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 - Brute Old-Man Strength

My Pops (featured above) made a guest appearance in LA a couple weekends ago... We ate burgers, drank beers and talked motorcycle...Like real men, it was fun. Little progress has been made the past month on the bike. In fact I've barely touched it. Mostly because every single step has been a disaster and it intimidates me with its mechanical complexity (that I'm sure could be easily sorted out by a well read baboon). The real problem is I can't get any of these F-ing little bolts out... Tiny little bastards won't move without getting stripped. Sure there are plenty of other things to do, like repaint the frame, patch up the gas tank, get new tires, clean the spray paint off the wheels, make a new seat... blah blah blah. I just can't seem to do anything else until I finish rebuilding this old, rusted, worn-out motor. When will this thing ever be finished?.. probably never.
So the old man came up to see what all the fuss was about... We went to work. Within minutes we were both sweating and cursing. A trip to home depot and several beers later... we FINALLY pulled out the remaining 4 bolts holding this hunk of metal together. Using a dremel to cut the top of the screws and a giant screwdriver we forced them out of their homes ( like barbaric rulers taking over new lands). The magneto coils are finally out! (see picture below). There is NO WAY I, or anybody else combined could have done this without the sheer, brute force that he posses in those popeye-esque forearms. I've seen the guy rip phone books in half and eat a cup of nails for breakfast... At least now I have the bolts out and the coils off so I can replace the chewed-up wires. The next challenge will be splitting the block in half so I can replace the kick-start shaft, gear change lever and install new seals and gaskets. More to come... much more...

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