How to avoid de­range­ment when tak­ing on an un­fin­ished project

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1. You can­not set your­self a dead­line and ex­pect to meet it when there are so many nig­gling, time-con­sum­ing jobs that (a) you al­ready know about, and (b) you’re yet to dis­cover.

2. When you haven’t set your­self a dead­line, you are in the priv­i­leged po­si­tion of mak­ing sen­si­ble de­ci­sions about how to fit or re­fit com­po­nents with­out re­sort­ing to time-sav­ing bodgery (which al­though ex­pe­di­ent is al­ways sec­ond class, and leads to later de­spon­dency).

3. If you are re­motely un­happy about any el­e­ment of the build so far, redo it now, not later. Time is not of the essence, qual­ity is. track­day on Mon­day. Ev­ery­thing ar­rived, and with one day left Farnsworth and I sorted out the re­lays, un­der­tray and shock reservoir mount, and ti­died up var­i­ous other de­tails.

Then the or­dure hit the tur­bine. Corby Kawasaki couldn’t get a Dun­lop, so I told them to fit the Pirelli in­stead. The db killers didn’t fit, the hose clips were too big, the fuel fil­ter didn’t look any­thing like the orig­i­nal, the air fil­ters wouldn’t go over the splayed bell­mouths, and to crown it all I cut the rear brake hose too short. We threw in the towel at 3pm on the hottest day of the year, and went off canoeing on the river Nene in­stead.

Af­ter the track­day (which was ex­cel­lent), Farnsworth said he was puz­zled that I’d spent so much on fuel hose and clips: “I’ve got 20 me­tres of that stuff at home, and the big­gest range of ju­bilee clips in the East of Eng­land.” Next Ol­lie, my work­shop land­lord, amused to see our strug­gles to fit the rigid Ra­mair fil­ters, pro­duced a set of flex­i­ble Piper­cross ones that slipped on in sec­onds. There’s a moral in here some­where, but I’m not quite in the mood to work it out.

They’re about to go canoeing, pos­si­bly with­out a pad­dle

Bat­tery fits with a bit of mi­nor faf­fery

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