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Ravenshurst

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I got an aluminum APC frame about 10 days ago and started painting. I have already ordered an engine, and today I picked up some fenders & rims. I guess I am in, but since this is my first MB don't expect too much...except a lot of questions :p
 

Easy Rider

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Welcome aboard Ravenshurst! These guys here are the best when it comes to answering questions. Hopefully we can answer all of them. So what have you decided on for a motor?
Have fun and post lots of pics!
 

Saddletramp1200

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I'm so small. I have had a laptop with a webcam for almost a month and didnt even know it was there. I have the webcam almost figured out. (burp) and , Oh yea a web cam. How do I up link photos to this website? Belch! xcuse me, good pizza! Step by Step would be great. I think I can print the way to do it. Thaks Guys.
 

Ravenshurst

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I am buying a 80cc (76 or so???) chengine from one of the guys in this forum. No picks yet as my camera decided to go on strike, but I will get a few up asap. I have already started painting, so you can't get true step-by-step pics of the construction, but I will do the best I can. I think I need to stop surfing pix of motored bikes, though. Every time I see a different picture, this project gets more expensive, lol
 

Dan

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I am buying a 80cc (76 or so???) chengine from one of the guys in this forum. No picks yet as my camera decided to go on strike, but I will get a few up asap. I have already started painting, so you can't get true step-by-step pics of the construction, but I will do the best I can. I think I need to stop surfing pix of motored bikes, though. Every time I see a different picture, this project gets more expensive, lol
LOL, ayup. Sure does Ravenshurst. But beats golf.
 
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Ravenshurst

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I Shot what will prolly be the last coat of color on the frame today. Krylon "Banner Red". The front fender still needs a few more coats. I am wet-sanding every coat w/ 1000 grit b4 shooting the next coat. I pin striped the chain guard today. My next day off I will clear coat the frame & chainguard, & put another coat of red on the front fender. The rear fender is for a coaster brake, & doesn't have the indents for the v-brakes, so I haven't even primed it yet. I am hoping I can extend the mounting bolts for the rear brake pads enough that I can contact the rim w/out hitting the rear fender. Any advice on this? The rims came off of a 3-speed, so I bought a new freewheel rear sprocket and slapped that on the rear fender. I guess that's about it for now, updates will follow when I have something new to report.


Gonzo
 

Dan

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For the fenders, I have not done it myself but have seen some real nice dremel work. Looked factory made.

I looked around for larger brakes, but I don't think this would would clear and they are expensive. Look at "big Mouth"

Hope it helps; Rivendell Bicycle Works: Brakes
 

Ravenshurst

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"expensive"....yeah, I guess so. The dremel tool is a possibility. I can't do any kind of body work, so I am trying to avoid metal surgery if possible. To be honest, I coluld go buy a brand new fender if I have to, but part of the enjoyment, for me, is building/modifying/making do with used and/or scrounged parts. So far the only new item I have purchased, not counting paint of course, is the freewheel. I will need new tires & tubes of course, but I don't think I want to spend $53.00 on brakes.

Thanks a lot, Dan. I appreciate the advice on the dremel.

Gonzo
 

Dan

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"but part of the enjoyment, for me, is building/modifying/making do with used and/or scrounged parts."

Man, I know what you mean! There has to be a better word for this then addiction, snork. Build I am on now consists of an old alternator, truck battery (New motor) and an old MB. Could buy and fit, but then might as well get a fancy, dancy store bought some thing.
 
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daveboy76

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laffJust recieved my 80cc engine kit already have my 1965 schwinn spitfire # MA##### frame primer waiting for this weekend to pick up a pair of 26x1/3/4 Westwind white walls for my S-7 rims a rare rim not every one carrys the rubber for this size of wheel Im very excited but I know I have to be careful. So im fitting the engine in the frame now before its painted to prevent from scracthing it I do not want to drill in my frame so Iam going to fabricate a bottom bracket for the engine I have a recrome sweetheart sprocket that looks great I have to cut into the back fender with a dremil thanks goodness there after market becouse I couldnt see myself cutting into the real thing but there still nice scooped 1950 style.another cool item I have is moon handlebars and a big sprung sattle and 26 springer front fork This baby is going to be one bad motorbike leaving a thick cloud of envy behind.
 

Ravenshurst

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Hi Guys, sorry it's been so long, but lot of messed up things have been going on in my lifw...
well, the guy on this forum that I ordered my engine from burnt me, So I ordered a new one from wwwgasbikes.com, hopefully that will get here today. I still haven't shot the rear fender, because I need to cut it for the engine chain first. I still need lights and a dual brake lever, but with any luck I should be on the road by this weekend. I still don't have a cam (not even on my old-fashioned cell phone, lol) but maybe I can borrow one from someone to post pics one of these days. The build continues! (or is re-born, whichever)
 

Ravenshurst

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Update...Bike runs great!!!! I STILL haven't finished the rear fender yet, lol, but I have been riding the bike for the las couple of days, already almost 100 miles on it. Just waiting till payday to get a headlight & fender braces, but the bike runs GREAT! Tons of thanks to all the people on this forum who helped out with advice.

Ride Safe!

Gonzo
 

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Raven,
How about posting some pictures of your bike. We all love pictures. Congratulations on your success and have fun, ride careful and keep in touch.
Tom