My son was 9 years old then when he first repaired a retro Honda CR8O carburetor. The bike has been sleeping for years and the carburetor was filled with stinking fuel slime. He has to use picks, brass brush, small scraper and a screw driver to pry out the chunks of hard sludge sticking on the carburetor. He was a bit clumsy to spill some rotten fuel on his shirt and you know smelly rotten fuel is :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

final repairs

My son was not able to finish his repairs on this CR80 because of his school schedules. After several months of not touching or repairing it, he finally had time to play with it once more. He assembled the parts and got the engine to run but the clutch was sticking and the bike needed more work so I told him that he has to give up on this project since I don't have parts. I promised him that I'll let him play with the orange Kawasaki Vulcan on the background if he'll let this one pass and he said OK.

Even though he didn't finish the repairs on this bike, I still believe that he learned something like how to overhaul a carburetor and how to bring the engine back to life. He also learned how to remove parts and to reinstall them back again. It was a half done puzzle project but I think that my son enjoyed hearing it's engine roaring when it started. It was a very old bike and needed lots of repairs and parts and restoring it back to life is a bit of a time waster so we decided to let it go. After he installed all the parts, I placed it for sale and sold it. Got himself a bit of pocket money from his little project and was happy.

About the vulcan, he did help me fix it but it will be on another blog... :)

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