‘40 Motorbike (crusty)


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
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Santa Rosa, United States
#41
Excellent work! What is the "Little Brute" contraption that you straightened the forks with?
Yes the lil Brit’s I need one of those . It’s easy to make forks look straight I’ve done many hard part is making them ride straight need that Lil Brute ya have there I have a 40 schwinn rare no auto cycle jewel tank I need it straighten let us know ...
great job bringing it back from the dead !!
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This was the first time I used one and it worked great. Hopefully it translates into a straight ride once the bike is rolling again. Anyway, it's a great device and there is one for sale now here on the CABE:
https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/little-brute-fork-straightener.145538/

You can youtube "little brute" for a demonstration. Very handy tool!
 
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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
638
1,934
Santa Rosa, United States
#42
Small progress today...thanks to @Autocycleplane who dropped off a set of lobdell stamped drop centers with a rebuilt ‘40 morrow hub. Killer! Thanks Eric!

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Unfortunately, this is how she will sit for a while...have to lace up a hi-lo front drum but I can’t even get a standard hub to tension up correctly. Ugh! Oh well, I’ll just have to get really good at riding wheelies!!


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
638
1,934
Santa Rosa, United States
#43
Done!!! I have some place holders on the bike until I can find some decent ball end grips and silver brake cable housing. Huge thanks to the CABE community and in particular @Autocycleplane for the wheelset, Hi-lo drum and for lacing it up for me plus some smalls and guidance, @davek for some smalls and passion for prewar Schwinns...two of the finest prewar schwinn nuts in our community. Of course it seems all my bikes are equipped with a @bobcycles masterpiece saddle and rolling on @John chain treads is a must.

I was a little concerned about the fork after straightening it but it rides true. Bike just floats in the road...so comfortable with the tall frame too! Glad it’s built and road worthy once again.

Without further adieu...here is the Motorbike in the wild and no longer crusty...
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Autocycleplane

I live for the CABE
Jan 6, 2010
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NorCal, United States
#45
Very cool bike. It was fun for me to have a hand in getting both known examples of the 1940 BA107 “Motorbike” back on the road and I look forward to taking this one for a test ride sometime as well.

Great job Steve.

Here is the other one for reference:

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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
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Portland, OR 97206
#47
FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your project from start to finish. Sounds like you're going to need two work stands around there pretty soon. Its a shame though, that proper precautions were not employed to prevent the inevitable "rear fender crunch".
 

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