Sunday, August 24, 2008

No updating for now.

Things are happening right now. So we are on another hiatus. I should know something soon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hahahaha!!! I win!

Time to start scrubbing it off. It only took a drill, a lead mallet, a cold chisel, and a gian flathead screwdriver.




Two down and two more to go. Fuck.

Cold chisels rock. I have been grinding and pounding away on those Headnuts. For a while nothing was happening. But I changed tactics. I went from my small light duty tack hammer to my little lead persuader. I love that thing. Thump! Thump! Thump! And the nuts began to spin off.

Excuse the blurry photos.



I am definitely going to need to replace the studs now. But it really is the least of my concerns. So off with their heads!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Well that was easy (the tale of two years worth of dumbass decisions)

So back about a year and a half ago, I pulled my girder apart. Well I buggered up all the threads on the studs for it.

A little bit closer

So here I am thinking that I am as good as fucked. I have gone back and forth over this for nearly two years now. (two years!!!!!!!!!!) Do I fix it? Do I scrap it? How do I fix it?

So I have tried to cut the studs down and put new ones in. I have looked at drilling and tapping. Then started to think that maybe I should just say fuck it and get a DNA and put it on.

A while back I did try and weld the studs in. Of course that worked splendidly. Shit all fucked up and off center. So I just put it off to the side and figured that when it is time, I would do something.

Well I have been fucking around on it lately. Here is the thought...

Grind the step off and get it all flush. Weld the legs of the girder together and drill and tap it to accept bolts. Find some type of hardened steel bolt that would work with the girder. Jig it all up to be straight and weld.

A couple of weeks ago I started on this project. I cut the buggered studs off and got back down to the original steps. I had always assumed that this was just the head of another bolt. I hesitated to weld it, because I didn't want to fuck up the only mostly good chrome I had. I gave up on it. Burn motherfucker, burn.

Rather than grind it totally flush, I figured I would cut it at the weld and see if I can get it to fall off naturally, or chisel it off.

When I got to grinding off the weld, it all began to come to pieces pretty easy. That's when I found this.


Looks like they had a special stud build for it. Basically with a locater stud in the back. The trees are also drilled for this stud. Pretty damn neat. Guess it cut down on the possibility for a fuck up. That is until I got my greasy mitts on it.


After I cut the studs out, I took a stone on the dremel and smoothed off the welds and got it nice and flat. So it shouldn't be too bad to get it back together. When I am ready to replace the studs, I will build a jig to get everything in alignment.

I also started to grind the tops of those fucked up studs off.


It's going to take a little while to get all four down. Thankfully they make replacement studs, so I don't have to be delicate.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

A story of tragedy and hope with Rosanna Rosannadanna for good measure.

What's there to say? I have been working piece by piece to get those damn fucking rounded off stuck ass nuts off my head on the motor. Stupid (proceeding to go into cussing up a blue streak) just won't budge. So I have resorted to going at it the old fashioned way. A cold chisel and hammer. I went over to Cycle Exchange's site and they offer replacement studs for relatively cheap. So if I bugger up the threads I will just get new replacements. This damn motor better not be a boat anchor.

Recently, one of the sites I have frequented has decided to go to a mostly H-D and British format, so while I might be welcome there still, I am not quite as interested in the threads currently being posted. But during the fallout that came from the adjustment of format, someone at the site decided to have a go at creating a forum that would be accepting to older metric bikes. The Metric Underground. is still pretty young and as of right now doesn't have quite the traffic of some of the more established sites. I do have my hopes up and keep an eye on what is going on. And I am trying to be somewhat useful, if I can be. So if you are riding or cutting up something older and metric, check them out.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of catching something from Joss Whedon called Dr Horrible's Sing Along blog. Personally I thought it was a hoot. My girl, not so much. But I decided to check out the company that hosts the video, and found a damn nice site. It has a few current television series that you can watch on deman. Plus some movies free to watch. Damn sweet site. Now I really can't stand to watch new SNL stuff. I pretty well think they should go off the air now. And then get replaced by a show that is actually funny, I did find some gems from the true heyday of SNL. And I had to share them with you, my faithful readers. (Both of you. I really mean it. I love you guys.) So enjoy.