I decided to post this in the forum from which all others were born, rather than the Bike Talk forum (where it mighta fit).
Y'all are aware of Jack Homesley's gallant offer to put Tony A.'s beautiful blue LT back on the road - following a stop-running event during a ride that Tony and son were on. The finished product is shown in this thread
. Major kudos for Jack!! I know he'd rather I not say that, butt "that's the way it is" in this 'pass it forward' culture a lot of us live in.
I'd like to add another event that has gone unnoticed except for the local yokels around my 'hood, and Curtis and Dave and the other attendees at CharlieVT's Final Drive tech session month or so ago.
Ole Toad's final drive went south this past summer's end. I posted about that; noting that during a routine lube change, a coupla fingernail clipping-sized silver bits were on the magnet!! I opted to complete the fluid change and ride ole Toad for a few miles and change fluid again and see what happens. Went to the weekly Friday am coffee klatch - no problem. Rode another three miles to shop at a Lowe's and noticed some fluid splatter on the rear rim. Opted to limp it home (maybe 12 miles or so), butt the chatter and clatter were enough that I parked ole Toad in our storage unit, which was on the route.
And just as a side remark in someone else's thread, I lamented the fact that it was the third time the thing has failed; this time taking out the seal and leaking most of the lube out. Well, lemme tell ya about a shocker of a PM I received shortly thereafter! Yep - another *Pass it Forward* event in the making. Curtis Middleton (CharlieVT) up in Vermont asked if I'd like a free 'fix' to ole Toad's unit, or a swap out for a spare he had already repaired!!! I wuz bumfuzzled, to say the least; and thought WOW --- (well, actually, I didn't know what to think!!). I didn't wanna hurt his feelings by declining a most gracious offer, and if I accepted, I didn't want Curtis to be out one cent because of ole Toad's 'event'. During several PMs which followed, we came to an understanding
and I packed up the FD and prepaid for return shipping and off it went to VT. After the repair (which involved ordering some parts from Germany, in order to finish it up after the tech session), Curtis sent me a parts listing of everything, along with the calculations he used to correctly install the new grooved bearing, and shims for the preloading. Those calculations were matched against the ones that were used during the previous repair here locally. By all figures, it is felt that the earlier repair was ?probably? the reason for the third failure; as the calculations were not a close match at all. Curtis is way more confident in his figures, and his installation process - bolstered by the fact that Dave (Saddleman - who is a NASCAR engine builder, I think) had brought along some major measuring devices to be used during the tech session (kudos to Dave for that generosity) and that helped Curtis confirm that his repair methods are correct and lasting. So much so, that guess what his warranty period is for ole Toad? Yup, another shocker!!!
Anyway, to wrap this up, I think all is square 'tween Curtis and ole Toad
and ole Toad is most appreciative of this *Pass it Forward* affliction that shows up on the forums over and over. Me and ole Toad would welcome the opportunity to provide our own *Pass it Forward* event in the future, and wanna thank all those that do so.
Y'all have the bestest of the Merry Christmas and Happy New Years Holiday blessings. Thanks Curtis.