Lovingly restoring the worst bike I've ever ridden.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Mullet5, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Mullet5

    Mullet5 Adventurer

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    Yep, belongs to the same guy that owns one of the other Minsks. Poor bastard...
  2. clarkebd

    clarkebd Huh?

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    Damn great thread.

    I sit here reading it and keep asking myself - would I do this?
    Would I spend my money, what little extra I had, on restoring a piece of crap?

    I find myself answering yes most of the time. Something about bring something - anything - back to a better state than it was in appeals to me.
  3. Mullet5

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    Oh boy! Things are happening! I am at Motolab right now working on the Minsk. I'll start uploading photos to my Picasa as we go along, so if you are a real fiend for fresh Minsk content you can see the photos there before I post. Live Minsk pictures!
  4. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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  5. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    hey man, I'm in the bay area. If you ever really need a beer - its on me. Keep up the stupid, at some point it might be genius.
  6. robrides85

    robrides85 Been here awhile

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    Two years later I finally stumble across this thread - quite possibly the funniest single post I've ever seen on the InterWebz - thanks - I started giggling so hard I started coughing!
  7. Mullet5

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    For probably the 107th time in my life, I just discovered that no matter how much you yell, curse, or threaten, you simply cannot sand paint before it dries. Frick. Screw this project, I'm going to Motolab to play Minsk.

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  8. Mullet5

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    Just another round of Heat & Smash tonight, nothing too exciting. Progress!

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  9. Treadless

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    Hey, progress is progress and it didn't make much of a mess.....













    unfortunately.


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  11. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    I just stumbled on to this, and you have made my morning. that thing is begging for wheels. Speaking of which, you going to end up using the original rims with the soviet tire size, or re-lacing the hubs to a newer more common size?
  12. Mullet5

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    It is actually using a readily available tire size, 3.00-18. Funny you should ask, after we finished working last night (well, this morning technically) Derek and I picked out some new tires, and they are on their way.

    I'm feeling good about the Minsk right now. After last night's Heat & Smash, Derek measured the head tube, and he says we are very close. What a relief. I feel like we made actual progress last night, like we may have progressed a few yards towards the light at the end of this long, long, crumbling, stinky Soviet tunnel. Can't wait to do the next step!
  13. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    That sounds like major progress to me! :thumb
  14. istandalone

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    Just getting back to viewing this. Keep up the ______ work. Where's the thread on the 4runner??
  15. qwiky

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    read the whole thread tonight, and i must say... you are a brave (or idiotic) man! working on old bikes is fun because no matter how much you weld them, smash them and jerry rig things, they work somehow.. btw.. i laughed for atleast 5min on the whole soda blasting part.... rediculous
    worked on a 73 suzuki 125 for about 2 years, and i know how it feels to put money into somthing that seems hopeless

    good luck!

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  16. unheatedgarage

    unheatedgarage n00b

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    I too have been working on a completely pointless project--CB550K--a total money pit:

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    but it's slowly coming together:

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    Ok, ok, back to your regularly scheduled 2-stroke goodness--whar Minsk updates whe
  17. Mullet5

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    Thanks guys, good to see some other people spraying money into deep dark holes. The new tires, tubes, and rim strips arrived, just can't find the time to put them on. Soon!
  18. s1000rr

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    Mullet I just finished reading your post you are hillary ass. I was howling when you did the soda blasting in your garage. I give you credit for staying with the minsk I would have cut my losses a long time ago.
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  20. Twin-shocker

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    Does Derek actually know what he is doing? It would have taken a lot less time to have made a new head tube and fitted that, rather than messing around doing a very crude bodge job on the original (which seems to me like its scrap).