I've run through this scenario mentally many times over the years. Which is why we have two fire extinguishers in the cockpit of the cruiser and more in the back. Plus a very clear plan of what happens if we have a fire.
@doodon2whls Missed out out ROK Kart, that sounds like a great time! I was under Gerard Meijer in the molecular physics department, working on making cold molecules. We would take a molecular beam of polar molecules and decelerate them down to a stop using electric fields. We could trap them in space and hold them there indefinitely, image the spatial distribution, measure the temperature, hit them together with a different molecule to make collisions or reactions. One goal was always to capture molecules in a magneto optical trap, which is still elusive... this requires a "cycling" transition with very little loss to other quantum states, which is rare in molecules. AFAIK they are still working on it!
I owned a motorcycle for a while (a dual sport I bought from a friend), with the understanding with my wife that I'd really just use it like a dirt bike and never take it on the road. We know too many who have died or been seriously injured on motorcycles... I sold that bike a couple years ago. I'd like to get a dirt bike to play around with on our property. I'll own a road bike someday, I think, but not until my kids don't depend on me anymore.
@glemon I did mention hood clearance before. People often have to put a bulge in the front middle of the hood to clear a cam box or cylinder head. I really didn’t want that. The distributor cap just barely fits under the hood. I also got a new electronic distributor that is just slightly shorter as well. However, I have a suspicion the carbs might be a different story when I get around to those. I’ve got a plan for that for that as well. Think Honda s800 style bulge. I love this car btw.
@amgtech I used to have acquaintances that had a cabin on the south side of Wildhorse, my uncle also has a cabin on the shore of flathead about 2 miles from the island as well. His boat could probably handle that storm fine. I've been caught out in storms on Flathead, it's not joke. It's not ocean scary but you can still die and people do.
@gt_stig That sounds like a lot of hassle, I'll stick with this if it stays interesting.
I only started because the old Kinja Oppo really started dropping in content in that period between when G/O announced they were going to kill it and when they actually did, and I wanted to add something to help keep it going until we found a new platform. Didn't have a good car to post about, so did this.
@nowhere I was born in '86, so after the time of bug land yachts and the like.
I think for me part of it is that I think cars these days are getting too complicated and everybody tries too hard to make their cars luxurious and whatnot.
I just like 'a car' - I don't care about adaptive cruise, or leather or touchscreens or wifi connectivity or horsepower or acceleration...I like cars that are simple, honest and have no pretensions of what they are. For me, small classic cars like the 500, the 126, the 2CV, Eastern Bloc cars, older kei cars....the Piaggio Ape. They all fit that bill. They are 'a car', just 'a car'. I could just drive them and enjoy them for their individual uniqueness as vehicles where modern cars all have this sense of sameness to me, and this focus on things that don't matter. I mean....I get that they matter to modern-day buyers, but, to me (for example), take keyless entry. You know, those wireless fobs that just have to be on your person for your car to start. What was wrong with chip keys? It's already been proven that wireless fobs are quite easy to hack. But in a chip key, you have to defeat the physical ignition switch for the key, plus the RFID chip in the key as well. How hard was it to stick a thing into another thing and turn it slightly? We're getting really lazy as a species.....lol
Also, as a teacher and somebody with a history degree, I love the stories of some of these cars 🙂
@snakesm13 24k rpm cuts in al is....not quiet. I cut foam at half that and it was super quiet, wood isn't bad either. Metal is loud but if you do it correctly it's typical machining noise despite the router ar full tilt. If your workpiece is screaming or building a lot of heat your settings are off
@rallydarkstrike Thanks for the compliments! I’ve definitely gotten a lot of practice doing this project. All the tools I’ve purchased along the way certainly help. I’m a firm believer in the right tool for the job. It is an expensive way to go about it though.
I wish I could take credit for the magnets. They came from Holley. They are used for some of their in tank mat style fuel pickups.
I thought about the air intake thing a lot and I have the same concern. Unfortunately, the biggest issue is the header is now on that side of the car and in the way of its normal path, so it had to be there. I do have a backup plan to add a vent into the wheel well that should help if it doesn’t work well enough. It just makes water management there more difficult.
I’m planning on getting the next installment with my header build together this afternoon.
@ibrad LOL I think that remains to be seen. It's already starting to peel from the lobes like it's been rotated once or twice, presumably while installing those conspicuously bare timing chains. Who knows if it's even high-temp paint...
@dipodomysdeserti this sounds similar to an oil leak I had on my old CB500, I must have replaced 6 or 7 things while carrying a quart and still riding before I finally got to the right seal that had busted.
Also the screws + pliers is the best seal removal tool there is.