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I'm starting a new build I'm calling the "Algonquin". It will be motored bike powered by a Grubee Super Rat. I'm starting out with a Wards Hawthorne twin top tube frame (can anyone date this frame?), Schwinn style springer with brakes, and some Brown Fat Franks. I mounted the Franks on a new set of heavy duty 12ga spoked wheels. I won't be using the kit supplied tank because... well I think they're ugly. I've got a couple of different tank ideas I've been kicking around, but I haven't decided which one yet. So far, I've gathered up most of the parts, and decided on colors: Chrysler 300c Cool Vanilla for the frame, and Cummins diesel engine beige for the motor and some of the small parts. The frame is brazed so I'm making some gussets to strengthen it up near the headtube, seattube, and rear dropouts. I found a local tig welder who does nice work for cheap to weld them in. Here are some pictures. Tom
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Name of your bike just gave me a flashback to "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark".
Dave "Gowjobs" McGowan
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Lookin' good I really like where this is going
I fabricated the headtube and dropout gussets today. I haven't figured out how I'm going to tie the seat tube together with the seatstays yet. Tom
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I decided that I didn't like the way the headtube gusset looked so I made another one that I like much better. The seat tube and stays are held together with a plate and gusset. I sandblasted everything and had it welded up today. The welds look good except for a few spots where it popped from some specs of Aluminum oxide (from sandblasting). I'll do some grinding and a little cleanup with bondo before primer and paint. I added the sprocket to the rear wheel after a little redneck machining to make the hole bigger to fit over the coaster hub. I still need to center it on the rim which isn't going to be easy... These kits are a good start, but it is definitely going to be a challenge to set this bike up. I'm replacing most of the hardware on the motor with hardened allen head bolts, and I need to buy an offset intake so I can get an air cleaner on the carb. I'm going to hold off on the paint until I first get it all mocked up and running. Here are some more pictures of my progress. Tom
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Okay, I've spent a lot of time staring at this thing. First of all, I'm making a color change. The motor will be Chrysler HEMI Orange with black satin covers, and the frame is getting clear coat. I've fallen in love with the raw frame. The exhaust is painted VHT header white with an orange guard. I had to punch some holes somewhere! I couldn't resist! I'm going to have motor chain line issues trying to get around these fat franks. I've still got a little room near the rear chainstay, so I need to add another "rag/rubber spacer" behind the drive sprocket on the rear wheel. Hopefully I won't need to move the motor over to match up. I've replaced most of the screws with allen bolts, and I'm starting to paint the motor. I'm going to clean up the surface where the head and jug meet because these motors are notorious for blowing head gaskets. I'll be looking for a seat, grips and some other parts next week at the Ann Arbor bike show. Here are some pictures. Tom
Lookin' real good Tom! I'm glad yer putting those knockout punches to good use and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next.
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