Thursday, August 07, 2014


I don't know if they are the same. I'll have to check the parts book. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Wheeling Machine

I don't know why I keep calling it the wheeling machine, as opposed to, the English Wheel. I guess it's just my contrarian nature. I've made some small but measurable progress on the models. It has occurred to me that the frame for this could serve double duty as a louver press frame with a little tweaking. Food for thought.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Brakes? They just slow you down!

I had a pretty severe shake going on with the GT wagon. After some extensive research, some expensive parts, and some exploratory surgery I determined it had a bad caliper. The GT has some big brakes for a car this size. 12.5" dia. rotors, dual piston calipers. I bought rotors, calipers, hoses (there's a recall), and some StopTech street performance pads.  Oh, and a pressurized bleeder. That thing is great. Makes bleeding brakes easy, as long as your bleeder screws don't break off. I had no issues with frozen hardware, thankfully. It was so easy, in fact, that flushed the whole system. I'm pretty sure when I poured the old fluid out of the drivers side caliper, it was about 50% water. It looked like something out of a roadside puddle. The StopTech pads require a bedding-in procedure to heat them up and cook off the resins used in the binder of the pad material and to ensure the even transfer of pad material to the rotors. This requires getting things hot. So hot the rotors started turning pretty colors. It was a fun process. The brakes seem to be working really well and no more shake. I guess I'd better clean those wheels now. Been thinking about Plasti-Dipping them... Maybe some new center caps too. Gotta go, have a good Monday.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Louver press dies

Started on these a while back at the request of a friend. Just letting the folks who are talking about these kind of things know I've got a head start if that helps.

Made a little progress on the English Wheel as well, but it's tough to eat and do CAD at the same time.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I'm thinking Iowa

I was planning on doing a few trips this year on the VFR. Well, Vintage Days at Mid-Ohio came and went as did the Wauseon swap. I'm hoping I might be able to make it out to Iowa for the Chief Blackhawk Swap in Davenport. If I do it right I could shoot on over to Des Moines to Kung Fu Tap and Taco for lunch and buy a t-shirt, head back toward Animosa to see the National Motorcycle Museum and maybe make it back to Davenport to set up camp for the Swap on Sat. Maybe on the way back home I could stop and say hello to Bix Beiderbecke. I won't be making the Bix Festival, however. Another time, perhaps?

Click to buy the shirt.
I'm not buying one unless I ride there. It's the principle of the thing. 
DesMoines is a long extra leg for a taco and a t-shirt but it's on my list. Seems like a good enough reason to me. I'm mostly joking about the Bix stuff and I'm sure most everyone reading this that is not in my family will have to Google it to even know what I'm talking about. Not that that's any different from any other post.
Why the Kung Fu Tap & Taco? First, every night is bike night. Second...well, it's called Kung Fu Tap & Taco, and C) Maybe I'll run into Jeff Wright and we could talk photography and motorcycles. He builds some interesting shit. Case in point...
©Jeff Wright - Used without permission.Click to see the build site.
This reminds  me of something my dad would build under the right circumstances. I can't wait to see it when it's done. I don't know the exact connection between FTWCO, Church of Choppers, and KFT&T but it doesn't really matter. I'm digging what they are doing.
I've ridden the VFR to work 13 days this month. Good stuff. I love that bike. I've got wanderlust and I need to get my knees in the breeze and see some...Iowa.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The 90's called...

They want their drill press vise back. I received a snare drum in the mail today for my vintage Pearl kit and it's missing a tiny little clamp. This is another reason I can't get anything done. Clearly tidying up snare #8 is more important than all the other stuff I have going on. Actually, this counts as relax time. Gotta go.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wheeling machine for Frankie

I am making solid models of my dad's English Wheel for Frankie Flood. Both good blokes and both good blogs. It looks a bit out of proportion but the Old Man's sketch was a little light on details. I'll run down and get the missing bits.  This is just to show a bit of progress. I hope to post more as I go along.