The winter updates were bogged down with silly levels of distractions. My primary broken bones are healing well enough that I can start wrenching on the Chevelle again. The current list:
- Fresh trunk hinges – I have a set of Fesler trunk hinges that should radically improve the challenge of using the trunk.
- Power steering – I have a slightly more modern pump, snazzy mount, hoses and shiny reservoir that should help get the system back to being parking lot friendly.
- Steering column – The absurdly stiff steering did a number on the splines for the steering wheel, so I need to order up a fresh column.
- Baer brakes in the back – I’ve had them for years, now would be a great time to install.
- Fuel injection – The MSD Atomic system looks like a convenient option for me.
If I time all this correctly, my ankle should be ready to use the clutch when the car is ready.
The wandering vacation has started with some Indian lunch with a hot date.
My plans are to just do things as they seem like fun and the first day was perfect:
- Coffee at Victors
- A little shopping for stuff around the house
- Lunch as some Indian spot in Woodinville. The food was ok, the date was perfect
- Finished building my daughter’s fort
- Had a tree guy come out and figure out how much I’ll be spending to make a couple ratty trees go away.
As we’re moving towards fall, I’ve been getting questions on how I deal with a fogged up visor. I tell them that holding my breath is the trick. Then, when they note that they can’t hold it long enough, I let them in on my second favorite approach – Pinlock visors.
In the past I’ve tried everything from Cat Crap to Fog City. While most seemed to work at first, they’d quickly run into limitations. Then I read about Pinlock and I had to try it. Unfortunately, it took at least a year for them to show up in the US. Pinlock is a system (sounds fancy) where the shield has two pins, and the fog resistant portion is another hunk of plastic that seals against the shield with a silicon bead and is held in place with the pins out at the sides. I’ve only used these on Arai helmets, but have friends that use them on other brands. I ride with one every day in Puget sound weather and am thrilled.
- Very easy to swap in a tinted or clear visor
- exceptional at keeping the fog out of your vision
- it can rub a bit on the seal when opening/closing the shield.
- if it gets saturated, it needs to dry out (it’s not just simple plastic).
- can affect vision when used along with polarized glasses