happy mechanic (sorta)

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by crabdance, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    I not really a mechanic. Far from it... I'm terrible at anything like that. But I am proud of myself today and I wanted to share it with you all. Today I managed to put a new fuel line on my mb and also install a speedometer on my moon dog. For someone of my abilities, I am quite proud of myself. This is probably one of the "handiest" things I've ever done, lol.

    I have been working at it because I know that I will need to know how to tinker when it comes to running a HT motor. I know little things are going to happen and I will have to deal with things as they come up. This may all seem silly to everyone but I'm quite happy about my day. Means I getting a little better at this stuff. If nothing else, I can be a fine example of; "there's always someone worse at this than you" lol.

    later,
    cd
     
  2. Walter F.

    Walter F. New Member

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    And another "Gearhead" is born! (c) Walter F.
     
  3. Dave31

    Dave31 Moderator
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    Does not sound silly to me, you should be proud of yourself. Thier is nothing like the self satisfaction of doing something yourself.

    Great Job (^)

    :ride2:
     
  4. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    These bicycle motor kits lend themselves to making "mechanics" out of "non-mechanics".

    Anyone can learn to work on one...and you should be proud and eager to take on the next task knowing you can do it.
     
  5. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    I'm not much of a mechanic but I'm willing to learn. I want to have fun with this and not let it get me down if I have to work on it from time to time. I know that all of this will be a learning experience and that with each thing I learn, that's one less thing that will go wrong the next time (I hope).

    cd
     
  6. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

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    Gotta love that - my bike has given me way more in therapeutic return than the monetary outlay. I'm a mid level hack of a mechanic and loving every minute.(^)
     
  7. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    Guess that makes me an entry level hack... :) I'm not sure if I can look at this as therapeutic yet... have to really think about that before I dive into something. I know that's how I "should" think about it though. It's all a matter of your outlook on things I guess.

    Thanks Pablo,
    cd
     
  8. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

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    I forgot to ask - did you use an aftermarket fuel filter and not the intank screen filter?
     
  9. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    Hey Pablo, Right now I don't have an aftermarket fuel filter. I know that they don't cost much but I don't have the money right now. I don't know if there is a filter in the tank or not. I got the kit second hand so I don't know what's been done to it. I want to get an inline filter as soon as I can but that will take a little bit.
     
  10. UncleKudzu

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    not at all silly, man. i have a very rough idea of how this is all supposed to work, but i'll probably be the "there's always someone worse at this than you>" :)

    good for you, crabdance!
     
  11. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    Uncle Kudzu,

    If you have a rough idea of how this works then you have me beat... lol. I know that there is a lot to learn but I have nothing but time. Just hope that I'm not down for too much time in between riding.
     
  12. misteright1_99

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    Crab, there is a screen in the tank screwed into the petcock. Not really a filter, just screens out larger stuff.
     
  13. crabdance

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    thanks misteright for the information. I need to get me a filter as soon as I can. I think that almost everyone has them on their bikes.
     
  14. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Look around, you will find one for two dollars or less.
     
  15. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    thanks joe.... that's just in my price range lol.
     
  16. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

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    I'm about to wax philosophical so somebody shut me up quick.... Too late here it comes.

    My dad used to tell me that a man is never happier than when he works with his hands. He knew it was true but didn't know why. I think over my sixty odd years I have figured at least part of it out.

    Most of us work in a world where we do a job, then the next day the job is right there to be done over. Everything from store clerks to accountants suffer from the same thing.

    A whole lot of us work but we don't do work. When you change a tire on your bike you get to step back and say, hey by god I did that. When I changed the rings in my bike before it ever ran a mile (thanks to norman) I felt like the smartest guy in town.

    When I ride the bike and someone asked, "Did you build that?" It really feels great to say, "I sure did."

    These bike don't just get us from a to b, they redefine us. We are all winners because even if this piece of china crap humiliated us for a while, we fought it till we won. How many times in life do you win and know it instantly.

    When that engine comes to life and zips off across the parking lot with people watching, I can feel like a winner. I was a photographer for years and raised a family but I never had that instant satisfaction of knowing I beat the crap out of this thing. Yes by George you humiliated me the first few days, but in the end I WON.

    What I am trying to say is that you should feel good about every little victory, there are darn few of them in life these days.
     
  17. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    Good message deacon. I agree with you 100%. There are not many things in this world where you can stand back and say; "I did that!" and be proud of it. When I do something with my bike or engine that's the way I feel. I'm flying by the seat of my pants and by asking questions on the forum but in the end it is still me doing the work and making it work. That makes me proud and satisfies me in a way that not too much else does.

    We are all that way or we wouldn't be here talking to each other about our victories over the machine. One battle here and another there. We fight each battle until we come out on top. We make it where we control the machine and not the other way around. That's the way it should be. I agree

    cd

     
  18. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    For a lot of people, these bicycle motors are the gateway to their first mechanical experiences. For others, it's a relaxing step back into utter simplicity.
     

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