Nitpicky? Hell yes.
Started by Ecurb Noselrub, January 06, 2023, 08:53:37 PM
Quote from: Tank on March 30, 2023, 08:38:35 PMThat's an interesting thought, not one I have ever considered. I can't remember an occasion where I have ever been traumatically humiliated.
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on July 25, 2013, 08:18:52 PMIn Asmo's grey lump, wrath and dark clouds gather force.Luxembourg trembles.
Quote from: Icarus on March 30, 2023, 11:09:49 PMI was thinking of one of those occasions earlier today. It was about one of my race motorcycles a long time ago...like 60 years ago. That bike was spectacular and it won every race that it entered. I decided to give it a little extra maintenance. I will give it a new piston and attend to the valves or any other part as needed. I sent the cylinder out to a machine shop to have it bored for the new oversize piston. It was a German bike and I had the service manual and also some direct advice from the factory. The proper piston clearance was 0.10 mm. I told the machine shop to bore to fit that spec. They told me that they figured that was too much clearance. I said "no use that dimension". They bored it 0.010 inches for the piston clearance. The engine was a poor performer immediately after that, until I discovered, to my extreme humiliation, that the damned piston was flopping around in the cylinder. Ten thousandths is two and a half times one tenth millimeter.Why I was thinking about that this morning I cannot know. Actually this small episode was a result of my own stupidity which caused me much humiliation. I knew the difference between metric and Imperial measure but failed to make the important distinction to the machine shop. That was 60+ years ago and metrics were not a common unit of measure in the US, at the time.
Quote from: Tank on March 31, 2023, 12:41:35 PMAmerica, inching it's way to metrication!
Quote from: Icarus on April 04, 2023, 12:35:12 AMIf I remember rightly, a slug is equivalent to 32 pounds. In the old days the factor g (gravity) was expressed in slugs. We used slug feet per second for dynamic calculations. DL can fill me in if I have been confused...which is easy for me.