Old Guys X Autocycle

Discussion in 'Board Trackers and Vintage Motorized Bicycles' started by indian22, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Harold_B

    Harold_B Member

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    You blow my mind Rick. You're well into your third build (and not easy builds at that) while many of us, mostly me slowly putter along. The benefit to me is the thorough posts and I'm saying thanks! Pictures help but your complete descriptions of what you're doing successful or not are some of the real gems on the forum.
     
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    So true Harold-B, it's all in the details that make a difference.
     
  3. indian22

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    Thanks Harold & Curtis you both know how much I appreciate the work both you builders have turned out over the years & yes details do make the difference regardless of the style one prefers to build in. Though I post mainly in this forum I follow the rats, Whizzers, cruisers etc. & learn as I enjoy the builds of others.

    I'm not sure when my posts are too tedious, full of hot air or sound like I know it all, so I try to fess up to my errors from time to time...but certainly not all. My early posts on any build reflect the general direction of my intended design, but I change each along the way as I see more clearly where the bike wants me to go.

    I will post photos as soon as I figure out what I'm doing wrong trying to download from my phone, kinda has me puzzled. Rick C.
     
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    Last post photos show the patina that has developed on the Harley peashooter bike. Rick C.
     
  6. indian22

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    0706170651-768x1024.jpg I formed a saddle mount from 14 ga. steel to adapt a rail type seat post clamp for the tooled leather "skull" saddle. Added sealed cartridge pedal bracket bearings and 68 mm conversion kit,
    J. A.P pedal levers while a Schwinn style sprocket and bow tie pedals come next.

    I'm using a 1 1/8" thread less Sunlite dual spring fork and short 1 1/2"ahead stem to connect the chromed steel bars (I'll remove about 5" in bar length from each side) I'll cut the steer tube to length while it's mounted on the bike & insert the "star" nut then...bars and ahead stem of course removed for the steer tube cutting process. I protect the upper headset bearing from metal cuttings with a wrap of painters tape. Change as I go process. Rick C.
     

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    Another sweet build on it's way.

    Steve.
     
  8. indian22

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    Thanks Steve I'm hoping to keep this build pretty simple, but as you are well aware they really seem to often take on a life of their own. Photo of the most recent mock up...muck up, playing with tins black and silver frame, rear bobbed fender and oil tank/storage box from Pat...don'no just thinking.
    Motor is a new one, one of my buddies decided he wanted the reed valve unit I built up & I don't know if I'll modify this one or not. I'll probably break it in, as is, and then decide if it needs a bit more power added. Rick C.
     
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    Photo of tribute Excelsior Autocycle by Schwinn.
     

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  10. indian22

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    I'm waiting on the next to last $300. in parts (it seems to always be the next to last order) and I'll give her a start and a couple of hours break in time... then tear back down for some pain, black tins and silver frame, with some hammer finish copper accents on tank and motor.

    The motor is a 40 mm stroke,& the first time I've used the slightly larger displacement CG. Balanced crank and matched ports, with .6 mm copper head gasket & turned head so frame to plug clearance is improved. Case bolts are hardened socket heads. Grade 8 head bolt studs. May need an offset intake manifold to allow throttle cable to carb install, we will see.

    Hope to have it complete this month, but likely be mid August with all that's ongoing this Summer.
     
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    Been busy hammering copper sheet for motor side plates & fuel tank accents and working up a bobbed rear fender and mount....most of the stuff came in & I'm sporting Schwinn bow tie pedals mounted on black offset pedal 2 piece crank with 36 tooth sprocket mounted on a cartridge 63 mm x 121 mm bottom bracket used with a threaded Euro 2" conversion bottom bracket kit.

    I'm using an offset intake to clear the frame ( throttle cable was too tight) I'm using the pedestal front engine mount, but may end up cutting it off to gain vertical room for an after market head. I'll keep the slant head unless head temps exceed 300 degrees on long rides and hot days. I've found that the heads I've used can lower max temps by about 100 degrees...if I don't go for high compression setup. I use .6 mm copper gaskets on the head, 6 cc chamber and stock jug gasket and it's lowered my recorded temps and that equals longer engine life with goo d performance and riding characteristics.

    Hoping to have photos of progress this weekend. Rick C. .
     

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