Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Water Buffalo

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It's alive!

Random pic of strawberry sky:
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Makes me crave for strawberry milk :p

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Today's progress

Not much, but...

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Lights on! Also reinstalled the horn and front number plate thingy!

So we found out that the starter switch is conkers and wouldn't allow current to the lights, and a replacement is hard to get, but I was determined it'll have lights and I shall go riding tonight! Soooo, I did a heck of a hack job and hardwired the lights. Engine on, lights on, engine off, lights off. Simple, no need for switches, just like normal kapcais. The light bulbs will burn out easily without a rectifier, Dad said. I thought if it was fine originally without a rectifier it should be fine now, but then he mentioned something else about different coils with 50 n 90cc engines, and I remember the light bulbs burning out easily the last time it ran, even when it's running higher voltage bulbs. Don't ask me, I'm a complete noob with electrics, so I just made a removable joint for the light circuit to keep the bulbs safe until a rectifier joins the circuit. For now I'll just snap em on when I need lights :)

I've finally found out where all the petrol is leaking from: turns out petrol was backflowing out from the carburetor's reserve fuel inlet, which wasn't connected because there isn't a petcock with the tank anymore. Easy fix, just stick another fuel line to it and some random plastic bit into the other end to arrest the flow. Done!

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There's a knockoff Vespa horn Dad bought for the bike, but it looked fugly, so I just machine-brushed the original one and gave it a few layers of chrome. I've almost given up hope on that can of chrome when my scale model car engines wouldn't dry. Apparently it doesn't work on plastic :p Doesn't look too bad now huh? Yep, it doesn't work, but I don't really mind :p

I just checked some old pics and noticed I fixed the number plate thingy the wrong side up. Whoops, fix that tomorrow :p

Table mod!

QUESTION: What would you do if you had two tables?

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One with damaged surface...

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..and one with damaged base?

So Dad had an idea, and 5 minutes later...

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TADAHHH! Done!

Didn't even break a sweat ^^

Friday, May 15, 2009

Backlog: Jessie & Shen's Birthday 30042009

Yay, I've finally gotten the pics off Wennice yesterday! Took forever :p On to the pics!

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Birthday girls! OK la, actually their birthdays were already past and we weren't free on those respective days, so this is a make up celebration :)

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This is the same place where they celebrated my birthday last year, but I couldn't recall a thing when Wennice told me the venue earlier. Had to check my blog before I knew where she was talking about. Old already, is like that one :p

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Checking out the gifts!

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Shen showing off her electric "aquarium", because all her previous fishies died. Scary girl.

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Playing with electronic fishies. I think they all move more like rats scurrying along.

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Also Shen's. Nice huh? I'm not a girl but I dig this one :)

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Last pic, Nicky's new hairstyle. Like ngam ngam leave secondary school like that, so young :D

Must watch must watch!

Ebisu Circuit: Spring Matsuri Part I - The Drift from Luke Huxham on Vimeo.


Too damn awesome to not watch. Fullscreen HD and pump up the volume please!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Oooh I want I want I want!!

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Feeling like getting a Z50M chassis on the cheap to cut up :D

Unlike cars, these bikes are dangerous, not because there's no metal to protect you in a crash, but because you can afford it, and you know it; you just very well might go broke to satisfy that desire :p

Oh someone please keep me off eBay now!!! I have to save up I have to save up!

It's that feeling again...

...when you feel that some things you should have always done yesterday. Makes no sense why you'd wait at all.
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I've been busy. Can even smell the petrol on my fingers when I dig my nose now, whee ^^

Friday, May 8, 2009

So it ran out of fuel...

The bike sputtered to a halt yesterday, and I thought there's dirt inside the fuel system, so I just pushed/rode it home and stored it. Dad was laughing when he saw me pushing the thing back home.

I went out to work on it today, intending to clean the carburetor and maybe install a fuel filter somewhere in the fuel line, but I noticed there's no more petrol in the tank, so I poured in a bit, and... the engine started nicely, nothing's wrong, apparently I just rode the last drop of fuel off it :D :D :D


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Added a much-needed side mirror!

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Yes yes, that's a Suzuki emblem on the mirror. Cuz I stole it off the GT750 :D

Thursday, May 7, 2009

And, after another week...

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...it's back!

It's overheating on idle, so the guys from the workshop came and took it back just now. Yea, it's hospitalized again, barely 18 hours after it got home. Haha, and what is that people say about their German roundels, scary maintenance? There ain't seen nothing. Nothing's scary anymore after you've gone French and Italian, but they're just so damn good. You know it's not good for you, but you cannot resist, you know it's what you want. Joy.

Edit: btw, I just realised the car was as much joy to draw as much as it is for me too look at. I isolated the car in Photoshop in like, what, 10 curves? Smooth ^^

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sunday

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Epic pretend-to-ride-curb fail :p

0700: Woke up and took the bike for rides.

1300: Came home with Yen and took the bike for rides.

1940: Had dinner and took the bike for rides.

0011: My butt still hurts :D

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Saturday: Not-so-late night Edition, Bro's Birthday!

Wee, more pictures to post!
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Bros birthday won't be here until the 6th, but since he'll be back off at college then, we celebrated earlier. We wanted to try out Brewster's, but it was packed, and I noticed all the patrons are smiling as they chew the food, must be good :D

Anyway, dinner was at Miner's Arms; a pretty spacious tavern/pub/restaurant in Old Town that Mon & Dad haven't been too in more than a decade. It feels pretty rustic inside, and there's a lot of that old school pseudo-Western-industrialist charm to it, whatever that means, I can't even figure out what I'm trying to say :p, probably because it hasn't been renovated since the last time Mom & Dad went. It's not a bad thing though; the red tartan tablecloth, red velvety seats, wooden furniture, and black-brown cement beams with faux-wood all look dated, stepping into the place feels like stepping back into the 80s if not for the Astro football broadcast on a silver modern TV. Even the tiles in the washroom are the same as the ones in our bedroom back at the old home, haha, not the kinda place I'd expect or like to remind me of my old home though, the toilet :p

The place surely holds a lot of nostalgia for white-collar workers employed at the many law or accounting firms in the vicinity. They must have used to frequent the establishment when Old Town was still kind of a commerce centre for Ipoh, I can imagine. Oh, how was food? Sizziling Tenderloin, and Fillet Steak's great, the fries are good too. Sirloin Steak, regular or with Green Pepper, is ok, but for the price, Bro and me will take two at Scotch for better flavour and bigger portions ^^


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New couches delivered on Friday! I was egging Dad about buying furniture a few days before we were bound for KL and so IKEA, but, hm, I must admit these are pretty comfy. For the record I've managed to fall asleep on em 3 times in an hour, while watching TV ^^ So yea, if I'm not out or online, chances are I'm snoring like a pig in the living room *oink* *snort snort*

Saturday: Evening Edition

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Sooo, I thought since the engine only needed new piston rings and a carburetor service, I reckoned it was a pretty conservative plan that I should be riding it around happily by 1400, just in time for a bit of after lunch leisure. However, unforeseen circumstances like the sudden discovery that the exhaust valve needs to be replaced, the fuel valve needs reworking, and the extended search for nozzle lapping paste made it sure that at 1430, I was still grinding valves :D Oh, Dad was also having a "nice time" grinding some 05 oversized piston rings for better compression ^^

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And.. due to erratic, but welcome rain throughout the day, we're done, about 3 hours later! Dad's tuning the carburetor a bit here, since it's not the original piece, and the inability to fit a filter on it makes it a bit cranky.

Funny, this bike was originally 50cc, and Dad installed what he thought was a 70cc engine back when he got this bike more than a decade and a half ago; the engine turned pretty fine then so he never took it apart for service. As it turns out, it is actually a 90cc unit from a C90. Coupled with the extremely small wheels, no wonder the bike have managed to throw 98% of it's riders off even in third gear, myself included ^^ For the record, Yew Loon, the 2%, had actually been dislodged from the bike, but somehow he managed to still hold the handles and chase the bike (now doing a full 80 degrees wheelie, 90 degrees and possibly way way more if the rear mudguard wasn't scraping the tarmac already) down the street, and eventually slow it down, on his own feet. So practically, he was the only one ever thrown-off the bike but not fall on his butt while the bike went freewheeling into a nearby wall. It was an epic moment, I think we all cried joyful tears at the thought of not having to rebuild the damn thing again, who cares if he fell and broke his bones, lol. Oh, and ever since that day, Yew Loon never once rode the bike without starting off in 3rd gear anymore ;)

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Wee, it's done, off to rack up some mileage!

Saturday: Morning Edition

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Sun, check! Fan, check! Umbrella, check!

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Dismantled minibike sitting on a chair-cum-makeshift-bike-hoist, check!

So, quoting Utada Hikaru from Budokan Live 2004:
"覚悟はいいかー?
よーし!
さあー行くぞー!!"


Friday, May 1, 2009

Raining Ice

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It was raining, and I was dismantling an engine underneath the store's shelter, when I thought I saw ice on the floor...

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It's really ice! Wow, I've read about it, but this is my first time being in a rain of hail. It was ephemerally beautiful! Hurts quite a bit when some catches you by the ears or head though :p

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