Friday, June 12, 2009

Aluminate my life

Ok, so I still haven't worked out my aluminum casting process enough to trust trying to pour my cylinder yet. I made these test shapes to try out different temperatures and chemical combos to get it all sorted. These definitely came out better than my manifold, but my gate design had problems and the styrofoam created problems. The aluminum was definitely higher quality. I scooped out the dross twice and used the full chemical arsenal. I also poured it at a higher temperature, around 1,500, which may have contributed to the gate problems. Anyhoo, I'll pour another test and if it goes well, then the cylinder(!)

The other night, Naz and I worked on the Plan B engine cases. Naz ended up welding alot of beef onto the vespa motor.

Finally, Liz has purchased a 4-spd 110cc motor for her Super Cub. 12V lighting, electronic ignition, and TORQUE! without SLUDGE! (inside joke)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Oceans of Rage

Josh (team nerdspeed) is not a happy boy right now. Oh the grand ruse that is "art school" or design vocations in general. If I had simply followed my 16 yr. old career path of Lifeguarding and Blockbuster Video, I might actually be slightly more employable right now. Extrapolate that a few years, and there'd be a chance that I'd be racing against Jeff, Jimmy, Tommy, Dean & Quintos this weekend instead of heckling them from my computer (or at the shop). So, here's an opportunity to evaluate this year's racing campaign and my life in general: I need more money. Everytime I meet someone who does computer bullshit, they seem to have a job. Maybe a house and a car too. So I need to go back to school to learn computer bullshit so I can afford to race. And pay rent. The good news is thus:

-I have an entry-level job at a tourist attraction
-I have all of my limbs and digits
-I have excellent vision
-Liz's '62 Super Cub seems to be running better now
-I am free of Cholera and Spanish Influenza
-I am not Super Morbidly Obese, just slightly pudgy

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Plan B updates

So, I've been scratching at Plan B here and there, but with the Polini Cup Round 3 several days away, I've kicked it up a notch. I still need to do some fab work with the Naz. The paint job is a ridiculous Malossi Racer style one. 'Louder than God' is what I'm going for. Does anyone have sticker making technology? I would love a 'Mosquito Fleet' or 'HRY Racing' sticker done in a the malossi font style. The chunks of the case induction manifold are ready to be "welded" with "aluminum" as opposed to glued together like most of the 12yr. olds on the performance tuning section like to show off. I also need to fab a bushing for the handlebar stem and figure out the exhaust pipe situation. and make a seat! wow. this bike has aways to go. Tally-ho!