THE MOTOR-SURFER

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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.

Thursday

Lord of The Rings... Piston Rings

*NERD ALERT*
I feel the weight and burden that Frodo endured. The seemingly endless and impossible journey... To successfully find the right Piston Rings for my precioussss. This ordeal has delayed the rebuild project by almost a month now. So close, yet so far. I literally feel like I've reached the top of Mount Doom, exhausted, battered and on the brink... except when I reached in my pocket (cardboard box of spare parts) to complete my quest, I notice I brought the wrong ring.

This is definitely all my fault. I blame inexperience, impatience and oversight. How was I supposed to know that between 1968 and 1974 Kawasaki decided to change the piston shape and ring size by 1/1000th of inch 6 different times? Owning the correct shop manual for the motorcycle might have been a good start... but who has money for books these days? Only college girls that strip part-time, that's who. Since I no longer attend college and actually get fined when I take off my clothes, making due with what I have will have to suffice... Sacrificing accurate part numbers, valuable time and my own sanity in the process. Estimated delivery time for these precious rings is 3-business days. Finally! But who knows what will happen between now and then...

Gullom's custom chopper

2 comments:

Andy said...

I just read thru your blog - mostly looking for the progress on the G3SS. I just purchased one myself yesterday. I paid 10 times as much but a carb cleaning, some surface rust removal and she should be good to go.

Your frustration is very understandable as I have done a couple of others with little experience myself. First was a 2006 Ninja 250 that had flipped end over end. Plastics and forks from Ebay and she was running and I was emboldened.

Then a 73 Kawi 500 triple that had been mechanically redone but needed some serious cosmetic work - again my confidence went way up so I bought a 73 Kawi Bighorn that was maybe a hair less gone than your G3. It started but that didnt mean I could get away not tearing down the engine. Round one of mechanics complete but I still havnt started making it pretty, I won't finish for a year at the current rate.

The G3 is the first one I am going for a true to the original restoration and only then because she is 85% of the way there. The last plate on her is 1980 but she almost starts. A couple of small dings and the wheels need to be relaced and she will be right with the world.

Anyhow, keep at it - my most difficult bike has brought me the greatest satisfaction and my driveway overfloweth.

PS - those screws always do that - I know there is a trick but I dont know it.

Nick O. said...

Thanks for the support Andy! It's a good pain... Good luck with your rebuild.