Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Ramflo 1000 Firegurad FireGuard


Finkbuilt pal Vladimir Kerchenko had the following to say about the new 02 motor:

Golly, it really does look like a hot rod. couple o queries if i may…. is that a sway bar? that big red thing ? if not what, pray tell, is it ? also… isn’t there a bunch of junk missing ? i can see a big space between the motor and the bay where the pavement is clearly visible … i can put my foot through it like fred flinstone and barnes rubble. won’t aqua come up and get yer purty new fangled motor all dirty ? and whats that big red thing that looks like a praying mantis head ?? where the fuck’s the battery ? maybe that accounts fer the hole ? but okay, c’mon you have to tell us how fast it is and stuff….. tranny ? how is it ?? does it pull like the 540i? good werk, my son.

Well, that big red thing is a strut tower brace. It stiffens up the front end by tying the tops of the struts together, preventing some chassis flex during bouts of enthusiastic driving. These old gals tend to start rattling, and developing cracks in the front corners. Chassis stffeners help out quite a bit.

Secondly, yes indeed, the spartan appearance of the engine compartment is a result of there being a bunch of junk missing. I moved the battery to the trunk, and removed a the non-functional windshield washer tank/pump assembly, along with a bunch of derelict smog stuff. I also installed an electric radiator fan, and removed the fan that used to be bolted to the pulley. I was also able to delete some hoses by going from a water-controlled choke to an electric choke. There’s nothin’ left in there but motor! Aint it purty?

Does it pull like your 540? No. But it is plenty quick for my purposes. I don’t really know how fast it goes, I’m still breaking it in, and I havn’t wound it up past 4,500 yet, and since I have changed out the tranny and the differential, the speedo is all out of whack.

Finally, that “praying mantis head thing”. That is a piece of silly, 40 year-old man playing boy-racer, engine-bling known as the Ramflo CF 1000 air cleaner. After I bought it, I read a bunch of horror stories about the things catching fire and going up in a smelly cloud of black smoke at the first backfire, so I decided to add an improvised fire-guard.


First, I cut out a rectangle of thin aluminum material (dryer duct) roughly the size of the carb throats. I cut a couple of little tabs and bent them down to act as anchor spikes, to keep the flame guard in place.


After positioning the aluminum roughly over the spot where a backfire would attack, I put the foam element shaper-thingy back in and re-installed the air cleaner.


Maybe mine won’t go up in flames.

10 Responses to “Ramflo 1000 Firegurad FireGuard”

  1. Mike D. Says:

    Kerchenko is a walking time bomb. Be careful when dealing with him.

  2. Alex Says:

    i think we need more sexy engine pinup shots. gallery? puh-lease?

  3. KenB Says:

    What you need is an independent evaluator to drive it and offer an unbiased analysis of the new powertrain. Yeah, that’s what you need. One name in particular comes to mind. Starts with a K. Hehe. Hey, did you dyno this before the rebuild?

  4. vladimir kerchenko Says:

    thanks for the report and automotive fellow-ship dr. lodefink. one thing i noticed though….. umm, the “praying mantis head” in the first posting’s photo was, red. but, alas, now it appears to be chrome in the second. could my eyes be going after throwing molotov cocktails all night, or did it miraculously change color? perhaps it was a chameloen praying mantis.. eh??

  5. vladimir kerchenko Says:

    p.s. i want to see a shot of the engine from the other side so we can see the “BMW’ head shot. (or whatever, just more engine porn please!)

  6. brad_c-ville_VA Says:

    excellent idea, finkman.

    keep posting your progress over at the 02faq. one day i’ll have my engine bay in my turkis tii as sqeaky clean as yours.


  7. Steelhead ( from Blaine) Says:

    Did you solve the question about the possible head crack ?????
    You must drive it up north next trip ,,,,people want to see this cruser…………JW

  8. vladimir kerchenko Says:

    okay, but whts a “fire gurad” is it rad ????????????

  9. Mike Lacy Says:

    Hey just wanted to drop you a line, I love the rebuild that your doing, you site inspires.

  10. John Landreth Says:

    Keep it up!This is all great stuff especially the 02 info.Thank-you!