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by FloridaMike
Tue May 29, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Electrical question
Replies: 16
Views: 3690

Re: Electrical question

If the diagram is correct, the bottom relay has both coil terminals connected to ground . . . There are four terminals on a relay - two are the coil, two are the controlled circuit (the contacts).Relay coil connections: Hot (this is where the switch connects to), Ground (to chassis). Power to the co...
by FloridaMike
Mon May 14, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Four stroke Nortons.
Replies: 11
Views: 2866

Re: Four stroke Nortons.

Ouch. I've seen that happen on older (mid 60s) BSA's, makes an ungodly mess of the engine. I seem to recall it was caused by excessive advance.But now you have a rolling chassis just begging for an engine conversion - I've seen a Norton Dominator with a 500cc Kawasaki triple in it, all that space ju...
by FloridaMike
Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Tax free petition for older vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 3726

Re: Tax free petition for older vehicles

No offense taken, certainly!I was under the impression that the UK MOT was a combination of both the yearly fee (i.e. license plates) PLUS some kind of an inspection of the vehicle with mandatory correction of found faults - evidently I was not correct . . . (was I at least close?)Different states h...
by FloridaMike
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Tax free petition for older vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 3726

Re: Tax free petition for older vehicles

Regarding Florida's no MOT requirement, we found that it simply had a negligible effect on road safety, so why bother with it? It was a HUGE amount of hassle and aggravation for no practical reason, and the costs of the program far outweighed the benefits. It simply didn't work, so we binned it.It d...
by FloridaMike
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:16 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Tax free petition for older vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 3726

Re: Tax free petition for older vehicles

MOT testing . . .This assumes the MOT person knows what he's looking at. I remember taking a Saab 93 two-stroke through Florida inspection and failing because "the rings are shot, it is smoking". The inspector didn't know what a two-stroke engine was, so I went to another inspection station and prom...
by FloridaMike
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:55 pm
Forum: login and say hello!
Topic: Rotary owner from the American West
Replies: 1
Views: 1124

Re: Rotary owner from the American West

Tom,How the heck did you get this thing past the NTSB? "Exhibition only" category? (Or is US Customs still looking for you? Very Happy)Some years ago I "federalized" a 1968 MB 280SL, got my "one free hit" on emissions but had to change/add a number of very minor things to comply with safety regs. A ...
by FloridaMike
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: New spark plugs
Replies: 14
Views: 3550

Re: New spark plugs

First time I saw the surface discharge plugs was in 1969 (or so) when they were widely touted as THE answer for plug problems for the Kawasaki 500 and 750 triples. I owned a bike shop and more than a few of our customers rode these bikes. We ordered in several boxes of them, customers bought them, a...
by FloridaMike
Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: New spark plugs
Replies: 14
Views: 3550

Re: New spark plugs

I just thought these plugs as they work similar to the old surface discharge type may have been of interest cry And you are quite correct.Please understand that I am slamming THEM, absolutely not YOU. I think it was Thomas Edison who was talking about the difficulties he was encountering in trying ...
by FloridaMike
Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:29 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: New spark plugs
Replies: 14
Views: 3550

Re: New spark plugs

Underwhelmed. Utterly underwhelmed.If this stuff worked, every car and bike manufacturer on the planet would be all over it in a New York heartbeat . . . a five percent horsepower increase just by swapping the spark plugs? No other changes needed? There are automotive engineers who would gleefully s...
by FloridaMike
Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: W2000 CV carb
Replies: 16
Views: 5713

Re: W2000 CV carb

Mick,Thanks for the info on the idle stabilizer plumbing, that will help me. I've checked the module and finds it holds pressure, which I'm told is the check for good/bad. Don't know if it moves yet - we'll see.I still have to figure out the autolube plumbing - mine is a '75 with the pump. I think i...
by FloridaMike
Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: French Advancer
Replies: 10
Views: 2484

Re: French Advancer

Interesting device . . .The transmission appears to be out of an early 50's 250cc single (R25/3) because it has the hand neutral finder lever and the open drive shaft coupler (shiny band at the rear of the transmission) and no air filter housing on top as with the twin cylinder bikes. The final driv...
by FloridaMike
Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: W2000 CV carb
Replies: 16
Views: 5713

Re: W2000 CV carb

I'd like to know, too.And while we're there, where do the various vacuum and oil hoses go? I have the screw-in idle stabilizer capsule and it checks good, what does it connect to? (I suspect the vacuum tap on the inlet manifold.) I also lack the autolube plumbing diagram.Inquiring minds want to know...
by FloridaMike
Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Moto Gp Loss
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

Re: Moto Gp Loss

A helmet doesn't make us invulnerable. It protects our tender noggins, which really ARE surprisingly tender - walking into a wall at just 3 mph can actually kill you, if you do it just right (or just wrong, as the case may be).What a helmet really does is keep you from banging your brains out as you...
by FloridaMike
Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:20 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Sparkplugs
Replies: 2
Views: 1199

Re: Sparkplugs

Rare, but it happens. As you say, dropping a spark plug on a hard concrete floor will ruin it. This really hurts when it is a brand new $50 aircraft spark plug (but it would hurt more after takeoff). Too much anti-seize will wreck a plug as well, if you get any on the porcelain insulator, the plug i...
by FloridaMike
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Commander main wiring harness
Replies: 7
Views: 2328

Re: Commander main wiring harness

Supplying a wiring harness to a customer where English isn't the language . . . Think IKEA - picture instructions. Also take a peek at/into any late model "world car" (Ford Focus, etc.) to get some idea of the symbols used for high beam, low beam, horn, etc.Label the ends of each wire, if the guy wo...
by FloridaMike
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Commander main wiring harness
Replies: 7
Views: 2328

Re: Commander main wiring harness

There's someone over there in Blighty who makes replacement wiring harnesses for all kinds of unusual/rare/antique bikes and cars. Not awesomely expensive, if I recall.Shame I'm not over there, I could probably sort this out in a weekend and enjoy doing it. Did a Porsche 914 once with a big Chevvy V...
by FloridaMike
Sat May 07, 2011 3:55 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 4364

Re: fuel

Local Auto Parts Man . . .Perhaps (and only perhaps) the fuel lines and filters are ethanol proof, but that doesn't help the carb floats, gaskets, O-rings, fiberglass fuel tank and so forth. My experience with most local auto parts guys is that they usually don't even know enough to be dangerous. YM...
by FloridaMike
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 4364

Re: fuel

Ethanol is a pain in the (you name it). Worst idea of a collection of bad ideas - utter disaster unless you drive a newish car, preferably a generic Japanese sedan, basically a rolling toaster (appliance).Even Al Gore (who tells us he invented the internet) now admits that ethanol isn't worth the tr...
by FloridaMike
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Amazing some of the stuff you find in people's sheds
Replies: 1
Views: 1210

Amazing some of the stuff you find in people's sheds

Cruising around Craigslist today, discovered the mother of all ugly fairings (which is my opinion, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I truly think this beholder might be better off with VERY dark glasses) - a genuine, brand new never installed Jackwall (yes, that's really the name of it) fai...
by FloridaMike
Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:18 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Post your favourite stupid bystander's comment.
Replies: 27
Views: 9059

Re: Post your favourite stupid bystander's comment.

Re: talking b*ll*cks . . .I usually just nod in agreement and then take my leave. There's no point in talking to these morons and much less in arguing with them. You can't teach them anything, nor should you really try, that's not in your job description and it won't be appreciated anyway.I'd really...
by FloridaMike
Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Squealing IP2/ heated grips
Replies: 4
Views: 1830

Re: Squealing IP2/ heated grips

Further to the idea of a light bulb under the crankcase, there is a device called a "Thermocube" which looks like a normal three way outlet, and has a thermostat inside. It turns on at 35 degrees F, and turns off at 45 degrees F. If you set one of these up with a standard light bulb or a 100 watt he...
by FloridaMike
Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: manual - oil
Replies: 7
Views: 2196

Re: manual - oil

Is there a problem getting Shell Rotella T oil over there?I was just in the local FLAPS (friendly local auto parts store) and they have it in liter cans, one gallon cans, five gallon cans, straight 30, and 15W40. They can order straight 40, I think I bought some a few months ago at a 7-11 or similar...
by FloridaMike
Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Post your favourite stupid bystander's comment.
Replies: 27
Views: 9059

Re: Post your favourite stupid bystander's comment.

and anyone else with a Deek is bound to have had, 'Is it really 2000cc?' What? It isn't?Customer comes into my shop (Outrider of Miami, back in 1970) and wants to know if I have parts for Honda."Yes, what kind of Honda is it?"Puffs up his (scrawny) chest and proudly announces "A RED one!"I'm in an ...
by FloridaMike
Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: calendar dates and announcements
Topic: N.O.C. rally in America.
Replies: 7
Views: 2391

Re: N.O.C. rally in America.

When? Where?"Norton Rotaries being a bit thin on the ground in the US" has to be a masterful understatement . . . would you be interested in having a Hercules "fellow traveler" at the rally? Moral support and all that, ya know? Very Happy Best Regards,FloridaMike
by FloridaMike
Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: DZUS fasteners
Replies: 10
Views: 3291

Re: DZUS fasteners

Sounds to me like you're going to be spoilt for choice ;-)Sure beats "Sorry, that's unobtanium, you'll have to scrap the vehicle."Wonder how many other sources will pop up?Best Regards,FloridaMike
by FloridaMike
Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: DZUS fasteners
Replies: 10
Views: 3291

Re: DZUS fasteners

Aircraft Spruce sells Dzus fasteners, all sizes, shapes, flavors. You'll need to determine exactly which ones you need. They are based in California, they also have a UK (and German) distributor. Their catalog isn't free, but it is HUGE and makes wonderful reading for anyone interested in machinery,...
by FloridaMike
Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Feel the love . . .
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Feel the love . . .

Definitely feeling the love out here in Florida regarding my Hercules . . .Went to http://www.hercules-wankel-ig.de/ of which I was a member some years ago. Tried to sign in but cannot find the access codes (one of them was a certain well known brand of oil) and of course my computer thinks the pass...
by FloridaMike
Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: No no no no NO!
Replies: 5
Views: 1805

Re: No no no no NO!

Look at the bright side - at least you found this the EASY way, as in "Dang, lookie here, guys!"You're quite correct, you could have also found this the HARD way, as in BANG - "OH SH*T!"Back when we used crossbows to hunt pterodactyls I had a motorcycle repair shop on the south end of Miami Beach. (...
by FloridaMike
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: desperately seeking engines ! f1 or commander
Replies: 23
Views: 6624

Re: desperately seeking engines ! f1 or commander

Hoarding . . . very gray area here.Having spares for your own bike's anticipated needs in some reasonable mileage in the future isn't hoarding.Having TONS of spares which you'll NEVER use up in twelve lifetimes is hoarding, especially if they are badly stored in a leaky shed and are deteriorating.Ha...
by FloridaMike
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Retard box
Replies: 8
Views: 2659

Re: Retard box

Sounds to me (from here, far, far away, and never having seen one) that this just might be a simple thermistor (positive or negative temp coefficient) plus a tiny potentiometer for the final adjustment . . . ?But why would you need a scope and signal generator to adjust that? Scope + sig gen is for ...