Scrounging pays off yet again!

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  1. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Found a pile of rims and two suspension frames the other day and scored this gem in the pile of steel rims from a roadmaster explosion...
    A nice disc front wheel in great shape under some dirt.
    I also just happen to have a manual disc caliper from a scooter that fits the disc perfectly.
    It even has a steel mounting plate already sized right to simply weld it on the fork leg super easy. Sometimes things just fall together!
    I'll post some pics when I get around to the conversion
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  2. 2door

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    What a great find! Those junk piles are full of neat stuff.
    Keep us informed and post some pix.


    You probably know this but for the benefit of others here's a trick for fabricating a caliper mount.

    Make your brackets then clamp the caliper to the rotor by locking the actuator arm in the braked position. With the caliper tight on the rotor you'll know exactly where to tack weld the caliper brackets. Tack them, take things apart then make your final weld to the fork.

    Good luck.

    Tom
     
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  3. dodge dude94

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    Damn, you're lucky.

    People want money for that stuff around here. lol
     
  4. zippinaround

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    scrounger and scavenging always pays off!
     
  5. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Here too!
    That's why I'm such a scrounger!
     
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    My problem is that I'd spend more in gas trying to scrounge stuff than if I just bought it new. lol
     
  7. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    I ride anyway just because so I kinda have a route I check.
    Lot's of bicycle honey holes so to speak.
    I've honed my scrounging skills over 40 years and several states....it's always paid off taking the time to really explore.
     
  8. Huffydavidson

    Huffydavidson STREETRACER/MANUFACTURER

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    This is exactly how I built my trailer by scrounging shopping cart and jogging stroller and ten bucks in hardware and a couple hours are having fun .
     
  9. buba

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    maniac
    we have similar pleasure in finding the treasures-- kind of like destiny --rather than the order- pay and wait routine
    I have over 30 years doing the scrapyards of la know the owners a long time
    but it is kind of in my blood --my Russian grandfather started with a pushcart in New York City after escaping Russia during the Russian revolution

    his scraping and my father's ingenuity rubbed off
    it is just too cool to buy a craftsman drill press or rigid mitering saw for 25 bucks and I won't even get into what I pay for some sensational bikes and motors -antique items machines of all makes and descriptions --inventions in the making --metal of all types and description for 10-25% of the cost the retail buyers pay fill my 95 beater Nissan maxima to the brim and then some worrying the black AND whites are going to want to know just what the he-- I am doing with everything in -on -and around my car as I cruise home with the days treasures --when as I said destiny plays its hand

    it's an addiction that is hard to break-- treasure hunting-- but drives my wife crazy-- she just does not get it or maybe it is me who does not get it with the yards full of stuff and just goat trails to maneuver through
    but it warms my soul -- just my stuff

    happy hunting one and all
     
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  10. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    My problem has never been finding stuff...
    It's the never throwing anything away that clogs up the yard.
    (And the surest way to need something is to throw something away)
     
  11. buba

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    ain't it the truth

    once it is gone is the exact day you NEED it!!
     

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