Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.


Pieces of the Pie - I have a screw loose

One small step for man , one giant leap for engine repair. After a tumultuous ten day stint, I successfully removed the stubborn screws that were so firmly stuck in the engine block. It took 3 different vise-grip pliers, a hacksaw, a mallet, a few blisters, plenty of sweat and a few tears. A triumphant battle of Man versus Machine. With the right side of the motor now open, I can access more of the damaged parts that need to be replaced. The next step is removing the left side, which is now only held together by the magneto/flywheel bolt and the 4 screws underneath it. I ordered the flywheel removal tool from my local, somewhat unhelpful, shop. From what I gather, it is very very challenging to get this thing off. First of all the bolt or "woodruff key" is reverse threaded, then pressed in AND the flywheel of course spins, so you can't hold it in place. So what does this mean? It means I have to get crafty, buy a strap-wrench and enlist the help of Mr. Mustache (Danny) for a second set of hands. "Reverse threaded" means that the bolt tightens when twisted to the left, therefore the old adage - Lefty Loosey... Righty Tightey, will not apply. "Pressed-in" refers to the base of the bolt actually being pressed on by a machine, similar to how security tags are attached to clothing. This is where the flywheel removal tool comes in. It consists of 2-parts, a piece with threads of the outside that is tightened on (twisted to the left of course) and then a second piece that screws down the middle of the first piece and pushes down on the "pressed" base. You have to apparently smack this thing with a mallet several times while tightening to get it loose. With my luck, I'm sure I'll snap a few pieces and probably a few fingers. This might be the most challenging step yet, but I think it will pale in comparison to the task of wiring. The wiring diagram I have is an illustration, not color coded nor shown on the bike. It looks more like a circuit board of 1970's robot. I'm looking forward to it.

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