Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Z50M's new carburetor!

Honda Z50 M
OK, back to this! As you can see, the Z50M is now equipped with a Keihin side draft carburetor from a Honda GBO!

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While the Keihin down draft unit works perfectly fine, it doesn't connect to the airbox (the black round thingy with a funnel) and that's always bugged me, so I figured best do something about it before I give the bike a respray!

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Here's how it looks like originally, but these carburetors are way too rare and pricey, we're talking RM400 onwards per pop! The price doesn't bother me at all, but my current plans are more resto-mod than a period correct restoration, so something more modern fits the bill nicely, and that's where the GBO unit comes in. I gotta say my thanks to the boss of Ban Hin Loong for putting up with me bothering him for days. I've tried quite a few carburetors until I found one that fit! I bought an EX5 unit earlier and it wouldn't even fit into the gap, so I hauled the bike out to the parts shop just to be safe!

Haha, anyway, so I finally found a carburetor that somewhat fits, but couldn't find an intake manifold that fits the application, so it's off to the machine shop we go!

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As you can see the insides are smooth , but the exterior is just plain old rough and fugly.

2 hours later:
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Looks way way way way way way way way way nicer rite? For 2 hours I patiently put a file to it and ground away! Manual labour! I wish I could use the huge buffing machine but the sanding wheel isn't good anymore, so a small sanding wheel and electric drill was all I had. I think this is about the most I can do, I could probably clean off a bit more weld, but that's it. It's plain iron, so rust and corrosion is imminent, oiled it up now and sending it off to be chrome plated once the GT750's parts are ready!

With the new carburetor, the bike doesn't leak fuel anymore, idling can now be set lower, rev and power comes a teeny bit slower now, but they do drop a lot slower on easing the throttle now, so the bike has more torque coming out of corners. The bike jerks noticably less during gear changes too, nice, and I just love the new induction sound, it's beefier! As an added bonus, the bike is a lot smoother when slowing down, and the crackle pop sound I love so much is still here, woohooo!

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Here's how it is now. Need to reroute the hoses for a cleaner look, and the airbox opening obviously does not line up to the carburetor now, so I've got more to do! Yay, no more ugly carburetor setup to bug me!

Oh, btw, had lunch at Akamomiji with my family this afternoon, my treat, since for Father's Day last week we all gave Dad conjunctivitis too, and had to stay home, Sis was the only one who wasn't infected :D Anyway, Akamomiji, I'd say the price is lower than what I expected, and the quality of food, higher, nice! Thanks for the heads up TK, or I wouldn't even notice it's there :D

Yippee!!

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More stuff I don't need hehehe. Ying helped me get the CD because I will not accept the "Malaysia Edition" ones sold in Ipoh, Utada Hikaru's This Is The One, good stuff, it's been on heavy repeat on my playlist for months! The boomerang's a souveneir from Perth. Neat huh? I think I'll just use it to scratch my back. Just joking lol, thanks again Ying!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Carburetor swap!

Honda Z50 M
New sidedraft carburetor and custom made inlet manifold! Yes the Xantia has awesome storage too :D

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

World's coolest scale model. Period.

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It's been completed last Tuesday! So awesome! It'd be taken down come 31st August! How I wish I can make it in time to Japan to see it personally! Haha, anyway, I hope it'll be relocated after August, instead of being taken apart and left to collect dust in some warehouse!

Pictures from:
http://punynari.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/assembled-life-sized-rx78-gundam-part-1/
http://punynari.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/assembled-rx78-gundam-part-2/
http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/06/13/odaiba-gundam-lights-up-the-night/


Gotta love Japan!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Down with Conjuctivitis

Left eye swollen already. WARGHHHHHHH!! How can this happen to me, so farking irritating, not handsome anymore!!!! WARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Random nerdiness

Went for drinks at Moon River last nite, me, Fanny, Poh & Sauw Leng. Apparently it was a busy day for the others because the rest couldn't make it. Shot time talking about insurance, life, camera people, fruits, Japanese AV, gwai los, travel, cars and other random stuff. I know, so incoherent :D

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Yen got me this clear document holder today! It is, from Giordano, I think? Haha I like the illustration!

We had dinner at Kizuna tonight, me & Yen ordered Unagi and Salmon bento respectively, nice stuff, Unagi bento, if you can handle raw meat, the fish is fresh and flavourful :) I know you had lotsa awesome food for the whole week in Australia, GPY, so diam a bit, don't make me hungry again :D

Went to Jusco after dinner cuz Yen wanted to take sticker pics, and I wanted to walk a bit after stuffing myself with bento and sushi rolls anyway. We did just that and ended with quite a few spoils too!

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You can't really see it; but the front pocket's on Yen's overalls was full with capsules!

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Pipe and Boo mascot banks from the Super Mario series! I like everything but the Pipe in the series. I'd love to get em all, we'll see!

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BOO! Cute! I wish it is covering it's eyes with it's hands like in the videogame!

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Action Kamen Shin-chan! He's afraid of Boo though!

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"Maybe the ghost wouldn't be able to find me if I stay hidden in this pipe"

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"BOOOOOO!"
"Warghhhhhhhhh!" *falls into long pipe"

Apparently not :D

People...

...or rather, the problem with them. There's this huge drain near my office, huge enough for a 10-wheeler to 3-point turn in it and then some. Lotsa people pass by it everyday. There's the occasional monitor lizard or 2 or 3 doing their thing down there. People see it, people pick rocks, people throw. At the monitor lizards. Just what the fark is wrong with you guys? All have been bitten by scaly reptiles in the ass or kuku when you were small izzit? Phobia oledi izzit? Or do you just plainly have an irrational fear for things you do not understand? Dude, you're, what, 5 feet tall at least? The reptiles are 3', maybe 5', max. You're up on the road, it's down in the drain. It's not interested in you, it ain't bothering you, much less gonna harm you. So biatch, please, do the lizards a favour and just leave them alone, go do something else or throw rocks at illegally-triple-parked cars, go buy pao even though you've just eaten, or you can just stare blankly at the drain, anything, just leave the lizards alone.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

More bike stuff!

Ducati Falcon 50
So, this has been lying around the floor for quite some time...

Ducati Falcon 50
Looks puny huh? Hehe, it actually is quite puny, coming off a Ducati Falcon 50, probably 1964, displacing just 48cc; the piston's circumference is smaller than a can of Nescafe! I like the angle of the carburetor, looks interesting!

Ducati Falcon 50
Yep, Italian thru n thru!

Ducati Falcon 50
Dad's plan is to just repaint the fuel tank, then put it on display together with the engine, but I think that's a waste, so, we might make something out of it ;)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

White little oddity

I love the styling of the Xantia, especially the side and rear profile, but sometimes I can't help but notice that the front fascia looks a bit dated compared to it's Peugeot twin, the 406, and I'd told some friends how interesting I think a Xantia would look with a 406's face. Anyone ever noticed I rarely take frontal pics of the Xantia and all you ever see is it's sides and butt on this blog? Well, today I saw that someone has took the concept to reality with the smaller siblings :)

Citroen ZX
Saw this hatch this afternoon. Just a normal ZX, rite?

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Haha, but what's this? Apparently the owner have swapped the fenders, hood, headlamps, bumper and grille from a Peugeot 306, the ZX's twin, notice that even the Lion badge has been replaced with the Twin Chevrons :)

By the way, you cannot just make every other Citroen look better with a Peugeot face swap though; some, like the XM, are absofarkinglutely PERFECT, untouchable! I just hope I don't see one with a 605 face, XM face on 605 would be as bad!

While I still prefer the 306 hatch compared to the ZX, it does look nicer than original; the 306 and 406 both came out 2 years later compared to the ZX and Xantia respectively, so naturally they look fresher, and I doubt many will notice the not-so-subtle differences, so it probably doesn't attract too much attention, nice! You might see it a bit in the first pic, and the dashboard isn't the ZX piece anymore. I had a quick glance and it is a 406 piece with a late model Xantia steering wheel. It's not mindblowing, but hey, it makes me warm and fuzzy inside knowing that someone out there has such an interest in these french oddities too :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mission Parts Hunt Friday - FAIL

I spent the later part of Friday (05062009) running into motorbike shops with a printout of the Z50M, hoping to score some parts. Some glanced at the picture and gave a cold "no", some just smilingly shook their heads, some were more enthusiastic and even suggested places I might get lucky (though I've tried my luck at those places previously, no luck), the funniest must be an Indian kid who just kept shaking his head saying "tak ada lah, tak ada lah", but he kept holding on and staring at the pic, and it wasn't until I've kept my hands up for a few more seconds did he hand the pic back to me. The outcome wasn't unexpected; I was just pushing my luck a bit hoping some stores will stock unique parts for a rare bike that wasn't even sold here, yea right, like they will have plastic emblems that was only fitted on one single model year bike. Haha, anyway, the highlight of that morning was meeting an oldtimer stocking parts for some classic kapcais. He doesn't have what I want, but told me he could get something similar if I could wait, and tried to interest me in a 70cc block. I left him my number in case he has something new, and after more small talk, it turns out that he knows my father back when Dad was still racing and working as a mechanic, woot ^^

Anyhow, the first place I visited on my parts hunt is none other than Ban Hoe Seng (local Honda dealer), the uncle at the office saw the pic and told me I'd have better luck in Thailand, haha, ok, I know that and have asked a friend to keep an eye out already earlier. Out at the entrance, by the way, is this other reminder of an era when simple motoring was kinda chic:
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It's a Honda P25, and despite it's name, is actually powered by a 49cc single OHC engine operating at the lower left of the rear hub, with other components housed in the hub itself, and check the fuel tank behind the seat! It was introduced back in 1966, so that makes it slightly older than the Z50M coming in at 1967, and apparently that blue is an original colour, though I'm not sure if it is the original coat of paint. Doesn't matter really; I think the colour's blah anyway, the only vehicle I remember pulling off that colour nicely is the Isuzu Bellet R6!

Here's how you pull off baby blue and still look uber manly :D
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IF, IF I have a car like this (I can always dream), I'd so daily driver it, smouldering clutch in traffic be damned :D

Monday, June 8, 2009

Car cleaning...

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...because I can't remember when's the last time I did it :D I think I should get new rugs for the car too...

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