1950's Monarch Cycle Truck conversion

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  1. Zumo

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    Not sure how this is going to turn out but I wanted to give it a try.

    Here is the frame I am starting with:
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    Here is my first mock up after some initial cuts. I still need to cut out the center bar on the frame.
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  2. deven_science

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    This could be cool...
     
  3. LukeTheJoker

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    Looking good so far!

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  4. bigfatcat

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    Looking forward to this one! :mrgreen:
     
  5. Zumo

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    Got a little more progress done on the Cycle Truck. I decided to scrap the top tube I cut off a spare mountain bike and went and picked up 6ft of tubing from Metal Super Markets http://www.metalfortworth.com/ in Ft Worth. They will sell you as much or as little as you want.

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    I cut a 2ft piece off and decided to work from there. The piece I cut off the scap bike was only 21" long so this gave me an extra 3" to work with.

    So here is where I am at now:
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  6. LukeTheJoker

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    Looking good!
    Sometimes it is just easier to buy some tube! :wink:

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  7. bigfatcat

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    Diggin it! The Monark top tube has a better straight section than the Columbia. It looks like its supposed to be there. Looking forward to more!
     
  8. Zumo

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    Welded it together. Not sure if I am happy with the center bar but it will have to do.


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  9. LukeTheJoker

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    Looking good!
    Love the lines, looks nice, clean and simple!

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  10. bigfatcat

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    Nice! Came out great!!
     
  11. moleman

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    Looks nice!
    When you were first laying out the parts, I thought that the curved middle tube, if extended, would end at the intersection of the down tube and the head tube. See pic.

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  12. Zumo

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    I though about that but I want to be able to stick a nice finished wooden insert/sign in there. I am probably going to put a smaller bar in at the bottom right behind the head tube:

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    Probably a little bigger than that but you get the idea.


    I also just ordered this neck:
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  13. Uncle Stretch

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    I think no matter where you put that middle bar you will second guess your placement.
    I looked at a bunch of possibilities and finally decided on one that was a little high.
    Anything you add in to the sign board part kinda gets in the way of the design. Yours
    looks good as is and I wouldn't put any other tubes in it. They are really fun to ride
    for some reason. I love mine.
     
  14. OneHorsePower

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    if you gonna put a wood sing in there , you could use "plates" for the triangles , if you put them in 4 corners , it would allow you to screw thin wood planks on both sides , without having to see the triangles or use clamps to hold the sign ... just a thought
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    Nice mod by the way :wink:
     
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  16. Zumo

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    Good suggestions. I have not figured out how I will mount the panel but had planed to use some sort of C-clips to go around the frame bars. We'll see.

    I still have to figure out how I am going to build the basket/crate mount. The only point of reference I have or pics on the internet. it would be nice if I could see a bike up close.

    I want to build this as authentic looking as I can. I am going to use a 24" x 3 black rim and tire combo for the back and a nice fat 20" x 2.125 on a black rim for the front. I have got a rear fender figured out but need a front fender.

    Right now I am thinking of painting a steel blue color similar to this:
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  17. OneHorsePower

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    nice to learn a new name , i use to speak french so i don't know all the technical names for parts and tools :wink:

    Zumo : love that shade of blue ,nice choice
     
  18. Zumo

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    While looking for a wooden crate at the flea market this weekend I came along this well put together aluminum box about the same size of a crate I was searching for. Paid the guy $20 for it.
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  19. bigfatcat

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    That chest is PERFECT! Dang dude you can't beat that price either! Looking forward to seeing it mounted.
     
  20. Zumo

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    Figured out how I am going to make my extra long stem tube. I got a hold of another spare fork and cut the stem tube off of that one. Cut a piece from a spare handle bar that fits in the tube snugly. Measured it up and marked it so I can tack it with the welder and test fit it.
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    All together ready to be tacked and test fitted.
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    Got the Nirve fat-... rear tire to fit. Had to bend the seat stays and the chain stays out a bit to get the tire to fit in there.

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