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tao machine [Oct. 7th, 2012|01:43 am]

"dirt-tired, greased & wired, but the job's done, hey."

the scattered tools upon the table, all in disarray. the wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, extensions & adaptors, nuts & bolts & washers scrounged from the floor and about all (mostly) gathered in coffee cans... the piles of parts; case halves, studs, con rods & cranks, camshafts & shims, heads, manifolds, oil radiators, fan housings, distributors, coils, voltage regulators, generators & alternators, carbs & pistons, fuel pumps, filters, trannies, CV joints, axles, brake shoes, fuses, spark plugs, batteries, mufflers, belts, pulleys, flywheels... the cans of mineral spirits, carb cleaner, oil & gas; brake fluid... cleaning a set of wheel bearings w/ an air hose sets it spinning at umpteen hundred RPM. buckets of grease. pressure plates & throw-out bearings. clamps & hoses. breaker bars & torgue wrenches. plastigauge. pedal clusters. cables. shifter plates & bushings. tires, wheels, brake drums clanging, struck by a 5 pound sledge hammer. smoke from the ashtray curls up to the rafters. the coffee pot ticks. we laugh like mad children w/ dirt (like black soot) on our faces & elbows & old worn clothing in the midnight garage.

the eternal engine that moves us. forward.

"i could carve one from a rock..."

crank it over. snick it in gear. let out the clutch. foot on the gas in Wide Open Throttle.

stand on it.

From: (Anonymous)
2012-10-07 10:51 am (UTC)


[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-10-07 01:09 pm (UTC)

that's some gang


r. u. sirius and john perry barlow make a motley crew right off the bat -and place them at gibson -sheesh. i gotta listen to this thing later but listen to it i will.

thanks, xtian.
[User Picture]From: hillbillie
2012-10-07 03:32 pm (UTC)


Good to see you and your art up here, once again.
[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-10-07 06:34 pm (UTC)

man, time's more precious than money, i'll tell ya


thanks, i appreciate the comment. hope you're doin' well.

there's a larger (960px) version linked to th pic, btw.
[User Picture]From: japanshin
2012-10-07 10:13 pm (UTC)


This reads like a photograph.
[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-10-07 11:44 pm (UTC)

i guess altogether it is one


it's sparse though, unfortunately. especially given the text. no matter how well organized, mechanical clutter is never so sparse.
    & the guy's too pretty, too clean.

otherwise, i tried.

thanks, that was a wonderful response.
[User Picture]From: pigshitpoet
2012-11-20 04:27 am (UTC)

crank shafts


are you some sort of technician? automotive or otherwise? looks like a jukebox junkie, hydrogen jukebox with walls of glass..

can you fix my stereo?
[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-11-20 10:39 am (UTC)

Re: crank shafts


nons, can't fix no stereo, just aircooled VWs and other ancient automotive technology. the simpler old stuff had deep coolness to it for it's accessibility and reliability and simplicity.

check this out:

muir taught us how to time a Bug's ignition using a zigzag paper, for one thing. he was awesome and his book was The Shit.