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Forum: Thumpers 04-14-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,890
Posted By PunkinHead
It's good to know I'm not the only one who keeps...

It's good to know I'm not the only one who keeps pieces of smog equipment on the mantle as a tribute to my old man.
Forum: The Garage 04-13-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 735
Posted By PunkinHead
Do you have a friend with a mill? That'd be easy...

Do you have a friend with a mill? That'd be easy to make. Stopping to make custom tools is how I turn every 1 hour job into a 3 hour job.
Forum: The Garage 04-07-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By PunkinHead
The conversion uses the original master cylinders...

The conversion uses the original master cylinders so the pressure hasn't changed. The idea is to improve braking, but it's not like a motorcycle where you want excellent brakes - that's a good way...
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By PunkinHead
STC from Groves. The copper tubing came with it.

STC from Groves. The copper tubing came with it.
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By PunkinHead
I found some references to fatigue being a...

I found some references to fatigue being a "concern" with copper, but no actual incidents. It looks like the transition from copper to steel brake lines around the WWII time frame was due to cost,...
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By PunkinHead
Why not? These planes and other similar models...

Why not? These planes and other similar models adding up to 10's of thousands came from the factory with copper line. Some of the copper lines in my plane are original and over 60 years old. Keep...
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By PunkinHead
Source for custom length flexible brake lines

Not quite motorcycle related, but someone here might know of a source. Yesterday I converted my plane (a 1946 J3 Cub) from drum to disc brakes. I bent up copper tubing to connect from the caliper...
Forum: The Garage 04-02-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By PunkinHead
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v520/DS1/funny/n...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v520/DS1/funny/nwzo7s.jpg
Forum: The Garage 03-22-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 504
Posted By PunkinHead
I stored one in my shop for a friend that was...

I stored one in my shop for a friend that was moving. Played with it enough to know it sucks at everything. Buy individual tools.
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,138
Posted By PunkinHead
I always clean new rotors, but I'm curious how...

I always clean new rotors, but I'm curious how not cleaning them can lead to warpage?
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,505
Posted By PunkinHead
I'm relying on fuzzy 20+ year old memories here...

I'm relying on fuzzy 20+ year old memories here but I swear the positive battery post was tied to chassis on mine. It wouldn't surprise me if the previous owner somehow managed to reverse it and I,...
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,505
Posted By PunkinHead
One of my first cars was a '66 Beetle with a 6V...

One of my first cars was a '66 Beetle with a 6V positive ground system.
Forum: The Garage 02-04-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,064
Posted By PunkinHead
I store all my bikes...

I store all my bikes (chainsaws/weedeater/lawnmower) with avgas (100LL) but don't do it if your bike has a catalytic converter.
Forum: The Garage 01-09-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,785
Posted By PunkinHead
On second thought, don't cancel yet. Your...

On second thought, don't cancel yet. Your diagnoses might be wrong and you don't want to get bumped to the end of the line. :D
Forum: The Garage 01-09-2014, 02:05 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,785
Posted By PunkinHead
Normally I'd agree, but I'm willing to be they're...

Normally I'd agree, but I'm willing to be they're plenty busy right now and have plenty of customers backed up who'd love a shorter line.
Forum: Racing 12-30-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 22,183
Posted By PunkinHead
Hope he makes a full recovery but he doesn't...

Hope he makes a full recovery but he doesn't there's always NASCAR.
Forum: The Garage 12-30-2013, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1,464
Views: 172,865
Posted By PunkinHead
Bought my son an AR15 lower receiver and parts...

Bought my son an AR15 lower receiver and parts kit for Xmas. We assembled the lower last night but don't have the correct wrench for tightening the castle nut on the buffer tube. Warmed up the...
Forum: The Garage 12-29-2013, 07:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PunkinHead
It was the alternator. I feel like a dumbass for...

It was the alternator. I feel like a dumbass for putting that much troubleshooting effort into it instead of being a parts swapper. Thanks for all the help.
Forum: The Garage 12-29-2013, 04:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,841
Posted By PunkinHead
The Teco VFD on my Bridgeport is the same way -...

The Teco VFD on my Bridgeport is the same way - if I try to brake too fast it will fault out. Some day I'll install some braking resistors.
Forum: The Garage 12-28-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PunkinHead
OK - thanks. I jumped the blue wire (D+) to...

OK - thanks. I jumped the blue wire (D+) to ground and, sure enough, the bulbs in the cluster came on with the key! I hooked up a ground from the alternator case to chassis ground and the light...
Forum: The Garage 12-28-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PunkinHead
The seat belt robots, HVAC, etc, work when I turn...

The seat belt robots, HVAC, etc, work when I turn on the ignition. Here's where I'm at:



Here is the charging system schematic...
Forum: The Garage 12-28-2013, 04:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PunkinHead
The more I think about it, the fact that none of...

The more I think about it, the fact that none of the idiot lights come on with the ignition key tells me something must be wrong going to them. This morning I'm going to trace all the wires feeding...
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PunkinHead
Damn, off by 2. No wonder I couldn't find useful...

Damn, off by 2. No wonder I couldn't find useful maintenance info. :)

I have to put this on hold since my '47 J3 Cub is due for annual inspection and the maintenance hangar just became available....
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PunkinHead
OK. Got the instrument cluster out (after a few...

OK. Got the instrument cluster out (after a few false starts and some damage to the air vents) and the bulb looks OK to my old eyes. I get 6 ohms across the leads so the filament appears intact. ...
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2013, 06:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PunkinHead
'89 Mercedes charging system

I have an '89 300CE with a charging problem. With the engine off the battery reads 12.5V and with the engine running it drops to about 11.8V so it's not charging. I pulled the voltage regulator and...
Forum: The Garage 12-23-2013, 03:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,973
Posted By PunkinHead
As others said, your best (cheapest) source is a...

As others said, your best (cheapest) source is a local metal recycler. Second choice is a local metal fab place - they'll sell you a small piece cheap. That said, I tend to buy my metal at...
Forum: The Garage 12-17-2013, 02:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,808
Posted By PunkinHead
That thing looks cool for getting nuts off studs...

That thing looks cool for getting nuts off studs held in a vise, but the real world doesn't usually offer such nice access. I guess being able to bend up your own wires would help with that, but for...
Forum: The Garage 12-15-2013, 07:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,739
Posted By PunkinHead
The only problem with black pipe is most people...

The only problem with black pipe is most people don't have a way to thread it. The home centers will usually cut & thread it free if you buy if from them but that involves advanced measuring and...
Forum: The Garage 12-10-2013, 02:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,079
Posted By PunkinHead
Unless you're running a big diesel with huge sump...

Unless you're running a big diesel with huge sump the cost of an oil change is less than an oil analysis - cheaper to just change the oil if you're concerned about it.
Forum: The Garage 11-25-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 708
Posted By PunkinHead
I generally have one main bike and several seldom...

I generally have one main bike and several seldom ridden bikes. For the ones that mostly sit around I leave them on a battery tender and fill the tanks with 100LL aviation fuel since it lasts for...
Forum: The Garage 11-10-2013, 07:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,668
Posted By PunkinHead
Did you notice the bandaid on one of the fingers...

Did you notice the bandaid on one of the fingers of the guy in the video?
Forum: The Garage 11-10-2013, 05:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,668
Posted By PunkinHead
Using tin snips

OK, I don't know about you guys, but tin snips always frustrated the hell out of me. I figured it was because I'm left handed. I just watched this video and wish I'd have had someone show me the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 10-21-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By PunkinHead
Route from Gallatin, TN to Deal's Gap

My parents just bought a house in Gallatin and my son and I are heading down to help with some repairs. I'll be bringing a truck/trailer full of tools so I figure I'll throw a bike in too and take...
Forum: The Garage 10-08-2013, 02:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 528
Posted By PunkinHead
I assume you mean internal torx, but in case you...

I assume you mean internal torx, but in case you mean external there are some out there as OEM parts:
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Torx/ES51610/PriceAlert/...
Forum: The Garage 10-07-2013, 02:44 AM
Replies: 1,464
Views: 172,865
Posted By PunkinHead
My experience is they look great for a few weeks...

My experience is they look great for a few weeks then haze over again.
Forum: The Garage 10-06-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,583
Posted By PunkinHead
Sorry, you crashed, on the, oil and, fell on,...

Sorry, you crashed, on the, oil and, fell on, you'er head.
Forum: The Garage 09-29-2013, 05:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,458
Posted By PunkinHead
If you're not adding moisture to the air when you...

If you're not adding moisture to the air when you heat it then the moisture content is the same as when it was cold air. If it wasn't condensing before you heated it up then it isn't going to...
Forum: The Garage 09-29-2013, 02:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,458
Posted By PunkinHead
My parents heated our house and two detached...

My parents heated our house and two detached garages with wood when I was growing up. My father restored cars and I always drove junk I dragged home from the boneyard so I have a lot of experience...
Forum: The Garage 09-29-2013, 02:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,458
Posted By PunkinHead
Condensation is only an issue if there's enough...

Condensation is only an issue if there's enough moisture in the air to condense. If you use a heater that is vented or otherwise doesn't feed moisture into the shop (for example, radiant) then...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 909
Posted By PunkinHead
Portable sand blaster

For some reason I started a thread with this title in Shiny Things, but let me try again in the right place...

I'm in the market for a small portable sand blaster for occasional use. My neighbor...
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