Re: Motorizing My Cruiser (a story)
Welcome to the forum. Some of the guys here are former motocross racers, some are mechanics or engineers. Most of us are just overgrown kids who still like bicycles and learn from the more experienced and less mechanically disadvantaged forum members. Like you, I started out with one problem after another mostly due to excitement and haste in wanting to have the wind in my face. A few years later and I'm amazed at what I have learned, especially in the year I have been here. Now I enjoy the building as much as the riding.
Sounds like your frame has been through a couple of wars. It might be a good idea to be on the lookout for a replacement one of these days. Perhaps you could just transfer wheels and such from your current bike to the new to you one. It will go together a lot easier than the first one did.
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...