having a blast


Last weekend I’d finally collected all of the things I needed to get the piston set in the cylinder: gasket sealant, head gasket copper coat, wood blocks, torque wrench, and hose clamps to compress the piston rings. I’d already had the map gas used to heat the copper head gasket to make it more malleable and the mallet used to gently tap the cylinder down over the piston.

This was a task that I’d been intimidated by for quite a while, but it was actually a lot of fun and went pretty smoothly. Now I wait until the motorcycle is put back together–which is a big hill to climb– to see what happens when I kick over the engine  ?.

Below is a gallery of images I took to document for my own reference.