I bought this Big Damn Book Of Sheer Manliness, by the Von Hoffmann Bros. about 12 years ago. If you can't smell the sea breeze and the woodsmoke, or feel the grit and sweat as you read the book, well, you might as well put a bumper sticker on your vehicle that says "Hey fellas, I'm a homo".
It's a great book - everything from football, billiards, barbecuing, drinking, fireworks, B-17's, pinups, and even Von Dutch and the 100 top manly movies of all time, to just touch on a few of the chapters, which are all vividly illustrated. Have you ever seen a pickup-mounted potato cannon?? It's out of print, but Alibris and Amazon have it, but it's cheaper if you can find it in a used bookstore - and you should! Find it, buy it, and enjoy it.
The very first chapter in the book is What Guys Know - A Bombastic Manifesto. One of the sections in this chapter is "What Guys Know About Fighting", and it goes like this:
"A man will encounter from time to time a brother who isn't just asking, but begging, indeed, crying out to have his ass kicked. It is your honor bound duty to accommodate him, and at any given moment that brother may be you or me."
On Saturday night Dice Magazine and Bolts Action teamed up with Super Top Secret to launch Issue 58.
Salt Lake came out in full force and we threw one hell of a party. We asked Andy from Pangea Speed to help me out with "Chopper Challenges", a series of games(old and new) to get the crowd participating and see how high we could raise the bar. We started with the Slow Race, then the 2X4 Challenge, Pin The Mustache on the Hipster, Chopper PiÃ±ata, and the grand finale was the Launch Ramp contest which came down to two dudes who both went about 40 feet out on their sporties! 500 people lining the alleyway of Super Top Secret and no one got hurt, no fights, and the cops didn't get called, we were literally playing the odds! We moved everyone inside as God's Revolver went on around 10:30 and we started the Mini Ramp Jam for the following 45 minutes, so many local rippers it was insane. 900 PBR's were consumed and 15 cases of Peligroso Tequila, yikes! It was a night to remember and we definitely have big shoes to fill for the next one.
Here are some photos of the evening. The BOSS shots are from Steven Stone,
and here are some randoms from all over the place, some showing the room before the kick off.
What a fantastic time. So many thanks to Jake Hobbs, Andy Carter and Jeremy Jones. And too Steve Stone and all at Super Top Secret. Lets do it again!!!!
So I filed it down a bit and cleaned out the shavings.
I have messaging back and forth with HaWgRyder, too. I was trying to figure out his tip about drilling a hole in the points plate to allow the weights to be lubricated without pulling the points plates. Hopefully, I am following what he said correctly. His suggestion was a 3/8 inch hole about the 7 o'clock position. And don't try to drill with the plate installed in the cone.
Get this wire out of the way.
Center drill to start a hole.
Step drill just like OCC does.
A quick look and you can see the posts.
And check the springs, too.
But with everything in place, oops that's not a great place for a hole.
Make a new hole there as well.
I'm going to try these roller bearing style weights this time.
A little bit of grease.
Weights into the cone.
New stand offs from the kit. Timing marks nice and lined up.
Hmmm... lots of extra hardware from the kit.
Yep, the old stand offs had washer and lock washers.
Let's redo that.
All back together. I swapped the tiny allen heads for the phillips from the kit to make it easier to mess with on the side of the road.