Jason Pokines

Digital Assets Specialist, Design Engineering, Inc.
Oberlin, OH 44074, USA

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  • "Hi Rain! Had to chime in here, as I literally grew up with Land Rovers all over my back yard - they were surrogate playground equipment for me. Three-year-old Jason found it very easy to climb from the bumper to the hood to the roof in no time.Defender's body design wasn't dictated by 80's limitations but rather by the late 1940s. The Series I debuted in 1948. It's shape remained unchanged until the Series II in 1958. It got a little bigger and some corner radii were added here and there. The II became the IIa and later the III, but the body hardly changed at all. It was still like that once the III became the 110 and 90 (named for the wheelbase lengths) in the late 80s. It wasn't until 1990 that the first Rover with a "Defender" badge came about - mostly to differentiate it from the other models they had started producing - e.g. the Discovery and Range Rover lines.While I'm pleased to see Land Rover doing well and making new models, I'm disappointed with the current Defender. It's a fine vehicle, but I think it misses what I considered key attributes of a Series or Defender. Namely, it was the modular nature of the body. You could take off the roof and windows and doors and swap them with almost any other model with the same wheelbase. You could turn the "Estate Wagon" into the pickup. You could drive it without any doors or roof like every other Wrangler in the summer. You could swap the rear door for a tailgate. You can't do any of that with the new Defender. Truly, the new Defender is really a continuation of the LR3 and LR4, which were themselves a continuation of the Discovery and Discovery 2. In my mind, the new Defender is actually a Disco 5.Again, it's a fine vehicle - I just wish it had a different name, because I see the use of this name as a signal. It's a signal that they'll never again make a modular Lego-like SUV like the Series ever again. So, I'll either find my own old Rover to restore and update or I'll wait for used prices on the new Bronco to come down."
    on: Land Rover Announces New, Stretched Defender 130
  • "These are all over the Oberlin College campus."
    on: Dero's FixIt: A Small-Footprint Bicycle Repair Station
  • "Yeah, the more I think about this, the more I think that's the way to go."
    on: The Design Flaw of Boot Jacks, Part 2: Potential Solutions
  • "You saw that Jalopnik article yesterday too, eh? ;)"
    on: AeroMods: DIY Aerodynamic Improvements to Cars
  • "This came up in your Facebook feed, too, eh?"
    on: Lucrative Luggage Design: Rolling Carry-On With Unusual Wheels Strikes Kickstarter Gold
  • "That DIY version seems like a nice compromise of the bolt-to-the-floor concept!"
    on: Design Solutions for Boot Jacks, Part 3: The DIY Farmer's Hack and More
  • "Or go all out, make it out of steel, and bolt the sucker to the floor."
    on: The Design Flaw of Boot Jacks, Part 2: Potential Solutions
  • "Also, there's a rubber wheel on the one point, to help with traction."
    on: The Design Flaw of Boot Jacks, Part 2: Potential Solutions
  • "Ok, ok, fine! I'll be helpful this time. Here's your answer. The handle is weighted, so it stays on one side until you flip it over with your foot. No bending down."
    on: The Design Flaw of Boot Jacks, Part 2: Potential Solutions
  • "Where are you, again? I've lived in semi-rural Ohio most of my life and have never come across one of these. Also, the only people I've met with boots like that are "cowboys" who like to line dance and drive lifted trucks."
    on: The Design Flaw of Boot Jacks
  • "Last time I was down to Amish country, I saw this in one of the shops.https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Craftsman-Furniture-Childrens-Provincial/dp/B07JK8ZWKJ/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_75_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6G1DXZ9EB15W7T872J1Z"
    on: What Products Do the Amish Make That Are Relevant to Modern-Day Life?
  • "Done!"
    on: Improving the Ergonomics of Carrying Awkward Items: The WoodOX Sling
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