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Things that make you Smile? #797487 02/04/20 2:35 am
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Probably because we have been talking about our shops lately, when I was out tinkering in my shop today I got to thinking about the few things I seem to leave in there just because they make me smile when I see them. They probably look like junk to anyone else but they remind me of a particular time or of a longtime friend, some I’ll never see again. So then I started wondering if y’all had these sort of things you leave hanging or lying about in your shops just for the memories and smiles when you see them.


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797489 02/04/20 2:48 am
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You bet I do. What better place?

Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797508 02/04/20 9:44 am
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My grandkids....love it when they come into the shop and ask questions


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797515 02/04/20 3:41 pm
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Two very dented aluminium Kodak 35mm film canisters with the screw on tops. Yes, there is still weed in them. Now if that does not bring back memories and smiles...


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797516 02/04/20 3:50 pm
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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797519 02/04/20 4:14 pm
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A drawing my grandson did of me when he was about 4 or 5. I didn't realize I had so little hair so long ago shocked


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797530 02/04/20 6:32 pm
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For me, looking at my old toys and remembering when my parents gave them to me as presents, that makes me smile.

Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797532 02/04/20 7:22 pm
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the corkboard in the shop with photos from past rides, events, people and relatives and friends from the distant past sitting on their motorcycles or their Dad's, Uncle's or friend's motorcycles. What I need to do now is start a rotation of photos as I have boxes of them.....the only " curse " of being a photographer for so many years. But I wouldn't have it any other way. As I make copy negs and prints from really old family photo albums, I find great photos of relatives I've never met on British motorcycles of the time. It really is in our DNA

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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797542 02/04/20 9:29 pm
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I am too embarrassed by the mess my in workshop to post photos in the "Show us your workshop" thread. But I 'll post a photo of something from my workshop.
This sign was given to me by my best friend Dean back in the 80's when I had started rebuilding the '69 Bonneville. Dean is the one who talked me into getting a motorcycle so I could ride with him. He had a '70 Tiger purple chopper! Bought the Bonnie for $800 in 1974.
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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797584 02/05/20 8:19 am
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You mean like dad's hammer with the split handle and two bolts hammered in because he lost the wedge.
Or grandad's brace & bit ( got dad's too )


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797595 02/05/20 2:54 pm
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My late kid brother Zed's personalized plates.

They appear in almost every restoration / build photo that show the subject bike on the lift, right there on the back wall...

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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: BSA_WM20] #797705 02/06/20 6:39 pm
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Yes those are the kind of things I was talking about, things that you leave hanging around just cause they make you smile.
Most everything on this shelf has a story or a memory for me, even the two little wrenches hanging from the front. They are old factory Ford wrenches, and were to be a gift to a friend who besides old Brit bikes was also into antique Fords. I found them in an old toolbox I had bought at auction and knowing he would like them I hung them up there (so I wouldn’t lose them) till next I saw him. But shortly after he was killed in an auto accident, so there they still hang. And just this morning when I noticed them, they remind me of his friendship and made me smile.

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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797722 02/06/20 9:13 pm
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I like your con-rod clock.

Ed Zender of "Morrie's Place" has a chronometric speedometer that has been made into a clock.

I asked if he had any for sale. "NO, this is the ONLY ONE, a customer made it for me."
"IT'S NOT FOR SALE."

So, it is still there, not at my place. (whimper!)

Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: Irish Swede] #797745 02/07/20 2:08 am
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Thanks, a young fellow from England sent it to me. I sent him a center stand he needed and he sent me the clock. Doesn't keep good time but that's not what it's for, it's cool to look at. I just like it sitting up there!


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #797875 02/08/20 5:49 pm
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my social security and UPS pension checks


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Originally Posted by raf940
my social security ... check

That's MY money. My total budget for bikes, ultralights, new tools, and fuel/oil/tires...


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #798090 02/11/20 6:30 am
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For me it's an old picture of Conard Schultz, my friend and long-time parts supplier.
One couldn't own a British bike in Knoxville without visiting Conard for parts. He'd usually offer a sample of some homemade wine before I left his shop.
One of his favorite rally stories was about the time he and I loaded a Trident engine into the back seat of my Karmann Ghia and strapped it in with the seat belt.
RIP Conard!


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #798100 02/11/20 1:27 pm
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David. you made remember the time I attended a meet in my old Volkswagen "beetle," and came home with a BSA A10 engine on the passenger floorboard, and a Honda C77 "Dream" junker with both wheels strapped on top of the rear bumper and a line tlooped around it, strung over the roof, and tied to the front bumper to keep it upright in place!

(I began hunting for a pickup truck soon after.)

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For me, one thing that makes me smile is a bin of used nuts and bolts. When I rummage through it I recognize bits of projects past, all of the original Russian Ural fasteners I pulled of and replaces with stainless ones, the aqua colored bolt from a Studebaker V8 I stripped, various Suzuki/Kawi specialized bolts from old junk bikes I hauled home for my boys to strip when they were learning how to use wrenches. So many memories in a box of nuts and bolts.


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #798132 02/11/20 9:34 pm
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Not in my shop but sure made me smile the other day.


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Re: Things that make you Smile? [Re: breeze1954] #798142 02/12/20 12:08 am
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Two things that always bring a smile to my face when I am in my workshop.
Firstly many years ago when I was living in England I had wrenches for different size fasteners---Whitworth, Unified, Metric, BA etc.
I decided to put a coat of paint about an inch wide around each wrench--a different color for each type of fastener the wrench was intended to work with.
Blue was Whitworth, red was unified, green was metric etc.
One day my father was with me in my garage and asked why the wrenches had different colors.
I told him and he said "That's a good idea---I might do that on my wrenches".
And he did---but he used the colors for different wrench types---red for Whitworth etc etc.
He passed away 31 years ago and I inherited his tools which now live side by side with mine.
Every time I pick up a wrench I look at the different colors and think of my father.
The second one is a bit like Rusty Gooses.
Growing up in England in the immediate post war years was pretty grim--rationing did not end until 1954.
So I learnt from my father to never throw anything away.
So if something goes wrong--a domestic appliance etc etc I without thinking strip everything off it---fasteners, little brackets , clips etc etc.
These all go into a box which I call "The Box of Last Resort".
Then if I am repairing something or trying to make a special tool I often go into the Box of Last Resort and find something to fulfill another function.
In rummaging through that box I come across parts and remember where they originally came from.
Perhaps I am crazy after all!

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Originally Posted by Tridentman

So I learnt from my father to never throw anything away.
So if something goes wrong--a domestic appliance etc etc I without thinking strip everything off it---fasteners, little brackets , clips etc etc.
These all go into a box which I call "The Box of Last Resort".
Then if I am repairing something or trying to make a special tool I often go into the Box of Last Resort and find something to fulfill another function.
In rummaging through that box I come across parts and remember where they originally came from.
Perhaps I am crazy after all!

Having grown up in the Depression and survived the war, my parents were much the same. They never tossed anything.
My father used the old trick of using Mason jars with the lids attached to the bottom of shelves to store all manner of fasteners and whatnot. Unfortunately they weren't well sorted. One could spend all afternoon finding just the right screws for a job, and if you needed four you only found three.
When he passed his tools were split between the four of us. Some of the old ones were very nice, but the newer ones were more Kmart than Craftsman. I did manage to get his old micrometer and slide rule, though. laugh


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My Dad was a machinist for 50 years.
I inherited all his tools when he died.

One of them was the micrometer he carried in the shop every day for thirty years
Some of the decimal equivalents engraved on the back of the mic's bow are worn away, where his thumb held it.

That old mic is one of my most prized possessions.


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