THE CAR OF MY DREAMS ?

Pearly Gates ahead to most likely MY LAST CAR

As I start the next phase of transactions several of the cars I liked have suddenly SOLD! So time to review those that I still like and start working on what must be “Plan J” by now!

Top of the tree in the likes department is the 2008 XJ Supercharged B.R.G. out in NJ. Of course it’s one of the most expensive, has the most miles, and is the furthest away, but nonetheless I LUV it!

Absolute Beauty!

No2, is up in Denver, the closest, not too many miles, and most likely the best deal. Red and Supercharged and even has a British Union Jack logo already on it.

Has something about it

Indeed

All the wood, and DVD’s

All the woof!

Could it be telling me something ?????

Not exactly the last one but really nice exterior but no interior shots to make a solid decision

I haven’t seen a Jag in this color

Well I’ve done a little shopping for trinkets already with another Spyder Windstopper sweater as my old ones are now too big and are selling well on the Bay.

This is the first I bought for the Green No1

Of course if I were to go Red in my increasing years here is one I could wear

Nice but a bit overpriced, better make some offers, not bought it yet!

Some baubles for the said Red motor

Might look good ?

A universal pressie for me that will be good for all

It has a little class to it I think

On the car front badges I would somehow like to have all my Squadron Badges on the grille and amazingly my RAFMSA badge from my RAF days looks a little tired being 50 years old now! Damn that’s  a long time I’ve had that, anyhoo while drifting through E-Bay here is one in the States!!!!!

Looks to be in excellent condition

About 3 weeks to wait, as even with a $2000 deposit, (non returnable) the dealer won’t hold it. Greedy methinks but it is their business. Never know, something closer might pop up while I’m waiting. Fingers crossed but 3 weeks is a long time! But there again I’ve been looking since October 2019 while I was about 1/2 way through the first 12 sessions of Chemo and before we had even heard of the Covid 19 Pandemic to come.

Another day slips by and only 6F on the thermometer. Another day closer so never give up. Today the loft needs to be explored and find all my Squadron Plaques which were tossed in a box when we left Phoenix in 2008 and have been there ever since. All my years in the RAF just thrown out of sight, I strongly object!

30 years of service needs to be remembered

Huge bounty found, suits, jackets and a Tux (James Bondish) gloves, Yamaha riding gear, and a Big luxury camera bag. Not forgetting all my Squadron Plaques. Can’t wait to see what’s in the workshop loft and all the long forgotten parts.

Wednesday already, 1/13/21 and the first surprise of the morning was my No1 choice, which was already overpriced, according to Car Gurus has gone up $2500 ???? I think somebody screwed up here and it should have gone down instead. Will have to check. Lots of bullshit on this one and no, the price apparently was dropped by $2500 for a Christmas sales event which finished 2 days ago so this one is out!

Well that promotes everybody else and a couple more contenders, as fast as one is sold along comes another to perk my interest.

Frosty Blue, 2008 Vanden Plas 

Another Blue, nicely detailed but without the VP trim 2008

So the clock keeps running and I’m not much wiser! Choice 2 went down another $1000 so it’s creeping up in the contest whereas another Green has appeared and a further pale blue is running high on the list.

Another Green

Green but not the full Vanden Plas

Frosty Blue is making inroads, its a 2008 in full Vanden Plas trim with nice wheels. My other Seacrest Blue has gone down that $1000 but compared to the others does not have Navigation even though I love the color.

Here’s Frosty

Nice wheels

Navigation and full VP trim

Well these colors would go with any of the pale blues

Time to get in the workshop and get up there which means unloading all of the outside big Christmas deer and other things  I normally only move once a year. Getting excited but I know what disappointments can lie around the corner.

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR STEVE & JEN

Ho, Ho, Ho!

NEW toys loaded and dispatched to CA! Hope you like them, very precious machines!

Well they are on their way, a few last bits and bobs, and piccies too, starting with “No Excuses”. Front end BSA B50 forks 200-230 cc of Fork oil or ATF, these forks have poor oil seals (Not a BSA strong point!)  Drain hole in under the bottom of the leg where the axel goes through. Tighten up spindle before the “8” bolts then spread the legs. You can see I replaced the the brake shoes with EBC lined ones  (they work very well) .

All cleaned, re-greased and working

These work well.

You can see the drain plug above the spindle nut

No sparks but other than that ?

$500 Rockshocks, unweighted 10mm of free play

Primary case SAE 10 or ATF, gearbox ATF, Engine SAE 50, filler under the Ejection seat velcro panel

Superglitz  still wants to ride so just might come out to Donner Ski Ranch which I always enjoyed and see if my 75th year is as good as my 16th!

Ready for 2021

The joy of polishing

The “SG” Superglitz motif, big bore WES pipe through the frame Ossa style

 

TY 350 front end, Gas Gas fender from Adrian and the IT Yam front wheel. Color coordinated grips and cables of course

Have fun and let me know about that PVL thing!!!!!

 

TONY DOWN

12th NIGHT AGAIN

5th 0r 6th? Well no matter time for the decs to come down, out with the tree if it was real

12th night was the official last day of Christmas and was a left over feast for all with much partying and then remove all those decorations when you were sober!

Some say the 5th, some say the 6th? well whatever, we are all wrapped up and today was also the start of Session7 of the dreaded chemo. Tumor index down to 15 from the pre Christmas 20. The scans show nothing nasty in the brain, nothing in the lungs but an increase in a liver tumor, but only one!

Well its Thursday, bag on no side effects from yesterday, no nausea either but a poor night’s sleep due to flushing poison about every 2 hours and then another top up drink.

The   NEW poison sounds more to my liking as they target the tumor just like our current covid vaccination does. Also the side effects are different and no mention of the ones that are crucifying me!

Came home to the horrifying scenes from the Capitol, when will he ever give up his nonsense?   No doubt they will attempt to impose MARTIAL LAW and we will see BLACKWATER back on the streets as I forecast in previous articles.

Only ray of sunshine was “do nothing arse licker Pence” actually did his job and certified the electoral college results.

Let’s hope there are no more dirty tricks up his sleeves

PLEASE !!!

Everything back in the loft, just a couple of things to do on the Cub then switch over to Superglitz for a little tarting up.

Quite a good day for a Thursday, bag off tomorrow a little earlier than usual as the “nasty” side effects poison got taken out of the mix. Some slight feelings  of nausea but so far under control. bit of a fight with this nausea but keeping it down.

Saturday and at last a decent night’s sleep without pills, nyquil or any other agent! Up at 0800, late for me, great breakfast, the bikes got collected, and now a nice cold day watching NFL playoffs with all, well nearly all, my favorite teams playing.

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ANOTHER CUB DAY

I actually remember that path, and always a welcome relief when you come round that corner.  SSDT for those that haven’t been there.

12/29 spent the morning under going those unbelievably  noise ridden scan machines called MRI. That took ALL morning and didn’t impress me one little bit! Especially the “Man in the Mask” session which must cause a lot of complaints from those suffering from claustrophobia, not at all pleasant!

Awful contraption

40 bloody minutes in this thing

This was all I could think of

Home after that and removed the broken oil pipe but with the loss of dexterity had to take it to Mancos Motorsport  for the soldering which I will pickup today, 12/30 and hopefully finish the job off.

Soldering and annealing of the washers

Picked up the soldering (no charge) however It won’t fit as the picture above shows the way I wanted it BUT, yes you guessed correctly, its now 180 out of phase! Back again tomorrow.

AND THEY ARE CLOSED! Well its New Year’s Eve so another Plan B and go and see the welding Guru who welded up the tank when it split! Says it will be ready at 1500 so ever hopeful. Very cold out there at 21F but fortunately no wind and the firewood is in.

All repaired and again No Charge! Perhaps they like me ?

Tried to fit this neat unit from Webco but it sticks out a little too much under the tank, crying shame

Looks good but a bit too tall

Standard fit as before, but now back in one piece

The show continues despite the cold and Mister Del Orto is in the shower house for a bath and blow through  

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY READING THIS      I CAN ONLY HOPE IT WILL BE A BETTER YEAR FOR YOU ALL

No disrespect here but I’m afraid I do find this funny!

For those that don’t  Happy New Year

Still cold but must press on with the Cub as the days are ticking by. Today’s mission clean Del Orto and rebuild and fit. Well that got done and a new plug cap for the 125 and a new plug. Can’t see a spark yet on the Cub but I’m having trouble standing up and kicking it over all caused by these bloody side effects! Almost at my wits end as these side effects are driving me insane.

The way I’m feeling

Thank God it’s done!

The carb got its cleaning and another good product got its first try as my School bus mechanic, Jack, who suggested this product, for multiple uses. It seems it also destroys that “ethanol” gum that gets in the jets.

Impressive stuff

All cleaned and blown through, ready for the off

Now with fumbling sore fingers I’ll try and sort out the ignition as I rather think I must have pulled a wire somewhere when I was taking the oil pipe off. I believe I had already checked the spark before I started polishing, can’t remember its “Chemo Brain” again, don’t you just love this shit!

Getting to the point of contacting Ray Iddon who is the Master Guru when it comes to Cubs can’t get hold of him over the weekend and now in waiting mode until its time for CA to open up for Monday morning. Don’t know why but I have a dreadful sensation that he may have passed away. If that is the case my next port of call will be Adrian Lewis at Lewisport and see what he can do. He had one of Ray’s “One Trick Cubs” some time ago.

Adrian, yet another Brit trials rider along with his wife Mandy, who is another horsewoman, and also rides trials run LewisportUSA and have everything trials that anyone could want. I think a NEW electronic ignition is required the current one is PVL or it could be just the top coil or even something simpler that Chemo Brain isn’t seeing.

Might even send Superglitz out with this package as with all these side effects, trials and balance may be out of the question for me!

TONY DOWN