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    A little premature, but I did a little detailing....

    A little premature, but I did a little detailing. Stainless fasteners don't look the best straight off the shelf, so I've started neatening them up a little. Allen heads have striations on the side...
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    I've clear coated most of the polished aluminium,...

    I've clear coated most of the polished aluminium, smaller bits, just have the wheels to finish. Unfortunately, the clear coat dulls the shine quite a bit. Funny stuff to spray on polished aluminium:...
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    binned the fuel distributor I was making, too...

    binned the fuel distributor I was making, too big, and made another smaller one. The design has changed a little: There are outlet spigots either side of the fuel distributer this time which feed the...
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    The clear coat on the forks and sides wasn't up...

    The clear coat on the forks and sides wasn't up to scratch so I stripped them and re polished them. I also re-polished the chain adjusters, headlight brackets and brake backing plate. I might make...
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    I stripped the clear coat off the side panels...

    I stripped the clear coat off the side panels because the polishing wasn't good enough. Interestingly, After soaking the 2k clear just wiped off the blasted inner surface, the outer polished surface...
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    Darn and double darn, all is lost!

    I guess this is the end of my dreams of becoming a G string model - darn!
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    When being admitted, they ask you about your...

    When being admitted, they ask you about your medication, name, dose when you take it and so on, and yet in every stay I've had to ask for my medication (BP meds as well as insulin. I take Novorapid...
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    Ashford in Adelaide. Not really any different...

    Ashford in Adelaide.
    Not really any different from other hospitals in respect of diabetic care.
    Unfortunately, Doctors don't have a lot of respect for their patients and seem to suffer from a...
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    Hospital incompetence.

    Just returned home from the amoeba asylum. I told the staff when admitted that I would be controlling my insulin insulin requirement myself and I expected no input from that. But what a visit: ...
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    Hip replacement surgical review.

    About four years ago I had my right hip replaced, within very short order I fell over, not once by twice, the last time falling very heavily on the hip. It was a bit sore so saw my surgeon. He...
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    Fuel distributor.

    As you are probably aware, when fuel runs low in bike tanks, due to the tunnel one carb can run dry, BS carbs overcome that problem by linking the carbs via a short hose between them. I run VM carbs...
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    More painting.

    Painted the tank, seat, guards, headlight and callipers with 2k clearcoat this morning. Unfortunately, I can't wear glasses under the respiration so I couldn't see too clearly - bloody great run on...
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    My hearing loss is mostly to do with...

    My hearing loss is mostly to do with understanding what people are saying, mostly it sounds like everyone is mumbling. I do have to turn the TV up so I can hear it, funnily enough a Doctor I was...
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    How safe are we in hospital.

    My sister, who was 74, died a week or so ago. She was admitted to hospital for a life saving operation (pancreatic cancer), whilst in hospital she contracted covid and was moved into the covid ward...
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    Final paint.

    I undercoated a couple of days ago, applied the final coats of acrylic lacquer to the tinwork and some ancillaries this afternoon, didn't come out as clear or as good as I hoped, but acceptable I...
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    Syncing VM34 carbs.

    Here's video I made when I synced the VMs using my homemade manometer. First the idle was synced, then the throttle. I turned the screws the wrong way a few times, you can see the results on the...
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    Here's video I made when I synced the VMs using...

    Here's video I made when I synced the VMs using my homemade manometer. First the idle was synced, then the throttle. I turned the screws the wrong way a few times, you can see the results on the...
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    One of the last jobs I did before pulling the...

    One of the last jobs I did before pulling the bike apart for the last time, a line block. I bought some new brake hoses, not OEM, and made some changes to the way things are connected. The original...
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    Iso free two pack.

    Anybody used this stuff on car or bike parts? Specifically I'm interested in gloss, wear resistance, fading, etc.
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    Last start up.

    Probably the last startup before tearing it apart again for repainting. Sync was a little out, so I adjusted the idle screws, turning the idle screw a fraction results in a big difference to the...
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    Mufflers. A few weeks ago I sent off for some...

    Mufflers.
    A few weeks ago I sent off for some tapered mufflers, these were said to suit from 38 - 45mm pipes using the supplied sleeves. Well they came, but aside from being chrome when I ordered...
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    Yep, still alive, just slowing down a lot now,...

    Yep, still alive, just slowing down a lot now, the joys of old age.
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    Fourth ride on the cancer merry go round.

    Saw the oncologist today, another new spot in what's left of the left lung. Same deal as before, the spots targeted by the last lot of radio have shrunk, but a new spot has shown up. Wait and see...
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    Finger surgery again.

    I started get pain in my index finger DIP joint so consulted the surgeon again. He examined my fingers and noticed the DIP joint on my ring finger no longer moves, it has fused itself solid,...
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    It's not just tripping and falling: Fast...

    It's not just tripping and falling: Fast movements also play havoc. A month or so ago all was going well, but, my right foot slipped on a slippery surface, would have only moved about 150mm, but...
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    Shadows covers.

    About 10 years ago the wife and I took a trip to Bali to buy a couple of 'I've been to Bali too' T shirts, whilst there there we took some time out to attend the wife's youngest son's wedding.
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    Never give up.

    I finally had a win. Initially I made the adjuster with a 15mm slot to fit over the swingarm axle mounts. That didn't work too well, scratched the hell out of the paintwork. Next I tried putting a...
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    A comparison.

    I had to make a billet adjuster so I could compare, I think I prefer the billet one.
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    I cheated.

    I cheated, bent one up from 3mm stock. A lot harder to make this way and doesn't look as nice, but a lot less material wastage.
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    A wasted afternoon.

    I made this this afternoon, total waste of time because this senile old fool made the slot too small. On the plus side, at least I know it's easily done and should look Ok in chunky, polished...
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    Here's the rear wheel all spoked up, a lot better...

    Here's the rear wheel all spoked up, a lot better than the front as there is no thread showing. I thought I'd add a picture of my lacing helper, very technologically advanced piece of kit this. ...
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    Carb conversion

    The BS38 carbs are gone. These are SU type carbs, comprising a butterfly and a slide and needle operated by vacuum, a totally ridiculous design in my view. Anyway, the diaphragms being 46 years...
  33. Thread: Getting older

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    Missing bits,

    Speaking of missing bits, I 'm missing a few: Toe joints, finger joints, hip joint. And there are the bits that have been removed to a supposedly better position. They all have one thing in common...
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    Unfortunately, there is more thread on the new...

    Unfortunately, there is more thread on the new spokes than on the stock spokes. After I laced up the shell and trued it I found there was 3mm of thread showing on every single spoke between nipple...
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    You'll find Silvo is about the best plastic...

    You'll find Silvo is about the best plastic polish available. It's also great as a paint and aluminium polish. It has a finer texture than commercially available plastic polishes, and it's cheap...
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    Side effects are largely a result of imagination...

    Side effects are largely a result of imagination and panic. If you listen to most people waiting to get a vaccination, they talk themselves into getting a reaction, asking everyone what their...
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    Front spokes arrived from Geoff's this afternoon,...

    Front spokes arrived from Geoff's this afternoon, so I laced up the wheel. The spokes for the rear wheel are coming from Heiden Tuning, so they probably won't be here for a while. Much better looking...
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    I nutted out a simplified schematic for the TX...

    I nutted out a simplified schematic for the TX last night and did a little work on it today. Rather than one harness, I decided on two, one for lights and one for ignition and charging. Five wires...
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    Synced the carbs and checked the PMA today. Bike...

    Synced the carbs and checked the PMA today. Bike runs beautifully now, idles nicely, revs cleanly, no spitting or hesitation. PMA/reg/rect output is 14.6 volts, so happy with that as well. Timing is...
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    Pushed the starter button this afternoon and the...

    Pushed the starter button this afternoon and the TX roared into life, very loudly with those pipes. So, the single points cam works beautifully. PMA conversion works well as does the dual output...
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    Exhaust pipes. I mocked up a pipe for the right...

    Exhaust pipes. I mocked up a pipe for the right side, welding together some exhaust pipe at the appropriate angles with the right amount of twist then took it to an exhaust centre and asked them to...
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    Hip surgery for thebtird time.

    I had my right hip replaced about four or five years ago. But, one day, not long after the surgery, I was pulling on some rope in the garage and the rope broke, sending my rocketing backwards and...
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    Third ride on the cancer merry go round.

    Well the three spots on my lungs have grown, so I started radio therapy last Wednesday, I finish on Friday. So that's four days on the left lung's two spots and four days on the one spot in what's...
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    Turned up a couple of these today, they're cable...

    Turned up a couple of these today, they're cable adjusters for my TX650 build. 8mm stainless rod, turned down to 6.36mm for the threaded end. I cheated a little bit on the thread: Ran a 1/4" UNF ...
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    The fittings I ordered to complete the oil...

    The fittings I ordered to complete the oil filter/cooler job arrived today, so I finally connected everything. Looks ok, but a bit of a jumble of hoses. Turned into a rather big job this. Had to make...
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    The TX650 came with a silly twin cable hand...

    The TX650 came with a silly twin cable hand throttle, one cable for each carb. I bought a single cable throttle and looked around for a two into one junction box. Only one I could find were made of...
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    Annodising.

    I put together an anodising bath the other day and did some experimenting. Bought some acid, diluted it, made a couple of aluminium cathodes and hooke everything up to a 10amp power supply (projecta...
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    Well, finally got around to tapping the front of...

    Well, finally got around to tapping the front of the sidecover. I hate jobs like this, there's always the fear of stuffing it up and ruining a part, but, all went well: drilled out the oil pump...
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    An oil cooler arrived today, much better than the...

    An oil cooler arrived today, much better than the crappy other thing I bought, really good quality. Just have to make a mount for it. I've turned up some stainless fittings for the cooler/filter...
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    Well, that was pointless, I entered into...

    Well, that was pointless, I entered into discussions with the ebay seller, first they offered a 30% refund which I refused. Then they offered a 50% refund which I again refused. Then they offered a...
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