senor 'buechoe' and the 'big tail lights'

Published by: monty stone on 18th May 2017 | View all blogs by monty stone

i was 500 miles south of tijuana, riding my 500cc suzuki dirt bike, reconoitering for a planned ultralight trip down the baja peninsular, to be attempted in 1994. ( described in an earlier blog) i had just gassed up when 'bang', whiffle-whiffle, no compression! i got a tow , 20mls in a raging crosswind, on a very short rope, not a fun trip, into the next town, guerro negro, not a 'tourist destination'. at the motel i stripped the engine and found an exhaust valve had broken and punched a 1inch hole through the piston, in addition to much havoc to the head. i found a local weld shop and they welded the hole shut. surprisingly, few locals speak 'american' and i don't have much 'mexican', but with much sign language i learned that THE meccanico in town was senor 'bueckho' . he was just 'a leedle way that way'. 20 blocks later i trudged up to 'senor 'bhukos' shop, typically, no roof, piles of junk auto parts everywhere, but a BIG sign, proudly proclaiming 'mechanico'. the thing that made this one different was a really nice  black 1959 ford galaxy, the one with the REALLY big round tail lights was parked in the entrance and a couple was , well, coupling, on the trunk lid. the male, with his back to me had really grimy coveralls on, so i assumed he was 'senor bueckho', she had bare feet, tucked under his arm-pits. i asked 'senor bhuekhoe'? he answered, without missing a 'beat', 'si senor, una momento'. true to his word, a few 'momentos' later, he was examining my broken bits, while his 'significant other' dis-appeared into his  'office'. he found, among the junk a suitable old valve, cutting it down to fit, and soon i had a repaired head, and $20 later i was busy putting the engine back together at the motel. one piston ring was broken but having no alternative had to install the broken bits. it was hard to start, low compression, and would only run around 3000 rpm, but with billowing blue smoke and rattleing i made it back to the US. i still have that piston, somewhere with many other 'tortured' parts from my past but senor' buchoes' valve has long gone, but the memory of those 'beautiful' big tail lights lives on!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       freazier  nuttzsoff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ps, to this day, i get all teary eyed when ever an auto with REALLY big round tail lights goes by!  pps, i just uploaded a pic of the piston and valve head on photos.

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