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Goodbye Schaidy...

It was early morning yesterday
I was up before the dawn
And I really have enjoyed my stay
Like a ship without an anchor
Like a slave without a chain
Just the thought of those sweet ladies
Sends a shiver through my veins
 And I will go on shining
Shining like brand new
I'll never look behind me
My troubles will be few
 Goodbye Schaidy, it's been nice
Hope you find your paradise
Tried to see your point of view
Hope your dreams will all come true

(to be continued)

Weekend ride.

Between work trips and injuries, I haven't had a ton of free time just to go out and do what I love most in life which is ride my damn motorcycle. I did about 400 miles this weekend, and I couldn't have asked for better weather or curvier roads to clear my head. FTW.

lock's 2 month old photo

We had a great time in Wauseon. Britney raced and did really well. We bought a bunch of great parts and a bike and lock hot to meet a bunch of my friends and people I consider family.  Here is the third photo in his monthly knucklehead series. He is 2 months old and sixteen pounds.  He is really starting to be aware of his surroundings and smiling all the time

Primo Equalizer Plate

I decided to go ahead and add a motor to transmission plate behind my open belt.

Not a lot of pictures on this write-up, Lummie was helping and he doesn't slow down for pictures. But I do have few notes about it.

You can do the job without pulling the clutch basket, if you pull the front sprocket and belt. These front transmission studs need to be swapped our for the longer ones in the plate kit.

Just a little longer,

Looking good.

It was a pretty straight forward install. I had to clean the extra chrome plating out of the washers to get them to fit, but otherwise really simple install.


Harpoons Promo :   Ok Folks, here is the deal:
There are 100 of these 18x24" posters that will be rolled up in 100 individual tubes.
This poster is of Chris Broders 1949 Chevy Kustom, built by Circle City Hot Rods and painted by yours truly.
The talented Mark Kawakami took all of the sweet pictures.

In one of these tubes a "golden ticket" will be placed and the whole batched mixed up before any address label is attached. All tubes will be mailed out simultaneously on the same day via USPS priority mail.
What does the golden ticket get you? It gets you this Lowbrow Customs Peanut Tank and Ribbed Fender that I have painted with a tangerine "pebbeled" Murano Pearl base and a modern type yellow pearl kabuki scallop design.

This is a brand new tank and fender folks, with a brand new paintjob!
(and if you don't like the paintjob, and sandblast it, I wont be offended, this is still a hell of a deal for a brand new tank and fender!)
But wait there's more, "a sorry bud, nice try" voucher will be placed in one more tube that will be good for a t-shirt and one of our "hood-lite" cast aluminum license plate and tail-light bracket.
Now you gotta be asking yourself, whats the deal?
The deal is $20.00 for one tubed poster (plus shipping) in the USA and perhaps this tank and fender will be yours!
(that's like 1% of the real cost of a decent paintjob!)
 However, this offer is good until next Monday July 28th.  All sales will stop at midnight and all tubed posters will be shipped by noon on Tuesday July 29th.

Compensator Sprocket Primary Belt Primary Side of the Road Replacement Tool

Did I tell you about breaking a primary belt the other day? Yeah, that wasn't fun. I know chains don't break, but that's a lot of parts to switch over to a chain primary drive.

So I was considering carrying a spare belt with me on out of town trips. But wait, how the heck am I going to change it if I had too? The new belt is just a bit too tight to slip in behind a removed clutch basket, so I have to wrench it on with the front primary sprocket. The transmission is already as far forward as it could ever go. Also if you can do just the front sprocket, you don't have to readjust the clutch.

So I studied the situation while I had it apart. The sprocket already has two threaded holes for you to use with a puller. I have never used a puller on it though. Those could be used. This may not work out, but I'm taking pictures and writing about it anyway.

Clearly this washer and the top hat will be in the way a bit. I know guys that will run without the top hat, but I think I can make it work with it.

But let's get to work on the tool anyway. Something like this is the plan.

A smaller washer, two spacers, and two bolts.

This is getting there.

Transfer punch the top hat.

Paul Teutul Jr drill the holes in the top hat.

Clean those holes. I will need to remark the reference timing marks when I get all done, too.

That all fits okay.

That might work.

This is where things got goofy again. The nut I have been running is a 1 3/8 hex and that's an odd ball size. I guess. I have an impact socket for it, but I need something with a thinner wall to fit between the spacers and bolts. I couldn't find a regular socket anywhere that was open on a Sunday evening. I remembered I did have a nut from another primary and dug it out. It's an acorn style, and it's a 1 1/4 hex so that might be even better yet.

Another clearance issue made it's presence known; the hex head bolts aren't going to fit with socket on the main nut, so another trip to ACE and I have a socket head that should work better.

I could probably leave the bolts and spacer in the sprocket while I'm driving down the road.

The socket fits with the spacer and bolts, not much extra room though.

Transfer punch the steel for the tool.

Drill the holes and check the fit with the bolts.

Line out the shape of the tool on the steel.

Time to play with Lummie's newish plasma cutter.

It takes some practice and we both played a little bit.

Finding the right speed and head angle for a good cut was the key.

Roughed out shape.

Clean these things up a bit with an angle grinder.

This needs opened to let the socket fit.

Getting to grinding in there.

Looking good.

It took a couple fit checks and more grinding to get the socket to clear.

We used this tool to torque and then break the nut several times successfully. It was a two man job though. The only problem is the handle is too short to catch the ground to torque the nut or to catch the clutch basket to break the nut. So the plan is to use the cut off part and bolt it as an extension to the main piece of the tool. This set-up will fit nicely in the saddlebag for the next cross country trip. The best news is that if I'm ready to handle a broke belt on the side of the road, then it won't happen.

FARTBARF at the Downtwon Santa Ana East End Block Party 7/26/2014

Group rode from the Gasser Lounge and met up with a fist full of the Bacon Crew to watch FARTBARF play live at the Downtown Santa Ana East End Block Party! It might have only been 95 degrees out, but I'll bet it was 110 in those masks... "What masks?" ...Never mind. Good times.

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