Search all blog posts here.

Search This Blog

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Uncle Lummie's Zippo Tricks

There are a ton of Zippo lovers and haters in this world. I love the classic design. I don't smoke, but I do love the Zippo. The Zippo will light in windy conditions and very cold conditions unlike a butane lighter. The biggest issue for the occasional/camper/prepper type user is that the fluid dries. I carry a spare fluid can in my car bags and camping equipment, but here's another decent solution that I picked up from Columbus.

Take a skinny bicycle tube and cut it into a rubber band.

Fill the lighter, close it, and put the band on the lighter. This will keep the fluid in the Zippo for several weeks. Additionally it makes the closed lighter a little more water resistant, in case the lighter and/or you wind up in water by accident. If you're really having a bad day, then the band could be used for tinder as well.

Another great tip from Columbus, who smokes a pipe. Get a pipe insert for your Zippo. See the chimney with the large hole on the left? It makes lighting a campfire or candle much easier. It will still light a cigarette or whatever, too. You don't have to buy a pipe lighter just to get a pipe insert though. Zippo does not sell empty cases or inserts.  However, if you send in a warranty letter and your lighter and request a pipe insert, then they will return your lighter with a pipe insert and your original insert.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Another Phat Hook up

Heavydutyt came through with a mess of cool stuff for me. Some cool pegs, I have never seen a square one like that before. An Okie plate, I'm not sure how that got to Indiana. An Easyrider from '78, an oil pressure gauge, and patch.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Shout out to Panhead Fred

He straight hooked me up with some nice pegs for the pegboard. I think I should build a bike around the rail spike ones.

Mid-West Mini-Fest Sunday - Wrap-up

I rode back to Illinois with Pib to stay his house and we stopped at his club's clubhouse and enjoyed smoked turkey and good company.

This is Roy's '69.

This is Pib's Indian.

Mid-West Mini-Fest Saturday - Party

This is my attempt at some form of artistic statement.

Fritz is clearly the reason we can't have nice things.

Fred has some corn with Dean. I was actually the farest rider this time instead of Dean. Dean congratulated me, but said it didn't count because I wasn't on a Shovelhead.

It wasn't quite the blue man group, we did a special performance art presentation. Glow stick men dancing.

Here's the best video I could get, but the performance was way better to see in person.

Mid-West Mini-Fest Saturday - Holler House

I have read about the oldest sanction bowling alley in the nation. It's two lanes in a basement of a tiny bar in Milwaukee. It was built in 1908 and still has hand set pins and pencil and paper scoring. It's a five generation family owned place.



Cathy tells all about the history of the place.

Down to the lanes. She had to get her grandson to go down to set pins so we could bowl a few frames.

All the champions bowl here.

Cathy says to remember that the down stairs restroom is the door to the left past the foul line.

This is me trying to pick up the spare.

Steve trying to get his spare.

Penny giving it a go.

Randy says, "I'll show my daughter how to bowl better!"

Pib barely misses the gutter.

Dang it, I didn't get a picture of KentR bowling, but it totally happened..

Cathy set up the Shot-Ski.

We need to get KentR a stool next time we do this.

Randy and I totally going crazy for the "crack" popcorn. This was cooked by the 89 year-old matriarch in a 60 year old cast iron pot. If you go to the Holler House ask the great grandma if see knows any dirty jokes, but be warned they are pretty raunchy.

Mid-West Mini-Fest Saturday - Ride

Deacon is a huge fan of GOOP.

Let's get ready for the ride.

We rode all over the country side and then the group got split up by a train.

First real stop of the day.

Panhead Fred(Steve)'s nav-system is very similar to mine.

Little men or a big chair?


Another stop and another huge Adirondack chair.

Pib couldn't find his mug in the rafters.

Mid-West Mini-Fest Friday - Party

Barn-fresh period-correct turnip rolling basket.

Party people.

"I brought my Whitworth wrenches!" Fritz.

"Yep." "Yep." "Uh-huh."

We can get it on the road, no problem.

High Life and Jewel-Osco Bourbon.

More obscene gestures from the host.

Penny with the head tilt, but no chicken wing. Bold pose, Penny, Bold pose.

It's a family party.

Yeah, totally lost the rear brake on the way over today and there's DOT 4 all over the rear wheel.

"So then you flip the cup after you slam the beer?"

"Yes, just like this."

We had to check our phones again to make sure we weren't missing anything online.