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About JunktionFET

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  • Birthday 12/22/1976

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  1. As many of you know, I was hit by a car the other week whilst riding my '84 Canyon Express. I had the bike professionally appraised and settled with the driver's insurance already. I'm happy with the result. This leaves me with a bike that I'm rather attached to, but damaged enough to be unrideable. The big glitch is the frame is bent... It isn't bad, but it was enough to chip the paint (that's how I knew it was bent), and the rear brake caliper is all out of alignment. I'm fairly certain the bend is limited to the seat stays, but the chain stays may have also take a bit of a tweak. A while ba
  2. I was about to pull the trigger on the 14-28 tooth freewheel, but last night I found a NIB Shimano hyperglide 13-28 tooth 7 speed freewheel for $17 shipped, so I jumped on that instead. Inexpensive, and the 13 tooth top gear shouldn't be too far off from my stock 12 tooth. Being a hyperglide design, I'm hoping for awesome shifting behavior (and compatibility with modern chains). Stay tuned!
  3. My PSN-10 has developed a bit of a shifting issue. While pedaling, it often feels like it is popping out of gear and slipping. At first I thought the freewheel was internally failing, but upon closer observation when it happens (which is hard to do!), it seems the chain is riding off of whatever cog and slipping over top of the teeth. As luck would have it, I found a guy who writes a blog on the Park Tool site. He had a post about restoring a PSN-10, and experienced the exact same problem. He tried a number of solutions including different chains, etc... I think in the end he just blames it on
  4. Looks like another Comete frame has come up for sale. Any takers on one of these rare projects? http://www.ebay.com/itm/221588241940?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  5. Getting back to my Galaxie... The 7 speed freehub I got on eBay (for cheap... $7 if I recall) was supposed to be in good working order, but the bearing race internally seems to be worn to the point where it doesn't spin smoothly, no matter what I try. So... last night I stumbled upon a Shimano Exage rear hub with 7 speed hyperglide freehub. I ended up winning it for $15... what the hell, right? I don't want to have to re-lace my freshly laced hoop onto this rear hub, so I'm going to try just mounting the freehub to my Shimano 105 rear hub and hope for the best.
  6. That eBay auction is misleading... Though it says it is for a "turbo"diesel, the pictures clearly show a plain jane XD2 pump. There's no boost LDA/aneroid nor is there the EGR vacuum modulator and bracket that would come on a 1983 XD2S. If the pictures are indeed of the actual pump being sold, it is likely that the owner has been running the wrong pump and just didn't know any better.
  7. Thanks! I need to get back on the Galaxie too. I got discouraged when my attempt to assemble the 7 speed freehub failed. I think the barrel I got off eBay has some irreparable wear internally. Seems that when I torque it down, it's noisy and there is a great deal of drag. I may just take it to a bike shop and have them put together whole rear hub assembly for me.
  8. Takes a little getting-used-to, but I got the hang of it. It's much easier (for me) than downtubes, and probably safer than the stem-mount shifters. Overall I'm pleased. I do wish they sat closer to the brake levers (in other words, not as "inboard"), but it's good enough as is.
  9. Since I never made it official, I figure now is a good time, especially since I snapped some nice pictures today. Over the summer I impulsively bought a 1985 PSN-10 off Craigslist for very little money. It was mostly original as far as I could tell. Extremely lightweight for a vintage steel tube bike (21 lbs). Super Vitus 980, Mallard freewheel, Modolo brakes, etc. It needed new cables and bar tape. The cables that were on it were original, and they functioned alright... But the sleeves were worn and cracked. The bar tape had seen better days. I decided that red was a good contrast color for t
  10. Little known fact about Joe (maybe) is that I'm an audiophile. I love vacuum tubes, analog technology, vinyl, and high quality loudspeakers. I'm mostly into vintage equipment, or new equipment with fairly simple circuitry. I find that music sounds more organic or natural when there's less "stuff" in the way. I've designed and built speakers and crossovers of my own, and have refurbished old speakers with new veneer and components. One of my best friends (since middle school) is a brilliant electrical engineer. He too is into high end audio, except he designs and builds his own amplifiers. On c
  11. As far as I know, the odd and even fire cams should be compatible. The major differences between the two engines is of course the crankshaft (major difference!) and the even fire has that balance shaft assembly on one of the heads. I wonder how smooth the engine runs without the balance shaft? A common modification on race prepped Honda engines is to delete the balance shaft(s). Reduces inertia and sometimes makes it safer to rev the engine higher.
  12. Over the weekend I replaced the fuel return pipe. Upon startup, the engine ran lumpy and I traced it down to the primer pump diaphragm, which seems to have finally failed completely. I installed my new one, got her primed, and she cranked up beautifully. However, trouble continues Remember the sluggish throttle return I mentioned before? Well that issue seems to have escalated. The throttle doesn't work at all anymore. It will idle, but I can pull the lever all the way back and there's no change. So now I have to pull the pump off and take it up to the shop. I spoke to the rebuilder on the p
  13. Alpine-Renault and Venturi used turbocharged versions of that engine (up to 3 liters in the Venturi Atlantique if I recall), so that may be a good place to start if you want a cam grind specific for forced induction. For what it's worth, I like the idea of supercharging the engine. For one, I think it's the only thing that will fit in the engine bay. The single "hot vee" turbo probably wouldn't clear the hood, and twin turbos are probably out of the question as the stock exhaust manifolds are a tight squeeze as it is. I'm excited to see how this project comes together
  14. So, that miracle diesel shop that rebuilt both of my pumps has impressed me once again. Look at what the guy found in his collection of parts Best of all, no charge.
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