Saturday, 23 September 2017

"a pipe or chamber branching into several openings"

Apparently that's what it is anyway, the definition of manifold I mean. There are many, as you would expect, but in the context of the manifold(s) I am talking about, that was the best I could find. I have to say I don't think its an accurate description of what I will be talking about, but I am not inclined to look for a different definition at this point in time, you are welcome to, if you wish.

I started with a pic of Izzy too, how unusual, well it is compared to the last few posts. Although, I made such a fuss about the definition of manifold and how it doesn't really fit with the manifold(s) I'm talking about, but there isn't even one in the picture. There is an inlet, that's clear for all to see, but no manifold, not yet, its coming though, be patient.

Coming back to the post, this is just a (relatively) short one that will cover the 2 manifolds, no more no less. Remember I said there were too many pics too put it all in one post, well this post is an example of me dealing with the overflow, surplus, excess, it's ok I wont go on.

The first pic (as I am sure you know) is the inlet (carburetor/fuel in) on the barrel, with appropriate gasket in place. I know I say "I'm sure you know" but that's only because I assume (possibly wrongly) that if you are looking at this blog and have got this far, you have an interest in the subject matter and therefore a knowledge of it. Perhaps I shouldn't assume that at all, I apologise if I am wrong. I will keep explaining things as I go on, as if the reader knows nothing (I know nothing) just in case someone reading doesn't (know) and for those that do, ignore it, you already know.

Above pic is the opposite side of the barrel and the outlet (exhaust/gas out) again with gasket in place. I like this pic, its nice to see a new barrel, new copper gasket and also the piston (with rings) inside the barrel. A steel barrel topped off by an aluminium head, all attached the the aluminium engine casing. You've gotta love a contrast of metals. The material, not the music, thought a lot of the music variety of metal is good too. I never knew there was such a contrast of metals (music wise) until i just looked. Some real doozies in this list, one could dedicate a whole post to just that alone. I wont, not here, not now, but may do on the other blog at some point, depends how bored I get Inspired I feel.

Once again I have gone off topic, so back to the post and next pic. This one finally contains the fabled manifold of which I spoke earlier (and this post is about) how magnificent it looks in all its splendour. OK its just a manifold, but its there, bolted on to the barrel and awaiting an exhaust to be attached to it, I sense the theme of a future post developing.

The last pic, well, that has not 1 but 2 manifolds, see, it was worth waiting to the end of the post for te big "manifold" pay off wasn't it. You can see the inlet manifold in the foreground, awaiting a carburetor and in the background, the outlet one, minus exhaust.

Neither of the manifolds are standard items as the parts (carb and exhaust) going on them aren't standard either. Well, it would be silly having a standard carburetor and exhaust when the barrel etc and other bits inside the engine casing aren't, wouldn't it?

More soon, don't ask how soon, you know how it works by now with regard to frequency of posts :-)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Make a brake for it?

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I did enjoy Far Cry 3, most enjoyable game, and the follow up, waiting for the fifth now.

Actually that's 2 posts in a row now where I have started with a pic that has absolutely nothing to do with Izzy,  I need to reign that that sort of thing in a bit. Leave it with me I will work on it and try to ensure it happens no more, or at least infrequently if it does.

I was trying to be funny (its not that funny is it) I had that as a ringtone for a while, not that version, the studio version, I'm veering off again aren't I.

Brakes, (thems the breaks) that what its about, the post I mean,

I have already (a long long ago) rebuilt the front brake and talk about it in a post many years ago, it really was, I'm not being dramatic. Now is the turn of the rear, to be fair a far simpler affair than the disc front end so just a few pics and not much to say.

New shoes (obviously) and associated bits.

My mistake, "newfren" I thought they were new shoes, ooooh new shoes, I had forgotten how funny that ad was, anyway, back to what I was doing.

A distance shot, as opposed to the last 2 closer up ones, a pic that also includes a discarded (for now) timing disc, although I know it will be very necessary at some point so isn't really discarded. I have genuine concerns around the timing, still I have already done that post so won't dwell, it will only cause me anxiety. Also a pair of adjustable circlip pliers, everyone needs a pair of them in their life.

Well it was the obvious next step once the rear brake was all fitted wasn't it. It was crying out for a hub to be attached and bolted on then a locking washer fitted and tightened down, well no one wants a hub flying off at any speed!

Same hub different angle, cheeky little rear brake lever sneaking into the shot too. Well its not sneaking, its just there, you couldn't see it from the other angle that's all.

While I am on the subject of that all, it is, for now. Back soon, hopefully :-)

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pictorial title below

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                                                          That would just be too saucy

Yes, after another extended delay I thought a "catch up post" was in order and I wanted to give it a pictorial title to keep the pictorial theme going. I say theme as there's going to pictures in this post, lots of pictures, probably too many pictures, but that's catch up for you

Before I start with that though I have to say I was pleased to find a monkey on a bike to illustrate the catch up (you've got to love a monkey) and also non red ketchup, nothing against the colour red, well maybe a little, so all in all a positive start.

Now back to Izzy.

Although I haven't posted for a long while she has progressed from the last post, which, if I remember right was timing based, its all in the timing. 

Eh hmm.

Many "life" things have got in the way again, causing another lengthy delay, mostly very good things I hasten to add, but they have all been distractions (as highlighted in my other blog) and halted progress severely. 

Before the excitement gets too great I should say that she isn't that much further on from where she was when last pictured, but the pace I do things anything is progress right?

So following on from we we left off, with the barrel etc going on and the timing being tinkered with it was the crankcase covers turn to be fitted, after a gasket went on of course.

Closely followed by crankcase cover

There's not a plug missing, its a clear one for checking oil level. No idea if it will work or not but I do love a gimmick so thought I would give it a go. 

Still the cover, just a different angle and with nuts on, as in fastened. 

Now originally (when I started this post) ... (not that long ago granted) I was going to do all the "catch up" stuff in one go. I'm not going to now, it will be too much, picture wise, word wise and also I have other stuff to do so ignore the comments at the start about lots of pics. I will post again very soon, I don't mean soon for me, as in "about a year" I mean a few days, certainly within a week, yes really a few days. In the mean time, one last pic.

Its a box of shiny stuff, exciting eh, shiny stuff that came back from the chromers (not Cromer) the chrome platers. Excellent as usual and I will divulge the contents of said box and explain something you can see in the picture that may have you wondering at some point in the future, probably :-)