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CUSTOMS:   custom seat posted by: jimmy on 10/28/2001 at 3:58:46 PM
im going to make a seat on my bike like a harley,make a sheet metal frame to cover with pading then leather.it will start about 3 inches forward from seat tube,go back to fenderand lay on fender about 6 inches up.good idea hea?

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          RE:CUSTOMS:   custom seat posted by JimW. on 10/28/2001 at 6:32:08 PM
It should work fine. You might want to use an old seat frame
to join a seat post to your sheet metal pan. You might want to just use the core support of the old seat form, with steel strap brazed to the core support, shaped to fit the pan. You might want to use machine screws and nuts to attach the pan to the straps. This will make it easier to upholster the pan, as there is nothing to get in the way of wrapping the leather around the edges of the pan. You can use contact cement to bond the leather to the underside of the pan. You will need to fold the metal pan edge over, to make the edge more rounded, so it doesn't cut through the leather with time. Or, you can strip wire insulation and glue it around the edge, as a cushion. You could also sculpt the pan shape from styrofoam, then fiberglass it with a few layers of glass cloth, then dissolve the foam, as above.





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CUSTOMS:   hey jim w. posted by: jimmy on 10/28/2001 at 3:54:25 PM
hey jim,i want to build a tank like a harley davidson tank on my bike.so all i need to do is get some styrofoam and carve it into shape on both sides(seperate sides?),then put layers of spandex on both sides or one big piece wraped around it?then where do i put the solevent in the tank to eat the styrofoam out?thanks!!!

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          RE:CUSTOMS:   hey jim w. posted by JimW. on 10/28/2001 at 6:20:17 PM
If it's actually to be used for a fuel tank-no problem, because you'd need a filler neck and cap glassed into it anyway, and also an outlet fitting for a petcock. In which case, you'd dribble the solvent or gasoline into it, with the outlet closed. Voila! By the time you've filled it, the
foam is all dissolved. Pour out the solvent and dissolved foam.

If it's not going to be a working tank, you need to drill a small hole on the underside of the composite skin over the foam. Put solvent in a squeeze bottle (like for dishwashing liquid detergent), stick the nozzle in the hole and squeeze it into the foam gradually, repeat until there's nothing but
liquid in there. Put your finger over the drilled hole, and shake well. Pour the liquid out through the hole. Voila! Empty tank. If you don't need the tank to be hollow, don't bother, as it will be stronger with the foam still in there.
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LOWRIDERS:   murals or graphics? posted by: Jimmy on 10/21/2001 at 6:01:43 PM
When I get my bike painted with chameleon paint,should I put some murals on or pistriping,graphics or what?Im having alot of trouble deciding,since you helped alot before i will get some more help,right?

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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   murals or graphics? posted by JimW. on 10/21/2001 at 7:47:53 PM
You might consider pearl scallops. They work well on bikes.
Good pinstriping is nice, if you know someone good at it.
Bike frames are a little cramped for mural work.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   murals or graphics? posted by sam on 10/22/2001 at 4:30:26 AM
Saw a mural on a chainguard-kinda cool.Get two or three guards and do them all--change the guard to sute the ocation




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FOR SALE:   Primo Comet Tires and Tubes posted by: mikeq on 10/19/2001 at 2:08:37 PM
I have a pair of brand new, never mounted Primo Comet tires (not Kevlar) and tubes I don't need: Fits 406mm rims, blackwall, 20x1.35, 100 psi, 255 gms, schrader valve tubes. $25 includes shipping.

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AGE / VALUE:   some more help posted by: jimmy on 10/17/2001 at 1:40:34 AM
hello,i got one more question,do you think the combo #4 deal that hiwheel.com has in lowider bicycle mag is a good deal?here it is:2 140 spoke rims,two ww tires,two tubes,and fender set with braces for $88.00.I know the rims alone cost over $60.And does anybody know of any good websites besides lovelylowrider,luxerylowrider,hiwheel,citylife,rideablereplicas,bikerodnkustom?i really need some good pictures of the steps of fiberglassing a bike,all ive been able to find was lowrideronline.com instructions.i want to find more websites than those listed.Thanks agian!!

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   some more help posted by sam on 10/17/2001 at 2:16:12 PM
New fenders wheels and tires for $88 sounds like a good deal to me.Seems like all that left is the frame to do.I think what your lookin for is a leason in fiberglassing--if there is a boat dealer near you try talking to the repair crew---they may be able to help.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   some more help posted by JD on 10/17/2001 at 9:25:44 PM
Boat yard is the best place to learn fiberglass. Here in Oyster Bay , Long Island, there are a lot of boat yards. Besides watching how it's done in boat yards, I also joined the Navy and learned AMS (Aircraft Mechanical Structures). I was aboard the Aircraft Carrier Saratoga (CV 60) during the Gulf War and I patched over bullet holes in F-14's and Helicopters Fiberglass. So if you learn enough at your local boat yard, the Navy will give you more experience.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   some more help posted by A friend on 10/18/2001 at 4:02:55 PM
Jimmy, I can understand for some of us, we might need more info, or guildness than some. I speak for myself. But some times you just have to jump into the water and get your feet wet. This gentlman by the name JD, I felt he covered this topic quite well. Some what simple. You mentioned the web site Bikerodnkustom, that web site is rich in info. But then again, you want pictures. Like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones sang, "You Can't Always Get What you Want! But if you try real hard, you just might get what you need". Go out and buy the materials you need and read the instructions, and get busy. We are all behind you. How bad do you want it? "Good Luck to you my friend."

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   some more help posted by JimW. on 10/18/2001 at 10:31:42 PM
I know I've been promising this for a long time, but this time it's actually happening. When the frame stretch of BikeRod&Kustom's Mr. Moto project bike is finished, we will be starting the sculpted foam with spandex/glass tank for it. The process will be documented with photos. Until then,
why don't you get some foam and start experimenting with shaping it? It's really easy, and you really don't need photos. I prefer the white styrofoam you get at plastics and hobby stores. You have to use epoxy resin on it, because polyester resin will eat it, but it's a lot easier to find than other foams, and it works easier. My first glass project was a cat bed I made by covering a large balloon with glass cloth. I didn't have any instructions, but it worked. This stuff isn't rocket science. There are some instructions on foam/fiberglass construction on Robert Q. Riley's site http://rqriley.com
He even has photos.




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AGE / VALUE:   VISTA DUO-Tandem Three Wheel posted by: Linda on 10/16/2001 at 4:48:52 AM
I have acquired a three wheel Tandem bike - it is a Vista Duo - I am interested in finding out the age of this bike and also an approximate value of it - It is a one speed - has two seats, steers from front - looks vintage - but how vintage I have no idea and I have been unable to find anything re the maker of the bike. Any info you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   VISTA DUO-Tandem Three Wheel posted by sam on 10/16/2001 at 3:38:23 PM
I think Vista bikes were made in Canada but I have no info no them.You might try a post under English bikes--Warren knows Canada bikes well.Maybe they can point you in right direction.




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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Joel on 10/15/2001 at 8:41:48 PM
Interesting custom trike on EBAY (not mine, just thought it was cool) Check out EBAY # 1018025172.

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AGE / VALUE:   serial numberso posted by: gary on 10/14/2001 at 7:27:54 PM
cant find any numbers on my 26" ladies frames

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AGE / VALUE:   26"ladies schwinn posted by: Gary on 10/14/2001 at 7:15:30 PM
i cant find any numbers on my frames(2),can anyone help?

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   26 posted by Cal on 10/15/2001 at 2:20:43 PM
Where are you looking?
Head tube? Left rear dropout? Bottom bracket?




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LOWRIDERS:   I NEED HELP posted by: JIMMY on 10/13/2001 at 3:59:02 PM
HELLO0,I GOT A 1968 SCHWINN STING RAY,FLAMBOYANT RED,IM GOING TO SANDBLAST IT,AND FILL IN THE TANK WITH FIBERGLASS WALLS,HOW SHOULD II DO THIS?I NEED MORE DESCRIPTION THAN THOSE OTHER ONES.THANKS.

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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   I NEED HELP posted by A friend on 10/13/2001 at 8:46:56 PM
Hi Jimmy, Sounds like you have a real nice bike. You know what Jimmy, this is only a suggestion. You can do what ever you want too your bicycle. But on the other hand, you can expereince the best of both worlds. Yes Jimmy, the best of both owning a original, and a after market lowrider bicyce frame to do your project. Now, I know you are asking about how to do the process of fiberglass. I will step aside and allow someone else to give you the information you are seeking. I just felt I had to express my personal opionion on what your about to do. I wanted to let you know you have oter ways of approaching this project. Thanks for your understanding.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   I NEED HELP posted by J D on 10/14/2001 at 7:39:08 PM
It really don't matter what color it is if your going to sandblast it. But I assume your gonna paint it red again after you fiberglass it. Fiberglass
Fiberglass: Get a 2 foot by 8 foot by 2 inch piece of Styrofoam. (expanded polystyrene board) It comes in pink(owens corning) green (Pactiv Amofoam) and blue (Dow Styrofoam tm)
Saw a piece of it big enough to fit the frame. carve it and sand it to fit.
select the best grade of fiberglass. I use tape grade because it's cloth (strong) and has a running stitch along the edges to keep it from frizzing or unraveling.
Cut fiberglass to fit, two layers should be enough , but three will give you more impact resistance.
Mix Epoxy resin with hardener. Be sure to use exact equal amounts of Resin and Hardener or it won't harden. Be sure to mix thoroughly for at least a whole minute or else it won't harden. Mix it in a paint tray, you know the kind you use when you paint with a roller.
HURRY UP! you only have about twenty minutes to work before the epoxy hardens
DIP the fiberlass in the epoxy ( wear latex gloves ) Rub it in with your fingers so the Fiberglass is comletely soaked with epoxy.
Stick the fiberglass onto the styrofoam tank core . You have to use your own judgement . If I was doing it i'd wrap fiberglass all the way around the bikes tubes to make it strong as possible. You can be more artistic if you don't mind it breaking.
Let it harden. It should take 8 to 12 hours at 80 degrees. If it's colder than 75 degrees you will need a heat lamp. Don't put the heat lamp closer than 8 inches unattended or you might start a fire.
When it's hard, SAND it with coarse sandpaper.
Give it a skim coat of BONDO, sand again and Paint.

This is just some advice, I can't guarantee your work will come out as good as mine. Time and patience will help, except when you mix the resin and only have twenty minutes to work with it before it hardens. Everything must be ready cut before you mix the resin or else it will harden on you before you can use it.

GOOD LUCK!

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   I NEED HELP posted by sam on 10/16/2001 at 2:49:28 AM
Jimmy,Lesion to what"a Friend" has to say--and that is --There were only so many sting ray built,why distroy one.But remember custom work is about doing something different.How about using what JD is telling you to make a removeable tank.(2 haves like the old Phantom tanks,Rap the frame with boxing tape then make the 2 haves,and cut them apart and glass the insides too they will be removeable and so cool.you'll need to do a little more that stated but everyone will want one---sam




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FOR SALE:   We're carrying Lowriders now. posted by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 10/12/2001 at 3:02:18 PM
$185 each

Click on "Bicycles and Parts for Sale" at the top of this page.

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MISC:   New HPV Record-80.55 MPH posted by: James Donohue on 10/9/2001 at 4:10:20 PM
Sam Whittingham of Canada's Team Varna broke the World record for pure muscle Human Powered speed again on Saturday oct 6 covering 200 meters at 80.55 MPH.
Matt Weaver of USA Team Edge covered a mile at over 78 MPH.

If you wish to congratulate them send an email to
streamliner@topica.com

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LOWRIDERS:   lowrider bike shows posted by: Rich~s mom on 10/6/2001 at 5:28:23 PM
my son Rich just started showing his bike this year but were having a difficult time finding shows. We live in Southeastern Michigan. If anyone knows of any or any sites I'd appreciate the info. Right know we go to all the Petri bike shows and are getting ready for a show in Mount Clemons this Sunday then the next we know of is Auto-Rama in Febuary.

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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   lowrider bike shows posted by Joel on 10/8/2001 at 7:11:33 PM
The Ann Arbor bike show/swap is one of the biggest in the country. Mostly classic bike oriented but a little bit of everything. They have a website.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   lowrider bike shows posted by Annette on 10/11/2001 at 11:26:49 PM
You may want to visit lowrider magazine's website for coming up shows. You may try a search for lowrider car &/or bike shows. Also try muscle car shows and different older car shows.




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MISC:   HPV Speed Record posted by: James Donohue on 10/4/2001 at 6:12:27 PM
Sam Whittingham of Canada has set a new HPV SPEED RECORD, 76.61 MPH. The race isn't over till the 6th of october so it might be beat yet. Subscribe to streamliner@topica.com if you don't believe me. Seventy Six point Six One! Quite a record.
Congratulations to Sam Whittingham, and his Team Varna.

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LOWRIDERS:   68" Leader whisper posted by: Jordan on 9/30/2001 at 5:45:58 PM
I have a 68 Leader whisper that I bought and I Want to restore. It's gold and has 144 spoke wheels with whitewall's. I want to completely re-chrome and gold plate all the accessory's and maybe do some framework. If you like Leaders and want to check out this bike, e-mail me and I'l send you a picture.

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