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 Post subject: Another Klunker build
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:36 pm 
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After a long search I finally found a frame similar to my Mercury although it is an Elgin. The geometry and measurements are the same and it has the same flowing lines. The only difference is the rear dropouts which are dropstand dropouts.

As you can see it is just like my Mercury:
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I went ahead and cold set the 110mm spacing to 135, I find that using a 2x4 sucks because they flex so much but this steel counter weight is perfect.
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Re-aligning the dropouts was pretty easy using a milling vise. I got lucky and got the alignment perfect on the first try. The key is to be gentle and do it in small increments measuring often.
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Trimming and tapping the dropouts for a derailler was not as hard as I expected:
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Tapping:
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Testing:
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Trimming:
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Final shape:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:46 pm 
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This is too fascinating not to watch going to be a cracker I reckon 8) :D :D


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:54 pm 
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Cool: Looking forward to this.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:41 pm 
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Nice bike!

Lookin forward to seeing this one at Keyesville!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:31 pm 
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thanks ,this is really interesting

get on with it :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:44 pm 
Windmilling for a Scotch Egg
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Wow this looks awesome! Signing in for updates....


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:17 pm 
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8)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:36 pm 
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Love these builds which have some enginerring work done on them. Great to see.

Expect im alone but I think that would look cool with modern parts on it.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:23 pm 
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I have 2 really great bike shops that have used parts available and they are always very cheap. I found 2 straight Araya 7x front wheels and a tandem rear wheel with an Atom drum and a 5 speed cluster. The drum was filthy but the internals are in near perfect shape, no rust and the pads are not worn at all. I am also experimenting with making some truss rods out of some scrap aluminum rod I got from the surplus bin at the metal supply shop. Paid 3 bucks for it. I know the Deerhead parts are not exactly correct for a klunker but they work so well that I really want to use them.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:42 am 
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lol @ truss rods
made some up for some 1" forks for a secret project i have going on
i may even finish it , the forks are done tho


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