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  • MikeK
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    All ready for the pour.  I call it Bulli Klinik West.

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    Props to all the concrete workers out there.  I had no idea what was involved but I’ve learned a lot including much respect for folks who do this for a living.

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    I welded all the rebar sections to make it easier to assemble.

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    And ran some conduit for power and air lines.  It’s going to be nice to get the compressor out of the main shop.

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    Fuel

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    Lots of compacting, digging and double checking heights with the transit.

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    After moving some dirt around, we discovered this long abandoned foundation which had been buried.  A big bonus for me as I was going to build a car port in the exact spot!

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    A friend of a friend excavator showed up and it just happened to turn out that he has a 76 Westy.  Eli is a super nice guy and was especially helpful.

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    MikeK
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    After selling the Deluxe, one of my goals is to put up a new building.  I traded the hammers for shovels over the last couple of weeks and thanks to some good friends, have all the prep done to pour a foundation.  My Buddy Chris from Phantom Concrete is doing the pour with his crew soon.  I’m stoked to say that all the folks involved have ties to the skate/BMX scene in SOCO.

    Chris in his backyard pool:

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    MikeK
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    in reply to: Bikes #46742

    What’s the kooky tube in the center of track?

    MikeK
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    Resourceful, temp fix!  For those that spend a lot of time in their VW off the beaten path, the Jeff Hibbard book, Building Baja Bugs and Buggies is a great read.  It has emergency solutions to problems like yours as well as preparation and safety info.  It’s old but there is a wealth of hands on knowledge in it.

     

    Coo pics!

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    MikeK
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    Here’s something mildly interesting to any Porsche fans.  I have a customer with Speedster #40, built in 54.  One of the garnish rails which trim the tops of the doors was in poor condition and he wanted me to repair it.  It was just too far gone so I pulled a pattern from the opposite side rail which was in reasonable condition and made another for the opposite side.

    Comparing the two parts when I was done something looked a little off:

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    Hard to believe, but one rail is almost 3/4″ shorter than the other,  That means one door is 3/4″ shorter than the other.

    I saw Speedster 18 once it was restored and one door hinge was nearly and inch lower on one side than the other.  Interesting things you find with hand built cars…

     

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    I got the front end back on the ground.  Still need to put in the steering box, tie rods, etc…

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    MikeK
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    I’ve seen a few Porsche’s with “hi torque” starters and they have started to completely chew up their flywheels. So much so that we pull them off and put a more stock type on. Have you had any issues like that with these diesel starters?

     

    I don’t think those early cars had a hardened ring gear.  I’ve seen some pretty chewed up ring gears on VW’s with stock starters.  It would probably be a good idea to run a hardened ring gear if you’re going to have a hi torque starter. IMO.  If you have a hot rod motor that needs one of these starters, you probably are going to run a lightened flywheel, so that would be a good opportunity to have a hard ring gear installed.

    MikeK
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    in reply to: KCW randomness #46234

    That looks like fun.  What is it?  Doodle Bug?

     

    I think you have a contender:  https://www.minibikegambler.com/

    MikeK
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    in reply to: KCW randomness #46226

    I wish I could do that.  I’ve got scooters that have taken me years to paint…

    MikeK
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    Whoa!

    MikeK
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    I’ve found that if the Bus doesn’t sell, you’re asking too much.

    I sold a 63 panel. 58 23 window and a burned up Vanagon in under a week.  Price it less than what they are supposedly selling for online and watch it go down the road.  Price it what you think it’s worth and you’ll be looking at it for years to come…

    MikeK
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    in reply to: Motorcycle racket #46163

    That throttle lock looks complicated.  My old BMW touring bike had a little thumb wheel to increase pressure on the throttle grip.  You just snugged it down a bit if you wanted cruise control.  It was never tight enough that you couldn’t twist it back if need be prior to loosening the thumb wheel.

    MikeK
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    Glad Randy is well… Super Glad his shop is going strong… I’ve almost been here 20 years… Sport Car must be like 50 years old by now…. 😎

    They have been around forever.  His family started the business as a VW used parts business so he has been breaking down and working on  cars since he was a kid.  Hell, he’s even got pictures of him hanging with and racing with the Bergs back in the 80’s.  Most definitely a lifer.

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