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th' Cap'n last won the day on May 6 2015

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    1960 TV175
    1959 Li150
  1. Just because sometimes I'm a nitpicky jerk: The "glovebox" mentioned is not a glovebox. It's a toolbox. It was designed, built, and intended to function as a toolbox. Naturally, one can put whatever one wants in their toolbox and then rename it to match it's contents. Jtoks wants his toolbox to be a glovebox, while mine is still a toolbox. It has also occasionally performed the temporary functions of glovebox, first aid kit, and booze-box (among other thing) but, at the end of the day, it's always a toolbox.
  2. I did on one of my setups once upon a time. Way too much feathering of the clutch off the line and lots of downshifting on inclines. I burned through more than a few clutch plates in those days.
  3. Toothpaste has a very mild abrasive, so yes: Serious. A plastic polish like Zymol might work, too. I use it on my fogged speedo and headlamp lenses, not to mention my car's headlights.
  4. I'm planning on pulling the hub to check, so I'll have a look at that. Seems unlikely that they're that worn already, though.
  5. I know that Sticky warns us to do it only on a disk brake and that some of us do it on drums, anyway. As did I. And it's been fine and a great upgrade in braking ability. But lately it has started sticking. I'm guessing it's due to the recent hot and humid weather here in Portland, because it wasn't a problem prior. Other than the obvious of re-routing the cable back to the standard pull actuation, does anybody have ideas on how to fix this? Stronger return spring? Different shoes (they were new and have less than 1,000 miles on them)?
  6. th' Cap'n

    L.A.L.O. 2015

    Eleven years... Time flies.
  7. Two points: 1. Jimmy, you won't make 7,000 RPM with this setup. The stock exhaust simply won't allow it. 2. RPM redline is determined by the weight of the piston ring and the speed (RPM) at which it begins to flutter. Heavier rings flutter at lower RPMs and lighter rings at higher. Based strictly on the math, 1.5 mm rings have a redline of ~8,750 and 1 mm rings have a redline of ~13,200. Composition of the barrel, cylinder, lining, sleeve, piston, turn signal fluid, etcetera have nothing to do with redline. This is straight out of Gordon Jennings' Two Stroke Tuner's Handbook. http://www.amazon.com/Two-stroke-Tuners-Handbook-Gordon-Jennings/dp/0912656417 All of those things said, Chris made an excellent point; Your options for roadside fixes are greatly expanded with a cast iron barrel. Plus, boring a cast iron barrel and matching a new piston is less expensive than a new fancy aluminum kit. I still like my RT225, though. But then I also love my all-stock TV2.
  8. Lots of good arguments for both. IMO, if the entire motor isn't stock (and I don't mean stock-ish) then aluminum is a better choice due to it's superior heat transfer capabilities. By motor I mean carb & it's tune, engine, exhaust, and gearing ratios close to original. This is because non-stock motors, if not tuned perfectly (and I mean perfectly, by somebody who really knows what they're doing) tend to run hotter than intended when these things were originally designed. Aluminum is much better at dissipating that heat. If the motor is stock then cast is a great way to go. Stock setups usually don't run hotter than they were designed to run and the cast barrel gives you leeway to fix future mishaps (seizures). That's my two cents. I have some experience with stock, stock-ish, custom, cast, and aluminum setups; Perfectly tuned and not-so. I've never had a problem with an aluminum barrel.
  9. Thanks for the notes and encouragement. Farmer's Market opens on the 25th, so we're nearing the final stretch. There are lots of updates on the Facebook page. The web site is live, although content is sparse. That will change later this week.
  10. The top pic is a cable guide. It's been a long time since I've worked on a J so I don't remember exactly where it goes. The kickshaft pin works the same as other Series Lambrettas. Let Sticky be your guide.
  11. I get the impression that you don't understand human nature very well, Ming. Either way, the majority of the members that bothered to vote approved the measure. The people have spoken. Lets see some butts in seats at the meetings, mmmmmkay?
  12. I wouldn't be so sure of that.
  13. I may be able to answer any WordPress questions you have. My new coffee company web site is built in WordPress, launching next month.
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