Amen Savior chopper question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by speedracertdi, May 1, 2012.

  1. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    Bought an old Amen Savior chopper with the Amen springer front end and mini front drum brake. It's powered by a 1980 Honda CB750 DOHC motor. I'm looking for a picture of the front end setup with the brake drum. I am trying to figure out how it all supposed to go together. Particularly, there is supposed to be a link from the hub to the fork to keep the drum assembly stationary when braking. That part is missing and i need to fabricate it from scratch. Any web links to pictures or pics from personal sources would be a huge help. This bike is going to be a full resto in Southern California 70's style. Right now, I'm just in the mental planning stages.
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  2. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Yes, every brake needs a torque arm. A simple flat bar. I remember that shit from that time... those brakes were useless, spend the money on life insurance instead.
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  3. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Tell us how you really feel about it concours. :lol3
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  4. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    Thanks Concours! I've been looking for a project like this for a long time. I've figured out that the front hub is called a Minidrum, made by Hallcraft. Yes, i know they dont make the bike stop but i still want it operable. There seem to be a lot of people looking for old Amen parts, I have a nearly complete bike. It's a basket case but I want to bring it back to it's glory days.
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  5. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    That sure looks comfy. :rofl
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  6. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    lol, comfy long range cruiser... kept muscles in tone:1drink Fab the bracket yourself, easy to do. I had the low-rent Paughco hardtail
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  7. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    Yes there will be some fabrication involved in this project. I'm hoping to keep it era correct as much as possible. I have a good chromer and a good powder coat guy as well. The seat is roached but there's enough left to work with to fab a new seatpan and upholstry from. I'm wondering about the geometry since I am very tall and have lower back muscle problems. The peanut tank is being replaced with a coffin tank. I want to bead blast the motor, paint and rechrome some items on it. It's still on the trailer waiting for space in my garage but here's a teaser. I will create a thread in "Some Assembly Required" section soon.

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  8. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Its got a big rear drum brake and...plunger rear suspension. Nice.
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  9. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    I've never seen a TWIN STICK Honda chopper. I thought that fad had passed when the twin cam cam out. Later retrofit?
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  10. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Old Honda twin cam... check the cam chain tensioner as the chain can eat into the rear of the cylinder block.
    Seen it several times in the late '80s.
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  11. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. I'm tearing the motor down anyhow so i'll be replacing guides, seals, gaskets, cam chain etc.

    The bike was built in 1982 using a 1980 motor. I have copies of build sheets, reciepts, etc from a cycle shop in Sanford, FL. The VIN on the title is the motor number so swapping out the motor for a known running unit is out of the question. This bike should scream once it's done if I can only figure out how to sit on it and hold on going down the road!
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  12. Johnf3

    Johnf3 Long timer

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    I have a feeling you might be the one that is doing the screaming, not the bike. Still a cool project though.
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  13. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

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    Speed -- I'm really glad you're pleased with your acquisition (the only opinion that matters), but, man, as someone who lived through that era, it was not motorcycling's brightest light ;-}
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