So I'm heading back home on Summit street Monday evening and on an impulse, got on the freeway. Opened her up. The 5 plate clutch, which has bedded in nicely in the past months, aided and abetted the improved transfer of power. The deepening roar sounded absolutely divine. With god as my witness, saw the needle steadily turn all the way to 160kmh, which is as far as the speedo goes. Wish you guys could have a go. Aaaaah.
I'll be in India from October 24th till Nov 24th to visit family and breathe in Bullets. Pick up some parts too.
Mostly Delhi, a bit of Bombay and if possible, Bangalore and/or Chennai. Looking forward to it!
I know, it has been a couple of months since the last post. If you don't hear much from me for a while, then it's quite likely due to me being buried in the workshop, nose to the grindstone, working as hard as I can.
Well, it has been a very good couple of months.
Firstly, I have been learning CNC programming and now know enough to be able to export my CAD drawings to the CAM software, process the file to output a CNC program, set up and run the machine and also tweak the programs on the fly. This allowed me to go to the workshop (where I work as a machinist) on weekends and evenings and get a good start on the new casting patterns, which are being CNC'd as opposed to the original ones which were entirely handmade. It was a quite an experience to watch the machine cut the part from glued up blocks of seasoned, kiln-dried maple in a few hours with all the geometry, fillets, radii and all, clean and precise and accurate. This would have taken days and days to do by hand. I have to say, it has given me much encouragement to reach this step. The problem with working with CAD software is that you can spend vast amounts of time creating something which basically doesn't exist. It is pixels on a screen and no matter how realistic it looks on that screen, there is a certain feeling of uncertainty and 'unrealness' about it...till you see a tangible, physical object take shape- one you can hold in your hands.
It made me wonder if I had wasted a lot of time doing things by hand before- both the wooden patterns and the machining of the castings. But I did learn a lot from the process and no doubt it is helping now.
Here's a few images from CNC test pieces-
1. Maple block clamped down and tools ready in holders.
2. The 'inside' of the part is hollowed out.
3. The block is flipped over keeping the geometric center exactly the same. Locating dowels easily allow this. The 'outside' is machined.
4. Three test parts ready in a few hours.