Saturday, March 31, 2012


I've always liked the look of a red frame for some reason.

Tech Tips

Hey, I've added links to past tech tip posts to the "Check It Out" section to the right. Hope the tips help you guys out as you "Ride, Wrench, Repeat". Ride free my friends.

My little artist!

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"Kawa"bunga dude!

What the Knuck?!?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Biiing, bing, bing, bing....


Vertical Up....

Inverted "V" pattern, GMAW (MIG) weld. These are tuff!! Getting better though. If any experienced welders read this, please critique.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Arrg, the daily grind!

Couldn't stand it anymore, had to organize my materials!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Clearance, Clarence...

Or a lack of it is what prompted this little trick. If you work on shovels much you'll soon figure out, that with the cylinders bolted in place, it's nearly impossible to insert two of the head bolts. The simple solution? Tape em' in place before installing the cylinders, but only after thoroughly wire brushing the threads. I've mostly only ran into this issue on later shovels.


One of these things is not like the other things.

If only....

Isaiah 48:18-19

18 If only you had paid attention to my commands,
your peace would have been like a river,
your well-being like the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants would have been like the sand,
your children like its numberless grains;
their name would never be blotted out
nor destroyed from before me.”

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I may have to add "Troublehead" to my list of recurring post titles.


Williams Precision Engines

If you guys are close to St Paul IN, and need engine work done, these are the people to see. Roger has been doing my cylinder and head work for nearly eight years now. High quality, quick turn around, and all around good guys to deal with. He also static balances flywheels.

Fast Black "H"

I've always used PJ1 Coatings Fast Black Wrinkle "W" paint on my cylinders. It's available through most aftermarket supply houses, or catalog stores, and provides a very good looking and durable wrinkle black finish. This is the first time I've used their flat black or "H" on a set of cylinders. I wasn't sure how well I would like it, but I must admit, it's growing on me.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The dirty tranny....

...Is no more!!! Daves' transmission needed a main shaft swap and some minor fork adjustments so I took advantage of the opportunity to clean up the case a bit. If you've seen the engine this is backing up, you know why.


I personally can't afford any of Mullins Chain Drives' parts, but they are very high quality. If you have the coin, I'd totally recommend them.


Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Colossians 2:20-3:10

2:20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Friday, March 9, 2012