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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 17, 2012.
A perfect distillation of why I've bootstrapped my DIY mechanical education.
A double post from the welding forum.
Finally the last bit for my (now 949cc) Moto Guzzi engine finished today in the garage with my Lincoln V200T (Bought in 2001 I might add)
Two Mallory metal plugs installed with a 309L weld band (to the web) each side, preheat in the kitchen oven... to suit re balance for the heavier pistons.
A final clean and the engine can be assembled.
Worked on getting the fork tubes parallel on my buddies R90S, will go after last .002 tomorrow.
Initiated hot water heater removal and not quite installion. 25 year old cold water line has a gate valve. Needs to be replaced with a ball valve. Also a bit of water damage restoration measures from the leaking heater. Hot water heater was working so identifying the leak took a bit of time until there was water spotted on the garage floor.
Water turned off at the meter so no water in the house.
Added one more. A GSX1250FA with only 4000 miles on it. Just finished changing all the fluids. Taking some time to get used to...keeping the VStrom though.
That is a lot of mold!
BTW, it is a water heater, not a hot water heater. No need to heat hot water!
Put a catch pan under the new one. Every house in my neighborhood was built with the elevated hot water heater platform like you have, but none were built with a drain pan. Lots of destroyed drywall as they come to age. I put a drain pan under mine before it failed. There will be water on the garage floor (which is fine, I hose out my garage) but it will stay out of the house.
I spent the better part of the evening disassembling my K1600GT to replace a broken left-hand heated grip. Required removing two of the tank cover panels, clipping five zip ties and figuring out which 'buttons' and 'clips' to either push or pull to release cables, wiring and the wonderwheel from the switch cluster. Got it all separated and installand the new grip. Plugged everything back in to test that things worked as they should (they did!). Then, I removed (again!) the cluster/grip to re-install the lower wiring cover. Realized I had an interference with the heater plug (extending too far out of the housing). I took things back apart, only to discover that the negative ('-') wire from the heater plug had pulled free from the wire-encased grip (and its deep enough inside that soldering isn't an option). Crap!! I reordered a grip this morning, but it will be five days or so before I get it. Live and learn.
I mounted up a new tire on my KLX after spending a day skating around in dirt with a bald tire. Kind of don't like it though, awful skinny. it's also shorter than the one I took off.
Mounted some fancy shmancy rearsets on a friends panigale cors
Is there anything billet your friend hasn't bought??
He has thrown an obscene amount of money on that thing.
I can't blame him.
My personal affliction is carbon fiber.
If I had the cash it would be everywhere.
I just got a used Z4.
The dash panel is cracked.
I have been looking for replacements.
There is a company that makes Carbon fiber parts for this, but I would have to replace a bunch of parts so it all matched.
I stopped trying to count at 3500 for the parts.
Killed some Ratts with Poison.
Did you have "nothin but a good time" chasing them "round and round"?
Keep an eye on the buttons, they tend to crack with age and let water in.
That's what happened to my 500 that fried the screen. I bought a non working 400 on ebay, swapped the screen and the shell and my 500 was back on the road.
Eventually buttons started cracking again after a couple of years.
Teaching the basics. Changing tires. Checking air pressure.
Trying to get the lessons in early (13) because by 16, she will know everything and Dad will be the dumbest guy on earth...gosh.
Finally assembled the Klim helmet I painted a few weeks ago, before vacation.
Needs a little trim clean-up, but the shine is impressive!
Sometimes I just go out to my garage and just sit there. Anyone else?
Didn't Poison do "Nothin but a Good Time" or was that a Slip of the Lip?
And when they are dead you can Dance, dance, dance!