Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Bit of Progress +


I saw this over at Handverker. He hadn't posted for quite some time but I checked it out on a whim yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see he had been pretty active. He hasn't posted again in about a month but he put up lots of good stuff prior to that. He and I have much in common, so I'm always interested in seeing what he's been up to. He seems to have settled into his new teaching position and new homestead quite nicely. Glad to see it.

I got the motor mounts bent - came out pretty nice. I bead blasted them afterwards to remove any scale to facilitate welding and give a nicer finish when it's time to paint.

Next up is the make the mounts that bolt to the engines. Each side of the engine is different. This is the left side and should be pretty straight forward. The right side will be a bit trickier but I need to get them finished up so I can move on. When I get the engine located on the mounts I can bolt on the water pump and fan which will allow me to start figuring out the radiator. I saw one in the Speedway catalog that might work for me. It's got a long filler neck that will allow me to have it stick through the top of the grille/housing like in the top photo. In fact, I'm looking to build the jitney along similar lines. Good looking automobile. I especially like the louvers. Be nice to have a louver press but this project will probably be the last time I would ever need it. 

While I had the torch out I straightened out the piece for my tubing bender. I bent it while bending the tubing for the cockpit. That was only 3/4" square and the dies go up to 1" square. I'm going to plate the out sides of the bender and then tackle a piece of 3/4" round for the Rickati project. I'll keep the torch handy and heat the tubing up if need be. I'm disappointed in this set of bending dies but it's what I've got.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Roamin' in the Gloamin

 The movie Harry and Tonto was on the other night. I've seen it a half dozen times at least but watched it again just the same. The older I get the more I appreciate the movie. Plus it's got Art Carney and Arthur Hunnicutt both doing a short bit about being cat salesmen. I don't know if that was something from an old vaudeville skit or what, but it's funny when Carney does it during the cab ride but it knocks me out when Hunnicutt says the same thing later in the movie. Watch the movie to get the Roamin' in the Gloamin reference.

When I took my last load over to the storage shed Saturday, I got a fault code on the truck dash saying a turn signal was out on the carrier as I turned in to my drive. When I put this thing together I soldered all the wire connections and used brass screws for the grounds to prevent corrosion. The light is an LED so it should last at least my lifetime. I turned on the headlights and the the taillight didn't work either. I took the carrier off the truck and I'll have to get out the volt meter one of these days to see what's going on. The only other time I used it was a trip to Indy. What the hell, 2020? 

I got the motor mounts cut out and ready to bend. Cut some grass and did my walkies. Eyeballed some of the projects, read the paper, did my chores - good weekend.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The "Dub"


Postcard my aunt posted on Facebook - my first teaching position. Started in '76 and worked there four years before I was transferred to the Career Center. I loved working there. Great faculty, especially in my department, administration and students. Mostly working class people in a "steel town". The students were a bit on the rough side but respectful. If you treated them with respect, they returned in kind. The school's long gone now. They consolidated Washington and Roosevelt to form Central High. That created a few problems with Washington being in the Harbor and Roosevelt being E.C - long time rivals. I was up that way earlier in the week. I was planning on going to a welding supply where I used to do a lot of business but it was closed up. I guess they're right - you can't go home again.

I moved some stuff to the storage unit yesterday. The bike carrier worked well. I moved a few other things as well as a few bikes and then moved some things around in the shop. I need to think about what else I'm going to move over - maybe two more bikes before I take the carrier back off the truck. I do like the space being more open. I've got a piece of tubing to bend - it'll be a lot easier with some clear floor space.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Corn Binder


Photo From Here

Old International from the '50s. There's a newer one not too far from me that's sitting at an abandoned house. There have been a couple of other additions added recently but I've never seen anyone around the place. 

I rented a storage unit the other day to clear up some room in the shop. I don't have enough room to work without tripping over something or having to move things to get to some of the tools. When you do a lot of welding and grinding, keeping the sparks off of things and avoiding burning the place down is a constant battle. I should be able to increase the output a bit now, plus, I'll have a nice place to store the finished ones. As a bonus, it's only five minutes from the shack. Since I got rid of a bike recently and I've got room in the shop for the VW again, might consider actively seeking out a farm truck. I'll never get that XKE, so maybe settle for a truck. Besides being a lot cheaper, it would also be a little more practical.

Did a little origami out in the shop yesterday - motor mount patterns for the jitney project. The right side I'll make out of one piece and bend the ears up. The left side needs an offset bend that will interfere with the ears so I'll probably make that from three pieces and weld them together after bending the offset. Might just bend, hammer the ears flat and then bend them up.

I'm going to try and get those made today but I also want to move a couple of bikes to storage and I've got to cut some grass along with the daily chores. Looking forward to getting some room in the shop, though. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Constitution Day

 It's Constitution Day. If you're not familiar with the US Constitution, you are not alone. It seems that most of our legislators aren't either. Either that or they just don't care about upholding the Constitution. You on the other hand, can take a free course from Hillsdale College that will set you straight. I've mentioned this a few times before and I must confess I've not taken the course yet, either. However, I've got a copy of the Constitution and I've read it a couple of times. 

The Bill of Rights, or first ten amendments to the Constitution, should be guiding the actions of our "betters" in Congress, but it sure doesn't seem that way. Most all of us are familiar with the 1st & 2nd amendments but the 10th should really be observed much more. Federal powers are supposed to be very limited and we'd all be a lot better off if that was the case. I don't know if there's a Libertarian presidential candidate that will be on the ballot here in Indiana this year but it would be nice if there was an alternative to the other two. Maybe after the revolution. There is a Libertarian candidate for Governor on the ballot. He doesn't stand much of a chance I would guess but he'll probably get my vote. Less government is best government the way I see it.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Royal Enfield Flat Track


Royal Enfield is in the flat track business. They entered a bike in the production class with Johnny Lewis in the saddle. He runs a school where you can learn to slide around like a pro on Himalayans. I'd like to give that a try. I mean I haven't broken anything in a while and it only takes me about five minutes to get out of bed and get moving in the mornings. Why not get some professional guidance and then put a 250cc Sprint together for a bit of vintage flat track? Or get myself another Himalayan and get it set up. Want to learn more about the Slide School? Check it out here. Want to know more about the bikes? Check that out here.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Fuel Cell and Seat


I saw this one on Facebook. Corbin seat on a Himalayan like mine. I checked on the seat at the Corbin website - not cheap naturally enough - but they have options. I couldn't get to that page for some reason, however. I definitely wouldn't go with the white piping. It's one piece, rather than two like the stock one. Realistically, since I rarely ride farther than 25 miles from the shack, the stock seat is adequate but one should never confuse want and need when it comes to motorcycles.

Went with a fuel cell for the jitney project. 10 gallon capacity and will fit nicely between the frame rails. Aircraft style filler, sending unit, two outlet and vent fittings. And I couldn't make one for the price. No-brainer.

Headaches are still a bit of a problem but every day is a little bit better. Looking to get back at it. Since I hit 70, the clock is definitely ticking.