Saturday, November 1, 2014

DIY Windshield Chip and Crack Repair for $10

A couple of days ago I was driving down the freeway and got a pretty nasty chip with crack in my windshield. These things were covered by insurance but these past few years it gets more difficult to deal with the insurance companies and making a claim let alone time it takes to go get it filled or have someone come out to do it. For folks that don't want to deal with making a claim for the rock chip there are now lost of companies selling windshield chip repair kits. After doing some research I settled on the $10 Glass Star America Windshield Chip repair kit at Walmart. There are numerous YouTube videos on how to do it which are worth watching. I still read and follow the directions but seeing the videos before hand give me a good idea of what to expect. Here is a picture of what the package looks like.

The kit doesn't look like much but it really works great. This has been my second repair using this kit so I do have some prior experience. My first repair still left some signs of the chip but it did not spread any further which is what we need to happen. Here are a few before pictures of my chipped and cracked windshield.

Chipped and Cracked VW Windshield Before Repair

Chipped and Cracked Jetta Windshield Before
So after using the Glass Star America repair kit and about 35 minutes, I had an excellent windshield repair. I do a lot of highway driving so I anticipate more of these. Take a look at the after picture, not too shabby for a $10 Made in America windshield repair kit!

VW Jetta Crack and Chip Repair After Picture

Sunday, October 12, 2014

1967 Honda CL90 Motorcycle Build, Mixing CL90 Parts with S90 Parts

Here is an update to my CL90 build. I located a nice S90 gas tank but that forces me to use an S90 front fork. I found the triple trees but needed forks. I once again found CT90 forks that fit the bill but it looks like I might need a custom front wheel spacer. Here are the pictures.

1967 Honda CL90 with S90 Forks

1967 Honda CL90 with S90 Gas Tank

1967 CL90 Honda

1967 Honda CL90, S90 Motorcycle Build

I found another motorcycle project that is turning out to look pretty nice. I started with a 1967 CL90 frame. I was able to add a CA200 front fork assembly too it. When it came time to find a gas tank for it, I found a Honda S90 gas tank that turned out to be in really good shape. I got an excellent price for it and then realized that if I want to use the S90 tank then I am going to need the S90 front forks for it. I looked into finding a CL90 gas tank but they are hard to find in good shape without paying an arm and a leg for them. Here are some pictures of the project now.

1967 Honda CL90 Pressed Steel Frame with Swingarm

1967 Honda CL 90 Frame with CA200 Forks and Shocks

1967 Honda CL90 Frame with CA200 Forks and 17" Wheel

1967 Honda CL 90 Frame Rolling Chassis

Monday, October 6, 2014

1983 Honda C70 Passport Super Cub 100 MPG, Miles per Gallon

Here is my super gas mileage champ, a 1983 Honda C70 Passport Cub. It is reported to get 100 mpg and I believe it. I just ran it out of gas after filling it over three months ago. I was just using it to make test drives around the neighborhood. It is almost complete with the leg shields in place. All that I am missing are the mirrors and a front fender. I will have to modify a front fender to fit the oversized 2.75" x 17" tires that are on them The tires are the popular Michelin Gazelles. They have been great tires with excellent grip and a solid road feel.Here is my latest picture of it.

1983 Honda Super Cub C70 Passport - Front View

1983 Honda Super Cub C70 Passport - Rear View

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brand New Project: 1983 Honda Passport C70 Cub Moped, Motorcycle

The title to the bike says its a motorcycle so I am going with that! I started a new page to show all of things that I do to the bike. So far it's fun and affordable to work on.

Here is a link to my new Honda page:

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Found a Great New Project Vehicle, 1968 AMC Rambler American

Hi All,

Take a look at this great 1968 AMC Rambler American car for sale. This car would make an awesome restoration or better yet a super fast sleeper. It is located in the Albuquerque, New Mexico which is known for their rust free cars! I was going to buy it but I couldn't make it happen. Take a look at this car on Craigslist.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fix your Home A/C for $35.00, Bad Motor Run Capacitor

Hi All,

It happened again! My home air conditioning stopped working at 4:00am last night in the middle of one of the hottest summers in the desert Southwest! I had visions of $300 - $500 repair bills dancing in my head. The first time my A/C stopped working was due to bad bearings in the condenser fan motor. I figures this out by listening to what I couldn't hear and it was the fan motor turning on. The symptom was the A/C starting and then stopping.

Last night the A/C was running but was luke warm at best. I once again went out to the condenser and listened to what I couldn’t hear and it was the loud refrigerator noise that comes from the compressor/condenser. I did a quick google search and found a forum that talked about a bad motor run capacitor for the condenser. I took the cover off of the condenser motor/fan unit located outdoors and started looking for the capacitor. I of course pulled the quick disconnect power plug that runs four lines of 125VAC to the unit and verified with my voltmeter that I had zero voltage at the four lines. Here is a picture of the capacitor as it looked in the unit.

Bad Motor Run Capacitor for a Heil A/C Condenser

I also built and repaired a lot of computers in the past and one of the most common motherboard failures is a blown capacitor or two. Corrosion and a bulged top are dead give-aways to a bad capacitor. I must admit that I almost gave up and called a repair person but I started going through troubleshooting and my thinking was that the freon leaked out but I didn't think that was likely since the A/C was just working last night. The fear of a $500 repair bill forced me into doing more google research. A big thank you to the local Summit Electric who were able to locate me a replacement capacitor! Here is a picture of the old capacitor compared to the new capacitor.

New Capacitor compared to the old Capacitor.