another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Saturday, 28 March 2015

trigger hippy






the oil cooler on the peaky blinder was, well, to put it bluntly, fucked. a 916 item, cable tied to the frame, the oil lines too long, just horrible. a search on evil-bay turned up a brand new, 7-row earl's cooler, never fitted and still in the box, i put on a cheeky bid and bugger me! i actually win it, i never win anything me, always the daft, fat kid falling over in the egg and spoon race at school, no-one ever picked me for their team at football, standing against the wall, wishing the ground would swallow me up and always left-back, [yeah, i know, left-back in the changing room!] i had no skill, i just smashed the opposing centre forwards into the ground, i spent more time walking off the pitch after a red card than i did on it, ended up punching someone with more skill than me, he 'megged me, shouted 'nuts!' as the ball went between my legs, kicked out at him and caught him a pearler, ref blow's up, player calls me a wanker and takes a swing, i punch him, early bath for both of us. i return to school after the weekend and got called into 'nunc's' [the fearsome welsh headmaster's office for some corporal punishment for disgracing the school's honour]. i scored one goal in my school career. i didn't know anything about it. a routine corner and being a big, clumsy twat, i was summoned up from defence, [my job was to cripple the opposition defender's] the ball somehow ended up hitting me on the back of the head after an attempted clearance and bounced into the goal! like my old p.e. teacher used to say, 'they all count youth,  even if it goes in off your arse!' anyhoo, back to the plot, the o.e. oil cooler on the supersport ducatis mount off the valve inspection covers on the front cylinder, they can be mounted high, above the front cylinder, or, below the front cylinder. if you mount them 'low' they are in the direct line of fire from road debris kicked up off the front tyre, leading to a possible stone to cooler matrix interface interaction and everything associated with dumping the contents of the engine all over the front tyre at 60 pounds per square inch pressure,  not good. cut out a couple of angles out of some box section in the stock bin, drilled to mount the cooler and cleaned up on the miller, quick scotch-brite to finish, turned up a couple of spacer's to get the correct centres, sorted. going to rubber mount the cooler off a couple of drilled out tap-washers to take out any vibration, going to turn up four waisted spindles to support the top and bottom of the oil cooler and stop any 'yawning' just need to sort out some new hoses to feed the cooler and it's ready for some oil and a trial start, can't wait, nearly there now......

6 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing it out on the road Tim, looks bostin'!

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  2. Looking good...be interesting to see those belts turning those shafts. Not so used to newer fangled motors...though I did work on some early Goldwings that had belt driven camshafts...
    I missed seeing Trigger Hippy in January, when they played Sacramento. They are touring around the country...would be nice to see them at Terrapin Crossroads...for now there are some good you tubes of Jackie Green playing with members of the Dead. Looking forward to the next installment...It rained and snowed here...meanwhile I hear you folks are having great weather...not that we are complaining about the much needed water.

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  3. Long time no hear Tim. Hope all's well in the Loveless camp.

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  4. good to see ya still fighting the good fight mate. hope ya keeping well.

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  5. This has gone a bit quiet. Everything ok? How did the Ducati on its first outing?

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  6. hello everyone, thanks for checking in on the blog, something i haven't done myself for a while! a combination of working on the house, everyday life and catching up with stuff outside the 'tinterweb has left me chronically short of time to express the usual rantings! hopefully 'normal' service will be resumed shortly......

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