Sunday, March 11, 2012

And now for the good news

The original key is still there.

Look at this cool little screen inside the gas filler. 

All the electrical stuff under the tank looks good.

The battery box is the only place that's not rusty.

Check out the cool VIN plate.

Bridgestone 350 GTR Buyers Remorse

So, I guess I didn't have enough projects while having too much money and time, so I went and bought a cool old classic motorcycle. The only problem is, it's a total piece of crap. I am not optimistic this thing will ever run down the road again. The really interesting part of this adventure is trying to figure out WTF happened to this machine for it to end up in this condition.
The guy I bought it from was cool, and he has a little motorcycle museum, I will make a separate post about that.

But whoever the owner before was... there is quite a mystery going on.

2300 miles, this bike should be just like new, right?

So why does it have this big crease in the front fender? It looks like it was bent over double, but the fender stays are perfect.

 Once we got it home, I told Randy that
I wanted to spray all the bolts with PB Blaster and let it sit for a while before even trying to remove any fasteners. But... we both started trying to figure out why things were already loose or missing, and the next thing you know:

Now, in our defense, it turned out that the damned cylinder head was not even bolted on, the nuts were all finger tight. There is just a lot of stuff that doesn't make sense, and we couldn't help ourselves.
The front brake connector bar is broken, how can that happen?
All of the parts for the rear brake are gone, the pedal, the cable, the torque rod, and the wheel is installed upside down. WTF?

Outa here

I'm so annoyed with the whole "Chumpcar that no one wants to drive", I thought about smashing it with a hammer the other day. So I figured I better let Troy keep it at his place. My last Karmann Ghia, I tried to sell at the Bugfair, and I told everyone if it wasn't sold by noon, I would let people smash it with a hammer for $1 a whack. Some of the folks there were really pissed at me about it. Not so much that they simply bought the car from me to prevent it, though. I made $57 letting people smash it, if I remember right.
  We have decided we will take it to Bonneville this September with a turbo motor. I have most of the parts to do that laying around, so that will be fun.