Practically Done With The Car

All aboard

Whatever in the engine bay is back to where it belong. The old engine is a mess and the head too. In the end I just clean the transmission, put in new oil seals and just plug and play with the replacement engine. I did removed the carbon on the piston heads, valves and its surrounding areas though.  The car has moved since been immobile for more than a year.  The job is done but it is an old car so I need to look at other things that might need attention, mostly trimmings, brakes and the steering.

The wobbling in the balance shaft (top) even minute is too much for the plastic gear attached to it

Oil seals in the gearbox replaced

I now have an extra engine which I can rebuild and the transmission unit too. I can use it to power a DIY buggy if I have the raw materials, cutting, bending and welding equipment plus the will to do it.

Rebuilding CB23 Engine…again

The engine bay of the Daihatsu G200 cleaned out. Apparently not all of the oil is drained out

Actually I am not rebuilding this time but to replace the engine with the one I bought a week ago. I was told by the seller that the engine is in good condition and I just need to plug and play. The problem with the old engine was that I could not get one of the replacement parts, the oversize sleeve bearing for the balance shaft. Since I need transport, I assembled it back. When the engine gets hot, the oil pressure indicator lighted. It was OK for short travel distances of not more than half hour. The day I dragged the car for a long distance travel, the engine just died, luckily I was almost home.

The old engine and its replacement on the right

Well since the engine is down and out, I might as well clean it and transfer the water and oil pumps (which I bought new) from the old engine to the replacement engine. Also this time around I shall be tearing the transmission apart, clean it and replace the oil seals. After years of hard work, the oil seals are hard like wood. The problem with CB23 transmission is that to change the oil seals, everything have to be removed before you have access to the oil seals. Might as well clean it and remove the metal dust collected by the magnet.

Can't do without it, my crude trolley and winch. See the harddisk plates that are used as guide

There was quite a few interest in the CB23 engine, I might, if I am not lazy to lift my butt and clean the hands, show some pictures of the engine innards here.

Making Weather Resistance Outdoor BiQuad

Outdoor Biquad

This is a new biquad to replace the old one that have had a good wallop by the weather. The microwave resistance food container that I encased it with, is not weather resistance. Only left the biquad and the reflector plus some length of kite string somehow got entangled around it.

I have a 14cm frying pan that had its handle burnt at the bracket. I make use of the pan as a reflector and as a shallow waveguide. The biquad antenna itself is constructed from a transformer wire salvaged from a dead switching power supply. Since the old setup had a BNC connection, the new biquad still maintain the BNC connection, although now if I am building a totally new setup, I would prefer TNC. BNC is not up to par but it is almost there and cheaper.

Here is the construction in pictures.

A slightly smaller hole drilled and the BNC panel connector tightly attached for good mechanical and electrical contact

A look behind

A 10mm copper tube cut, shaped and sliced, then wrapped around the thread. A piece of wire wound around and twisted making sure for a good mechanical and electrical connections. Lastly solder applied using portable gas torch to fill in every nook and cranny

Biquad with sides approximately 30.5mm constructed

Biquad was then soldered to the BNC panel connector and copper tube assembly. A 15mm strip of hard paper placed beneath to give the desired distance between antenna and reflector. Not a neat soldering because the iron was not hot enough. Finally paint applied all over

My New Blog

asahjaya photos

It has been awhile that I have been toying with the idea of a blog specifically just for photography. There I will post the best of the lot that I have and I shall try to enhance it as I could with my current level of post processing skill. In doing so, it has been my hope to improve on it, that is getting slick with the post processing programs and as well as making the images better.

You can view it here or click its link on the right sidebar.

Terengganu Bike Week 2012

The Event Stage

Last Friday I travelled for eight hours to Kuala Terengganu to buy an used engine for my old car. The appointment to meet the seller was on late Saturday afternoon. I was free in the morning and decided to drive along Batu Burok beach for photo outing.

Batu Burok Beach food vendors

There was a road block and I could not enter the beach road. I did not know that there was an event of the gathering of one thousand big capacity motorcycles from all over Malaysia (not sure about Sabah and Sarawak) including guests from Singapore and Thailand. It was Terengganu Bike Week 2012. So I parked the vehicle at a nearby food centre and walked in.

The main gathering point

The gathering was held at a small beachside amphitheatre. It was still early and not all the participants had arrived. I did not move around, I just sat at one location observing and recording the happenings. Amongst all the riders two were definitely ladies. One riding a Harley Davidson and the other I think was sport motocross. I cannot vouch if there were others as it was not easy to tell some of them apart with their helmets on. I was wrong a few times.

Honda's Gold Wings

Harley Davidson

The minimalist and the sports

Choppers of other makes

Man looking at the Harley of a lady rider

This one admiring the street sports while in the background musicians rehearsing for the night show

My kind of bike. You don't hear it coming, you just see it leaving and smell its smoke

The Marshals

The Gang

The girls distributing drinks for one of the sponsors

Veteran rider

Official videographer at work

When it was time, the bikers moved in a convoy like manner to Tasik Kenyir (Kenyir Lake) and back to the beach making side trips to an old folks home, Jom Heboh Carnival (held by Malaysia TV3 station at Gong Batu Badak if I am not mistaken) and the Islamic Civilisation Garden along the way. While they were gone, I sat and watched the musicians rehearsing for the night’s dinner show.

Getting ready for the journey

I left the beach at noon. Along the way I missed the opportunity to photograph a very veteran biker with an equally very veteran bike. I think it was a BSA from the glimpse that I had of the writing on the fuel tank. In the fifties and early sixties, there were not many brands in the region. The Japanese makes and Ducatis was considered new at that time. There were the Nortons, Triumphs, BSAs and very few AJSs. There was a pun on the acronym of the AJS motorcycle in Malay. It stood for Asal Jalan Sudah, meaning as long as it moves it’s okay.

Note: Panorama photos stitched by Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) 64 bit.