Monday, 31 May 2021

Followers

I've added a 'Followers' button to the bottom of the page.

So go ahead and click that button and let everyone see your icon... 




Image via texasdirtbike.com


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Mercenary Ghetto Engineering

So one of my courier buddies, Alan arrived out at the workshop yesterday with a couple of cylinders from a Lambretta GP200 and a crankcase from a Lambretta GP150, to do some machining.

Apparently fitting 200 barrels to 150 cases is a desirable modification in Lambretta circles, but it's not quite a bolt up operation. The difficulty is that the bottom of the 200 cylinder (the skirt) has an outside diameter of 75 mm and the 150 crankcase mouth has a diameter of 70mm. So something's got to give.

The conventional wisdom would suggest that the right way to do this would be to enlarge the 70 mm diameter crankcase mouth to 75 mm. 

However the crankcase is an irregular shape and it's pretty big. That single casting is also the swingarm, the brake hub, the suspension mount and the wheel... eh... holder. There is also Dog-knows-what kind of transmission system in there too. 

Anyway, I'm guessing it requires some specialist fixture to hold the thing and line boring equipment to do the operation. Also, there is a sort of shoulder at the bottom of the mouth that would prevent enlarging the mouth by hand with a file which otherwise is something I would definitely do.

In addition to this, enlarging the crank mouth reduces the amount of metal around the cylinder studs and requires a further series of modifications to remedy. There are Lambretta specialists in the UK that do this operation but it's understandably expensive. And since Brexit a couple of months back, this kind of trade between the UK and Ireland now incurs taxes on the goods or services and additional taxes on the shipping which makes it prohibitively expensive. Such is life.

So, that's why we went ghetto.

Weirdly, the DRO was malfunctioning so we did it old-school with dial gauges which is even more ghetto. The DRO seems to be working happily again now. Dunno.

We stuck the 200 barrels into the lathe and took 2.5 mm off the radius. The skirts were made of cast iron which is lovely to machine and gives a nice surface finish. It seemed to work pretty well and Alan was happy with the finished products. 

Now, in my defense, according to Alan this type of conversion has been going on in Ireland since the '80s and it came about because it's a more robust than boring out a 150 barrel to take a 200 piston which was supposedly fragile. 

So this may not the ideal way to approach this, but it works. 

In the words of Mikhail Kalashnikov - "Perfection is the enemy of good enough".


This is what serves as a crankcase on a scooter. The big roundy bit at the front is where the crank goes. The big roundy bit at the back is the brake hub. I'm pretty sure the horizontal hole is for carrying a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.
This is what serves as a crankcase on a scooter. The big roundy bit at the front is where the crank goes. The big roundy bit at the back is the brake hub. I'm pretty sure the horizontal hole is a beverage holder.


This is the mouth of the crankcase. It's easy to see that enlarging the hole by 5 mm is going to compromise the cylinder stud mounts. And it's clear that enlarging it by hand is prohibitively difficult.
This is the mouth of the crankcase. It's easy to see that enlarging the hole by 5 mm is going to compromise the cylinder stud mounts. And it's clear that enlarging it by hand is not really possible.


Before (left) and after shot showing a modified and unmodified Lambretta GP200 cylinder.
Before (left) and after shot comparing a modified and unmodified Lambretta GP200 cylinder.


Checking the run-out of the barrel in the lathe using a dial-gauge.
Checking the run-out of the barrel in the lathe using a dial-gauge.


Work in progress. Machining cast-iron is lovely.
Work in progress. Machining cast-iron is lovely.


Closeup of the finished piece.
Closeup of the finished piece. 


Ducks in a row...



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Sunday, 30 May 2021

Mercenary Garage Merchandise

There has been a range of Mercenary T-Shirts available for a couple of years now. They've been selling away in the background but they're hard to find and difficult to navigate.

I don't ever want this blog to be about selling stuff. I'd much rather keep it weird and organic and hopefully interesting and it's to this end I've always kept it free of adverts. But I think there is a demand for T-Shirts and Hoodies and I'd like to make them easier to find and easy to navigate without advertising them in an obnoxious way.

So I'm currently developing a Mercenary Garage Merchandise Store in conjunction with shopify. I hope to have it fully operational over the next week or so.

The address is https://mercenary-garage.myshopify.com/

Click on one of the T-Shirt designs in the column on the right-hand side of the page to get there, or alternatively just click on one of the images below.

Lunar


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Saturday, 29 May 2021

FLCL

FLCL Action Figures
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Friday, 28 May 2021

Casual Friday

Casual Friday - Photographer Unknown
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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Paso

The motorcycle equivalent of a DeLorean, only better in traffic and quicker to 88 mph...


1988 Ducati Paso 750 in metallic neon blue with 16" wheels - More '80s than Max Headroom appearing on Miami Vice.

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Elsinore

Honda CR250 Elsinore Motocrosser, circa 1978





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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Lost Future

Check out this beautiful futuristic hub-centre-steered Yamaha concept and yearn for the eighties and that lost future...

1985 Futuristic hub-centre steered concept Yamaha 750 designed by Douglas Barber and Frog Design.

Image Frog Design


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Monday, 24 May 2021

Stranski

Stranski Girl on Bike 1:24 Scale Industria Mechanika Vintage Harley WLA
Illustration Stranski


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Sunday, 23 May 2021

Faye Webster

Give this a couple of spins and let it get under your skin...

Cheers by Faye Webster off her forthcoming album I Know I'm Funny Haha



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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Time Machine

These two girls have time-traveled from mid-eighties LA to the future (2015) on their 1985 Yamaha Jog scooter time machine. 

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's what's going on.

These two girls have time-traveled from mid-eighties LA to the future (2015) on their 1985 Yamaha Jog scooter time machine.
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Friday, 21 May 2021

Ural Bobber Sidecar

This custom built Ural Bobber Sidecar by Semen Ushakov in Russia is marvelous.


Custom built Ural Bobber Sidecar by Semen Ushakov

Custom built Ural Bobber Sidecar by Semen Ushakov

Custom built Ural Bobber Sidecar by Semen Ushakov


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Thursday, 20 May 2021

Rain

It's raining like a mofo here in Dublin today...


Riding in the Rain by Dewey Neal

Illustration Dewey Neal


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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Benelli Technical

Benelli M36 Technical by Lev Viktorov



Images Lev Victorov


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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Slab-Side

Italian print ad for the GSXR 1100. Interestingly, the bike featured has a single rectangular headlight.
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Monday, 17 May 2021

Cossack

1970s Cossack UK Print Advert. During the '70s the Cossack brand was a sort of catch-all for Soviet motorcycles sold in the west including Ural, Dnepr, Voskhod and Izh.


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Sunday, 16 May 2021

Tank

 I'm sure there's a metaphor in here somewhere...


I got nuthin'...


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Saturday, 15 May 2021

FXR

FXR Racing Motocross Girl
 

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Friday, 14 May 2021

Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six Siege Ubisoft Warrior by Tarcisio Ferreira
Image Tarcisio Ferreira


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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Fuji Rabbit

Vintage 1960s Japanese Fuji Rabbit Scooter Print Advert
 

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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Sharktooth

Wasteland Weekend Marauders - Image Mark Matcho via Black Rat Custom

Image Mark Matcho via Black Rat Custom


Check out the Black Rat Custom blog - https://blackratcustom.com/


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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Sidecar Dog

Just a happy dog in a sidecar.
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Monday, 10 May 2021

Moped Monday

'No Keys' Puch Powered 1978 JC Penney Pinto Moped by CRL RTH Chicago via Garage.1977Mopeds
Image via garage.1977mopeds.com


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Sunday, 9 May 2021

Baja

Biltwell Baja Excursion - Image via Biltwell on Instagram
Image Biltwell on Instagram


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Saturday, 8 May 2021

Stunt Cycle

Here at MERCENARY we're all about the Gyro Powered Motors...

True Cycle Action. Will Jump, Wheelie and Race at Top Speed. Amazing Action Superbike For the King of the Stuntmen. Compete with Figure, Stunt Cycle and Energiser

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Friday, 7 May 2021

CBR1000F

Airbrush print advertisement for Honda's first generation CBR1000F Hurricane from about '87 or '88
 

Image via La Zone Noire (Thanks Bubba)


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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Death Stranding

Sam Porter Bridges and her Death Stranding Reverse Trike by KotobukiyaDeath Stranding Reverse Trike by Kotobukiya


Death Stranding Reverse Trike by Kotobukiya
Death Stranding Reverse Trike by Kotobukiya

Images Kotobukiya


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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Wedge

Custom BMW Airhead Boxer Street Tracker by Takashi Nihira, Wedge Motorcycles Japan - Photo Hiromitsu Yasui via Pipeburn


Image Hiromitsu Yasui via Pipeburn


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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Spare City

Spare City by Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano
Image Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano


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Monday, 3 May 2021

Bosozoku

Bosozoku Style Motorcycle Japan - Image via Project Garage Motorcycles on Tumblr


Image via Project Garage Motorcycles on Tumblr


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Sunday, 2 May 2021

Custom Combination

Custom Sidecar Combination
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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Monowheel Pilot

Monowheel Pilot
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