The next day began the usual regimen of up and on the way before seven a.m. and working on listed items and other things that came to mind. Having a chance to work for Sam was something I had hoped to use as both a chance to get ahead on the bike and spares rebuilding and a learning experience. I was held true on both counts.
Both Sam and I have been racing since we were 16 years old. That is a long time, as Sam is two months older than I am (which is ten weeks older than dirt). Over the course of that time, we both have built bikes we raced as well as those for others. Sam has a lot more completed projects than I do, but mine tend to be somewhat stranger, so there is a diversity of experiences that can be drawn upon to solve problems. Both of us having an independent service background, there are similarities, but differences as well. It was these differences I was hoping to see and learn from. His machine shop is larger and more extensive than ours, but uses many of the same basic machines. There were small differences that helped, one being a Scotchbrite deburring wheel we will be getting.
One difference is the fact that we do painting, composites and bodywork and Sam doesn’t. His frustration with painters is mirrored by myself, leading to us bringing that aspect of motorcycle building in house. Still sweaty from a session in the paint booth the last two days, I am sometimes wondering about the wisdom of that decision.
A sparkplug wire set, complete with the ground lines, coil wire and cap was one thing we were missing and I began to build a set from the wires we sent down last year. Now we can completely replace the assembly instead of piece by piece like before. Unlike the plug wires on your bike or car, these have seven components each that must be assembled in proper order, alignment and length, as they must not only transmit the spark, but be less vulnerable to fire and allow access to components around them in a very busy neighborhood. That was a half-day project.
Next began the rebuilding of the cylinder heads.
(stay tuned for Part 3 tomorrow!)