"Dragst-Her Too"

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  1. CRASH

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    If it really looks like poop, I'll have to send out the housing and shroud to get re-chromed. That was my initial thought. But the housing really isn't THAT bad. I think once I give it some love, and some new decals, it'll really look a lot better.
    I'll try to find some fairly lightweight, flexible plastic. hmmmmm Maybe Hobby Lobby?
     
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    Not using it as a shifter. I'm going to use it for its intended purpose as a drag brake.
     
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    Funny truth: This bike was supposed to be my third priority. Much like the daughter it's being built for... it's demanding all the attention!
     
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    So is that frame spreader actually a repurposed or modified automotive spring/strut compressor? Or some other homebrewed tool? Any chance we could get a couple pics of it if it's anything special? I could've used something like that yesterday...
     
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    Harbor Freight spring compressors. I robbed a couple parts off a second and had to hacksaw one of the nuts in half to put it together. Works really smooth, but can sometimes bend some tubing if placed in a weak spot, especially by the brake bridge to make room for a wider sneaker. But bondo fixes that. ;)
     
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    Don't forget to align those rear drops parallel to the center line of the bike. Especially make sure the drive side is straight for the derailleur.
     
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    Yes, I usually end up trying to borrow dropout alignment tools from my LBS, but they changed owners. Maybe I could buy a cheap set?
     
  8. Old Scool

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    One of my favorite bikes you ever did! Can't wait to see the Dragst-Her-Too
     
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    This was my first thought also. I would'nt modify the shifter and loose the indicator. That is more important to a kid than the frame fit any day!
    You might consider forming something out of whatever you're comfortible with and then cover it with thin padding and the same seat cover material. Make it cover the entire bottom and utilize the mounting bolts to hold it in place.

    I like to cut up a cereal box and tape pieces together to work out a pattern for sheet metal. Being that its just a cover, some thin flashing material would probably work after you determine the shape.
     
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    What is flashing material? I could google, but thought I'd ask.
     
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    You can get some thin sheet metal, aluminum or steel, at Home Depot in small sheets. Real inexpensive, you can shape it over a form like a board or other hard edge using your hands. Easily cut with a heavy scissors or tin snips.
     
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    Roof flashing. Like OddJob stated, you can get it at Home Depot, Lowes etc. Easy to work with.
     
  13. CRASH

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    ahhhhh. hmmmmmm

    And as you stated, I could possibly form an entire cover for the bottom. I'm starting to think of what Joe Martin would do on Iron Resurrection. But he has talent. lol
     
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    You got this! Just start with cardboard and tape until you get a shape that will fit. Then clean it up into one pattern and then cut and bend.


    Was just looking up the shifter that we were discussing and saw this cereal box pattern that I used!
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    Here it is cut out and folded.
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    I made a headbadge out of roof flashing material after guys here on RRB suggested it as a medium. I thought it worked out pretty good. Cost me less than a dollar at Lowe's.
     
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    Where do you think I could find a small spring like this? Round on both ends.

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    A decent auto parts store... The specialty parts bins at hardware store like Menards or Lowes have all sorts of goodies. Somewhere a little more diy might be Farm and Fleet, Big R's or Tractor Supply. What you have out in California is out of my jurisdiction. I've never been west of Kansas City, Kansas.

    Carl.
     
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    Have you thought about trying to flatten the tubes in that area to bring it down lower?
     
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    I have not. Can you describe what you're thinking?
     
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    Was thinking maybe 2 pieces of 2x6, one on top and bottom of the bars with a couple bolts running through them and press the pieces of wood together. In theory it would take the curve out of the bars.
     

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