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  1. Doug

    Doug New Member

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    Hey all,

    I have used this and other forums to figure out my first build. It has taken months to get together, partially because I pieced the bike together, and partially because I ran into roadblocks installing the kit.

    Now I am on to phase II, the riding of the bike. It went about four blocks before the exhaust came unattached, and then the clutch handle fell apart. I have reattached the exhaust better, but I think I might need to replace the stud on the non-crank side, feels a little stripped. After I walked the bike home, I replaced the clutch handle bolt, but I think some interior pieces are missing as it is harder to pull and will not lock.

    Also, even though the clutch seems to engage/disengage, the engine will not start again. Maybe the rear light (12v, need to change) hooked to the white wire melted the magneto. I am not sure, but I bought another when I ordered my new clutch handle, just in case.

    As part of this build I ended up buying two full bikes, two set of handlebars, another frame, two sets of forks, and god knows what else. The good news is i have a collection of odds and ends that will make a good basis for another bike. The bad news is I went way over budget, but I should have figured on that.

    Anyways, the final product is:
    WWII surplus handlebars
    1950 Columbia frame/neck/rear fender
    Front suspension fork/fender from an old BF Goodrich bike (not sure it is a BFG fork though)
    Bicycle-Engines wide crank
    Stewart Warner Cadet Speedometer (not hooked up)
    Army surplus bags
    Columbia reproduction rack
    Persons saddle
    Bicycle-Engines carb (I thought I lost some carb internals, so I ordered a carb. I was wrong, but impatient to have it running.)
    Spooky Tooth kickstand
    Live Fast Motors XL rear engine mount
    Live Fast Motors long exhaust
    Dax 70

    And soon to be Spooky Tooth clutch handle.
     

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  2. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk New Member

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    Nice looking bike, hang in there eventually you will get the problems solved!
     
  3. NEAT TIMES

    NEAT TIMES New Member

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    Doug, Welcome. Nice Macho Build. I`m Short On Time, Catch You Later. Ron
     
  4. Dave31

    Dave31 Moderator
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    Welcome to the forum Dough :)

    Sorry to hear about all your problems...but man is that a sweet looking bike! (^)
     
  5. Doug

    Doug New Member

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    Thanks guys, I really can't complain too much about problems. I had never put together a bike from parts or mounted an engine before. I already think a second build would go much smoother, but maybe i am having a selective memory.

    Anyways, a couple things are on their way from Spooky Tooth and I will be back on the road soon. I am sure I will have a few more kinks to work out, but I am getting there.
     
  6. dan283

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    I want to stop by and check it out. Another Metro Detroiter
     

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