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What now?

July 14, 2010

We’re still in Seattle, and not sure what’s going to happen next. 

Removing Seb’s old engine took about a day, and during the preparation of the new engine for installation we observed  that the engine  case had a small crack in it near one of its mounting points.  Motorcycle engines are commonly constructed with two case halves put together like a clamshell with most of the internal engine parts contained within the case.   We thought we might be able to swap the part that was cracked from Seb’s old engine, and so began to disassemble the new engine.  After we removed the cracked case half, we decided that if it could be repaired, it would be better since there might be problem trying to mate case halves from different engines.   

We found a local machine shop that could weld aluminum and the repair took a day.  When we got thr part back we reassembled the engine and installed it in the frame.  As soon as we could get it connected we gave it a test start and it ran right away.  So we continued with the installation also completed other repairs until we had the bike ready for a test ride. 

Seb was gone for about ten minutes when I got a call on my cell phone.  Seb was calling from about a mile away saying that the engine was making a terrible noise, and he shut it off.  I went down to meet him and heard the noise.  It sounded like it was trying to digest a bolt a sickening crunc.hing snapping noise.  It was evening rush houir and there was a lot of local traffic so we we decided to leave the bike in a parking lot and come back for it later.

After dinner, we returned with a tow rope and pulled the bike back into the garage at Debby’s.  So now, Seb’s bike will be called “I go where I’m towed.”

Today we’ll see if we can determine the cause of the noise, and figure out our options.  We are very frustrated, but will get through it.  We may repair Seb’s old engine after all.

But we’re enjoying beautiful weather and are very glad to be able to be with my sister. 

I’ll post what we find later today.

-Peter

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sky Cole permalink
    July 14, 2010 1:04 pm

    You all couldn’t be stuck in a better place and in better company.

  2. Gord (RAT) permalink
    July 14, 2010 1:12 pm

    Gadzooks …. I hope things take a turn for the better soon.

    Cheering you on.

    Gord

  3. David Langlois permalink
    July 14, 2010 4:09 pm

    Boy, that’s gotta be frustrating. Keep on truckin’

    David

  4. Cousin Glenn permalink
    July 14, 2010 10:42 pm

    Think positive. Imagine if this had happened elsewhere, with no help and no shelter. All my love to you, Seb, and cousin Debby. Come home safe.

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