Here's a website with a lot of those cool old magazine articles: Vintage Projects and Building PlansI've seen setup's like this in old Mechanics Illustrated magazines archived in the big public libraries and University libraries. It was back in the 1920's and up till the time of WW2. Somehow those were different times and publications like "The Boy Mechanic", and "The Boy Electrician" were around so that boys could learn skills growing up. After WW2 it seemed somehow to be different.
I wish I would have been able to do more projects when I was a kid. My dad was a handyman and in to carpentry and construction and stuff, but all I ever really got to do was hold the nails and stuff like thatI only hope more young men step out from behind the computer and spend some time in the shop to develop their bench craft skills. Then apply computer tech to what they do both from the research on the net to the design phase. And dads, uncles, and grand dads give birthday and holiday gifts of tool boxes with beginning mechanical, electronics, and carpentry & masonry tools. Then try to support the kids efforts with guidance, advice, and project plans appropriate to their ages. These essential qualities have to go into boy's when they are growing up as after they are grown they may have no interest in learning about it. But the boys who do gain these skills growing up will be better able to look after themselves and families later.
I'd bet many of us feel that way deep inside and it's why we're here. But that's a function this board could excell at. Anytime anyone here sees something like Lightfoot posted, or any other interesting projects that could lend itself to a motorized bike in some way, then by all means mention it here. Post a link to it at least.I just wish I got to do cool stuff as a kid.