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This instructable will show you how to make a hard drive inside of a model car. I find it more aesthetically pleasing to have a model car on your desk rather than a plastic hard drive. When reading engadget one day, I came across this: It is essentially a model car with a 500 gig hard drive in it. It looked pretty cool, but it costed $250 and considering that 500 gb hard drives go for ~$50 these days, the price seemed a bit steep. So since I had a 500 gb portable drive and a model car lying around, I queued the music and set to work. This instructable is entered in the usb contest, so PLEASE VOTE!
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Step 1: Materials

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1 smallish portable hard drive however many geebies you want (Look in the pics for the one I used) ~ $50
1 1/18 scale maisto/bburago/mattel model car (I used a maisto one that they sell at costco for $7) but you can find a decent one for around $20 that will look good on your desk.
1 phillips screw driver
1 hammer/scissors/pen/knife/spoon/fork/phone/soda/ipod/thing that you can break plastic with
30 minutes

Step 2: Gutting the car

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Use the screwdriver to open the car into 2 pieces; the metal part and the part with the wheels. take everything you can out of the car and off of the body. Take the doors off and rip the door linings off. Break the seats etc. off. After this is done, the car should resemble the car in the pictures. Put the doors back on, and proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Taking the hard drive out of its casing

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Now, take your hard drive and with your scissors etc. pry open the plastic  casing gently and pull the hard drive out. DO NOT TAKE THE INTERNAL METAL CASING OFF OF THE DRIVE! Also, be careful to not put too much pressure on the drive. After the drive is taken out, plug it into a computer to make sure it works. If it doesn't, then you are screwed. If it does, move on to the next step. 
C I A H1 year ago

have you thought of laying the hd more flat and putting a printout of the inside of the car on it, something looking down and then just attaching the tops of the seats so they look original, all you would have to do to the body after that ir remove the license plate area so you can put your usb through there to plug it in and you dont see the hard drive through the windows

Blenderizer3 years ago
Triumph TR6! What a beautiful car!
Cool idea, haha.
wkortum (author)  Blenderizer3 years ago
it is a datsun 240z
I've owned two fairladies (1:1 size) 25+ years ago, one is an older 4 speed. Is this a Tamiya 1:12 model? I build one (the model) 10+ years ago. Original color from the kit.

baba43 years ago
how big is the car
Mrballeng3 years ago
Where's the flux capacitor? Great job. Love it.
wkortum (author)  Mrballeng3 years ago
kelseymh3 years ago
Great project! Good write up with enough detail that someone else could reproduce it.

One thing you might consider is rotating and re-saving your pictures (Preview can do it). A lot of them are sideways, and I'bles doesn't have software on the server to do the rotation for you. Just upload new versions and replace the ones here.
wkortum (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
Thanks for the comment! I would rotate the pics and crop them in photoshop, but I was kind of pressed for time. However, I will upload new pics soon!
hjshin3 years ago
Excellent! I love the retro look too! Very cool idea.