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  1. MackTheFinger

    True to its nickname.....Doggie Dish.

    Kinda odd how something like this can bring back memories.. On a long two-wheeled weekend many years ago a riding buddy and aspiring chef raided a freezer some trusting soul had on his carport and came away with some frozen burger patties. Another stop to liberate a hubcap and he now had a skillet! Nothing tastes quite like a burger with a little wheel bearing grease.. 🙂 I lost track of that old friend in the early '80s after he married a woman who shut the door on his old life. A month or so ago I learned he had just passed away from complications from diabetes. Speaking with his brother at the funeral I learned that my old friend had lost a leg to diabetes about fifteen years ago. According to his monitor he hadn't checked his blood sugar level for several months prior to his death. At his last check it had been over 300. Seems like he'd just given up the struggle. He was one of the most fearless motorcycle riders I've ever known. In the early '70s he rode a Honda 450 black bomber with Z bars, laid back neck, slugs in the fork tubes. Wish I had pics. It was a beast!!
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    Bob Drown

    Sad to read.. My sincerest condolences to all his friends and family.
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    anyone acquainted with mackthefinger

    Remember the old joke? "What have I been doing the last 60 days?? 60 days!!" 🙂 Thanks for thinkin' about me. I'll keep tuned in a little closer..
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    Paint - Base/Clear or Single Stage?

    That's a great looking car and pickup.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    I like those cars, they're begging for heavy flake and lace paint. 😉 Surrealistic art isn't necessarily inspired by chemicals, or at least not the types you ingest. Did you ever see Walter Anderson's house over in Ocean Springs? We went there in the '80s. His old spiral notebooks filled with watercolor art were still there and we got to leaf through them. It is absolutely amazing! Anderson was eccentric to be sure but I don't think he was known to use illicit drugs. OTOH, several years later I visited an old riding buddy I'd lost touch with for a couple of decades. He wanted to show me the music room he'd put together in an old building behind his house. The walls, ceiling, and part of the floor was covered with art and poetry. I'd always known he was artistic but this was really something to see. He dismissed it as "doper crap" he'd done while under the influence. I was immediately reminded of Walter Anderson's house. Similar results, different causalities. I wish I'd taken pictures of my old friend's place. I doubt I'll ever see him or it again. http://directionofourdreams.blogspot.com/2013/05/walter-andersons-little-room.html edit: I just looked it up and they've removed that room and put it in the museum. At least it saved it from Katrina.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    I like everything about that picture..😁
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Yeah, he was all kinds of messed up but lots of people were back then. Still are, I guess. He was a really good guitarist, lots of energy and barely restrained craziness. I both miss and don't miss that life. It was entertaining but definitely not sustainable! 😀
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    Another 230 build thread

    My tipping point is Havoline. I just don't like the way it smells. 🙂
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Had a guy jump out of the car once back around '71 or '72. Motoring along happily at 45-50 mph and all of a sudden this girl he was with starts screaming and I see him rolling around in the highway behind us. He was nothing but contusions, lacerations and road rash, and deserved every bit of it.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Here's a pic at an old friend's shop.
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    Another 230 build thread

    IMO oil threads should be banned just like religion and politics. Nothing good comes from any of them. 🙂
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    Paint - Base/Clear or Single Stage?

    If you're doing it yourself base/clear is about as easy as it gets.
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    Indian Plodge

    Pretty cool! I was hoping for Hindi music, though; or Anoushka Shankar. 🙂
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    $450 to Paint a Set of Wheels?!

    I'm sure those are great spray guns. I still have a couple of Sharpe 75's that IMO are at least as good as Binks. The 75's have a pressure gauge, sorta like a tire gauge; built in the handle. I never trusted those gauges. Most of the time they were covered with overspray anyway.🙂 Something else that should really be mentioned in any discussion about painting is the absolute necessity of a good mask or fresh air supply. I saw a video on YouTube of a guy painting in a booth without any protection at all, said his booth was so good he didn't need one. I wouldn't take that chance no matter what.
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    $450 to Paint a Set of Wheels?!

    Powdercoater charged me $250 for 4 wheels. Powdercoating is a lot less involved than painting so $450 for paint doesn't sound too out of whack. I wouldn't want to do them any cheaper. In retrospect I should have just rattle canned mine. I'm stuck in the past and still prefer a Binks Model 7. I used DuPont paint for a long time but switched to House of Kolor several years back. It isn't cheap but it's good paint and consistent. I don't do paintwork for anyone else anymore so price really doesn't matter too much. Most paint these days is too thin before you even put reducer in it. You just gotta be careful and take your time. Cutting down on solids is an easy way to make money and that's all that's about. They're just selling reducer at paint prices.
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    every wonder where all the good old cars are?

    Lotsa cool stuff!! I can't possibly do anything with the ones I have in my lifetime and there are plenty more on here in the same position. It useta bug me a little but now I just smile and live with it. 🙂
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    HELP needed : wiper linkage bushing and more help needed

    I took my wiper motor off to lube it and one of those clips flew away. I put the one I didn't lose on the driver's side and so far the passenger side wiper arm has worked just setting on the post. I don't think it knows it's free! 🙂
  18. It's hard to imagine the flasher causing your problem unless it's shoring everything to ground. You'd think there's be a fuse somewhere in this system but it's easy enough to disconnect the flasher to rule it out. To my recollection, the function of the ballast resistor is to allow full voltage to the coil when the engine is starting, then dropping the voltage to keep from burning up the coil, condenser, points, etc. It should only see voltage when the ignition is on. As for your original problem, the car was running and suddenly it isn't. From that you would assume a component failure, not a fault in the way it was initially wired up. Look at that VW ignition wiring diagram I linked to. That's really all there is to it.
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    Don't rebuilt your carburetor,try this first.

    Why am I skeptical?
  20. Looks like it's powering that flasher from the ignition +. That shouldn't be a problem, particularly since it had been running okay. Make sure it's actually not firing at the spark plugs. With points there should be a hot wire to the coil from the ballast resistor on your car, and the other side of the coil should attach to the distributor. Ballast resistors don't go bad very often. You can remove the leads from it and check it for resistance. If you suspect it of being bad jumper across it. Check for voltage at the points. I use a test light instead of a meter with points ignitions. With the distributor cap off you can just open and close the points with a screwdriver and see if there's spark at the points. If you have spark there but the plugs still don't fire then you can start looking at the rest of the ignition. I'd be surprised if it's something other than a bad condensor, bad coil or coil wire, or the wire in the distributor as already mentioned. Edit to add: Make sure the points are actually opening and closing. About 45 years ago I had to rescue my younger brother for just such an occurrence. Rubbing block had worn down. This link is for a Type 1 VW but the ignition works the same. http://www.shoptalkforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=972722
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    Well it happened! I'm done.

    If your OL won't do that you need a new OL. Mine useta carry my piece for me. 🙂
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    Well it happened! I'm done.

    I've owned several BMW's over the years. Great bikes! I really liked the Telelever/Paralever suspension on the later bikes. I think they quit producing those. There were very few of those 1000's. I'll have to ask one of the Honda restorers about them. That one's a keeper for sure! Take that tour with your son. My son and I are planning a trip through the Southwest sometime in the next couple of years. He went on a couple of runs with me and my friends 15+ years ago, even a honeymoon run, That was before I got to what passes as respectable. Life's a weird trip.. 😉
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    Well it happened! I'm done.

    You're right, adjustable Harley trees are out there and expensive although I think Taiwan Ted sells repops. Earle's type forks are the cat's meow for sidecar rigs. There's no front end dive with them so the weight distribution doesn't change. They were standard equipment on BMW's until 1970. There are a couple of people who build them to spec. When it gets to that point that's probably the way I'll go. The last BMW sidecar rig I had used telescopic forks and raked trees but still got a little squirrelly in a hard stop. It probably could have done better with heavier springs but I traded it off before getting into it too much.
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    Well it happened! I'm done.

    I had a BMW sidecar rig a few years back and foolishly traded it off. It was well set up but they take some getting used to, particularly for the person in the sidecar seeing those mailboxes coming at them. 🙂 Those CB1000's are cool bikes!!
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    Well it happened! I'm done.

    Sorry to read of someone giving up on one of their passions. I'm not too hung up on cars. I have a bunch and like them all but there's only a couple of them I wouldn't let go. Motorcycles are a different story. I have a bunch of those, too; and no intention of selling any. I'm building a Harley sidecar rig at the moment in anticipation of the day I'm not comfortable on two wheels.

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