Fri Feb 27, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
My Dad was a machinist at the Owen-Illinois glass
plant in Waco, TX nearly his entire working life. When he
passed away 15 years ago some of his tools became mine. A few
weeks ago I took some time to re-organize some of the drawers in a
small wooden toolbox, and thought you might enjoy a picture.
Tate (14yrs old) was with me, and I got to explain how and why you
use taps, dies, reamers, micrometers, lathe cutting tools and more.
I got the same speech around his age.
And it begins anew... Here Tate is tearing
down a 1980 Honda Passport scooter using some of my Dad's tools.
He wants it to be red, and that sounds like a great plan. Many
sources for the service manual (links)
allow him/me to tear it all down, measure what is and is not within
service limits, replace the worn stuff, and put it all back.
Over 60 million built...plenty of cheap parts out there.
What I like about this last picture is the mix of
old and new, of history and potential. The non-disposable
mindset. A new kid working on an old scooter swing arm and
motor with his grandfather's tools (who he never got to meet).
Next to that a new replacement rudder skin (mine has a couple of
small cracks after 12 years of flying - older style thinner skin).
And don't forget the can of WD-40!
I told Tate when it's done I'll hand him the keys on
two conditions: 1) he never sells it and 2) he never sells the
tools. The scooter...not the rudder (rimshot).
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Pancake Breakfast Saturday
Release from Garmin
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Clearance copy practice
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