Monday, February 12, 2018
It has been a particularly strange winter this year, lots of snow, some warmth, subzero temperatures, rain; Lather, Rinse, repeat, etc. Since Christmas, MotoCode HQ has fallen into a state of disarray and as said HQ has no heat, the motivation to tidy it up has been quite low.
I am reminded of a quote from the Steve McQueen Film LeMans.
"Racing's important to men who do it well. When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting"
Substitute 'Racing' with 'restoration' and you get the idea. For those of us who work on bikes and cars, both professionals and amateurs such as myself, Winter is about the waiting.
This year, I have decided to use this downtime to work on other non-vehicular projects. Every once in a while it is healthy to take a step away from our obsessions and come back to them with a fresh perspective.
For me, this has been a foray into (fiction) writing and film making. I have wanted to play the auteur for a considerably long time but was never quite sure where or how to start. Like anything else the answer is simple; Dive in and do it. Take any conceptions of success or failure out of your mind and see where the experience takes you. Letting my creativity run free and stepping away from the technical has been rejuvenating. I often wake up energized, full of new ideas to put into action.
My format of choice at the moment is Super 8mm. I love the look and the simplicity of camera use. The focus is on what is being filmed rather than how. At some point (maybe the Paris Rally?) I would like to capture some classic vehicles on film and share it here.
With all that being said, I apologize for the lack of posts but they are forthcoming. I have some Firth's Motorcycle catalogs to share and once spring is upon us, project updates.
If this winter has you feeling somewhat despondent, switching gears may just work for you as it has for me.
Until next time...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
I just can't do it...
Cut the roof of an original car that is. Maybe I am still seeing images of Daisy being cut up for the sweet hereafter.
I started to measure, mark, plot and plan but I didn't feel right somehow.
If anyone is interested in the original sunroof frame it will be up on The Samba for sale.
Until next time...
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Mark is a very helpful guy and might possibly have some insight. Chances are very good that the owner may have ordered parts from him.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
I knew that putting body filler over top was a poor idea as rust could reform and bubble up under the paint. I thought of fiberglass, however that was also messy and problematic. I decided the best approach was to go back in time to the days of lead solder filling. There is an excellent supplier in the US, TP Tools.
I had all the items shipped to my US address and they arrived within 2 business days. I purchased lead body solder, tinning butter and a copper brush for application.
I have been sitting on this stuff for a couple months and decided to dive in yesterday afternoon.
Here are the shots of the process.
|Here we have some small holes and pitting|
|initial filling of the holes|
|I added some more material and smoothed it out.|
Overall I am pretty pleased, especially for a first attempt. I will need to use a thin layer of filler to smooth things out, however it is being applied to metal coated in high build primer.
I hope to have the rest done before class starts on Saturday morning!
Thursday, August 31, 2017
|Not me.....yet. (soon though!)|
Friday, August 25, 2017
It happened that quickly; As a curiosity, I scanned the classifieds on the Samba and found this for a very reasonable price.
This roof clip from a '63 isn't perfect or complete but it is a great start! The general consensus within the VW community is that aftermarket ragtops are subpar to a donor clip. Well, I now have a donor clip and can gradually buy all the bits as I go. This will make it easier to budget things over the winter.
It's funny how little signs pop up now and again.
Yesterday I wrote about my old friend Victor; A few hours later, I spied a faded red Beetle (post '67) in the Dofasco parking lot. What are the odds?
I believe in listening to the universe and it seems the universe occasionally listens to me.
Until next time....
I am still working on the Matchless engine rebuild. Progress is being held up by a $1.38 sludge trap screw that will arrive in a few weeks.