gif of Lincoln hand shifter as installed

In the interest of celebrating the weirdness of open data, I want to share a quick project that exists because of open data: Abraham Lincoln’s left hand as the shifter knob of a 1995 Mazda truck.

The whole thing was pretty strightforward. In fact, the hardest part was probably finding the right shifter knob adapter for the truck. All that was required was:

  • Download the Lincoln hand scans from the Smithsonian open access site.

  • Use tinkercad to put a hole in the back of the hand.

  • 3D print the hand and use epoxy to attach the adapter.

hand and adapter hand and adapater together

spinning gif of combined version

  • Install it.

image of Lincoln hand shifter as installed

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