Villageidiot destroys a perfectly nice sportster.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by villageidiot, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Ahhhh. What a great build. It was fun following along, you do nice work Colby. The Sporty will be a real nice keeper for someone. It would be worth printing out the thread and putting it in a binder to go with the bike. History in the making, down the road a few years it will be a super classic resto mod......actually.....already is.
  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks James.
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  3. Rick4003

    Rick4003 Adventurer

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    Second this. Haven't been posting much but have been following along most of the way. It turned into a great looking bike. Best of luck with your new pastimes.
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  4. Fr8dog61

    Fr8dog61 Been here awhile

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    Hey VI,

    I too, enjoyed this thread. Thanks for putting it down for all of us to read.

    Take Care
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  5. Webman

    Webman Been here awhile

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    Thank you for taking us along on this journey, VI. I really enjoyed reading it. Best of luck in your next ventures. I hope you'll check in from time to time, I've appreciated reading your comments on other threads, as well.
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  6. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    thanks for the kind words.

    I’m not goin anywhere, just this thread is at its terminus. That is, unless it doesn’t sell at which point I’ll re-re-build the thing into something totally else.
  7. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Sold, junked, disassembled???

    Where's this thing stand?
  8. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    In the garage.

    haven’t had any offers or even inquiries. I’m probably priced too high. Starting to get some interesting ideas of what to do with it.

    thought I’d take it for a ride on my day off on Friday, alas I sat on my ass and took naps all day. I usually have one of those days after a big push to get a car done.
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  9. AK650

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    I do the same after a long string of work days with no breaks. I can work for 2-3+ weeks 7/12's and not seem all that fatigued. But on the first day off that comes, I'm about useless and just crash for a day.
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  10. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I worked like 5/10 and then the weekend in between, along with a few 12+ days to button up the car.

    customer was stoked.
  11. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    So basically, this:

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  12. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Turned into this:

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  13. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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  14. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    Fine work young man!
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  15. AK650

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    That customer had damn well better be stoked......really nice work VI !!
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  16. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    he was, we communicated the whole project from start to finish, mostly via text/email from my cell. Some of those phone calls were tough ($$$) to make.

    He sent me a nice message after his 60mile drive home.
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  17. Fr8dog61

    Fr8dog61 Been here awhile

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    I love Mercedes Benz Automobiles. Esp pre 1980’s. After that, not so much.

    New head and sleeves? What model, if you’re at liberty to say.
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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    it got a full engine remanufacture, crank turned, cylinders bored, new head casting, new valves, cam ground, etc etc.

    also rebuilt the trans with new bearings and synchros, seals etc.

    Customer sent his original solex carbs out and had them re bushed, new shafts etc etc.

    I sent all the hardware out for re-zinc phosphate coating.

    then of course, water pump, radiator, hoses, heater pipes, thermostat, etc etc etc.

    It’s a 1961 190sl, I don’t have pictures of the whole car. It’s all I do, vintage mercedes.

    This week, I’ll pull in another one, and start the process all over again. This one will be different in that it’s gettin a rear axle ratio change, and full brakes.
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    Had to look it up, beautiful car.
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  20. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    190’s were/are kinda the chick car, the wives car etc vs the 300sl gullwings and roadsters. 4cyl, carbureted vs 6cyl with mechanical fuel injection, smaller, etc.

    Since the 300sl has gone nuts value wise, it’s dragged the 190sl up with it in price. The classic car market is in kind of a slump value wise (usually happens when the stock market is kickin ass, but it’ll flip when the market tanks) but still they’re all up 100% over 10-15 years ago.

    we have a lot of work. It’s not hateful.
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