For Neracar fans who’re watching the usual venues, this may look familiar. Here’s a low-res but otherwise decent scan of a 1923 Neracar user manual.
This is the A-Frame I welded up over the weekend. It’s made from oil drill stem, 2-7/8″ diameter/0.20″ wall for the legs, 2-3/8″ diameter/0.20″ wall for the horizontals. Webbing is 2″x1/4″ flat stock.
a PDF with the top leg cut pattern
spreadsheet with coordinates
This Neracar had clearly sat for some years, judging by the amount of varnish in the gastank. Underneath the varnish was a Kreem job that was bubbling up.
My great grandfather, my dad’s grandfather, Carl Neracher, invented a very curious motorbike that was produced in the 1920s, competing with Indians and Harleys of the time. Strangely, my father, Carl Neracher Morris, had never seen one until I happened to meet online an English Ner-a-Car enthusiast, Ken Philp, and introduced the two of them, and Ken invited my dad to flag off the record 11 Ner-a-Cars competing in the 2001 Banbury Run. Recently my father and I agreed that if we found one for sale, that we would try to buy it, to have an example of this history for our family, because I thought I would be capable of maintaining it, and of course because it’ll be a ton of fun cruising around town or showing it off at vintage bike events.
After many months of nothing coming up, in December, suddenly three appeared, almost at once! This one, bought from Ken Caulkins, an interesting character in Ceres, CA (an amazing inventor himself), seems to be the perfect one for us. It is an American model (the UK had three models, very similar, but manufactured independently in England with different tooling). The American one is probably the production model closest to the design that my great grandfather penned himself. The bike is in very complete shape, but not running and with several minor problems so that I have an excuse to take it all apart!
Here’s a pic of my dad and me the day the bike arrived in Austin.
A very nice lady gave me a Viking 6030 sewing machine (as well as this serger).
It had what is said to be a typical problem for this make and model: the lubricating oil had solidified into a wax- or plastic-like consistency, and the upper main shaft, many of the controls, and other mechanisms were frozen. The only way to repair this is to completely disassemble the machine, clean out the old oil, and reassemble it with new oil. After such a complete rebuild, all of the normal service adjustments must be made.
This post documents the rebuild process with photos and provides documentation. When done, your machine may be able to do this:
These are pics of a White-brand serger that a very nice person gave to me. When turning the hand wheel, it stops at one point, no matter which direction it is turned. Opening up the bottom for inspection revealed that the plastic gear that drives the upper looper is cracked. The below pictures document the problem and the machine identification markings.
When your alternator light comes on, you probably don’t have to buy a remanufactured alternator for $120. 90% of the time the problem is the brushes are worn out, and can be fixed for $3! Read the rest of this entry »
Pinetop Perkins concert
After Chris Holmes and Alba turned us on to Pinetop Perkins last Thanksgiving, we went back to Antone’s on New Year’s Day to see him and Lou Ann Barton. He’s the greatest! Watch the video!
Here’s a test video of Bootsky, the amazing rodent. Read the rest of this entry »