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  • Just realised there were a few other bits...

    I bought another used fuel pump to hopefully diagnose my faulty fuel level sender. After testing both as per the manual they didn't behave as they should so at a slight loss here. Having said that filling up from the odometer will be fine until I can work this one out.

    The headlight has some small marks and after 20 years isn't looking as clear as it once was. I wet sanded it with 400, 600, 1200, 2000 and 3000 grade paper then Autosol, t-cut and polish but it's still not quite as clear as I'd hoped. Bit frustrating after all that work so might buy another unit if I find one cheap.

    In two stroke news I bought a Stihl combi unit for our tall hedges in the garden, the ladder and hedge cutter was an accident waiting to happen. Was really satisfying cleaning and servicing the small motor, it's now working like a champ and is surely worth it for that smell of wet grass and pre-mix.


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  • From back in the autumn


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  • And most importantly... If you know, you know.


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  • Great thread. The GSXR is looking super fresh!

  • Great updates as usual. Seeing pictures of the CRF makes me think that if I do take the plunge with a motorbike finally, something like that will probably be the thing I go for. Looks so much fun and means you can kind of take other people in cars out of the equation somewhat.

    Just bought our first house last week and the 50's garage isn't big enough for a car so right now I'm trying to plan how I can turn it into my workshop for bikes (and possibly motorbike)


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  • Thanks for the kind words and congrats on buying your first house, looks like you could easily squeeze in a motorcycle ;) Where abouts are you? The CRF has been a revelation, it's made slower speeds a lot more enjoyable and there's something satisfying about having arguably more fun with half the cc. Sure you probably fall off more but it's at much slower speeds.

    Just shout if I can help with anything. Maybe an obvious one, but as I was really keen to have a decent workbench utilising storage under it saved a lot of floor/wall space. Also thinking hard about what the space will be used for helped dictate the layout. As you use it daily these things will inevitably become more obvious and congrats again.

  • Great updates as always.

    1-3) Next I removed all the fittings on the walls, filled the holes and painted the walls

    Sorry to go back to the beginning but what did you use to fill the holes in the wall and was it easy to use? I've got some one inch plus sized holes in my breeze blocks that are too big for poly filler.

  • I used British Gypsum gyproc easi fill 60, rated to 11mm thick applications. Was easi to mix and gives a smooth finish once sanded, although could be textured if you wanted it to blend in with breeze block. Only downside was I had to give it longer than stated before sanding but was about this time last year so sub 5 degrees.

  • Perfect thanks.

    Yeah really can't face painting in this weather but want to make a start on the wall prep etc.

    Sorry if i've missed it but what are doing for heating?

  • Nope you haven't missed anything, currently there's no heating in the garage. There are copper pipes sticking out from the wall so think these could be used for a rad but that's a way off. The garage seems well insulated so possibly the previous owners considered converting it into a living space, but for now I'll wheel in an oil heater if needed, which I haven't actually done yet.

  • I'm trying to plan how I can turn it into my workshop

    Speaking as someone who filled up their workshop with shit and is now trying to build a work bench and shelving storage I would go:

    1. Work bench with storage underneath (that spot under the shelves looks good)
    2. Insulate and plasterboard the ceiling
    3. Floor (paint is cheap and quick. PVC tiles would probably be the best choice on balance, in which case do the bench after the floor)
    4. Shelves

    Even more so if you have any other DIY needs for the house. Once those tins of paint and dust sheets start to accumulate.....you'll never get an empty space like that again.

    Edit: just a thought - you've currently got access to the ceiling joists. As the space looks narrow I wonder if having a sky stand hanging down could be an idea? The again I recently saw that Park do a workbench mounted stand, so I'd probably go that route.

  • Cheers @jambon - I'm in Newcastle

    Thanks for the ideas @withered_preacher and @hugo7 - don't want to hijack this thread but will definitely take those points on board. Once I'm in I'll start a plan and probably create a thread on here so will probably have more questions for you!

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