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Autopian Readers, I Need Your Help Finding A Car Part To Put On My Necklace (And Also COTD)

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Cars, trucks, and RVs have been a lifelong passion of mine. I own too many cars and motorcycles as well as hoard literally hundreds of diecast cars. Yet, despite my love for all things with engines, I don’t really show it, or at least, not in the way I want to. That’s where I need your help, readers. I want to wear a car part on a necklace, but I don’t know what will work!

In the years before I started writing about cars, I was an IT drone. I started off by fixing desktops and graduated to writing SQL and Java. I tell you what, that career path wasn’t as fun as I thought it was. Still, I loved computers. I still love computers! Back in 2018 or so, I tried to make a budget super gaming computer out of a giant cluster of server CPUs. It didn’t work out, so I ended up reselling almost all of the parts I bought. I kept around one of the server CPUs, an AMD Opteron, for another project. I drilled a hole straight through it to turn it into a necklace charm.

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I’ve been wearing this thing regularly ever since. Honestly, it’s always a talking point no matter where I go. Everyone wants to know what the heck is hanging from my neck. Only some people make the connection and ask if it’s a computer processor. Behold! The face of just 3 hours of sleep before a flight…

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But here’s the thing, I write about vehicles, not computers! I need a new kind of fun necklace accessory. This came up thanks to Lady Gaga wearing a bumper cover on the red carpet. I don’t want to go that extreme, but a comment from Jb996 got me thinking. The context is that getstonyII thought the Lady Gaga post was probably sponsored (it’s not), which led readers to joke about who the sponsor would be:

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Uh, sponsored by who?? I certainly missed it.

By SELVA? I’m not sure we’re the target demographic.
By a Junk Yard? Pushing people to buy old car parts for fashion excessories! Yes!

I still think it’s the Junk-Yard Lobby. They’re trying to get me to wear old brake rotors for a necklace, like some kind of Auto-FlavorFlav
I won’t do it!!

For a brief detour, I will give a second COTD nomination today. California wants to annoy speeders with in-car alerts that cannot be turned off. This has upset a lot of folks, but I think Sid Bridge clearly has the better plan, here:

I have long held that the best cure for speeding isn’t technology based. Speeders should just be sentenced to having to drive a 1986 Dodge Aries for a month in order to really feel how horrifying 80 miles per hour can be.

Okay, so with COTD out of the way, I need your help. What’s a car part I can wear? My wife bought me a piece of Fordite, which is awesome, but I have that on display rather than wearing it. Besides, that’s not exactly what I’m looking for. I want to wear a car part as jewelry, not turn car parts into jewelry, if you get what I’m saying.

But here’s the thing: It needs to be small, preferably roughly the size of that big server CPU. I don’t want to walk around with a clutch disk hanging from my neck. I also think wearing a badge would be cheating. However, now I’m stuck. What’s a car part that’s small, still identifiable as a car part, and presumably won’t tear up my skin? Maybe you can help!

Otherwise, have a great weekend, everyone!

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Knowonelse
Knowonelse
26 days ago

Set of points from air-cooled VW or similar vehicle. It already has a hole!

JDS
JDS
26 days ago

I have the trunk roundel from my old BMW on my fridge as a magnet. At around 3″ in diameter, It would be a little big for a necklace unless you want SERIOUS Flava Flave vibes, but maybe a small hood ornament would do…

Glutton for Piëch
Glutton for Piëch
26 days ago

A chuck of the Teflon timing chain guide from the Phaeton? Cause we all know it’s coming.

Or, if you want to be super VW, a water pump impeller from an EA888.

Jalop Gold
Jalop Gold
26 days ago

Wankel Rotor. Think Flavor Flav clock…

Sid Bridge
Sid Bridge
26 days ago

Ok, a little late to the dance here. (I had a pretty busy holiday weekend – my band played two gigs. It was awesome). First of all, thanks for another COTD! Love you guys. And I still want to have all of you jump on Reels & Wheels podcast with James & I.

Second, I have a bag full of spent resistors and capacitors from when I had the MSSS1 stereo refurbished in my NA Miata. They are gorgeous. Lemme know if you want.

James McDonald
James McDonald
26 days ago

You’re close with the clutch disk idea, but use a clutch alignment tool instead. It’s obscure enough that most people will not know what it is, but anyone who has done a clutch will. It will also mark you as part of the secret society of left footers. Best yet, they are plastic so you will not be wearing a couple of pounds of iron like most parts.

Jeffrey Antman
Jeffrey Antman
27 days ago

https://a.co/d/c2eFN2FP

What else; lots of variations

Box Rocket
Box Rocket
27 days ago

-Key fob remote circuit board
-Timing chain repurposed as a necklace.
-“Male” end of a seat belt buckle
-Various knobs and buttons could work as a pendant. A D (Drive) push-button gear selector from a ’60s American car comes to mind.
-Oil pump gear with its ring. Even better if it’s allowed to move inside of the ring, or the ring moves around it.
-A Micro Machine scale model vehicle (because smaller and lighter than a 1:64th model option).
-Schrader valve (for A/C and tires) but inset into a clear epoxy rounded-cylinder (or a clear gel-cap pill).
-Butterfly valve, especially if painted to resemble a butterfly insect.
-Spark plug
-Fuel injector
-Wheel bearing or race

Ben
Ben
26 days ago
Reply to  Box Rocket

Oil pump gear with its ring. Even better if it’s allowed to move inside of the ring, or the ring moves around it.

Ooh, that’s good. Instantly recognizable if you know cars, completely inscrutable if not.

Huja Shaw
Huja Shaw
27 days ago

David Tracy . . . “A pendant full of vintage Jeep rust.”

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