So, I’m roughly a week away from leaving for OCMD for H20 International and unfortunately, the beast is not ready. 🙁 In fact, it’s honestly far from it. I was a bit upset with this realization…. but I’ve come to terms with it all.
I took this on as an effort to make a dream come true and started late. That particular aspect is my own fault but there were plenty of factors that went into why I started late and why it’s not done yet. Waiting on tools, funds, know-how, availability of friend’s help, etc. None of these are really excuses, but just a reflection on some limiting factors. For example, a good friend of mine who has rode this Rodeo a couple of times before has projects of his own and also lives in another state. So we don’t get much time save for weekends.
Have I even made any progress? FUCK YEAH. Motor is out, apart, being prepped for paint and installation of new parts (some OEM, some go-fast). The engine bay is partially stripped of paint. Some components/brackets and covers are cleaned and painted already.
What is left to do?
- Wiring. Which is a nightmare for me because I’m electrically inept.
- Grinding the rest of the engine bay down to bare metal. I’m lacking an electrical grinder.
- Sanding, filling, shooting primer, possibly welding and painting the engine bay.
- Finish degrease block and painting it along with other components.
- Finish degrease transmission and painting it along with other components.
- Building back the motor with the mentioned parts.
- Swapping ABS brake system to NON-ABS to clean up major eye sore.
- Sending out Cold Air Intake pipe for polishing or do myself.
- Refinishing my favorite set of wheels (including paint/tires/mounting)
- Rebuilding a rare set of head lights.
What the hell am I waiting for?
Well, let’s see….. NOTHING!
I have 90% of the parts I need to “build” the motor. The head is out at a machine shop being built with the bulk of the “go-fast” parts. The rest of the block cannot be put together until I receive back the head. I need to buy an electric grinder to attack the bay; I need more funds to acquire this. I’m not sitting around in the meantime. The things I can address are being done on pretty much a daily basis. The goal is to get the motor built, reconnect to stock/untouched wiring harness, to ensure it “starts”. Then I can tackle shortening the wire harness and removing unnecessary components to clean the overall flow of spaghetti. I’m attempting to do as much as I can simultaneously, but not rushing at the same time because I don’t want to overlook something important and end up pulling the motor back out 5 times before it’s said and done.
What are you doing to organize your flow? I am using Microsoft Project where I have created a project plan putting times and variables around ALL the components involved in getting this thing built the way I want. Lot’s of moving parts and dependents variable on other components so there is definitely a lot of activity. It’s very helpful though because it gives me a real time look at the scope of this project on a “schedule/workflow” level and a reality check on what is possible in terms of time.