backyard mechanic

Saturday dawn under the bus. A clink of wrenches; slick and grimy grease; that clean and satisfied moment when the .006 feeler gauge passes through the valve gap.
Small as they are, these sensations are rituals,habits that connect amateur mechanics deeply to their vehicles, and therefore, their locomotion. This is the early morning work of ultimate freedom.

Over the last two weeks I have replaced the ignition leads, coil and spark plugs checked the timing and the compression, flushed and clean the block and radiator, re fitted the water pump and gaskets, installed a thermostat and tried to adjust the carbs also fixed the choke cable. I might have to replace the head gasket check the valve clearances and fit the twin carbs before I fix the issue.