Sunshine Smile Of The Motorized Bicycle Gods

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  1. spacey

    spacey New Member

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    Good score today.

    After a cupel weeks searching and scheming towards an affordable birthday bike. Interrupted by my two year old hot water heater craping out (venting problem, fixed myself ) and my forty year old heating system wanting its annual freon fix. Cost : $30. + service call last year. $130.+ sc. yesterday . ( Love these golden years ! ) . I thought my daydreams of cheep summer fun where dashed again.

    To my surprise after only finding two m.b.'s locally ( pawnshop OCC, complete w/many barnyard welds and a nice Cranbrook for $300. w/ a very vague owner ) last night's late-night Craig's List search turned up an unfinished Murray cruiser w/48cc kit . Three years old but never ran ( owner lost interest ).

    Only $150.00 . I can afford some modest upgrades , if it's not missing too many parts. Im picking it up later today. Pics & lots of nube questions forth coming.

    Thanks to the forum for providing great information . I would never take a chance on buying a use project without the backing of all the collective experience you-all provide . Hopefully I'll be contributing soon.
     
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  2. oldtimer54

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    Re: Sunshine Smile Of The MB Gods

    Cool deal let us know how it goes.
     
  3. dag_29307

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    keep us informed, so If you have any questions we will try to provide answers.
     
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    Re: Sunshine Smile Of The MB Gods

    Good luck with your bike. If you need help or advice we're here for you. Have fun, ride safe.
    Tom
     
  5. spacey

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    Let the fun begin ... ( or the mb gods where laughing not smiling )

    There is always a reason a deal's a deal and my Murray is the standard.
    #1 Murray = cheep bikes ! (even if they are "american" made)
    #2 No name Chines motors are junk ! ( I was for warned )
    That aside for $75. I think I may have made out ok .


    Bike : 26" Murray Westport . Cheep components , it might work but probably not for long .

    Engine : tagged," Speedster Engine "Grade A" 2 stroke oil motor ," NT carb (oops all most forgot, Explorer gas tank decal ), supposedly 48cc but no way to tell .

    Condition : engine ceased ( ring condensation repaired but need new torque wench ) .
    Rear hub locked up, he didn't enlarge the sprocket hole or replace the break arm, tried to instal a rear wheel center stand but didn't modify the fender and chain guard mounts so the whole rear end was flapping in the breeze .

    So ... The bike is now a bike, breaks and all ( I lowered the seat 2" by removing the center clamp from the seat and mounting the saddle with the rail clips mounted to the frame seat post clamp , rube goldburg-ish but it looks like it might work ) . The engine is freed but Im taking you all's advice and replacing all the studs and making some new gaskets before I try installing .

    Here's hoping it goes well. So far so good .
    Thanks again for all your useful experience !!
     
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