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    Welcome, Charles! (Central Illinois could use...

    Welcome, Charles!

    (Central Illinois could use a chapter.)

    ....Cotten
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    It ain't just about looking good, Tom! ...

    It ain't just about looking good, Tom!

    Rattlecans have always been my preference,..

    Because fuels eat expensive paint jobs just as quick.

    ....Cotten
    PS: I hate paint.

    PPS: I had my '49...
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    I hate paint, Clint! Especially when fuel eats...

    I hate paint, Clint!

    Especially when fuel eats it.

    Most isocyanate urethanes aren't amateur-friendly.

    ...Cotten
  4. You mean annealing before bent cold, Paps? ...

    You mean annealing before bent cold, Paps?

    Bending hot is a whole 'nother art.

    ...Cotten
    PS: I'm finding annealing sprockets ain't as easy as just tossing them in a fire.
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    Sure don't, Stan! You are going to have to...

    Sure don't, Stan!

    You are going to have to make your own expanding collet.

    ....Cotten
    PS: You would do best to shop for a cast iron or steel manifold if you choose brass seals.
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    Mine just went up to twenty bucks, Folks,.. ...

    Mine just went up to twenty bucks, Folks,..

    One-inch, one-and-a-quarter, and DC sizes shouldn't be a conflict, Gov, Thanks!

    And mine are just ABS.... I think.
    (As shown at...
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    How 'inexpensive', Gov? Should I lower the...

    How 'inexpensive', Gov?

    Should I lower the prices on mine,.. or raise them!

    ....Cotten
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    Stan! Have you considered dressing the face of...

    Stan!

    Have you considered dressing the face of the nipple first?

    File any burrs, and then stone the face in a draw-file motion.

    Replacement of a Chief nipple would be a very last resort...
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    That's so nobody can scan his fingerprints,...

    That's so nobody can scan his fingerprints, OldChief!

    They can be 3-D printed.

    ....Cotten
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    I'd post them first as an announcement in...

    I'd post them first as an announcement in 'Vendor, Services and Supplier Information', Gov!

    And then you can post a simple link to the announcement in 'Parts for Sale'.

    Looking forward to it,
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    I was asking about buyers' ratings, Paul! Mine...

    I was asking about buyers' ratings, Paul!

    Mine took a hit when I noted a discrepancy.

    Hate to jump back into that tarpit...

    ...Cotten
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    Do I understand ebay right, that any negative...

    Do I understand ebay right, that any negative feedback bites me back?

    ....Cotten
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    Compelled to ride a wide variety of footclutches,...

    Compelled to ride a wide variety of footclutches, Folks,..

    The very first rule, as instructed, was never, ever trust the pedal at a stop.

    That crutch is the original "suicide" clutch.

    You...
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    And Folks wonder why launches are jerky. Even...

    And Folks wonder why launches are jerky.

    Even my wife thought a stiff footclutch was "stupid",
    (when I thought she needed a "training clutch".)

    She's always right.

    ....Cotten
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    I don't know how to put this politely, Lipdog......

    I don't know how to put this politely, Lipdog...

    So sorry in advance.

    But you want a crutch not a clutch.

    ....Cotten
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    I'm really confused, Lipdog! Do you need it so...

    I'm really confused, Lipdog!

    Do you need it so stiff as to do enduros?
    Roads today are such that you don't need to set it 'feathered' to paddle-foot through mud.

    Or would you rather be...
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    Its no mystery why it hasn't sold, Harry! The...

    Its no mystery why it hasn't sold, Harry!

    The mystery is why anyone would go to the trouble to list it with a reserve.

    (I gotta learn to sell on ebay, and soon.)

    ....Cotten
    PS: I've got...
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    It's gotta be "authentic" patina, Bubbalowe! ...

    It's gotta be "authentic" patina, Bubbalowe!

    It can take decades to apply correctly.

    ....Cotten
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    It would be better unmolested,. of course,. Mike!...

    It would be better unmolested,. of course,. Mike!

    Cigars were never my style, but it would be in daily use for dog treats.

    (I'd wipe off that sailing ship stencil off in a heart beat.)
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    Every one is different, Bill! There's more...

    Every one is different, Bill!

    There's more different silver-solders than I can begin to decipher, especially the ones in my quiver.
    For an un-trained artisan like me, its ALL trial and error....
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    My "Last Word" is a Starrett, Bob! ....Cotten

    My "Last Word" is a Starrett, Bob!

    ....Cotten
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    My Chumme has the straight outboard 'ribs', too,...

    My Chumme has the straight outboard 'ribs', too, Bjind!

    But only four hand rail lugs, not six.

    Instead, it has a conventional bracket for the 'tee'.

    ....Cotten
    PS: Pics wjhen I can...
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    A four-jaw is most proper, Omar! I'm just...

    A four-jaw is most proper, Omar!

    I'm just lucky to have a very precise Cushman three-jaw.

    (Not the scooter brand, I believe.)

    Shimming or dowels is the only way it could be adjusted.
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    Certainly, Bubbalowe,... Those surfaces should...

    Certainly, Bubbalowe,...

    Those surfaces should be inspected and corrected as necessary.

    Fastener stress, however, occurs because all metal 'moves' under pressure. Even cast iron.
    If it didn't,...
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    Don't look now, Larry,.. But the bushed gear...

    Don't look now, Larry,..

    But the bushed gear was used for handshifts through at least '65.

    Don't know why, as I got away with both designs on handshift machines.

    ...Cotten
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