Re: New kid from MI.
The bike I have now is Huffy Panama Jack, but that's not what I'm going to build on. I think I'm just going to get a Cranbrook. As far as the engine, I don't know yet. I still have to see what my options are. I probably won't get started until next spring at the earliest, so I've got time to figure things out.
As far as not being mechanically inclined, I'm not really worried. I know that once I start doing it, I'll pick it up. I didn't know anything about guns before I bought my first one. I didn't know anything about wood working before I built my first cigar box guitar. I didn't know anything about electrical stuff before I changed my first ballast. Psychologically, I just not there yet.
You've always been handy with a bow saw, which is good, since you've never been handy with a bear trap.