El Camino Updates 2

by AndyMac

elky004I’ve actually made some good progress on the El Camino since my last update. It was my daily driver for two years, so I’d say the updates went well.

I had plenty of minor electrical issues, rebuilt the carb with Rob, worked on fixing the brakes at least five different times until I realized it was the combination valve, had the hardest time finding a large vacuum leak on a temperature control valve on the air intake, and overall had tons of small issues that took plenty of troubleshooting.

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The Vehicles of Yester Year

by AndyMac

I got to thinking recently of the vehicles I’ve owned over the years, and thought I’d create a page about them that I can keep updating from time to time as things change. I’ve had some fun with these cars, trucks, and motorcycles, and hope to keep having fun with the iterations of vehicles I’ve had! (Read more…)

Back in training

by AndyMac

I usually have made some kind of time to work out in my life. In college, I enjoyed martial arts, bicycling, and racquetball … two of which I actually took as courses (if they gave us full credit for those classes, I might have ended up with some kind of fitness minor!). Even once I left, I kept up the martial arts for a time, but the schedule ended up being too much, and I moved into running and dumbbell exercises on my own time.

In the last few months, however, since I moved downtown, I found a gym that fits with my schedule. They call themselves “Train. Fight. Win“, and they’re a kind of boxing / kickboxing gym. By my very unofficial count, about 1/4 of the people training there are actively fighting (as in, in organized bouts). The rest, they encourage to have some kind of specific event that they’re training for.

So for me, that’s the Tough Mudder(Read more…)

Aero: Lowers Install

by AndyMac

First, I had to get the bike raised up (don’t do this, you’ll see why in the next step) and ready to work on. Thought I’d show you my workspace so you can all feel better about yourselves and I can whine!

Here you see my bike up on the lift, which has to be propped up on a 1/2″ piece of MDF because my “garage” isn’t level. You’ll also notice the two 2×6’s there … that’s what I have to drive up onto so I can fit my “level” lift under the bike. You can imagine this is a bit of a balancing act.

You might also notice the flash went off and the large amount of shadowing in the back. That’s right, there’s no electricity in this garage and no lights.

Lastly, you might notice how little space is around the bike. That’s what I have to work with here. With the boxes the wife has in there, I probably have about 5 feet of room from wall to wall. (Read more…)

Aero: Digital Guard Dawg / Clock Install

by AndyMac

So this time, I’m working on installing the Digital Guard Dawg alarm and keyeless ignition system as well as a EL black face clock. The clock install was so easy, I probably won’t detail it (use a pilot hole, a hole saw roughly the size of the VTX ring they’ll send you, and JB Weld the sucker in place … done), but here’s the picture of the kit I got from DGD. THAT install wasn’t nearly so easy. It would have been if Honda didn’t make some very interesting choices about how their switches would work on these bikes, but the customer service at DGD was amazing. (Read more…)

Aero: Baron’s Tach Install

by AndyMac

Initial Decisions

First, we need to decide where to put the parts. I’d like to stick with the semi-stock way of doing things and place the electronic parts under the seat. I also got a great tip from Roc to put the switch on the frame fork directly under the seat (so you can reach it right above the ignition while driving). So that’s what we’re going to do. (Read more…)