Papa's taxi

May 8, 2018
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Haven't gotten much done except for the inside panels and kick panel covered yesterday . Just using some material that I had from other projects.
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trying to come up a design for the checkerboard pattern thinking something like this or just narrow to fat with bottom being level or just a straight line 3 squares tall like the checker cabs.
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nothing done today spending time with the wife on our 27th anniversary getting ready to go out.
 
May 8, 2018
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I picked up this set of nexus 3 wheels that the paint is the wrong color and pretty well messed up little curb rash on rims and paint on the spokes is flaking off in spots. I haven't broken down and respocked a wheel before so been watching videos seems not to hard except for maybe truing and centering part. Gonna start with the front rim at least if I mess up I have other front rims I could use only have 1 nexus 3 hub.
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the plan is to strip paint off the spokes and possibly the rim or just sand the rim and repaint.
 
May 8, 2018
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Saturday morning went to the swap shop and found this handlebar at a guy that had some motorcycle parts and some bike but these were with the motorcycle parts.
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after I got home worked on the tank halves just have some sanding on them.
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today I finished up the welding and added a plate to the top around and behind the seat bar to match what I did on the bottom chain stays.
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then I did a quick mock-up to see how it was looking so far
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not sure if I'm going to use the Springer forks or the stock so I can use the front fender.
 
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I usually tighten the spokes evenly until the nipples are bottomed out on the rim butt not tight at all. Then I put it in my truing stand and mark it's position with the "feelers" (my stand is home made and the feelers are bolts). Then I flip the rim to see if it ends up in the same spot. If it's not I tighten spokes on whichever side it needs to go towards until it is centered on the axle and I can flip it and it ends up in the same spot. This is called "dishing" and I'm doing it wrong. (You're supposed to use a dishing tool.)

After that I spin the rim and look for high spots. I tighten spokes evenly until the rim is nice and round. Then I take out the side to side movements by tightening spokes to pull the rim straight. Once I get to fine tuning I will have to loosen some spokes. Then I check if everything is tight. It usually is by this point. Like Spike says. Not much flex once everything is tight. The spokes should make a ringing sound when tapped or plucked.

Everybody does this a little different. It's good to do a little research online if you've never done this before. Not hard. Just a few basic things to understand.

Good looking build....:thumbsup:
 
May 8, 2018
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Lakeland fl.
I usually tighten the spokes evenly until the nipples are bottomed out on the rim butt not tight at all. Then I put it in my truing stand and mark it's position with the "feelers" (my stand is home made and the feelers are bolts). Then I flip the rim to see if it ends up in the same spot. If it's not I tighten spokes on whichever side it needs to go towards until it is centered on the axle and I can flip it and it ends up in the same spot. This is called "dishing" and I'm doing it wrong. (You're supposed to use a dishing tool.)

After that I spin the rim and look for high spots. I tighten spokes evenly until the rim is nice and round. Then I take out the side to side movements by tightening spokes to pull the rim straight. Once I get to fine tuning I will have to loosen some spokes. Then I check if everything is tight. It usually is by this point. Like Spike says. Not much flex once everything is tight. The spokes should make a ringing sound when tapped or plucked.

Everybody does this a little different. It's good to do a little research online if you've never done this before. Not hard. Just a few basic things to understand.

Good looking build....:thumbsup:
Thanks guys the only videos that I have watched are basically the respoking part need to find a good truing and centering vid.
 
A reasonable guide for the tension is to get a well built wheel with similar length and gauge spikes and give them a pluck. Tension so that your new sookes make a similar tone. You can get a tension meter for sookes, but unless you are building lots of wheels it’s probably not worth t.
 
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May 8, 2018
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Was at the swap shop this weekend and found this thing in a bin with a bunch of other junk and figured maybe it could work for mounting the shifter.
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It was mounted to this around the white line no idea what it was for.
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also picked up this brake light to put on back of the kid hauler.
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finally had some dry weather today to do a couple of mock-up to decide which way I wanted to go.
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leaning towards the bottom pic really like the look with the fenders front and rear and original forks.