Black Lightning Build

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  1. bare bones

    bare bones New Member

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    I got my bike stolen two Saturdays ago. This is the second MB I have had stolen this year! Anyway, I have all my parts in for my new build and I now have the bike too. Here is what I am starting out with. The bike has 24 in wheels. I bought new high quality double walled sealed bearing wheels w/ a free wheel. I am also painting the bike flat black. I am going for the traditional hot rod look. This bike already sits really close to the ground. It is from the early 60's. I can't wait till I'm done :) I want to chop the seat and have it sit as low as possible. More pictures on the way! :)
     

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    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    That's a nice frame design & looks like plenty of engine room, but I'd measure anyway. Too bad about your bikes getting stolen.
    SB
     
  3. bare bones

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    I have got a bit further with the build. I have the bike painted. I mounted the motor, flipped the bars, Installed the throttle and clutch ,and hooked up the CDI. I had to grind the drop outs a bit to fit the new wheel axles. I also had to Grind the crank arm on each side to get enough clearance to clear the motor. My new wheels have a freewheel and not a coster break so I also put on a rear brake using an adaptor that converts a single mount brake into the duel cantilever style. The coolest thing I have done (at least to me) is that I chopped the seat and lowered it as low as possible. I am thinking of using only the rear rack as the rear support for the banana seat. It looks way cooler that way, but may not hold up. I will probably have to reinforce it. I still need to mount the sick bike parts expansion chamber and get a brake cable installed. Here are some picks!!!
     

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    Here is another pic with the seat chopped.
     

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    I have been sick these past few days, but once I am better I will finish up the bike and post some more pics :)
     
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    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Take care, Bud. I'm just getting over a flu bug myself. You'll be riding that bike pretty soon!
    SB
     
  7. bare bones

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    Thanks Sliver Bear. I have a flu bug as well.
     
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    I just checked the mail and I got my new white wall tires in today so those bad boys will be going on the bike soon!
     
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    I have still been feeling a bit under the weather, but I did manage to do a bit more to the bike. I installed the pipe and set up the brakes. This bike is not set up for caliper type brakes and I bout an adapter to convert it to caliper style. I thought these would be way better for stopping power. The main obstacle I had to overcome was that the frame does not have a shroud holder/stopper before the brake line gets to the triangle mount for the calipers. I solved this by using the engine mount as the thread point and I used a large washer and a drilled penny as the stopper. The drilled penny hole is only large enough for the cable to pass and not the shroud thus I have my shroud stopper as seen in the photos :) Ghetto engineering :)
     
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    I don't know what happened, but my pics didn't show up. Here goes another try.
     

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    i like the seat chop!! nice one bare bones!
     
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    Thanks! The seat is gold metal flake and is cool, but has seen better days. If possible, I want to repaint it red metal flake. Does anyone know if it is possible to paint a flexible plastic covered padded seat and have it look good/last? If so what type of paint will work best?
     
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    Wow. That thing's wild lookin' in an intimidating sort of way, especially with the expansion chamber wrapping around, and the lower seat.
     
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    Thanks AlenWrench! I am going to work on the bike some more tomorrow. I should have it close to finished :). I want to chop the inner cover to allow space for the cdi so I can hide it in there. I will take some pics if it works out!
     
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    good luck !!!looks like it will be a sweet ride when done !!!!
     
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    Okay, so I got a bit farther with the bike today. :) I wrapped from the header to the start of the expansion chamber w/ exhaust wrap. I mainly did it for the look, but it will keep the heat away from the wires as well. I really like how it turned out. :) I also cut/chopped the decorative clam that was originally on the bike under the top tube to allow it to fit with the gas tank. I was hoping to have enough room to hide the cdi in there, but its not going to happen. I had to cut space for the gas tank bolts/clamp and I also had to cut space for the gas tank spout. I swapped out the all black back wheel for a white walled one and trimmed the length/zip tied the cables. The bike is really close to being ridable! Woooohooo :)
     

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    I got the bike running and have worked out most of the bugs. I will be cruising it around for SXSW!
     
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    nice work, looks great
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  19. Allen_Wrench

    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    Lord help me, but I love the look of your bike. I can tell you had a picture in your head, and all work on the bike went toward making the bike into what you had in mind. I, too, am adding a decorative clam to my Huntington build. It didn't start out with one so I've had to fabricate a pair using old auto-body techniques, sheet steel, rawhide mallet, and elbow grease. That, and building a super-reliable brakelight, are what's taking me a while to get on the road.
     
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    Thanks :) I can't wait to see your bike when you are done! I really want to learn how to do body work. Post some pics of your progress! :)
     

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