Deb and Nicki in New York

With Nicki having a medical residency interview in New York, Deb decided to join her and catch some of the sights.  This was Deb’s first trip to New York city, so Nicki took her to see some sights.  On Friday they visited the set of Good…

Update: Dnepr Exhaust and Cables Installed

I spent a few hours this weekend with the Dnepr project, mounting both exhaust pipes and mufflers.  Previously, the left exhaust was just resting in place to test-fit the components.  The new dual exhausts look much better than the original 2-into-1 muffler, and the vintage-style fish…

Update: My Dnepr is a Rolling Chassis

After another short delay I was back to working on the Dnepr MT-11 this weekend.  I installed the sidecar shock and spring, which required compressing with a ratcheting tie-down strap made into a loop.  The sidecar frame took only a few minutes to mount.  After rolling…

The Girls in Las Vegas

Deb has wanted to take her mother to Las Vegas for a while.  She finally decided that it would make a perfect 80th birthday present for her mother, so the plan was set.  They flew out from Detroit Thursday morning.  Joining them in Las Vegas were…

Update: Starting Dnepr Assembly

The Dnepr project resumed this past weekend.  The biggest accomplishment was completing the truing of all 4 wheels.  I was struggling with this task until I realized that the axle that came with the balancing stand didn’t work well with these Soviet hubs, preventing the wheel…

Update: Dnepr is Painted

I had planned on painting the Dnepr Saturday, September 10, but Mother Nature already had plans for all-day rains and high winds.  She made up for it the next day as the temps were in the low 70s, with sunshine and a nice, steady breeze –…

Update: Finished Priming the Dnepr

Today the sidecar and sidecar frames got their final coats of primer, completing the priming of parts for the Dnepr project.  A full gallon of primer was consumed to prime the Dnepr.  Before I begin spraying the black 2-part urethane paint, each part will be hand…

Update: More Sanding

This weekend I’ve been block sanding the primed fenders and continuing the body work on the sidecar.  The tubular pieces like the frame will just be wet sanded by hand, but the sheet metal pieces like the fenders and sidecar body have to be straight and…

Family Fun in Alden

The Alden house has played host to both sides of the family the past 2 weekends.  Last Saturday, July 30, was very busy, with Deb’s mother and Aunt Marianne spending a long weekend.  Their brother Fred visited from the Cadillac area with Deb’s cousin Virginia.  Deb’s…

Update: Priming the Dnepr

Yesterday I finally primed the first of many pieces for the Dnepr project.  I’m using Eastwood’s Contour primer, which went on smoothly and evenly.  I’m also quite pleased with the performance of my Sprayit SP-33000 paint gun, a “low-volume, low-pressure” (LVLP) gun that works well with smaller air…