Lovingly restoring the worst bike I've ever ridden.

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

  1. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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  2. Fictitious

    Fictitious Been here awhile

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    There he is! Get him! ;P
  3. Apexcarver

    Apexcarver Adventurer

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    Wanna chip in hoping to hear an update on this project :lurk
  4. beerbuzz

    beerbuzz Been here awhile

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    This project reminds me of the time I drove a 70 MG midget 1800 miles on two cylinders, NO brakes no starter, wire wheels that balanced themselves as they hurled spokes at fellow motorists, sitting on a five gallon bucket while the headlights flashed the beat of My Sharona. Had a blast...:D
    - I seriously think I NEED a Minsk.
  5. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    I want more of this build and I want it now.
  6. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    I subscribed to this thread early on and then the "soda blasting" incident happened. I can relate to this as when my best friend and I were doing a frame up rebuild of a motorcycle he had, we used a soda blaster - in my shop. Three years later I am still finding little piles of soda from time to time. At least after three years it is starting to smell like a shop again.
  7. XR400R99

    XR400R99 Adventurer

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    Far out man, well put!
    Cheers ! ! !
  8. XR400R99

    XR400R99 Adventurer

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    Me too. I have enjoyed this thread today. I am interested in the status of the Minsk Restoration. Still taking donations?
    Thanks for the great, entertaining updates. I think your project and thread is awesome. All the Best.
  9. Kevan Garrett

    Kevan Garrett Been here awhile

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    O.K. I am in too. Specifically I am offering to ride over and ply you with beer and offer to hold said beer while you tighten bolts or whatever comes next. BTW giving/holding beer is the extent of my mechanical ability. :freaky

    Cheers

    Kevan
  10. Mullet5

    Mullet5 Adventurer

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    You are a tenacious lot of weirdos, aintcha? OK, we are back at it. I put in two evenings at Derek's working on the stem, and there is a possibly exciting (horrifying) new development. Derek, apparently tired of me staring at the floor and mumbling incoherent Star Wars references while he works on the lathe, has decided that I should start doing the lathe work myself. Everybody wins! I learn how to use a lathe (which is handy, since I have one, but so far I've only used it to butcher some small Range Rover parts into existence with all the finesse of a drunk hurling insults at a dead horse) and Derek gets to enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with watching some joker fuck around with your super expensive machinery.

    As it turns out, there is a lot of math involved with running a lathe. This comes as an unpleasant surprise. And not metric math, math with 1/1000ths. And 1/10ths of 1/1000ths. What the shit? Who thought that was a good idea? Clearly not anyone in my bloodline.

    Basically I don't have a very exciting update, just some more pictures of a thing in a lathe, except this time the progress is much slower, and the questions I am asking are even stupider. "What the hell do you mean 50 thousandthsthsths?" But the point is, things are happening. Maybe a few more evenings and the stem will be done, or I screw it up and we start over.


    Here, make this:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ePqsdM6WUDsG211BzPdKx9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ur2yw_7TTSM/UbX6LaxtJ9I/AAAAAAAAKnc/FsMEGEw8VIs/s800/IMG_20130605_194127.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    Start by making that doohickey not move when you turn that other doohickey
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/DtfYjDsC56sNGU5ZcJEMGtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5Q2VinVNjjQ/UbX6SsMXuXI/AAAAAAAAKnk/usu4FFUX3A4/s800/IMG_20130605_195316.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CJFBIp3cFZ_OkbLfHJAnYtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4ln4H4lHGSM/UbX6aasn4xI/AAAAAAAAKns/Zef7D6RChAI/s800/IMG_20130605_222336.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jnpQcKSDTB0MszdEzmJ5HdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tdLSPbGbmCI/UbX6xK6MuRI/AAAAAAAAKoE/tOr_dwMS1IU/s800/IMG_20130605_231545.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/8Om5srNm7Mi1f4XLntA-S9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-QWkDL5vZIHg/UbX6_cHhTnI/AAAAAAAAKoU/MZAgWic-VZs/s800/IMG_20130607_164639.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    Wow. Impressive, right? A thing with a hole in it. Shut up, it took a long time.
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/LcK93S_w0HYkX37SH7OiTtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-8nWPqdPV7Og/UbX643sXmII/AAAAAAAAKoM/_MwXZmYH4OI/s800/IMG_20130605_233241.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/BnNkPQCs6YvbT0AfWJgDr9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gcKjDuF-Jg0/UbX7GanFnuI/AAAAAAAAKoc/ZGB_yUXVLtM/s800/IMG_20130605_233252.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>
  11. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Beautimous! Nice work.
  12. Treadless

    Treadless seeking adventure

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    Good on ya!
    Learning the workings of a lathe can be intimidating, especially someone elses machine.
    There is an up side, the mess made is much easier to clean up. :amazon :lol3



    :lurk
  13. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    Good to see you back at it.

    Pissed off though. From 15-18 I could use a Lathe pretty well. Just reminded me that I have lost that skill over 12 years. bollix:D

    Somebody tried to sell me a Minsk for $50 the other evening 'cause his flight was next morning. Should have bought it. . .
  14. hrcs90

    hrcs90 Adventurer

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    Sweet!!! Progress.:lurk:lurk:lurk
  15. argentcorvid

    argentcorvid Some Guy

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    Hey, they just made up metric inches! At least they picked a power of 10; they could have used powers of 2. :lol3
  16. motobella

    motobella Avventuressa

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    You are braver than I am, Mullet5.

    It's a beautiful dingus. Bravo!
  17. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    I just found this thread, and have never had so much fun! Can't wait to see this fine example of Soviet era engineering come to life!

    Just wondering, has any Soviet era vehicle seen something this nice in it's dna?
    [​IMG]

    Don't know if the Minsk can take something so finely made...:evil
  18. motobella

    motobella Avventuressa

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    All right, I've contributed $10 Minsking Money - I can't wait to see the bike back on the dyno.

    Lots of room for hp gains, though your CO trace is likely nice and flat. (Just guessing since you didn't post your charts.)

    Have fun!
  19. Mullet5

    Mullet5 Adventurer

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    Worked on the stem for a couple hours last night, though I'm not going to bore you all with pictures. If you want to see what a round chunk of aluminum looks like spinning in Derek's lathe, see my last post.

    Next time around, I think it will start looking like a stem. Then things are bound to get exciting! Maybe.

    To keep you all entertained while I sporadically do boring work on the Minsk, I have another thread for you to visit. I see a lot of similarities between our projects, including the general hopelessness of it all. The difference is that when he is finished, he will have a Chevy, and I will have an unregisterable motorcycle that tops out at 37mph. I also feel his pain because I used to have a K5 Blazer with the 6.2 diesel.

    I love his Google-translated English. If my Minsk could speak, it would sound like this guy; happy and possibly drunk. http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/100106-Suburban-from-Russia

    Enjoy.
  20. Buck McCann

    Buck McCann Been here awhile

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    "with all the finesse of a drunk hurling insults at a dead horse"

    The best line I have ever read on any post, of any website, anywhere. I laughed out loud.

    As with everyone else, what a fantastic thread!!!