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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by INJUNTOM, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Chopped 66 Bug
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    Do any of you remember the Bonanza built around 1969/70 that had the 100CC Hodaka motor on it? Had a 5 speed gear box as I remember and one fast little package! I owned some sort of Mini Bike back then. Got it from a kid down the street. I think it had a 2 horse Briggs on it. I saved my lawn mowing money and went to Sears and ordered a new 3 1/2 HP ( I think) Biggest one I could buy and still fit in on the frame. Was a big improvement . Enjoying this thread.

    Mike

    Mike
     
  2. During my mini-bike/scooter days, (1950 to 1955) this was the ULTIMATE dream!!

    The 'Mustang'!!!

    The Cushman 'Eagle' was a close second.

    The mustang was considered by some at the time to be a 'motorcycle'. I'm not sure, because I never owned one or even rode one, but I think they would run close to 60 MPH!!
     

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  3. a muddymoose
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  4. tinmann
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    I sort of skimmed 10 or so of the 79 pages, so if I've missed vital info, I'm sure someone will chew me a new one..... but anyway..... when I was a kid, my dad bought me a Fox Doodlebug. It was very basic with a 3hp Tecumseh. Does anyone have something similar? Crazy thing is, I think my old mini is still sitting on my sister's farm where her brothers in law wrecked the clutch 35 years ago. I should really get it back and do a resto........ but ..... don't I have enough projects?:confused::confused::confused:
     
  5. I finally got my Lil Bastard done! Here is a pic of it in the '47 Chevy. I had the pipes cermaic coated and built new side covers for the torque converter and the disc/drive sprocket.
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  6. spuds
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    from Idaho

    What size is the motor?
    Looks nice Good job!!
     
  7. Thanks, B&S 18HP, 35 CID, 566cc, runs about 55mph. The bike started as a 1968 Rupp Fat Cat
     
  8. The engine stripped down for cleaning

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    After I cut the backbone out and stretched the frame 4", mocked things up and drank a few beers pondering and then I started going back together.......

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  9. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
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    Just a reminder!

    This race is on a paved, high speed kart track, and is a LOT of fun.

    Details:
    Saturday, September 14, 2013
    Concept Haulers Motor Speedway
    Norway, IL (about 1 hour from Chicago)

    VINTAGE karts and minis ONLY!!

    Full rules and details at:
    http://whiteknucklescramble.com/
     
  10. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
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    Boy, that sure looks like a hoot ^^^^^ !
     
  11. need louvers ?
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    Oh hear Ye Az Mini Bike Perverts! We are doin' it again!!!

    Witness the thrill of as many as 25 Mini Bikes running at one time! Be amazed at a Phoenix Police officer's statement "Are you guys practicing for the circus or something?!" Be even more amazed that I talked to him and DIDN'T end up in hand cuffs!!! Be mystified at the sight of a new Harbor Freight 6.5 clone being started with the throttle hooked up back wards! All these thrills and more at the Second annual Az Mini Bike Roundup!!! MONDAY, LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 2 at 10:00am...
     

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  12. landseaandair
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    I'll be there even if I don't get one slung together in time.
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  13. JSHAW
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    I will be there. Looking forward to it last year was a BLAST!

    P.S. The yellow sticker looks good.
     

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  14. Jeem
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    Will be fun, I'm in...
     

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  15. Tomkat39
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
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    Just got this a couple weeks ago, any one recognize what the make it is??
    It's not the original motor, but it's a 5 horse Briggs .Runs good !!!

    Tom
     
  16. Tomkat39
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
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    Picture didn't post ??? Hope this works
     

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  17. landseaandair
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    from phoenix

  18. Rick Sis
    Joined: Nov 2, 2007
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    I dig this one, some nice work there!

    let me guess, the mystery part is a nitrous system disguised to look like vice grips, right?...huh?..did I get it?:D
     
  19. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
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    Took mine around the block to a party last night! Got caught by Johnny Law on the way home! He threatened to have it towed,and give me tickets for multiple violations! Then gave me my license back telling me if anyone rides it on the street again,he would throw the book at me!! (what a Barney!) ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1376842400.184952.jpg


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  20. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
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    I've heard that from a lot of minibike riders. Voodoo Larry's girlfriend got slapped with $600 in fines, but Larry was able to talk him down to a warning. All the more reason to bring those things out to a real track and race 'em! Just like in the early days of hot rodding when kids would get in trouble for racing on the street. Take it to the track! White Knuckle Scramble - 9/14/13 :)
     
  21. Jeem
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    Last May, we shot this...
    The SALTON SEA SHAKEDOWN
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    Lots of fun and stupidity that day with good friends and mild heat stroke, including our very own Chip "NeedLouvers" who stepped up as Key Grip!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2L7st4b1SM
     
  22. mx6262
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
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    I would love to find the one my dad got me in the 3rd grade. Purple with sissy bar and ape hangers with a chopper type front end big wheel on the front, know it when I see it, WaY CooL...
     
  23. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
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    That's a great video!
    Glenn
     
  24. mx6262
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
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    Diceman this is real close to what my dad got me in the 3rd grade my first bike...front wheel and front end was a little diffrent...

    I would love to find one.

    Cool bike.
     
  25. mx6262
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
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    I knew someone would have it or seen it.....

    This is what I had !!!! Too Cool.....:cool:
     

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  26. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
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    Ok, can anyone tell me what kind of minibike these frames origionally were?
    http://glennsplace.com/images/IMG_0708.jpg

    The one on the right is a Sears, I think.
    More pics:
    http://glennsplace.com/images/IMG_0709.jpg
    http://glennsplace.com/images/IMG_0710.jpg
    http://glennsplace.com/images/IMG_0711.jpg
    http://glennsplace.com/images/IMG_0712.jpg

    The 2 blue ones are just back from the powder coaters. The one in the middle was a recent purchase at the Springfield Swap, on the way to the Drags ($15.00!!!).

    Glenn
     
  27. landseaandair
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
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    from phoenix

    Ironic being you're handle is dabirdguy, lol.

    All three look like Bird Engineering bikes.
     
  28. porsche930dude
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
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    my brother threw this one together. i think its a wards. rupp forks , homemade swing arm. modified 8hp. belt drive clutch. It flies!
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  29. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
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    lol!!!
     

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