Moto-Guzzi Rebuild Update 4

First off, parts have been ordered and the first batch shipped today.

Next is cleaning. Lots of cleaning. Not too many pictures though. Yesterday I cleaned up a whole bunch of the parts that had been removed. I mainly used the Northern Tool Tub O’ Towels Heavy-Duty Cleaning Wipes and I have to say that I’m impressed. These things cleaned the hell out of the greasy dirty parts.

Today I spent some time with some Simple Green cleaner and the rear fender, transmission and rear wheel. Simple Green also works a treat on dirty greasy parts and cleaned up these parts pretty well. The rear wheel still needs some attention, but the transmission turned out great!

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Moto-Guzzi Rebuild Update 1

Time to dust this thing off again. Anybody still listening? Anyway…

The Moto-Guzzi V11EV sidecar tug has been leaking oil for a while now. So I decided it’s time to address the issue.

I got the okay from the CFO to buy the motorcycle lift I wanted (a Kendon Stand-Up lift that is compact and stands up on end when not in use.)

Last weekend I had a friend come over and help me detach the sidecar from the bike. That wasn’t too difficult, but it was definitely a two-person job.

Guzzi on the lift ready for tear-down.
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Setting Max Message Size in Mailman 3

This is more a personal note to myself, but it might be useful if others could find this answer more easily.

The web UI for mailman 3 (postorius) does not correctly implement setting Max Message Size (or the mailman API doesn’t support setting it, I’m not sure which.) In any case, you can set the Max Message Size using the mailman CLI like so:

# mailman shell list@example.com
Welcome to the GNU Mailman shell
The variable ‘m’ is the list@example.com mailing list
>>> m.max_message_size=nnnn
>>> commit()
>>> quit()

According to the documentation max_message_size is in kilobytes (1024) so setting it to 1024 would be one megabyte.

You can display the current value of max_message_size by just typing m.max_message_size in the CLI.

Building the STS Freight House

I made the mistake of visiting Scale Model Supplies a few weeks ago. Scale Model Supplies is an old-style hobby shop in St. Paul. It’s been around for a long, long time and has tons of stock. Not just model railroad stock, but they do have a lot of model railroad stock. A lot.

I managed to get out for only about $40, but that’s mainly because I didn’t go down all the aisles with model railroad stuff in them. One of the items I picked up was a laser cut kit to build a freight house. It was produced by Northeastern Scale Models, but they appear to have gone out of business. No matter.

This post will be picture heavy. Because I took a lot of pictures. 🙂

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Blucher Glue Works

For my second laser kit I decided to go with something a bit larger. I bought a copy of GC Lasers Blucher Glue Works.

I bought it because it’s visually interesting, and it has an amusing name. If you are unaware of where the name comes from, you need to go watch Young Frankenstein. Interestingly enough, the word “Blucher” is not German for “glue” as is commonly thought. The horse whinny was just added because the producers thought it was funny.

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