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by pilotmass  Yesterday

Use a shop in Framingham to get stuff I need. This is just a functional resto for now. The pretty stuff will come later.

by pilotmass  Yesterday

Was a Buick 215. Then sold by GM who preferred iron block V8s.

by pilotmass  Yesterday

Going with a gas Rover V8. Nothing like Aluminum plus galvanized steel to last even in NE! Good luck with your Volvo project

by pilotmass  Yesterday

Nearly finished the rebuild of a 40 year old Land Rover using modern mechanics. Ready for another 40 years

by pilotmass  Apr 22, 2014

Nearly at a year of posting! Keep it up!

by CiVX  Apr 13, 2014

I looked up nitinol and it’s fascinating with it’s memory to regain shape in the presence of heat. My mountain bike is a GT Avalanche 1.0 with an aluminum frame and it gets strength from an extra triangle below the seat and the shape of the tubes. It has a shock fork also but my touring bike a Kona Sutra that has a chromoly frame and it needs it because I put 70 pounds of gear on it. My aluminum rear rim cracked around the spoke holes because it was cheap and over tensioned so I just taught myself wheel building and am riding on my first set now. I’m using a deep V rim for strength and 2.3x2.0 mm stainless spokes with cartridge bearing hubs. My front hub is a dynamo that powers my lights and charges my phone by day along with some solar chargers of course. I had a 3 speed Monkey Wards bike when I was a kid and now the old planetary gear hubs are coming back. A company Rohloff makes one with 14 gears and a belt drive.

by CiVX  Apr 13, 2014

The last time I went into a pub was there in 1986, the year of the last visit of Halley's Comet which I couldn't go out and see because I broke my leg skiing. It was also a mistake because I didn't know it was a gay bar and when a guy tried to pick up on me I was a bit embarrassed because... long long story!!! My friend is a retired manufacturing engineer and he was telling me about the new mairageing steels that are lighter and stronger then chromoly. I was interested in titanium but he say's you have to make it so much bigger for strength that you lose the benefits.

by CiVX  Apr 11, 2014

Just stock on hyper enough already. You don't need a charging station. I'm thinking about learning TIG too build my own bicycle frames. I lived near Jack London Square across Lake Merit back in the 80's and I still take classes at Laney College from time to time.

by CiVX  Apr 11, 2014

I might be getting a plug-in myself but my Honda Civic VX averages 46 mpg in mixed driving and is good for now. I think there might be a credit for installing a charging station if you need one.

by CiVX  Apr 11, 2014

Thanks new buddy. I've been installing solar panels here in East Contra Costa County for 4 years. Some day they will be cheap enough for me to afford but my combined bill is only $45-$50 a month. I turned off my furnace and AC back in 2008 too save money and it's not so bad in a well insulated house here. I have a wood fire occasionally and turn off the extra lights.

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