Thursday, June 28, 2012


Bakin' the corn!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Proverbs 21:30

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the Lord .

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Born free 4 update

Thus are my hopes of making Born Free 4!!!! After installing the fresh engine in Caroilne I discovered that one of my old lifter blocks was worn out and two of my hydraulic units were not pumping up. Switched out lifters and bases and went back to the solid conversion. Put on a few miles. The further I went, the noisier she got! Pin pointed racket to the primary, specifically the compensating sprocket. Took primary apart, AGAIN, and discovered that my new rotor was too thin causing the nut to bottom out on sprocket shaft before tightening over splines.  I also managed to cut the o-ring seal into two unequal pieces. Straightened that out only to break one of the flanges off of my starter housing on reassembly and busted the cap off of the starter solenoid white twisting off one of the copper posts. I've made myself a slave in my garage to get my bike going, blew my vacation budget on parts, neglected my family, and ignored the pile of customer bikes I need to be working on. Suffice to say, I don't feel very "Born Free"!! I'm closer than I've ever been to selling an FL Shovel off in parts!! Caroline is a bitch, and I FREAKIN' HATE TROUBLEHEADS!!!

That is all.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

At last!!!

It's about freakin' time!!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pretty please,

Would someone make one of these out of metal?

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Out with the old,

In with the new. Or in this case, out with the spare, in with the original.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Sneakin' up on it!

Making it to born free 4 is finally looking like reality. Caroline should have a new heart beat by this time tomorrow.
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Love, hate relationship.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Born Free 4

It's just around the corner, and this is the engine that is supposed to take me there!! I've got to build it, install it, and break it in before we leave. Someone better pick up the pace!!!

Tools of the trade

I really really really like my tools!

Balancing Act

I spent some time at Williams Precision Engines recently working on a static balancing job on Carolines' fly wheels. I weighed my pistons and found that they were 2 grams different in weight, so I worked some material off of the internal bosses to balance them. I also worked some material off of the wrist pin end of one of my connecting rode to balance the weight of the rods. They started out at 11 grams difference, I was able to bring them within two. Then after weighing out all of my up and down and roundy round parts, I balanced the fly wheels by drilling weight out of the heavy spot. I've probably gone further balancing this engine than I have any other, we'll know soon enough if my efforts were in vain. Over kill you say? I say "like spit in the ocean, every little bit helps.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Work sucks today!!!

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Branching out

Why not, nothin to it but to do it.

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Foiled again!

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