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Wordman's Build (with questions, answers, and suggestions)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Wordman, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    I'm not dead, and neither is the project!

    I really just thought I'd post that, since I've otherwise fallen off the face of the earth.

    Lot's of goings on over the last 6 months. Prostate cancer/prostatectomy, sinus surgery, many, many huge headaches, the moving of a lot of tools and equipment from my parents' garage in NC to my own, and a few other issues I've probably forgotten about. If it ever stops raining here in East Tennessee, I'll build my shed, after which I should be able to get my garage in working order.

    Shiny Side Up!
  2. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I’ve been wandering about you buddy. I hope your recovery has been going well. Hope to see you soon. :thumbsup:
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  4. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    It is great to hear from you Wordman - I was concerned. Anyhow, chin-up, the quacks are pretty good on these issues and so you should perk up nicely when the decent weather returns.

    Kind regards and keep in touch as you are able.

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  5. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    Another check-in, and this one's a good 'un!

    I get chronic migraines (15 or more a month). The doc started me on a monoclonal antibody for migraines 20 July. Since then I've only had 3.

    But it gets better. The first 2 were within a week after that first shot. Since the monoclonal antibody's job is to kill off a certain cell that leads to migraines, I figure it hadn't finished it's little execution squad duties. Removing those 2 (that first week), I've had 1 migraine in 2 months!

    There is a portion of the migraine called the prodrome. This is the migraine before you feel any pain, and can be for 24 hours, or more, before the pain hits. One of the biggest symptoms of the prodrome is fatigue. Since starting the new drug, I have felt so much better, I can only describe it as a miracle. I think I've spent the better part of the last ten years in prodrome. I've been getting up earlier, getting out and working on the garage, the yard, etc. I swear I feel like I'm 25 again (and I'm not sure I felt like I was 25 when I was 25!).

    So, to the progress...

    Before I can get back on any projects, I have to get the garage up and running. When we bought the house, the inside of the garage had been half converted, half gutted, to create... Hell, I don't know what the guy had in mind. In any case, he'd done a poor job of blocking up one of the garage doors and the original entrance door. Not wanting to spend too much on a new roll up door, I removed the one from the right side of the garage and installed it in the newly reopened location, and built a set of barn doors for the right side opening. I've opened up the entrance door area and installed a new door there. I've also installed shelving at the back of the garage. Along with all of that, I've been out in the yard cutting up branches that hung too low, cutting down the overwhelming number of crappy little trees growing out behind the garage, and burning all the detritus.

    This is what I started with:

    A pile of block removed from the door area:

    The doorway is opened!


    Lots more to do, though. Up and at 'em!
  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Congratulations buddy! So happy to hear you are getting a handle on a debilitating illness. Your garage is really coming along, good luck with your progress. Keep swinging!
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  7. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    Thank you... It really is a miracle. It's such a difference I keep waiting for the "other shoe to drop." You know, where they suddenly have to pull the drug because it's killing people or something.

    I still get the tension headaches (I'm a professional as it comes to headaches), but they are fewer and not as severe as they used to be thanks to an antispasmodic I take.

    I really am blessed. Every day was a good day before the new meds, but they're even better now.
  8. TheMonkey

    TheMonkey XS650 Enthusiast

    Cheers to good health !

    Hey, I have a question: do your shoes plug into something? Hope you don’t mind me asking, but it looks like something special going on.

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  9. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi Wordman - it is great to hear from you and wonderful to learn about your newfound freedom from those GD%$#@## migraines. They truly are a curse and something that a non-sufferer simply cannot fathom.

    Your workshop is coming along great - just keep-on keepin' on! :bike:

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  10. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    No, what you see was just part of the shoe. When that pic was taken, I sold Mechanic's tools for a living (Cornwell/Independent), and Mechanix Wear had just come out with shoes. What you see sticking up is the loop you use to pull the tongue of the show up.

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  11. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    We have doors!



    We have a stereo (Have to have a shop stereo!)

    The "equipment side" of the shop. The lathe will be restored and assembled on the box you see it on, the bead blasting cabinet goes on the wooden stand, and the three side cabinets are for paint storage.

    The electrical station (connectors, wire, soldering gun, etc). The big Remline goes down to Florida (it's my dad's) after I go through it.

    Vice grip rack and parts washer.
    The workbench is under there somewhere... or so I am told.
    Spray can rack.

    Yesterday I brought 3 motorcycles to storage and brought home a boatload of "stuff" for the garage. I still need to put a few pieces of beadboard up and insulate the roof. I need to check on insulation prices, though. 2X4s are $6 each right now, so, if insulation prices have risen accordingly, I might wait a bit.

    I've been researching crankshaft options for my old Triumph (after discovering I'd forgotten to protect my crank from rust). I think I'm going to go with a 76° billet crank from MAP Cycles.

    The old crank:
  12. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    WOW - great progress there - well done!

    I love that can-hold rack - where on earth did you get that? :bow2:

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  13. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    Found it on Ebay.
  14. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    It’s coming along, looks like it’s going to be a well equipped shop!
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  15. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    More progress in the garage!

    I brought several motorcycles to my storage unit (including the XS650 project) and brought a bunch of boxes of "stuff," along with my motorcycle workbench, home. Today I got the bench setup, the Triumph up on the bench, and the bead blasting bench set up, then started going through boxes.

    The bead blasting cabinet and bench:

    The Triumph up on the bench:

    I'll be putting the Triumph together before working on the Yamaha. It will "look" mostly stock, but with a larger fuel tank, the XS front end, and a stroked, 76° engine. I haven't decided on exhaust, but it will be the stock down pipes with either stock mufflers or closed mouth Dunstall replicas.

    I sent the deposit to MAP Cycles for the crank. I'll also be getting their Nikasil lined "billet" barrels.

    The 76° crank I ordered (89mm stroke--same as a Norton):

    If you guys want' I'll keep you up to date on the Triumph build.
  16. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yes please. :geek:
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  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    What he said!
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  18. Raymond

    Raymond XS650 rider & fettler XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I've just discovered this thread - yes, please!
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  19. joebgd

    joebgd XS650 Addict

    What is the stock crank on the Triumph
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  20. kopcicle

    kopcicle antidisestablishmentarian

    like ours 360°
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