thanks Rod!

The Pride Mobility Jazzy 1103 Electric Wheelchair.

The Mower Project began after a brief meeting with a kind gentleman named Rod. We met through Craigslist; he was selling his electric wheelchair, and I was very excited to purchase it from him.

Rod had been injured in an auto accident several months prior to our meeting, but he was quite ambulatory when we met. After some minor haggling, he agreed to sell his Jazzy 1103 wheelchair to me for $220.

“Just curious, who is it for?” he asked as we took the wheelchair apart to load in the trunk of my car.

“Well, it’s actually for a project I’m working on,” I said.

“Oh? What kind of project?” he asked.

“Well, I have this idea for a robot, and this wheelchair has a lot of components I need to build it.”

Rod nodded slowly, giving me a strange look. He reached into his pocket and gave me his business card. “Let me know how it turns out,” he said. I told him I would, thanked him for the wheelchair, and was on my way.

That was back in April, 2014. I have long since lost that business card, but in a small way, I hope this blog fulfils that promise I made to Rod four years ago. If you’re out there Rod, here’s how it turned out.

3 thoughts on “Thanks Rod!

  1. Hey,
    I just stumbled upon this blog and it looks like the perfect resource for someone like me who is about to embark on a similar project! I *think* this is the first page in the series, but I’m having a hard time navigating all of the posts chronologically. Do you have any meta-pages available that can help me approach consuming all of this content from scratch? Thank you for doing such a great job documenting this project, and I look forward to reading about and commenting on your journey!


    1. Thanks for dropping by, Andrew! You are correct, this is the first post I made on the blog. I’m not sure how best to sort them by date, other than scrolling all the way to the bottom and then working your way up.

      I visited your blog and have to say you’ve got some very interesting projects in the works. I’ll check in periodically to see how they’re coming along. I like the way you have a lot of your ideas laid out, it’s very methodical.

      I’m particularly interested in your musical instrument automation. I’ve toyed with the idea of turning our piano into a player piano if I ever finish the mower project.


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