Platform for the Apocalypse

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by 2dawgs, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. 2dawgs

    2dawgs New Member

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    Picked up this bike from a yard sale today for the next build. The badge bears this logo Air Training Command (assume it was made for DOD) and don't know the manufacturer.

    Appears to have good bones for the build.
     

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    I doubt that the bike was made for ATC. Someone probably just put a decal on it. Air Training Command is the arm of the Air Force responsible for training recruits, cadets, pilots, etc. To my knowledge they didn't use bikes on any base I was ever stationed at.
    As for the platform, it looks like a solid frame with ample room for a 2 or 4 stroke engine.
    I would suggest you keep a close eye on the fender mounts. Much has been written here about the hazards of poorly mounted fenders, especially the front one. Good luck, keep us posted on your build.
    Tom
     
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    Looks like a good bike to motorize, whether the Air Force actually used it or not.
    Use the biggest tire possible on those rims to protect you from the bumpy roads and construction zones.
    The front drum brake wheel on my bike reputedly came from a trike used by helicopter mechanics at NAS Miramar, according to the previous owner. It makes a good story, anyway.
     
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    2dawgs New Member

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    2Door,

    After further inspection, I agree somebody just stuck the badge on the bike. I am ditching the wheels & going with Worksman wheels, front drum brake and shimano 110 hub for the rear (to accommodate Jim's Sprocket/Adpater).

    The bike has a brand new tire on the rear and the front looks pretty worn out. I am a firm believer in reinforcing fenders prior to attaching any kind of motor.

    Basically I paid $35.00 for a frame; it's perfect for the "distressing" look I going for.
     
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    Wheelbender6,

    Good suggestion about the tires (originally was going to keep rear tire); I thinking a good choice might be the Felt Thick Brick or Fat Frank tires. Looking at putting a Monark Fork too.

    I figure my $35 bike could end up costing me a small fortune, but don't they all in the end.
     
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    Well a little progress and hoping to do the engine soon.

    Still need bars, grips, lights and brakes.
     

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    WHOA! Now thats some SERIOUS work on the fender mount. I doubt you're going to have trouble with that one.

    Those seat spring bolt nuts look a little uncomfortable...

    What are the studs that go through the frame tubes for?
     
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    The seat is not finished; will be covered in foam & leather w/studs along the back of the saddle. The studs are for added as a design element.

    The whole idea is a theme similar to a Mad Max design.
     

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