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As The Brake Rotor Turns


Welcome , dear friends, to today’s chapter in our continuing drama.

When we last left our hero, he was valiantly trying to resuscitate and old tired XLH that had lived a long and abused life. When the day dawned, all he had left to do was check the ignition timing, button up the headlight and install the gas tank. Then put in some oil and gas and see if it would start.

The timing was spot on when I static checked it according to Dyna’s instruction sheet. Putting the gas tank on and connecting the fuel line was a challenge. The gas tank is a “King” Sportster tank and the petcock is right over the carburetor. To get the fuel line on the petcock, I had to remove the air cleaner. There isn’t any extra room, but I was successful and nothing’s rubbing. It looks like a motorcycle.

So I jumped on the Roadster and first went to Auto Zone and bought a bottle of Gumout. As bad as the varnish was in the Carb, I felt that a strong mix of Gumout and Premium gas would be good for the gas tank. Then I went to CinCity H-D and bought 4 quarts of 20w - 50 and a quart of Formula +. The new owner has filled the showroom with bikes. I didn’t see any familiar faces, but there were quite a few cute little chickies who wanted to sell me a bike or parts or something.

At any rate, I got the oil. I also had a very interesting conversation with the sales manager. More on that shortly.

David had brought a small gas can over for me to use and I stopped and filled both the gas can and the Roadster. Premium is now down to $2.12/Gallon. I filled both for Four bucks.

I got home and had a hell of a lot of fun getting the 78 out through the cellar door and out to the driveway. One of the discoveries I made is that the seat is the wrong seat for a 78. It’s almost impossible to get the cap off the oil tank and pull the filter out. I put in just enough out to reach the low mark on the dipstick. I’ve seen a few Harleys that had full crankcases pump a bunch of oil back into a tank and the overfill made a real mess.

I was just trying to see if the bike would run. It did. It started and didn’t sound too bad. So that was a success. However…

There are a few oil leaks and something is up with either the transmission or the Primary. I’m going to have to bring it back into the cellar and tear into the primary. and see what I can find. And the generator light was on even while it was running. It dimmed a bit when I revved the engine, but it never went out. That’s something else I have to check out. While it was out in the driveway, I sprayed it down liberally with Gunk, then hosed it off with a lot of water. I’ve been looking forward to being able to do that. Hopefully, I got all the oily mess off.

So the verdict is that it runs, but it needs a good bit more work before I can ride it. I also need to get some help getting it back into the cellar. Maybe I can get David to give me a hand with it.

Now, back to the Harley shop. The Sales Manager helped me carry my oil out to the Roadster. We discussed it and I told him that I was planning to buy a new Roadster next Fall when I get my debt paid off. They have one on the floor. He told me that with the Corona crisis, the owner had instituted a program where they pick up the first six months payments. In other words, I could pay off my debt before I have to make any payments on the bike. That really has me thinking. I’m also wondering how much they’ll jack up the price of the bike to compensate for the payments. Then again; the showroom was packed with bikes, maybe they’re a little bit desperate and want to move some. I don’t know. Maybe I should just jump. Or maybe I should stick to my plan. But the Goddess of Good Luck favors men of Action and I could be in the right spot at the right time… Well; I’ve got his card and maybe I’ll go back and talk to him some more.

Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of As The Stomach Churns…
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Sounds like my 1980. Rebearing, change tires, regasket and reseal, ride it to biker rodeos.

Learn I need to re-wire the whole bike next. That old wiring insulation dry rots here in the desert . Like Roseanne Rosannadanna always said. " It is always something"
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Fear and Loathing in Cincinnati

Every so often, I just want to bitch (or whine) about stuff. I think this time it’s caused by the enforced isolation this Wuhan Virus has caused.

It just seems like there are a lot of little things that are getting to me. Things that shouldn’t bother me are really bugging me. And not everything is small. A couple are really Major. I guess I’ll start with the big ones and work my way down.

Two of my good friends are dealing with an impending death. Kathryn’s partner Sandy has terminal cancer and Kathryn has to watch the person she loves suffer with no hope of recovery.

Dondi’s mom is heading downhill fast. She’s 92 and has decided that she’s ready to die. She won’t take her medications any more and she refuses to go to the hospital or even let the EMTs treat her.

There’s nothing I can do to help in either situation. I can make myself available if either Kathryn or Dondi want to talk, but that’s about it. It sucks to watch your friends suffer.

On a much lighter note is the 78 XLH. Every time I work on it to correct some problem, I find more and more things wrong with it. It’s sitting in the basement with the clutch completely apart. The Primary cover has a dent and a crack in it, so I’ll probably have to find another. The oil that oozed out of the primary/transmission drain hole was black and stank to holy hell of burned something. I almost couldn’t get the primary cover off. Two of the Pozi (Phillips head) Screws wouldn’t loosen. I kept on them with the impact gun, though and they finally backed off. I think I’ll replace the Posi screws with Allen heads when I put things back together. The clutch needs new plates (both friction and steel) and many other small parts that are either worn or rusted. How in the hell a part can rust in an enclosed space that’s got oil flinging around baffles me, but there are several things that need money thrown at them. I guess the next thing is to pull the transmission. The way things are going, I’m almost afraid to.

I really hope Bill didn’t pay a lot for the 78. If he did, he really got hosed.

Of course, I don’t have to restore it. I could just put it back together and sell it, but I want to do the Right Thing. And building it as a Tribute bike is the Right Thing to do. It’s going to take a lot longer and a lot more money than I originally thought, though.

I don’t watch Cable TV; I watch broadcast channels. Channels like Me TV, Movies!, Comet, H&I, and even the network channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, the CW or even NBC. The ads on the “secondary” channels really get to me after a while. If I was molested by a Catholic priest, got Mesothelioma from Asbestos, used double ended 3M earplugs in the Army and got non Hodgkins Lymphona from using Roundup, the Significant Financial Compensation I’d be eligible for would make me as rich as Mike Bloomberg. Or it would make the attorneys that rich. I’d probably get the green weenie. And Joe Namath hasn’t aged well as he tries to sell me on some medicare supplement plan. For that Matter, neither has Pat Boone. And I have absolutely no interest in a walk in tub with water jets and a heated seat. And while I like watching Jeopardy, once in a while, I have no interest in Alex Trebeck pushing Colonial Penn life insurance. I did the math, once. If I pay 10 bucks a month and I survive a few years, my family will get a whole $800.00 to help with my final expenses.

There are other things that are bugging me this morning, too. Matthew (a friend) is going to be driving a load of medical stuff from Atlanta to Chicago. He was going to drive back from Chicago via Cincinnati so that he could get a meal of Burnt Ends from Velvet Smoke. However; they’ve “Temporarily Closed”. This Chinese Virus is really getting on my nerves. I don’t care if it’s something that escaped from a biological warfare facility, or if it’s from eating Bat soup, somebody over there needs to pull their head out of their ass.

I’m also tired of getting e-mails asking me to either review a product that I bought, or take a survey about my recent medical procedure. If they want me to spend my time helping them “Improve their service”, they can pay me just as they pay any other consultant.

I just talked with my brother and he told me a very interesting little factoid:
Did you know that Winnie The Pooh and Jack The Ripper both have the same middle name? Coincidence? I think not.

Have a nice day. Or Somethin’…
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