Guzzis, Mustangs, Triumphs and other Projects

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by mach1mustang351, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. fxray

    fxray Long timer

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    Good, you got it out of there. It looks like you may have read John Healy's article, or talked to your Dad, or just used your own intuition.

    Part of cleaning up and ordering parts should involve removing those con-rods to finish cleaning the sludge trap chamber. There will be two holes (passages) from the sludge trap through each rod journal on the crank. If you try to clean inside the sludge trap with the rods in place, you will be washing crud into the rod bearings.

    When you order parts, you may want to order new bearing shells and rods. Here is a link to another really good article by John Healy showing how to inspect your crankshaft and connecting rods.

    Good luck with it!

    Ray
  2. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Since I seem to have a massive ADD issue with my projects... Here's todays shipment of parts...

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    It's a set of 1969 Mustang shock tower puzzle pieces. Gotta get some CO2 argon and start welding!!
  3. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Shipped my R6 forks, new wheel and BSA triple to California to get the triples, axle, spacers and brake adapters machined. Full attention is now on the TR5T and Mustang. The A65 frame and parts are being moved to the shed, as I can't be trusted to stay focused.
  4. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Got a part in the mail!!! Not the nicest tank, but should do the job for now.

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  5. Scoozi

    Scoozi Been here awhile

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  6. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Yeah, I hadn't seen one of those either. This decal is painted, I thought originally it was supposed to be a decal
  7. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Cleaning up in the garage. I drug out the Mustang's engine. And to think, a mere 10 years ago this 351C made near 450HP.

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  8. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Managed to keep some money from a couple pay checks to get this stuff here.

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    Hopefully gonna drop off the cylinder and head at the machine shop this week. All I'm missing is the sludge trap I ordered
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  9. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    I made a job change last month. I was tired of being marginalized at my employer and was tired of taking a back seat, and having to pickup the slack of others. I decided to go to work for a friend of mine, who has been trying to get me to work for him for quite some time. We have been talking about it and the time was right and he agreed to my terms so I decided to make the move. A month later, I'm scared to death. From what he says, the business is a bit cash shy right now, and I was shorted on my last two checks, this last go around, I was asked "what do you need to get by?" I am scared to death. I have put all projects on hold and I am trying to not spend any money. I bought the wife some winter tires (she had to have them), and a small Christmas gift, and that's it. I honestly believe he is short on funds, and I know that he has very lax accounting process, and he probably has no idea how much cash flow he actually has. I am more than able to manage the shop all the way down to finances. I just need the opportunity. I am also contemplating selling off some toys to stabilize myself. The reality is, I am looking for something else though, this kind of wild card in my life is unacceptable. Just sad and frustrated heading into the holidays.
  10. wordguy

    wordguy Been here awhile

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    Dude, that sucks. I can only imagine how rough it is for you now. Hang in there, I know you will figure it out.

    -Alan
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  11. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    It will be okay, I have a college degree, a bunch of experience in automotive and motorcycles, I have an ASE Mastertech certification. Finding work shouldn't be impossible. I just want the right move, in not a job hopping guy, so I want to make a good move, not just a different move.
  12. Scoozi

    Scoozi Been here awhile

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    I'm sorry to hear about your situation, it's especially bad that it was a friend that did this. I'm another who doesn't like job swapping, I hope the next move turns out better than this one did.
  13. mach1mustang351

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    Wow, all the way back to page 3 , no updates in a month.

    I am still at my job, getting paid a little at a time. So i have been pretty tight with my funds.

    I did drop off the TR5T cylinder and piston for bored and hone. I have most of my pieces already, so the engine can start going back together once I get the pistons and cylinder back.

    I've also been avoiding working on anything, cause that always creates a parts list. I don't want to spend money.

    I did have a good interview last week and a good follow up interview yesterday, so fingers crossed, I might get back on track on all my toys.
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  14. mach1mustang351

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    Weird idea today, the 928 Amal was in pretty rough shape, I rebuilt it, but dont have high hopes for success. Remembered I had this on the shelf...

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    Not sure if a Dellorto VHB is better, but this carb worked fine running one jug on the Guzzi... Dunno, long way off from that... Just an idea