How to avoid derangement when taking on an unfinished project
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