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Old 01-10-2011, 10:41 AM   #211
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Love this thread.

Hey Mullet.

Loving this thread, love the build, will glad sit around with you and hand you tools as needed, and help with the beer drinking. I am there for you.

Keep the faith and keep up the great report.

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Old 01-10-2011, 11:11 AM   #212
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There are many ways to deal with the problem at hand and best fix for you is one that you can afford and easily complete yourself. Oh yea, and enjoy doing.


Love that! I'll be thinking about that line every time I do something really half-assed.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:04 PM   #213
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Be aware that the Wall Street Journal recently published an article about Minsks and Vietnam.

Wall Street

Rich bankers will soon be driving up the prices of these.
Sell out, and you'll be rich!

What's hilarious is that in the print version they mislabeled a pic of a Dnepr as a Minsk.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:05 PM   #214
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Be aware that the Wall Street Journal recently published an article about Minsks and Vietnam.
You have an interesting definition of recently: "SEPTEMBER 4, 2009"
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:47 PM   #215
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Did a little bit of cleaning up in the garage today, hopefully later this week I can start cutting/smashing/ruining the head tube. I am really motivated to work on the Minsk for some reason. I just spent 20 minutes looking at Google image search results for "Minsk motorcycle".
Yes, please get back to building the bikes! I have been spending the last few nights watching videos from the trip and I can't wait to hear the bikes run again.

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Old 02-24-2011, 08:52 AM   #216
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Trying to get there

I am just going to write this post as if it hasn't been almost two months since my last update. Here it goes...

After many "you can DO IT" conversations from friends, relatives, and people on the forums, I became convinced that I could fix the head tube of the Minsk myself. The plan was to cut off the metal strap that had been welded around the front of the head tube, clean everything up, then try to pound it back into shape with a mallet, then weld a new strap back on. Then I would be able to fill the imperfections with JB Weld or something similar. Surely, this would work.

Beginning to cut the strap off
From Minsk build


From Minsk build


Strap removed!
From Minsk build


From Minsk build


This is where it all went down the drain... When I cleaned it all up, I could see that it was much worse than I realized. Several major cracks, and worse, a huge ledge that had been sort of forged into the inside of the neck by the O.D. of the race.

From Minsk build


From Minsk build


I tried to tap on it with a hammer a bit, but I could tell that the cracks were only going to get worse, and I was not going to be able to undo that ledge. So the frame is back over at Motolab with Derek, and he is going to... Do something. I'll keep you all updated, and annoy Derek by following him around with a camera and asking stupid questions.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:06 AM   #217
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well, at least now you know what that metal strap was doing on there!
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:21 AM   #218
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Glad to see you back at it. Looks like previous work has been done on that Minsk following the "get a bigger hammer" philosophy.

The next stage should be very interesting- don't give up!
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:04 PM   #219
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I just don't get why you call this the "worst bike I've ever ridden".

Other than a minor nick or two it appears to be tip-top.

Glad to see that you're back at it.
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:49 PM   #220
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Nothing a little money and time won't fix!!
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:02 PM   #221
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Nothing a little money and time won't fix!!
Correction; A lot of money and a little time.......Ahhh, we all love our personal money pits
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:30 PM   #222
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Correction; A lot of money and a little time.......Ahhh, we all love our personal money pits
Shouldn't be that expensive to turn another steering neck and get it welded on.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:11 PM   #223
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When I have a bent motorcycle frame (there have been a few), I use the services of this frame shop (see link), the neck repair/replacement is a piece of cake for this place. Its not cheap but it will come back straight and true.

http://www.drjohnsmfs.com/index.shtml

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Old 02-24-2011, 06:37 PM   #224
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I'm thinking that I know welders that could do that in their backyard....
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:53 PM   #225
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That's what I was thinking. When we built dad's trike, we tacked everything together in our homebuilt "Jig", but since the wall diameter on the frame tubing was 3/8", we had a welder come finish up. Was very reasonable.
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