Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mid-week momentum (or lack thereof)

I need to start this brief post with a couple of quick retractions.  Firstly, the Kawasaki my friend Sam restored is actually a KD 125 Not a KD 175 as I originally reported.  Having briefly owned it, one would think I would know better!  My apologies to Sam, who has submitted some other restorations that I will be sharing with you soon!

Secondly, I reported that Marvel Mystery Oil was not available in Canada.  The very next day, there it was on the shelf at Wal Mart.  This particular product is apparently quite potent in old car engines and also works well to clean aluminum and steel by wiping with a cloth.

I have spent the last few days working with various vendors to secure the long list of mostly small parts that I need.  In the interim I have started cleaning the engine casings with WD40 and a scotch brite pad.  This is a fairly long process and I have read that this brings great results;  This makes sense as the WD40 lubricates while the abrasive pad removes the grime.  It's very important to not use this method near exposed engine internals as the pads do leave behind fine aluminum fibers.

I will be posting the results very soon, with before and after shots.

When I take a break from the garage, I often watch movies (of varying degrees of quality) that are motorcycle themed.  This week I decided to delve into the Jean Claude Van Damme vault and watch 1993's 'Nowhere to run'

For those unfamiliar with the movie, its fairly typical JCVD fare with a bit of heart.  He plays an escaped convict who risks his freedom to protect a widow and her children from greedy developers.  In the course of the story, he purchases the '68 Bonneville that belonged to the late husband of the widow.  The highlight of the film is a fantastic chase scene involving JCVD, The Triumph and several (perhaps a ridiculous number of) State Troopers.  If you want to forgo the whole picture, I have provided the pivotal part for you below.


  If you have a restoration, project or proven tip you would like me to feature, please feel free to contact me.  It would be my pleasure to help share it with the world!

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