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Old 11-12-2010, 10:39 AM   #136
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my fully considered and ghetto suggestion (this is what i would do). scan craigslist for someone selling or giving away a parts bike/frame. Cut the head tube off it, and weld it onto the minsk frame - obviously cut the old one off first..
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:46 AM   #137
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my fully considered and ghetto suggestion (this is what i would do). scan craigslist for someone selling or giving away a parts bike/frame. Cut the head tube off it, and weld it onto the minsk frame - obviously cut the old one off first..
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My thoughts too - weld a new head tube on.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:20 AM   #138
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My thoughts too - weld a new head tube on.
+2 there has got to be plenty of trashed frames out there you can lay your hands on for a small beer token.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:52 AM   #139
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Err, the solution is staring you in the face. Your greed to have three of these wonderful machines has clouded your thinking.

Use whatever parts you need off the other two, to make one good one. Then flog the rest off to other poor sods who are searching for parts for their wonderful Soviet-era motorcycles.

If you can't get one out of the three, then God has spoken to you. Listen, hire a U-haul, take a trip to the bike wreckers with a trailer load of Minsks, and move right along.

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Old 11-12-2010, 12:33 PM   #140
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Set up a PayPal account and get everybody following this thread to send you a few $$.

Hell, I'd kick in $5 just to see how this turns out.

I do like the idea of cutting a good headstock off of a trashed frame and welding it on. I'm sure you could find someone here that'd send you one for the cost of shipping, if not for free.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:41 PM   #141
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what Bendernz said ↑

And if you're REAL lucky you might even get 2 bikes out of 3. But that steering head is WAY fucked up.

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Old 11-12-2010, 12:48 PM   #142
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A milling machine and a lathe would make quick work of resleeving the inside of that head tube.

Heck, even an insert of the correct length, bearings with a slightly smaller OD and generous JB weld would probably work.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:05 PM   #143
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This is just my way of thinking, I would JB Weld those bearings in to the race, finish the bike, ride it around the hood, show it off, take pics and have fun with it. If it gets a little wobbly later on then just pull the forks and fix it right.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:21 PM   #144
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That tube has a nice oval shape.

I'll 2nd the JB Weld idea.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:53 PM   #145
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Bearing race

Step back take a deep breath. You need to find an old machinist . There are more than one way to fix you head stock up .
and not allot $. Like dog the frame down to a milling machine table use a
boring head to rebore pocket turn an insert press it in and your good to go
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:07 PM   #146
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So awesome!!

So it looks like the lower portion of the head tueb was cracked adn then welded up again. On they left a gap when they welded the band around the outside of the tube.

I'd throw everything back together. Make sure the fork angle is what you want, spot weld the race to the head tube. Take it apart, then throw in some more weld material in there. Make sure you do not heat it up too much to cuase any weird heat effected pulling.
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:49 AM   #147
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That tube has a nice oval shape.

I'll 2nd the JB Weld idea.
And I'll third it. This is going to be a fun, nostalgic, low-speed putt-around bike. How many miles did you ride it not knowing about the beer can shim? Put the damn thing back together with just very slightly more care than those who came before you and enjoy the hell out of it.
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:16 PM   #148
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And I'll third it. This is going to be a fun, nostalgic, low-speed putt-around bike. How many miles did you ride it not knowing about the beer can shim? Put the damn thing back together with just very slightly more care than those who came before you and enjoy the hell out of it.
I like the cut of your jib.

Plus, it will give all of the people following this project a good laugh to see what frightening "fix" I come up with.
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:38 PM   #149
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I like the cut of your jib.

Plus, it will give all of the people following this project a good laugh to see what frightening "fix" I come up with.
See, that's the spirit!
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:47 PM   #150
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Plus, it will give all of the people following this project a good laugh to see what frightening "fix" I come up with.
Like I haven't laughed enough already...

Be sure and soda blast it thoroughly before repairing.

Please?
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