Leather, Sno-Seal and Sandpaper

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by barbz, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. barbz

    barbz Guest

    I've been having problems with my R65 since last December, when one of
    the carb float bowls vanished as I was leaving an Airheads party.

    The shop blamed flakes of rust in the tank, so a buddy of mine offered
    to sell me one of his spares. Sure enough, when we took the petcock off
    the old tank, there were indeed flakes of rust sticking to the screen.
    However, the big surprise was what we found *after* the petcock was
    removed! There was a piece of rolled up sandpaper, about 4" long inside
    the tank!

    Coupled with the float bowl, one might be tempted to suggest sabotage.
    But who would do such a thing? The Most Ethical People on the Planet,
    perhaps? Well, I can't really determine that it was Doc Wong's fellow
    Scientology indoctrinees, but it isn't without precedent.

    The new tank is rust free and clean inside, which is nice. It's not the
    same color, nor is it all shiny new, but when you own a vintage machine,
    you can't be too choosy!

    My friend gave me a can of Sno-Seal for my leathers. Just finished the
    pants. You rub it in and then blow dry it to soften the wax, so it soaks
    into the leather. Now that I've done that, I can almost guarantee once
    the jacket's finished, it won't rain again until 2008!
    --
    Barb
    Chaplain, ARSCC (wdne)

    "Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to
    have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous,
    ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can
    produce."

    --Molly Ivins
     
    barbz, Apr 12, 2007
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  2. Is it just possible that a previous owner was (misguidedly) trying to
    clean the inside of the tank with sandpaper--maybe he wound it around
    something spun in an electric drill--and a piece came off inside the
    tank? If you were going to sabotage an airhead you could do better
    than a rolled-up piece of sandpaper in the tank. (A little SAND would
    work better!)

    Also the float bowl on a Bing carb. is held on with just a little
    spring clip. I wonder sometimes if they get knocked off by accident.
    My other airhead has Mikuni carbs, and you have to extract four screws
    to get that @#$)%* float bowl off!
     
    Blazing Laser, Apr 12, 2007
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  3. barbz

    barbz Guest

    No. The bike was "new" when I bought it, assembled from parts like
    Frankenstein's monster. 10 years ago, I removed the tank and did the
    rust flake/sealer dance, and I can guarantee there was no sandpaper
    involved. Ever.
    Yeah, I wondered about that as well. However, I've gone over 10 years
    without a problem, and to have these two things suddenly occur around
    the same time frame...well, ya gotta wonder.

    --
    Barb
    Chaplain, ARSCC (wdne)

    "Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to
    have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous,
    ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can
    produce."

    --Molly Ivins
     
    barbz, Apr 12, 2007
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  4. barbz

    SaltineDawg Guest

    One day, I found that a parked car had knocked my moto over when it
    left. The impact seemed to have loused up the seal on the carb bowl on
    that side and it kept drooling.

    So I had to adjust the spring clip >just so< to hold in on better. That
    also made it all the more precarious for riding around with any road
    rattle 'n shake and the risk of it unspringing entirely.

    But -- nothin' a ballpeen at home didn't fix. '-)
     
    SaltineDawg, Apr 12, 2007
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  5. barbz

    SaltineDawg Guest

    Doncha' have a gas cap lock?
    No doubt about it. Sell the movie rights!
     
    SaltineDawg, Apr 12, 2007
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  6. barbz

    barbz Guest

    I do now! :)

    --
    Barb
    Chaplain, ARSCC (wdne)

    "Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to
    have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous,
    ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can
    produce."

    --Molly Ivins
     
    barbz, Apr 12, 2007
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