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Old 11-13-2010, 03:52 PM   #151
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heh, i still say all that jb weld trickery and such sounds like more work than just cutting the bastard off and welding on a different one! but then i guess it would not be as "authentic" heh.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:11 PM   #152
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If you use the head tube off another frame (with numbers and a title) that will solve two problems at once for you.


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Old 11-13-2010, 04:28 PM   #153
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that will solve two problems at once for you.

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Old 11-13-2010, 05:10 PM   #154
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Two down, one to go.
If you can score the fork and triple trees with the headstock, you've just solved a whole bunch of other problems at once.
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:37 PM   #155
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If you use the head tube off another frame (with numbers and a title) that will solve two problems at once for you.


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;) cop would pull you over and be like.. "are you sure thats a cb350?"
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:46 PM   #156
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;) cop would pull you over and be like.. "are you sure thats a cb350?"
You may have missed this but believe it our not he has two more Minsks boxed up in the corner of his garage. He shipped three home so he's got a Minsk frame that he can pull a less oval headstock off of. So the cop will just say "WTF is a Minsk?"
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:02 PM   #157
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no no no. he has to restore them all or whats the point! the three of them need to once more stride those beasts and head off on some adventure! i suggest death valley..and catch a bus back.
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:51 PM   #158
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I am definitely going to try to get them street legal. Does anybody have any good resources for info on registering highly questionable machinery? Tips? Tricks?

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Old 11-13-2010, 08:11 PM   #159
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If you can score the fork and triple trees with the headstock, you've just solved a whole bunch of other problems at once.
But at that point why not start over with a different bike altogether? I think this thing is screaming out for a respectful, minimally invasive resto. Once you've put the headstock, triples, forks, and front wheel from something else on it it just won't have the same soul.

Maybe I'm just sentimental.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:21 PM   #160
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no no no. he has to restore them all or whats the point! the three of them need to once more stride those beasts and head off on some adventure!


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Old 11-14-2010, 08:22 AM   #161
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3. But that steering head is WAY fucked up.

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Cut the headstock off, get it re-sleeved and weld it back on. Even that must be better than what it was even though not what it ever should be which is besides the point of this rebuild already established
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:50 AM   #162
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But at that point why not start over with a different bike altogether? I think this thing is screaming out for a respectful, minimally invasive resto. Once you've put the headstock, triples, forks, and front wheel from something else on it it just won't have the same soul.

Maybe I'm just sentimental.
soul? respectful? really? i could concede that there might be some change in the overall identity of the bike, in that it end up with a front end that was actually functional (ooh look, forks AND brakes AND wheel bearings, it's like magic!), and therefore would make the rest of the bike suck that much more. but to be concerned about altering the intrinsic character of this bike, somehow tainting it, that's a pretty hard road to follow.

although, there is the very real possibility that slapping a whole new front end on could cause the rest of the bike to spontaneously disintegrate. in a glorious cloud of baking soda maybe...
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:19 AM   #163
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although, there is the very real possibility that slapping a whole new front end on could cause the rest of the bike to spontaneously disintegrate. in a glorious cloud of baking soda maybe...
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:27 PM   #164
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I like the new headstock approach too, but isn't this the sort of thing that is going to require some very good welding technique and attention to detail? This doesn't sound like something you can stick-weld in your backyard using BBQ-repair skills. Steering heads seem like an area where you don't fool around and do Red Green repairs as any failure generally results in an immediate face-plant at speed.

I'm not sure I understand what is going on with the three bikes, but my advice is to keep you eye on the ball and get one done using the best parts from all three. Don't lose momentum.... you can figure out what you can do with the leftover two later after you've learned from the one completed one and seen if the payoff is worth the trouble.

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Old 11-14-2010, 01:27 PM   #165
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