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  1. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    I already had everything I needed. The heater was already bolted to a piece of strut, that is heavily lag bolted to the floor joists above. I have no idea why I over engineered the heater mounting strut, but glad I did. I had some 3/8" eye bolts, and slid an old axle into them. Had the cheap-o cable come-along, forgot I had it, hadn't used it in a decade. Dug it out and there you go. An old tie down works to grab the engine.

    No OSHA here... just common sense. Don't put your feet under a heavy load being hoisted. :deal

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    I have always said to work smarter, not harder. Levers, pulleys, and cables are wonderful things.

    If you grab the engine right, the bottom easily clears the tear down table, which is on heavy casters. I have a split level house, thus a low garage ceiling.

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    This engine probably weighs 150 pounds or so. I am plenty strong enough to lift it by hand, but why do it if not needed. The hoist it quick. I bought a 12 volt winch made by the Mickey Mouse Winch Company a while back, intended use was to drag dead iron onto my trailer. Didn't work very good for that. I may lag bolt it to the ceiling some day and run it to an old car battery, and have an electric hoist. It wouldn't be hard, and already have the stuff. It even has a tether remote.

    I put down an engine diaper, because I am pretty sure the old XR5 engine will soon shit the bed. :uhoh

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Some of the nooks and crannies are actually not messy. Nice. I can even walk around now, on the "dirty" side of the shop. :lol3

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    I clean up all the time, but this is a normal amount of filth to sweep up in my ~30 sq/ft tear down area. It will be dirty again soon. The filth never ends. You would be amazed and the sheer amount of it. This is from just sweeping the corners and the spot behind the engine table. It's a dirty job for sure. I make great efforts to never track grease inside my house!!

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    I just sold the 2 untitled CT70 frames, 1 swing arm, and set of hubs for $40 on CL. The buyer sent me like 25 texts and wanted to haggle on price. I stood firm. So don't tell him that I pulled them back out of the scrap pile about 10 minutes before he pulled up! :imaposer

    Not much left on CL... a few hog fenders, and the funky old school hard cases. Even got half the mower parts drug into the shop. Driveway is no longer an eye sore (although it looks like money to me). 4 bikes under tarp and a few odds and ends. The tank pile on the back patio is even down to like 10. :clap
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  7. Spurlock

    Spurlock Been here awhile

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    Hey there John,
    Really enjoyed cruising this thread, and just want to state that I've bought carb parts from you on ebay and you went above and beyond to accommodate an extra request I had. Thanks for being a stellar seller!

    -Bill
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    Really enjoying this thread, keep up the good work! (both the business and writing to us about it)
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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Bill,

    Thanks on both accounts! Nice to have you stop by!

    Thanks! It still amazes me that people find my junk piles so interesting! :D I had no idea I would ever start a thread such as this.

    Thanks all for the kind words! :wave
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  10. CafeDude

    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    You kidding? This is one of the most entertaining threads going!

    What sort of solution do you use to clean out old fuel tanks? Vinegar? I must have missed it.
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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    You may remember my earlier comment, "Yes, that is an aluminum hockey puck on my shelf".

    THE STORY OF DOUG AND THE ALUMINUM HOCKEY PUCK

    I was an electrician, my dad was an electrician, and my grandpa was an electrician. So when I found myself suddenly a "mechanic" (and I use the term loosely) I had a few things to learn. I had split a few certain Kawasaki engines, that require a press to push out the crank shaft from the case. I have no press. I have no machine shop experience. I do what most schmucks do, I googled "machine shop". I get a hit that's only about 10 minutes away.

    I call the number. "Hello, this is Doug". I tell him I need 3 cranks pushed out. It's around 5:30 pm and I figure he's heading home. He says, "I am just heading to the shop, bring them on down". I think it's odd, but what the hell. I load up the parts and head on over. Doug greets me in the parking lot. He says, "No problem, easy job". I ask him how much?? He replies, "Well they are normally $10 each, but I am having a special this week, 3 for $15". I laugh, and agree to his price!

    We head inside, he runs the home made 5 jillion ton press (he built it himself, it's truly a monster) and I catch the dropping cranks. Done in a few minutes. Doug invites me into his office for a beer. Turns out, he has just taken a job in a testing lab as master machinist. He comes to his old shop after work, mostly to have a beer. The place is like an old school barber shop! True characters drop in and out all the time... Doug is into trading, he trades stuff all the time. Like... old bowling pins for a stack of vintage Playboy magazines. His office and shop are incredible... nothing is worth a huge amount of money, but it's the most eclectic collection of strange things I have ever seen! Old tools, weird gizmos, some of everything.

    I get talking to Doug, and tell him I may need some storage space, some warehouse room for my stuff. At that time, I had literally rented half a hay shelter from a friend, in the middle of a horse field, about 40 minutes from my house. Not very convenient. But cheap LOL. Doug readily agrees to give me a great price on some space, and we begin a professional, as well as personal, relationship.

    What a great guy! I know nothing about measuring bores. So I ask Doug one day, and he happily gives me a lesson. I have a customer asking what size the bore is, on a jug I have for sale. Doug tells me 2.49 inches. I say, that's great, I will convert it to mm's as it is a Japanese bike. He squints, looks at the ceiling, and in about 10 seconds, says "63.4mm". Holy crap, the guy is smart! His looks deceive, he is quite brilliant, looks like any other blue collar dude... I find out later, that the math he knows is quite amazing! But the most amazing part is his heart... it's just huge. The guy would do about anything for you. What a great guy.

    One day I called across the shop, "Hey Doug I borrowed your hockey puck". I was just kidding. He says, "Here's 3 more to match, keep them". I ask what they really are, and he replies that they really are hockey pucks. Some hockey coach had stopped in, said the rubber pucks were wearing out too quick on cement practice shots, and wanted some alloy ones. Never asked the price. Doug made 4 of them. Guy stops in later, but is shocked at the price (Doug never told me what it was). So the guy left without the pucks.

    Doug had heart disease... oh the irony. He passed away in his sleep 5 years ago. Rest in peace Doug. You are very much missed by those who knew you.

    By the way, lots of vintage dirt bikes (and even some of the street bikes) have too short of a kick stand. The hockey puck makes them sit just right for storage. Plus, it will always have a special place in my mind. Doug was a true friend.

    I love my aluminum hockey pucks.

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Well thanks... the wife told me I am a cunning linguist. That must be it! :rayof

    Vinegar, yes. I prefer apple cider. You can also use white or cleaning type. The cleaning type is stronger. I have had the best results personally with apple cider. It can be used over and over, I have some on the 4th or 5th cycle. Mix it 2/3 cider to 1/3 water or use it straight. Temps don't matter, just as long as it doesn't freeze. 3-5 weeks dwell time is ideal. Good results happen in 24 hours. More time is more better.
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  13. CafeDude

    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    Sweet. I have a tank that was "kreemed" by some PO. I wonder of the vinegar would dissolve that crap?
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    I haven't tried, but I doubt it. Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) or acetone might be your best bet. It will likely expand and dribble and ruin the paint. Old school radiator shops can boil the tank clean but again your paint will be toast.

    This is why I DO NOT use Kreem or any other liners. I have seen too many fail. It might take years but most of them eventually do, and leave you with a disaster.

    Came inside to find only cold water. Seems the thermocouple crapped out in the water heater earlier. Meh... $5 part. Kids had a washcloth bath. I had a cold shower. Nothing worse than bathing in a mountain stream. The ground water isn't that cold anymore.

    "Tell her about the shrinkage, Jerry!"

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    Google it if you don't get it. :rofl

    I've smoked dope, chewed rope, danced, French romanced, fucked, farted, fought, shot the moon and drove big trucks. I've been to Janesville, Maine, Spain, Spokane, and Fort Wayne, seen three world fairs, been around the world twice, looked danger in the face, and seen goats fuck in the marketplace, but I ain't never seen no shit like the shit that happens AT MY PLACE. :hmmmmm
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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Instruction I have had on hot water heater repair: zero.

    Fucks given: zero.

    What could possibly go wrong?? :kboom

    Removed the burner plate from the hot water heater.

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    I need a new water heater, I know. This one is over 25 years old. I suspect original, so more like 30 years old. I would rather replace it under my terms, than under emergency repair. I bet I can get another few months out of it. The burner plate is very rusty.

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    I know a little bit about a lot of stuff. I know the thermocouple generates a few millivolts of electricity when it gets heated by an external source (pilot light). I bet that crud would prevent heat transfer and mess with the output voltage. Let's clean it up and see what happens.

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    Burner plate cleaned, inside of combustion chamber cleaned, thermocouple cleaned, everything vacuumed out and the burner and gas tubes blown out. Presto!

    Time: 45 minutes (mostly because it's awkward to work on)

    Cost: zero.

    Now if I would have called a repairman, I could have gotten one of those creepy ones, who says "Yer framistan bejiggered the flame giznorchi, and took out all the thermistors. It's going to be $750 plus labor". :hmmmmm

    It's fixed and the water is getting hot. :thumb

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    I gots me some fancy ass tools, like this telescopic roach clip. It also works great to light the pilot.

    Someday I will get a new water heater with no pilot. For now, me gots hot water.

    The stains on the floor are inside the mechanical closet, where I soldered a leaking pipe a while back.

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Mr. Biggs brought the nunu in for clean up. His favorite thing in the world.

    If you don't know what a nunu is, go watch Teletubbies, and you will. :lol2

    Job done. Back to life. Tomorrow will bring more problems. It always does. :norton

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