Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stator plug clearance

After securing the new inner primary to engine locating ring with "Retaining Grade" green Loctite, it is necessary to create clearance for the stator plug. I like to do this after the ring is in place so I can blend the surfaces. Probably not totally necessary and would be very difficult to do without a pencil grinder. In the past I have also put the ring in place, used a carbide tipped scribe to trace the stator plug clearance onto the O.D. of the new ring, and then, using a 4" fender grinder, cut the clearance to the scribe line. Either method is effective.


Yep, Carolines' cam bearing failure chewed up her breather gear bore also. Fortunately, I acquired a Jim's tool designed to correct just such an issue. It locates on the dowels that align the cam cover to the cam chest and is retained by four screws. The precision ground bushing positions the reamer over the breather gear bore. A little elbow grease and a few squirts of oil later, and I have a perfectly fit +.030" breather gear.

Next victim

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thank you Taiwan Teddy........

For wasting 4 1/2 hours of my holiday weekend removing chrome from gasket surfaces and bearing diameters!! Only to have the customer tell me, "I think I liked the polished aluminum one better."!!!!!

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Psalm 119:49-52

Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. The arrogant mock me without restraint, but I do not turn from your law. I remember your ancient laws, O Lord, and I find comfort in them.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Never Forget

Always remember to thank a soldier for his or her service on this, one of our most important holidays. To all who served, a heart felt THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Muh Bruddah

He's my home boy, and captures some pretty cool images. Check out his link over on the right in the "Check it out" section.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Heeeeey Shortbus!!!

This summer needs to include lots of days like this!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Idle hands...

Are the devils playground. At least that's what my grand daddy said. Fortunately, work keeps rollin' in the door. No idle time here!

Redundant much?

Do you suppose the last guy who worked on this had any idea that was actually a lock tab that he smashed with a flat washer and a lock washer before safety wiring the bolts?!?

Sheared imperfection

This guy wanted the mid control shift linkage removed from his inner primary after having switched to forward controls. He says "Oh yeah, I think my clutch was slipping. Can you check that out?" Some people just are not meant to ride Troubleheads!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Herding cats......

Would prove a simpler task than capturing a good image of all four of my children at once!!

The primary function,

Primarily speaking, is to primarily repair the primary inner primary locating ring. Finally got around to making an arbor to machine my engine cases. Caroline had the typical inner primary locating ring failure which needed to be repaired. Without it, primary case leaks are prevalent. I made the arbor in such a way as to allow me to machine both the mating surface of the case and the primary locating ring. This replaces the old weak aluminum ring with a more durable steel locating ring. The cases get bored to a slip fit and the ring is secured with green Loctite. All I need to do now is clear the new ring for my stator plug and we're back in business! Of course, being the retard that I am, I neglected to take any "before" pics! If any of you should happen to find yourselves in a position to need this service, I'd be happy to assist you.

Monday, May 7, 2012


Lockhart oil cooler for FL Shovel. Would also consider a vertical mount. Who's holdin'?


Shinin' through.

Can't stay,

Gotta roll, gotta go! I'm itching for a road trip, some time in the wind! No reliable engine for my trusty steed, and no time or money to build one is really stressing me out!! Enough with the crying, BACK TO WORK!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

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In the cross roads.

It's hard to go anywhere in the cross roads and not see lime stone, or as we call it, "Bedford stone" details on buildings and houses. Some very note worthy buildings in american history have been built with stone from IN, including the Pentagon and others in Washington. This is a stone carving display at the Indiana History Museum.