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Old 08-26-2012, 10:52 AM   #226
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^awesome^

congratulations nicely done
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:25 AM   #227
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Good job and a nice looking bike.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:05 AM   #228
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I saw your bike at the show Sat. for me it was a stand out. Sorry I didnt get to meet you, not too many airheads up here. Hey Iam an old VW freak too.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:59 AM   #229
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congratulations nicely done
DITTO, I had my doubts at first when it looked like you were working out of VW minibus.

Good job
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:48 PM   #230
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DITTO, I had my doubts at first when it looked like you were working out of VW minibus.

Good job
Oh ye of little faith.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:27 PM   #231
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And the patina gathering begins!



Dropped it at a remote intersection because I was undecided about left or right before I realized I'd stopped.

In other news, I'm no longer working at The Number Factory. The future is undecided at this point, but I think it will include working with tangible objects and/or customer interaction, things that have been missing from my professional life these last several years.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #232
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And the patina gathering begins!

...
Oops ... hopefully the "patina" doesn't extend too far beyond what's shown in the photo.

Re your employment situation, may I direct you to your own signature ...

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Good luck ...



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Old 09-01-2012, 04:53 PM   #233
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Oh Melville. You should have stopped right there with the Gold Ribbon.

This might be a looooong patina gathering thread ........

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Old 09-01-2012, 04:57 PM   #234
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I've done the exact same thing. Good Luck. Have fun with it. Pretty bike.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #235
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Oh Melville. You should have stopped right there with the Gold Ribbon.

This might be a looooong patina gathering thread ........

cheers
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I'm hoping to keep it to Ride Reports.

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Re your employment situation, may I direct you to your own signature ...

Good luck ...



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Old 09-28-2012, 07:39 PM   #236
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So here's the 1000 mile report! Bike runs great, fuel mileage is coming up little by little. Probably going to replace floats/float needles/slide needles/needle jets this winter.

I'm doing a bit better as a rider. Not chirping the tire on upshifts anymore, and getting the hang of matching revs on downshifts. Riding a bit faster than I drive the Kombi, but no faster than in the 2.0L Westy.

Moved stuff around the house for the next Big Project. Mrs. melville's 1960 Euro (mit semaphores) Sunroof Beetle is now in the Costco Garage:

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #237
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So here's the 1000 mile report! Bike runs great, fuel mileage is coming up little by little. Probably going to replace floats/float needles/slide needles/needle jets this winter.

I'm doing a bit better as a rider. Not chirping the tire on upshifts anymore, and getting the hang of matching revs on downshifts. Riding a bit faster than I drive the Kombi, but no faster than in the 2.0L Westy.

Moved stuff around the house for the next Big Project. Mrs. melville's 1960 Euro (mit semaphores) Sunroof Beetle is now in the Costco Garage:
Those bring back some memories. At VW, back in the day, we referred to them as "idiot sticks"
fun to watch when they worked.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:51 PM   #238
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It's been bugging me that the bike has a slight BLING deficiency. Stock, it had these neat spring covers atop the rear shocks. The Progressives I've installed (thanks Ken!) lack such a thing. A few months ago, Saint Matthew of Parkhouse revealed the procedure for disassembling the stock shocks in BMW Owner's News (the top spring seat/shock eye is threaded to the shaft) and I thought about how I might go about making a press with materials on hand. Today I gave it a shot. These boards and a Kombi are all anyone needs:



I set one end of the board under the Kombi's rocker panel, put the shock through the hole, and sat on the other end. A little tapping mit the hammer to break things free, and I was able to get ugly tools on the shaft and upper eye:



Those are my knees. Results:



Once freed from their shocks, the covers are a bit dull after 37 years:



But after breaking in a new stitched buff I can see into a BLINGish future:



It will take a buncha sanding to really get it properly shiny, but I've got all winter.....
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:54 PM   #239
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Archimedes, reborn

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

Nice job btw, on everything.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:24 PM   #240
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Fantastic thread Melville, well written and inspiring.

Thanks for going to the trouble of documenting it.
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