Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bearings, Bolts and Gremlins

 The last time we talked about the BSA I was complaining that I lost the bearings for the clutch basket. Twenty of the little suckers and I figured I had lost them during disassembly a few decades ago. I ordered new ones and have that side of the engine buttoned up now. I used new allen head bolts in place of the buggered up phillips head screws that were in there.


 So I figure the next step is to put the engine in the frame because it's already too heavy for me to lift and set in there without damaging the frame paint. I laid the engine on its side and planned on setting the frame over it.



Simple, right? Just grab the engine bolts...now where did I put those bolts? They must be nearby because I only separated the engine and frame a few years ago. I searched for a while and guess what I found?


 Twenty clutch bearings lightly oiled in a sealed container. Good for me to have packed them this way and marked the container. Now why couldn't I find them before I ordered new ones? Sigh. Where are my motor mount bolts? I swear if I buy new bolts and then find the old ones I'm gonna be real pissy.

 I think I'm gonna go on an all out cleaning mission in my shop. I'll touch everything. Some stuff will be put away and a lot will be tossed in the garbage. I think if I touch it I'll remember that it hit file 13 and then I won't spend hours searching for something that isn't there. We'll see how it goes when it comes time to actually throw the stuff away.

Later.

5 comments:

  1. Why do all of us hoarders of nuts, bolts and screws can never find the container until there not needed anymore? I just went though this with a rear brake light switch. I needed one for the sporty I knew I had one hanging somewhere. Gave up and ordered one it comes in and I'm looking where to mount it the old one decides to work as I hang the new one on the wall there's the one I couldn't find.
    (Maybe it's Karma from watching a 4 way flasher being wired in Maggie Valley.)

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    1. Oh yes...karma will bite you in the ass. lol

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  2. I'm actually cleaning right now. Look at all this stuff! Do I keep it or toss it because I obviously didn't remember I had it? Funny thing is my wife is cleaning the kitchen cabinets and I just inherited a bunch oil catch pans and parts containers! It really is a sickness.

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  3. I envy your mission to clean up your shop. I have my own mess of tools, parts and space that I hope to put straight. And get my head wrapped around doing some wrenching myself. In my teen years I rebuilt engines and transmissions on a variety of vehicles. 45 years later I hate the thought of turning a wrench. But I want to find a way to return. So I visit here for inspiration!

    Good luck with the cleanup.

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