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Forum: The Garage 05-05-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,174
Posted By mattlikesbikes
My dad gave me a craftsman set when I first...

My dad gave me a craftsman set when I first started working on my car. The old Volvo really only need a 10mm and a 13mm. Eventually my dad gave me a snap on ratchet, but just the handle. I just buy...
Forum: The Garage 04-16-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,591
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I managed a bicycle shop for years. We ran into...

I managed a bicycle shop for years. We ran into sweat and mud frozen allen bolts all the time. My number one go to solution was the dremel. I cut a slot across the head and went at it with a flat...
Forum: The Garage 04-14-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Conduit for sure. We are planning a new panel and...

Conduit for sure. We are planning a new panel and drop to the house next summer at that point we can plan for two more larger circuits and run them under the house in the crawlspace. I'll put down a...
Forum: The Garage 04-14-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Yeah the driveway is probably WW2 aged and has...

Yeah the driveway is probably WW2 aged and has not a lick of steel in it, which in Houston is a recipe for problems. Thankfully somebody came and put a nice BS 1/2" skim coat over it. Ok not...
Forum: The Garage 04-11-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By mattlikesbikes
This got me thinking. Our house is a duplex with...

This got me thinking. Our house is a duplex with our tenants up on the second floor all with window shakers. They have one 15A circuit per room, which powers everything including the AC unit.

Did...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks. It is a direct run from the breaker panel...

Thanks. It is a direct run from the breaker panel of the house. It was just a junction box, but when we had the garage built the crew needed an outlet outside, so we changed it over to a GFCI outlet....
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks Stan! My electrician installed the...

Thanks Stan!

My electrician installed the dedicated 15A circuit direct from the main panel when we rewired the whole house last year. The intention was that a run would be made at some point to...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Getting power to the shed

So I originally posted this in the GarageJournal forum, but those guys are so serious. I need the laid back make it work nature of my fellow inmates.

Before we built our new 3 car garage with a...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Like I said, unless there is an R75 back there...

Like I said, unless there is an R75 back there someplace in better shape, I'm not likely going to take this /2 home, even for a spit polish. Depending what the seller is like and quality of the bike...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I'm with you. At this point, unless there is an...

I'm with you. At this point, unless there is an R75 out of frame of the photos I got, I am not looking at this as a restoration project for myself. I might though take it to flip, if the title is...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
So when you guys started talking about slingers I...

So when you guys started talking about slingers I did some googling and I found this rather robust write-up and that basically put me off.

http://www.snafu.org/restore/service/grit/

There is no...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I'm in Houston, so I am guessing that it is...

I'm in Houston, so I am guessing that it is somebody pretty close, so Galveston makes sense. Nothing I own this far north is as rusted and I've got a '68 Volvo to gauge European chrome against.
...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
They claim they have the title. What they might...

They claim they have the title. What they might have is the wrong title. Who knows. I gave them something to chew on, suggesting by email that the bike in the photo was not a 1972 R75. We will see...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
They just sent me another note, it is pretty...

They just sent me another note, it is pretty clear they think it is a 70's R75.

My big concern now is cost. They said min they would take is $1500, which is a hell of a deal on an R50/2 and I...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
So Renner, Let's assume for the moment that the...

So Renner, Let's assume for the moment that the engine is not catastrophically F'd. Just sludged up from many years of sitting. Moving from there, new gaskets, probably a tank flush and new fuel...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5020/13528268285_49...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5020/13528268285_4949e0280a_o.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/13528268755_9693997b93_h.jpg
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I didn't say I believed them when they said it...

I didn't say I believed them when they said it was a 1972 75/5. I think in all likelyhood it is a 60/2. I guess it could be a 50/2.

I'm trying to get time to see it this week.
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Riddle me this... Airhead ID issue

I've had my eyes out for an airhead project for awhile. I love my GS, but want something for cruising around and something to wrench with my son. The budget is too tight for some of the future cafe...
Forum: The Garage 03-26-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,362
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I think it has the distinct disadvantage of...

I think it has the distinct disadvantage of either requiring you to insert a tube into yourself or wear a condom all day. Pass.

I'm a man, the world is my urinal.
Forum: The Garage 03-26-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 513
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Knee high lift for motorcycle use?

In an ideal world I would have a 4 poster, but I'm realizing I likely don't need access to the driveline/exhaust as often as I need access to suspension/brakes and under engine, plus expense today, I...
Forum: The Garage 03-22-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 757
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Buying individual tools. I think the biggest...

Buying individual tools. I think the biggest turn-off was the warning above that it might not handle metal on the drill. I don't have dreams of being a metal fab shop, but if a drill cannot handle...
Forum: The Garage 03-20-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,747
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Skip The Haynes manual and buy the blue bentley...

Skip The Haynes manual and buy the blue bentley manual. With it and a 10mm and 13mm socket and box wrench you can do anything with this car. I have three Volvo's now and am sad none are a 240. When...
Forum: The Garage 03-20-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 757
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Hey Galen, So this is the shorty, so good there....

Hey Galen, So this is the shorty, so good there. Looking to rip cabinet plywood, and dado pieces for shelves, and other joints. So if it is not a competent table saw it might not be a great fit.
...
Forum: The Garage 03-20-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 757
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Shopsmith Mark V Shorty or individual tools?

Hey guys, wrapping up construction of the garage and finish out. I need a table saw to build my work benches and I want a drill press for all my projects (wood/metal/plastic). I love the look of the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-12-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 13,678
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Erling, These things are HUGE! Couple...

Erling, These things are HUGE!

Couple questions for you.

1. Are the four eye holes for the adjuster screws threaded on yours? Neither of my lights is threaded and I am not sure how they stay...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-06-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 13,678
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Agreed, not fog lights but Aux low beams. After I...

Agreed, not fog lights but Aux low beams. After I had Lasik it seems like my already meh night vision is even worse. Add in the crap GS stock headlight and it can make night riding a bit scary. I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-06-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 13,678
Posted By mattlikesbikes
One of these days I need to load the big 29'r up...

One of these days I need to load the big 29'r up on the back of the GS and head to El Paso.

Until then, what are your thoughts on the Hella? As I look at all of the LED and other fog lights I...
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,513
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Would I do that or would I need the printing...

Would I do that or would I need the printing place to do that?

Essentially I would take it to one of the graphics places around town that has the plotter and everything. I don't particularly want...
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,513
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Garage posters - Plotter printing question

I'd like to make a few posters for my about finished garage build. Not budlight girl posters, but something more valuable and cool. Looking to print a couple of exploded diagrams into poster size.
...
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,356
Posted By mattlikesbikes
My experience is that while it sticks to plastic...

My experience is that while it sticks to plastic well, you have to do a lot more prep on metal to give it enough texture to stick do. prep is also less forgiving than paint. Lots of thin coats or you...
Forum: The Garage 01-13-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,508
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I've actually got an Ikea clip on LED spot light...

I've actually got an Ikea clip on LED spot light with a on the wire switch and a flexible neck. Surprisingly bright from such a cheap light. I was actually looking at taking the clip off and mounting...
Forum: The Garage 01-12-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,508
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Ended up buying 4ft T8 fixtures. Lowes had a...

Ended up buying 4ft T8 fixtures. Lowes had a decent looking one with wrap around cover and "stainless". I liked the look and bought 4100k bulbs. At $40 per fixture, including bulbs, I couldn't pass...
Forum: The Garage 01-07-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,508
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I finally got to the big box store and saw the...

I finally got to the big box store and saw the T5HO, man those are bright. I need to do a comparison though on bulb cost, seems like the good fixture itself is $50ish without bulbs. With two sets of...
Forum: The Garage 01-02-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,508
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Anyone running LED's in the garage?

We are just about to the finish electric stage on our garage build and I am spec'ing lights.

Trying to figure out if going LED is worth it. The lights I've seen are the $80 setup from Lowes -...
Forum: The Garage 12-19-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,366
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I take middle school kids on mission trips during...

I take middle school kids on mission trips during the summer to do just what you are describing. If a 12yo girl can do it, I am guessing you can find a way to do it. I've got two cheats, three,...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-16-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 826
Posted By mattlikesbikes
No worries. Made it home safe. Flew in on...

No worries. Made it home safe. Flew in on Saturday morning, took a cab to the bike and was on the road less than an hour after landing in Dallas.

For those in Southlake, give your business to...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-09-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,641
Posted By mattlikesbikes
With all the highways closed and unrideable...

With all the highways closed and unrideable without chains I called it. I parked the bike in a secure location and got a ride to the airport. I'll fly back on Saturday and make the ride home then. It...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-08-2013, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 826
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I left the bike and flew home. The drive from...

I left the bike and flew home. The drive from Trophy Club to Love took over 90 minutes and it looked like a warzone. Trucks flipped, cars in the ditches and the road all shell shocked.

I booked a...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-06-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 826
Posted By mattlikesbikes
You got my hopes up. I just talked to them and...

You got my hopes up. I just talked to them and they now have a 7 day waiting period for benefits to keep you from joining just for that tow. Plus they are limited on what motorcycle tow distances...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-06-2013, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 826
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Dallas/FW Help - Stuck

I came into Dallas on Monday when the weather report was still good, but trying to leave today was hell. So I had to abandon my bike behind a gas station and catch a ride back to my hotel.

Anyone...
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