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Waste Motor Oil / Re: Driving on "Wonderfuel"
« on: November 04, 2008, 12:29:49 PM »
Can't really blame the tranny failure on the fuel unless it's producing so much extra power that the transmission couldn't handle it.  Doubt that eh?  good luck with the repair, hope it isn't too expensive.

Waste Motor Oil / Re: Driving on "Wonderfuel"
« on: October 20, 2008, 01:15:12 PM »
Well it's been a couple of months now, have you had to walk home yet?  is the Benz still running well?

Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: Red Hot (rides)
« on: September 29, 2008, 09:35:49 PM »

I'm a bike nut to !!  Just in the process of restoring my '52 Vincent Rapide. Have quite a few other's tho , my taste's are quite eclectic ! From CZ's to Vincent !!  Ducati's are my main passion though , particularly the 60's and 70's bevel cam singles. One of my favourite riding experiences was my 1922 Triumph 550 SD , everything was manual , handchange 3 speed box , etc , compression braking was better than the actual brakes !!  One thing I really liked was the total loss oil system , one pump every 10 miles or so depending on engine load !! Gave u a real sense of being part of the machine. Thing is , I sold it in a fit of mental aberration when someone offered me silly money for it !! Arrrrgh !! So , now I keep looking for the holy grail of Vintage Triumphs , the Ricardo 4 valve !!  Thing is , trying to find one under £10k is looking impossible.

ooer missus, original 900ss desmo's were my ride of choice back in the day, though a couple of years ago I ended up with a full raceco / termignoni guzzi 1100 sport, the proper red one with carbs...  had to sell it, that or kiss my licence bye bye... bought that off dr john, of norton single tuning fame.

current sled is an old TR1 which has been modified a wee bit, as a sort of homage to the old vinnies (even has HRD footrests which sends gentleman vinni owners apoplectic) some pics on page 2 of the gallery
usual warning, home web server on cable modem so not too snappy, not all my bikes by a long shot btw.

worst selling mistakes I ever made was a 120 panther and an old sidevalve bsa v twin that I never actually rode, but swapped for a running jampot norton.

never actually run a vinnie myself, but for a couple of years was forever bumping into the bowden boy at various locations through europe, riding his dad's old prince, dad was chairman of the vmcc back then, but used to borrow a mates comet once in a while.

as for the ricardo...
way too much for a trumpet

sure they'd take the vinnie off your hands... vbg

Beautiful example and I'd love it , but , as you say that price is dreamland !!  Panther 120 , the Lister of the bike world !!   Had a 900SS bevel Ducati , dropped it in France and although it was rideable there was enough damage for it to be written off. I did a deal with the insurance company , bought the salvage for a song and built myself an NCR rep !!  Then I had another mental abberation , sold it and bought a Honda CB1100RC !!  I want the NCR back !!  Strange you mention a V Twin BSA , I would also love a Y13 ?  I think thats the 750 OHV V Twin , but they fetch silly money now.
My dad used to race a BSA Gold Star back in the day (when all this were fields), I've only ever seen one in real life once and it was a nice piece of kit.  Many's the time he wished he didn't sell it (and me too cos I'd have inherited it sooner or later).

He also had a ducati with a sidecar that he used for courting my mum - that would be unheard of nowadays.

Waste Vegetable Oil / Re: The Masters Formula - A new way to use WVO
« on: July 12, 2008, 04:40:24 AM »
The other half of biodiesel production is washing the lye remnants out of the mixture.  If you're not doing that, wouldn't the result be a potentially caustic mixture going right into the engine.  Then once combustion happens (byproduct being moisture) create a basic solution which would attack the metal inside the engine?

Bio-diesel Fuel / Re: Tyson- Conoco/Phillips Biodiesel politics
« on: July 11, 2008, 05:28:29 PM »
I'd have thought that the general populace would have been mad by now but while Rome burns all that the general public cares about is American Idol.

The desecration of the 4th amendment got passed yesterday with nary a whimper.  What will it take to make everyone mad enough to do something?  I really don't know but it had better happen soon while there's still something left.

It is in our court, but the problem is everyone is at the mall.

General Discussion / interesting read about pressing your own fuel.
« on: June 23, 2008, 04:43:21 AM »
Not sure if anyone has seen this yet but it made for a bit of an interesting read.

I was interested in the part about heating the seeds prior to pressing them to get that little extra oil out.  That's pre-pre-heating I guess.


Original Lister Cs Engines / Re: 16-2 Progress
« on: June 09, 2008, 02:12:54 PM »
Wow Bob,
   She's a beauty!

Everything else / Re: Newbie inverter ?'s
« on: May 20, 2008, 05:36:55 PM »
The DR series inverters are modified sine wave.

I've never heard that mod sine can't be hooked to a transformer to get 220 out of 110 V.  Wouldn't the mass/flux of the transformer smooth out the steps a bit?

Doug, you ever heard this?   mod-sine wave can't be stepped up with a transformer.

I have a DR3624 at the house for backup and eventually hope to do some solar with it but for now I can run lots of stuff intermittently when the power goes off.


General Discussion / Re: Heart of Coal
« on: May 15, 2008, 03:44:48 AM »
Kids and coal.

Best laid plans eh...

When my kids were smaller they were always fighting each other (still do) so to teach them a lesson I took a few pieces of coal one Christmas, washed them up and dried them so they wouldn't get too grubby and put a couple of pieces in each stocking along with a generic Santa warning letter that they should really try and get along because Santa doesn't like to see them fighting.  If the fighting keeps up, they can look forward to getting more coal and nothing else next year.

Pretty shrewd eh?   

Well, it turns out that one of the bits of coal looked somewhat like an arrowhead if you held it one way, and another bit looked like something else.. so guess what!  the little buggers were then fighting over the bits of coal.

I can't win.


General Discussion / Re: Heart of Coal
« on: May 15, 2008, 03:39:32 AM »
   That would be really cool!  There's a shedload of coal under the US and Canada (or the North American Union if you prefer) and being able to make a diesel type fuel out of it would be very handy indeed.  As long as you keep it dry, coal doesn't realy degrade at all does it?

Changfa Engines / Re: Oil Pressure Indicator on Changfa 195
« on: May 12, 2008, 02:03:51 PM »
I think if you could address the cooling needs, the mounting and transmission of engine power to transmission that you could probably do this fairly easily.  I bet it would have a very distinctive sound as it went down the road.

I'd love to see it, it would be like the Changzuki guy only kicking it up a notch!  and unlike the bike, you could stay dry inside as you drove along in the rain.

It would be EMP proof for the SHTF folks - yet another selling point.

Go for it!


Listeroid Engines / Re: Tiny bubbles..... in the cooling tank......
« on: April 24, 2008, 05:59:33 PM »
I haven't tried this....

4)  Try this.  See how long all the steam in a beer can takes to change back to water.

Put some water ( a cm will do) in an emptied beer can . Bring it to the boil and contiue until all air has been expelled by the steam coming off.  Invert the can and immediately put the now bottom of can (the opening  end) just under water.

You will note that the can will implode!  QED.

but wouldn't the water just suck into the can from the water bowl you put it into?  Seems the path of least resistance would be for a partial vacuum in the can to suck liquid up into it, not the atmospheric pressure collapse the can.

Now if you could somehow seal the can then I could see how atmospheric pressure would crush the can.


Pitch for airspeed....

If you have a kill-a-watt or VOM that will read out Hertz that's what you ought to be using rather than a mechanical RPM gauge.  What you really need to tune for is a stable 60 cycle output at whatever voltage you need.  If the RPM matches thats great but the electrical stuff doesn't care about RPM it cares about stable power.

Lightly loaded you could stand to run a couple of Hz above 60 so that when a load is applied it steadies out at or perhaps slightly below 60.  A couple of cycles per second won't Hertz ya.

(substitute 50 for 60 for UK measurements   ;D


Engines / Re: fixing the rocker pads,,,
« on: April 12, 2008, 02:02:26 PM »
It may not be up to Hotaters specs but it looks like you've improved the surfacing of the rockers 100% over the Indian craftsmanship.  You didn't show us the wipe patterns on the valve stems afterwards, nor the "after" view where the feeler gauge wouldn't fit anymore (assuming it doesn't fit there anymore).

Nice work.

General Discussion / Re: threatening the admin
« on: April 07, 2008, 03:05:49 PM »
It's a bit odd isn't it?  It's like threatening a referee in a game.  Very unsportsmanlike.  I'm not surprised he got the red card!

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