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Old 11-19-2012, 09:45 AM   #706
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That's exactly my thought, but I wanted to make sure I was close. Just looking at the pictures, I'm guessing a few thousand just to get it ridable. I'm seeing half decent R60/5 riders selling for around $3-4,000, so not a lot of room for invrestment. I'll get to see it in two weeks and go from there.

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I don't know if you've been down this road before, but if you're estimating a few thousand to get it on the road then you'll be lucky to get it done for closer to 3,000.00.
From the photo alone I see a few thousand dollars and that's assuming the engine won't need to be opened up, though it looks like some gaskets and seals will be needed.
Not trying to piss on your plans, but as an investment, not so much. If you want to rebuild a bike to ride that you know intimately and will won for some time, more likely.
I've been there and decided to continue the project and ended up with a reliable ride that I knew like the back of my hand.
If you decide to part it and don't mind the aggravation and time investment, it could work out, too.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:05 AM   #707
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I remember when I was a kid they used to have regular public service announcements telling us kids not to play with blasting caps. I guess there was so much construction going on in the early 60's that the possibility of a kid finding "lost" blasting caps was pretty high.
It was some black baseball player of the time, don't remember who. But I DO remember his speech:
"Kids, don't play with blasting caps. They're dangerous! You could lose an ahhhhm, a laaaygg, or an AHHHHHHHHHH!"

Have tried to find it on YouTube and etc. No luck. Remember it like it was yesterday.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:03 AM   #708
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It was some black baseball player of the time, don't remember who. But I DO remember his speech:
"Kids, don't play with blasting caps. They're dangerous! You could lose an ahhhhm, a laaaygg, or an AHHHHHHHHHH!"

Have tried to find it on YouTube and etc. No luck. Remember it like it was yesterday.
Blasting caps are filled with a very violent explosive very similar to the compound in a cartridge primer. There have been individuals seriously injured from pieces of the casing driven into their bodies. There's one confirmed case of a woman who died from internal bleeding when a piece punctured her aorta.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:44 PM   #709
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It was some black baseball player of the time, don't remember who. But I DO remember his speech:
"Kids, don't play with blasting caps. They're dangerous! You could lose an ahhhhm, a laaaygg, or an AHHHHHHHHHH!"

Have tried to find it on YouTube and etc. No luck. Remember it like it was yesterday.
I'm pretty sure that video is posted a page or two back in this thread
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:04 PM   #710
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That's exactly my thought, but I wanted to make sure I was close. Just looking at the pictures, I'm guessing a few thousand just to get it ridable. I'm seeing half decent R60/5 riders selling for around $3-4,000, so not a lot of room for invrestment. I'll get to see it in two weeks and go from there.

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Provided the engine turns and you have compression, I bet you could have it rolling down the road for $1000-1500. Pretty and reliable will easily get you in the $3-4k range. Add a chunk of change for any heavy motor work.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:48 AM   #711
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My grandfather had one poket full of caps and a battery in the other.


He mixed up which pocket was which. Had these funky blue lines/marks all over his right hand till the day he died. From what i understand it's a freaking miracle that those genes got passed on.
When I was the designated powder monkey and choker setter, I carried the sticks, another person carried the caps and another person carried the batteries.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:29 AM   #712
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What is even worse is when they have something running....I want to hear the car...not your crap music.
Exactly - yes yes yes!! I want to hear a 70 yr old engine on tickover not some crappy rock and roll track.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:22 AM   #713
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The anti blasting cap spokesperson was Willie Mays. He said something like "play with these (ball and mitt) and not with these" (blasting cap) Living in Oakland/San Francisco we thought those were local public service spots. During this time ma friend of my brothers found one and it blew his thumb and half of his nose off.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:06 PM   #714
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:03 PM   #715
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By gad, I never thought I'd see one of those again. My uncle found one of these in a junkyard and gave it to me when I was about 15 - my first motorcycle in 1965.
We never got it started but my sisters sure spent a lot of time pushing me up and down the street as we tried.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:45 PM   #716
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Old hot rod parts, Going back for more, but I bought the best first. All are for a "late model" ('49-'53') Ford flathead V8.

Offenhauser intake. They still make this one.



The carbs are being reproduced, but not w/ this mark.



But THESE are made of Pure Unobtainium.

Weiand Heads.




The "775" tells you it is the 7.75/1 compression model (if used w/ an otherwise stock bottom end).



And everybody puts this company's famous "Pissed-Off Woodpecker" sticker on their rod. Hell, nowadays they make more money off the logo then the parts!

A Clay smith cam.




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Old 12-10-2012, 09:57 PM   #717
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I've got 3 or 4 old Ford flatheads I'd let you store those parts in / on...
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:07 PM   #718
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He won some trophies back in the day,











From other stuff I saw laying around I think the car was a '40 Ford. Couldn't figure out what model.

I wonder why they were not engraved w/ his Name/Time/Speed.
Maybe it was because that, according to the seller, "Uncle Jimmy" was in the Navy at the time, stationed in Pensacola. Drive to the track, race, grab trophy and drive back to base?
The trophies will NOT be for sale. Gonna' clean them up and keep them.



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Old 12-10-2012, 10:13 PM   #719
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I've got 3 or 4 old Ford flatheads I'd let you store those parts in / on...
They will be For Sale. P.M. me if interested.

I will have no trouble selling them locally, but I would consider a long distance sale to an Inmate. Warning; the heads won't be cheap!




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I would love to have something like that, but I have waaayyy to many other projects, no money, and the flathead fords are all in 2 or 3 ton dump trucks. . Someday... I *love* seeing that old hipo stuff though. Very cool.
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