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

  1. After seeing Fat-Ass Whitewalls, lowering job, on his scoot...Me thinks my MTD would benefit from a slam job. Already two additional holes in the rear frame. For that "chopper" look, there is way too much clearance in between the fender and the tire. Just gonna have some fun with it for now. Wish I could have the crank balanced to get rid of that vibration. 5hp Briggs ohv, is a good little motor, but vibrations at the top end are enough to rattle the fillings from your teeth.
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  2. bob3757
    Joined: Sep 26, 2008
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    bob3757
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    from Tigard, Or

    I just finished redoing a minibike that I have owned for about 30 years. I changed from a 3 HP Briggs, to a 6.5 HP Harbor Freight engine. I'm wondering if anyone can identify the frame manufacturer ? Notice that the frame has a step in it, in the jackshaft area. which mounts the rear axle under the frame, instead of above the frame. It also has limited front suspension. Thanks for any help you can give. Bob
     

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  3. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,466

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    from michigan

    here's a Bonanza chopper project I have. Would like to sell if anyone interested. $400. bonanza chopper 007.JPG bonanza chopper 008.JPG bonanza chopper 009.JPG bonanza chopper 014.JPG bonanza chopper 016.JPG bonanza chopper 022.JPG
     
  4. Hard to tell from pic but slicks front and rear.Hard as hell to turn with the front square shoulder slick
     

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  5. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,631

    Moriarity
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    My lil Indian with 2 west bend 820's, saying that it is a handful is an understatement


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  6. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
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    Oh to get started on mine. Briggs frame. Far as Ive got is buying grips ,throttle and cleaning/priming frame.
    Wheels and tire are expensive but it will get finished. Have a 3.5 Briggs that runs, Not worried about going fast at 56 but intend to have something I wanted when I was 12.
    My wife says I need to grow up. Why?
     
  7. Moriarity has all the cool stuff. Still have the turbonique kart ?
     
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  8. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    Moriarity
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    Yes sir I do


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  9. Yep, coolest stuff ever
     
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  10. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
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    Is there a marshmallow roasting attachment for the exhaust ?
     
  11. JSHAW
    Joined: Jun 27, 2010
    Posts: 105

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    Been a while since i have been on this thread. I did show up had a BLAST.
     
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  12. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,482

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    Moriarty, you need to bring that Lil' Indian AND the Turbonique to the White Knuckle Scramble race in August!!
     
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    Here's one of my mini-bikes.
    1970 "Baby-Cat" with a 5hp flathead Briggs transplanted.
    8 hp at the wheel @ 60 mph if you dare.
    Yes it needs the wheelie bar!
     
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  14. INJUNTOM
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 548

    INJUNTOM
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    Rupp Dart Cycle
     
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  15. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    DDDenny
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    from oregon

    Ever heard of a mini made by Ben Hunt Mfg. of Walla Walla Wa.
    Caper cycle IIRC, had springer front
    As a kid (about 1966) bought one used, came with a Mac 10 kart engine
    Fastest thing in town, was this stock or was it transplanted
     
  16. INJUNTOM
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
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    INJUNTOM
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    Have a couple project ones stashed. Pretty rare nowadays at least for the ones like mine with the straight top tube. I believe they would have all had Westbends on the 2 stroke models, which is still pretty hot. A Mac would have been something someone may have done back then being everyone had their preference or used what they had, etc just like with cars.
     
  17. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
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    Hellfish
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    Rev 'em up and let's go racing!

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  18. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
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  19. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
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    from arkansas

    I found this one in the back of a van. It wasn't for sale. Errrr!!!
     

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  20. LONG
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
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    just picked up this Krusty mini. was told by oldminibike forum it is a Sensation model MB-6L. IMG_1424.jpg IMG_1436.jpg
     
  21. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
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    lots of neat minbikes on here--had a few for the kids back in the 70's Sure would like to find another to putt around on-closest I found near here (2 blocks away) is a Simplex bike minus the engine-but will look at swapmeets for a mini soon.
     
  22. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    DDDenny
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    from oregon

    Real fond memories from the 60's for me, kind of like the feelings you retain of your first car. It was first thing I owned that moved under it's own power. Speaking of power, as I said above that Mac 10 was a rocket. I seem to remember a couple guys from my hometown raced karts w/macs, they may have had something to do with the swap.
    Not so fond of the times that it didn't want to start though, came home many times with bloody hands from pulling on that starter rope.
     
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  23. Long, that is a nice score. Has gobs of potential. :cool:
    Last month's Billetproof Florida gave me an excuse to have my good friend Miquel, work some of his magic, on the Silver Bullet.
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  24. Road Angels
    Joined: Mar 2, 2015
    Posts: 134

    Road Angels

    I had A Taco 22 with a 9Hp MAC9 chain saw engine, I could past traffic on the free way, ahhh young and dumb................. but still alive for now
     
  25. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?
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    Arizona guys!!! After too long a lay off, we are gonna do it again! Been talking back and forth this week with Jeff Shaw and Jimmy Smith, and it looks like on Memorial Day I'll be the starting spot for a ride! Right now it's a save the date kinda thing, but more details as they happen!!!

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  26. Road Angels, We all seem to have survived our youth, despite dangerous situations. Me and my friend's used to ride our mini-bikes all over Cleveland's east side Burb's. There was this awesome trail and wooded area, about 4 miles from our house. Spent many a day up there. Parents never worried. Like 25 cents to fill our tanks. Always home by 4pm to do our paper routes. ;)
    JT
     
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  27. LONG
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
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    LONG
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    where do you guys get engine parts? 5 hp briggs flat head. my cylinder is scored and will need bored out.
     
  28. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,187

    DDDenny
    Member
    from oregon

    And didn't listen when told to "slow that thing down before you kill yourself".
    I often wonder how we survived our youth.
     
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  29. image.jpg Can anyone help with an ID?
    It sorta like a rupp,
    but has twin down tubes
    Inverted forks
    and a bigger tank.

    There's a few extra parts that I don't think belong with the frame.
     
  30. http://www.oldminibikes.com/forum/
    I think this may be old news to some of you, but this is The Hamb of the minibike world.
    These guys identified my mini in no time flat. Nice score!!

    JT
     

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