Hello from Pennsylvania!

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  1. PAracer

    PAracer New Member

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    Just picked this up from Craigslist...

    It's a 1930's Elgin frame. Previous owner says that the bars and fork are original to the bike. The rest is all fairly modern.

    http://motorbicycling.com/picture.php?albumid=960&pictureid=5058

    Also ordered a 66cc kit and center kick stand from piston bikes. Let the journey begin!! .xx.
     
  2. Dave31

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    Hello PAracer welcome to Motorbicycling.com glad you joined us.

    Nice bike! Be sure to share with us as the build goes along.
     
  3. Saddletramp1200

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    Welcome to the FORUM. Pretty bike. Any questions you may have, just ask, We have awnsers. (c)
     
  4. bigbutterbean

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    PAracer, where in PA are you? I and another forum member are located in Lebanon. If you are close, maybe we could get together some time.
     
  5. PAracer

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    BBB, I'm over in Steelton. Next to Harrisburg.

    I just took the bike out for a couple laps around the block. It's actually the first time I've been on a bike in a few years. This thing's a beast. Heavy. I was very pleased with how it handled. And also that I can still ride without hands :p

    I love the coaster brake, but I can see myself putting a drum on the front. There just isn't enough modulation in that rear hub. It's way too easy to lock up those pretty red treads.

    I can't wait to get this thing motored.
     
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    welcome PAracer ,bigbutterbean an I are practicaly neighbors , lets see that bike as the build progresses .
    Gary
     
  7. bigbutterbean

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    Actually, we are not quiite neighbors Gary. We are 300 miles apart, lol.
     
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    oops my bad thought ya was someone else , ok so were DISTANT neighbors lol !
     
  9. PAracer

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    Oh boy! I haven't even received my motor kit yet, and I've already started picking up hi-po parts for it. I placed an order for a Puch head.

    If I can get the bike together, sorted, and looking right (get rid of the damned pnut tank), I'll be taking it to a cruise in here in Steelton. Might do Carlisle bike fest next year. I would love to bring the bike to the Hershey Fall Meet in 2013. Unless..... If racing at Sandy Hook resumes in 2013, I'll be there. :) I haven't been on a race track in a few years and I got an itch.
     
  10. PAracer

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    As for what I see in the bike. I think I'm looking at doing a retro themed racer.

    Already have the head on order, so the rest goes a little something like this:
    Arrow exhaust pipe
    Smaller pedal sprocket and short 1-piece cranks
    Sportsman Flyer rear mount fuel tank
    Front drum brake set
    Maybe some homebrew stuff thrown into the mix
     
  11. PAracer

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    How about a couple of blurry cell phone pictures of the progress?

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    This bike is getting heavy.
     
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    PAracer, I sent you a private message awhile ago, never got a response. Just trying to be friendly, bro.
     
  13. PAracer

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    Gotcha! Sorry bout that :)

    So far the hard part has been the rear sprocket. The center bore was too small to fit over the hub. The steel was to hard for my hole saw, so I traced a line and drilled an array of holes to punch it out. I'll be spending tome time with a file to clean it up before too long. It looks kinda gnarly right now.

    I'm digging the UPS packages that keep showing up with parts and toys. First the kit shows up on Wednesday. Yesterday the head arrived. Today I get a box from mcmaster. And next week I should get jug/head gaskets from Dax.

    This weekend's events linup: Chain breaking (I don't want to use a tensioner), jug porting, head drilling, and engine painting. If it all works out, I might even be able to fire it up Sunday afternoon.
     
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    Well, I would have pushed harder to get this thing done this weekend, but I made a 2-stroke novice mistake.

    I ended up snapping a piston ring when inserting the piston into the jug. I didn't notice that there are alignment pins in the rig grooves to keep the ring ends away from the ports. With the upper ring on top of the pin, I ended up snapping the ring in half. D'OH!

    Oh well. I should be able to get this thing running by the end of the week.
     
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    Oh boy...

    I buttoned the whole thing up today after work. But now it's getting dark, raining, and I don't have any gas. :( Tomorrow, we ride!!!
     
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    It lives!!!!!!! After a bit of futzing, it ran. It was getting dark, raining off and on, and I forgot that I had the choke on the whole time. But it ran! Sweet Jesus!

    I'm trying to think of a name for this thing. Bionic Elgin? Elgintron 3001? Wheezy? Piece-of-crap?
     
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    Hi PaRacer
    Welcome.........I'm from Dillsburg, Pa. I was watching that bike on craigslist.Good buy! Hey, watch the base gaskets from Dax.......They are great quality but they are .058 thick compared to the .028 thick stock base gaskets. Will lower compression and change port timing. Just something I ran into and ended up having to change to get the full power back on the engine.
    Have fun with the bike. If I can help with any parts, let me know.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on the gasket! When I use it, I'll pull one of the head gaskets out. I have two in there since I upgraded to a Puch head. As I understand it, raising the ports slightly may actually be a good thing.
     
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    Well, it's running. I'm having a blast with it. Hopefully it starts breaking in soon. I wanna feel the power!

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  20. yimmie

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    welcome from allentown , Pa
     

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