For the manner in which men live is so different from the way in which they ought to live, that he who leaves the common course for that which he ought to follow will find that it leads him to ruin rather than safety.
-Machiavelli

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reconstruction Begins

One of the most important tasks was getting my laundry back!! I had to install a new utility sink, and then with the help of my pops, we got the washer, dryer, and freezer placed. The freezer left me with a large bruise on my thigh...but I won't get into it.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shop Floor Done

Shop floor as of right now. I'm stoned on fumes, and I've had a few beers...but it looks good. Hiring pros was the way to go. Once I saw how bad it REALLY was, I had to hand it off.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Shop Is F*cked!!!

My shop looks like this...as of about 15 minutes ago...


New floor on Wednesday. Move back in over the weekend? Maybe? Hopefully? 101 year old basement shop. Everything except the water heater and furnace is coming out. Honestly, I can't wait to get the shop back together and get back to doing cool shit. New layout, new Gusto!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Porsche: Rennlin Pedals

Yesterday, I installed new pedals and a driver's side floor board into the Boxster. Not a difficult task on paper, but the footwell of a small sports car is not an easy place to work. Though I mainly did this for cosmetic reasons, there are other benefits. One, the rubber grips on the pedals are better than the OEM pedal covers. Second, as I get a little better with performance driving techniques, the shape of the gas pedal lends itself to heel-toe shifting better than the stock pedal.

Let's get started, shall we...

The Rennline floor board and pedals. The four piece pedal set also includes a dead pedal.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Saying Goodbye...

...to one of my bikes. After four and a half years, it's time to send my Aprilia off to her new home. I've been considering this move since last fall. My day job leaves little time to ride, and this is not my only bike. I have plans for my Porsche, and other tools and machines that I would like to add, so something had to give.

My one big hangup was that I didn't want to sell it to some dude-brah type guy. No. Just no. Aprilias are special machines that deserve good homes. The new owner intends to make her into a track bike, and that couldn't make me happier. He is also a big RSVR enthusiast. I found the perfect home for my bike, where she will get the love that a machine like this deserves!

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Honestly, I never got fully comfortable with this machine. Not long after I bought it (and before I rode it the first time) was when I was in my crash. I've been a little gun shy ever since. I'm familiar with my Triumph, and I still have confidence when I ride it. This was a different machine, though. I get freaked out sometimes when I'm riding, and that is not good. That's not a feeling I get on my chopper. So, the time has come to part ways.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Neat Little Transfer Punch

This is a little something I made the other night. I needed to transfer a bunch of countersunk holes for a day job project. I didn't have time at work, and just made it at home. It will probably come in handy for some of my shop stuff, so I had no problem doing it on my own time.

Excuse the long thumb screw, I just didn't feel like trimming it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Riser Block Follow Up

It just occurred to me that I didn't show a follow up to the riser block for my mill. It turns out that I was ever so slightly off. My machines have limitations, after all. I work on bench top machines, not million dollar CNC's capable of sub .0001" accuracy. Small, light weight machines have to be coaxed a little more than their larger brethren.

A quick and dirty little rig for holding the head of my mill while I messed with the riser block. It supported the top while I moved stuff around and worked on the bolts.