Sunday, February 11, 2007

Hell yeah!

Still no pics, but I do have a quick story to tell.

I started my new job a couple weeks ago. So far I am digging it. No one really wants me to work on their stuff yet since I am still the FNG and the last tech did a good job for everyone. So it has been a few days of cleaning things up and kind of forcing myself on people. "Hey I am the new guy. Nope, she is working on other stuff so you gotta cope with me" stuff.

But the other day I was having lunch with the others from the IT department and the big boss mentioned his machine shop at home. Now of course I couldn't let a line like that pass, so I mentioned this project. And he did show some interest.

So last week I took the pieces for the girder that are in bad need of repair and we began to discuss how to go about fixing them up.

I have a basic idea of what I want to do, but nothing totally concrete yet. So next week I am going to pen and paper some stuff down and see what it would take to make it work. And then have to get up the cash for the steel and then work out a concrete deal with the boss to make this stuff happen.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Progress, we don't need no stinkin' progress...

Hit the wall this week.

I started a new job on the 29th and my mom has been in the hospital for a bypass, so no work was really done on the bike.

I did buy a can of black primer and bombed the tank. I had begun to think, "if this is supposed to be a ratbike, why the hell am I being so damn careful about it?" So I slapped on a coat of primer and let it dry. The finished product brought out the dents so wonderfully that I think I am gonna go ahead and at least try and get those filled and sanded.

I may try and see if I can either find or create a tool to get into the dented areas and beat them out a touch. But I don't know if it will be possible with what I have around here. If I can, then it gets that good ol' bondo treatment.

I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do about the top tree on my girder. It makes me sad. The new shop I am working at has a full machine shop and welding rigs, and I can't sneak in and use any of it.