So it's been quite a while since I've posted although I've been "around" and I've stayed busy. I'm just getting started on a build using a frame I bought about a year ago. It's a '45 Sears Roebuck made by Elgin. My understanding is that it's a fairly uncommon bike but I intend to hack it up anyway. The down tube is dented and the non-drive side stays are bent, the original paint is gone and it's been black powder coated. There's way too much work and money to put into a restore that it wouldn't be worth it so why not. I also have a section of a mid 1930's Elgin step through frame that I'm planing to use as a donor to replace that dented down tube. I recall someone using the top tube of a step through as the down tube in a drop loop type frame. That's what I'm going for.
Just this week I finally scored an engine that I thought would be appropriate for the bike and the vintage. It's a 1950ish Villiers 98cc two cycle. I plan to hunt down the S/N for more information although the seller said he brought it over from Australia. My guess is it was originally used on a reel type mower. The photo is from the eBay ad. Any tips on these engines would be appreciated as would pointers on welding/brazing in the frame section.
Here's the frame. Rear facing drop outs and rear standard mounts too.
Thought this would be just as good a place as any to accumulate links:
Hey, thanks Moto. Long time. Posted the engine I had bought from you some time ago and it sold within a couple of hours. The gent happened to be looking for a Lifan for some time so it's going to make someone happy. I think that's cool.
Another thing I could use is a tip on using a 1-1/8 threadless fork on this 1" threaded sized frame. Either I need a headset adapter or maybe I just go with a vintage fork. I'm still investigating this one.
Perfect. I'll get out the calipers tomorrow and double check and if everything looks right I'll order a head set. I had been considering vintage but I'm just not too crazy about old forks on a motorized bike.