So many people were part of it this year. And I really owe more thanks and pats-on-the-backs that I could ever list here. This was probably the hardest and yet most fulfilling year to date and it is because of the work of many folks that it was such a thing.
Earlier in the week, there were some issues that were brought to the surface by the playa dust getting into the carb. This was the main problem (but not the only one) when it wouldnâ€™t start over at AntiMâ€™s. But a little playa magic yielded a can of carburetor cleaner. Then Tubahurl stopped by at the perfect time and we gave the old girl a proper tune up. Some timing and valve adjustments and, save a few minor hiccups, she was running great from there on out.
After seeing her run on the playa and seeing how well the gas engine fits, Iâ€™m going to leave her as she is and use the steam for another project on down the road. That single cylinder engine makes a great *PLAP PLAP PLAP*
noise that really stands out, even through loud music. And the flame effect worked better than any horn for getting attention. It was also interesting how many people thought it was steam anyway, or even thought it was an antique vehicle that I'd gotten running again.
I love it.
I plan to make some mods for â€˜09, but nothing major. A rebuild on the engine, including new rings for the piston and bearings for the crankshaft. Some additional concealed lighting and some sort of air cleaner, a larger gas tank and a means of adding water to the cooling tank while on the flyâ€¦ stuff like that.
So while I noodle over some ideas, here's some pics that Karine took:
The New and Improved Black Cat... now with 25% more blather