Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fixing a broken Wing

Ever enter into a project thinking it will be an easy fix? Then all kinds of problems/issues arise, complicating the project from what was to be a simple afternoon...  into several frustrating months? Well, that is what happened in the Man Cave.

Our son Sergio was selling his KTM and GoldWing motorcycles in order to buy a work truck, but was short on time. I have never worked on nor owned a Honda GoldWing, but I knew he was regularly riding it so should be in good shape for an easy resell.

Trailered the 1982 naked GoldWing home from Austin in January. Is called a "naked" GoldWing because all of the fiberglass fairing and saddlebags have been removed.

Fast forward to the first of April. Finally finished patching, painting, drilling, taping,  repairing, reworking and rewiring the bike to sell it.  But not before ordering ten or more boxes of parts from eBay, then spending countless hours researching online how to actually work on a 1982 Wing. After the research came the hours and hours of actually wrenching in the Man Cave.

While there were lots of little pieces of the puzzle to fix, patch and repair, the biggest obstacle was the electrical system. Somewhere there was a major short, blowing fuse after fuse. Even melted a portion of the fuse block. Was not always predictable which fuse or bulb to burn out and when it would go.

Anybody who has dealt with electrical problems in vehicles knows they can be the most unpredictable, hair-pulling repairs to tackle. It doesn't take long to perform the actual repair, but finding the problem is exhausting. 

Miles of wiring and no wire works......Rip it out and start anew.

After spend several fruitless days trying to track down the problem(s), a decision was made to order a replacement main wiring set and rip out the entire main electrical wiring. The main wiring set is the central nervous system for a vehicle.  It controls, communicates and coordinates all of the functions on the bike. 

One person can end up chasing their tail trying to find a hidden electrical problem. Two heads are better than one, so I recruited my retired neighbor Gary to be the second head and additional eyes for this project. Gary is holding the old and the new central nervous system of the bike.

With the bike rewired and working, little by little the bike came back together. Finally the bike was reassembled and running great. Time to post For Sale By Owner on Craigslist.

The first guy to test ride it, bought it.

Didn't make any money on the sale, only broke even ( and all the labor was free). But it was a great first lesson on wrenching GoldWings. There might even be another one in the future, who knows.

Da'mit was glad to have her space back in the Man Cave.

Happy Easter, Ya'll

Nite Da'mit.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fire in the Sky

Amparo and I drove up to Angel Fire, New Mexico last month (which is not New, nor is it Mexico), carrying a replacement stove for the condo.  Were hit with a dust storm in West Texas for hours and hours. Finally arrived at La Quinta Inn in Clovis, NM, only to discover there was a big dog show in town that weekend.  Seems every guest had at least two long haired dogs with them. Our allergies went into overdrive. Had to make a late hour run to the local pharmacy for relief.

We like to stay in La Quinta when traveling as they are pet friendly. Mona Lisa, our little chihuahua, travels with us on road trips. Chihuahuas don't know they are small as they have the heart of a lion. Great guard dogs and very protective of their turf.

The next day we made it to AF, but the allergy symptoms stayed with us. At the 8200 foot elevation, breathing was labored. Called around to find several high schools boys to carry the new stove up and bring the old stove down the stairs. Had them haul out two old heavy TV's too. Gave the TV's to the boys and took the old stove down to Taos on the back of my truck. While eating lunch at Michael's Kitchen, I mentioned to the waitress we had a half-working electric stove for anyone who wants it. Price: FREE. Within a few minutes, the stove was gone.

Unfortunately, our problems breathing got worse. Lots of coughing, hacking, plus it moved from a head/sinus issue to a chest/breathing problem. Finally Amparo took me to an Urgent Care facility that is more accustomed to treating breaks and strains due to skiing accidents, than respiratory problems. We were thinking it could develop into pneumonia. Caught it in time. Had not reached the lungs yet, though they did put me on a special breathing machine that misted a medication into the lungs for an hour.

While we were there, a grandmother was brought in also with breathing problems. Her's had developed into pneumonia. She was transported via ambulance down to Taos, which is at 6000 ft.

Doctor told us "Do not try to travel while taking the medication" he prescribed.  Stay still and rest. So what was to be a quick five day trip up and back, turned into a ten day "vacation" of sorts.

But the real reason for writing all of this is to showcase several photos I took while up there.
First, a heavy wet snow...

Then, tried a different setting on the camera to get this shot...

And by the next day all the snow was gone. 

If you wonder how Angel Fire got it's name, look at the next two photos.  This is sunset. The first time you experience this sight, you swear the mountains are on fire....

Then, using a color enhancement setting on the camera, I got this shot.

The mountains in Northern New Mexico are constantly surprising us with intensity of its colors. Then when you see the native crafts and works of art, you recognize for where they got their inspiration.

The return to southeast Texas was uneventful, though the bronchial problems caused us to miss our grandson's birthday party in northeast Texas. Took another two - three weeks before we were both free of the allergy attack.

Nite Mona Lisa