1936 Monark Flo-Cycle

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  1. #1 Posted Oct 16, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    No, I'm not parting it out! image.jpeg
    The seat tube was loose and the seat lug was cracked through most of the way. I figured the best fix possible meant taking it all the way down. The long curved pieces actually unbolt behind the head badge. image.jpeg
    Looks like the tire rubbed a little too long! You can see the steel on the inside of the wound. The steel insert runs from the rear axle to just in front of the seat. Spring!!! image.jpeg
    I love this stuff. The bottom pair hold the fender. Aluminum. The top pair go behind the seat. Chromiumed bronze. image.jpeg
    I hear there's a College in De Kalb. An hour or so outside of Chicago. I imagine the owner was a history major, riding this bike around campus in 2000 sumpthin.
    The bike came apart in no time at all. It'll take longer to assemble since I might have to go to Albuquerque and pay @ratrodz a visit!! image.jpeg

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  2. #2 Posted Oct 26, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    The Flo-Cycle must have some stories to tell. Whatever broke the rear fork also did a bit of kink and twist. The frame table had to be called to action. By bolting the bike to the table through the bottom bracket, alignment is made by image.jpeg a simple measurement at various points around the frame. All parts of the frame MUST parallel the table. If they aren't, they will be.
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    Here's a kink that's gotta go. The towers support that which mustn't move. image.jpeg
    A little heat to soften the metal and prevent cracking.
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    Universal cones hold the head. We had to twist a bit to point the forks correctly.
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    The job is complete. The wheel now has equal clearance on both sets of blades. The frame is parallel to the table as is the wheel. This bike will roll true now that the rear wheel follows the front.
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  3. #3 Posted Oct 27, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Oh that's fricking awesome! Love that table!! Your gonna have some killer kings soon!!!
     
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  4. #4 Posted Oct 27, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Mad Toolz, Mad Skillz.
     
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  5. #5 Posted Oct 27, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Bikes beers buddies big tools and guitars. cool.

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  6. #6 Posted Oct 28, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    It's the parallel concept that's more important than the table, although the table is really nice. Anyone can bolt their bike to a flat-ish table to get things dialed in really close. The table comes in handy when you're tweaking a heavy frame like a Harley. Lightweight or even heavyweight bicycle frames adjust on a workbench just fine.
     
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  7. #7 Posted Oct 28, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Good morning 333. Humboldt County is calling. Come up and visit on your next NorCal trip.
     
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  8. #8 Posted Oct 28, 2017

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    Let's not forget the morning after. My good friend the caveman of the post Bronze Age is into aerotica! We did a little lightweight flying on the dry lakes of Mojave the next day.
     
  9. #9 Posted Oct 30, 2017

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    Now that the frame is dialed in, I headed up to my welder to talk about the various issues that need addressing. He wanted to get started, so who am I to argue! A wire wheel to clean things up. image.jpeg
    Then he started with his magic. I watched with an extra welding hood. It sure looked easy! image.jpeg
    He bridged the gap with a back and forth closure, then surrounded his work with a ring of weld.
    All that remained was to file it flush without creating any flat spots and not filing through.
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    Next week we're gonna make the seat lug as good as new.
     
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  10. #10 Posted Oct 30, 2017

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    Cool project! Gonna be a labor love for sure! Great progress for sure! Joe
     
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  11. #11 Posted Oct 30, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    These labors of love don't seem laborious. I like to think that someone will come across this bike in 50 years. Because of my labor, they'll be able to take it 'round the block and grin from ear to ear.
     
  12. #12 Posted Nov 12, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Awesome disassembly of a Flocycle! Is it done? Would love to see more photos! Keep up the great work.
     
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    No, it's not done. I'm slow. But here're a few more pics. This is the curved frame member that tapers into the head lug. This attaches with an Allen bolt. image.jpeg
    The tapered sockets into the head. The frame piece butts in tightly to the inner shoulder. The Allen inserts through the hole behind the headbadge. image.jpeg
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    The wedge. image.jpeg
    The bottom of the hole has a shoulder which stops the wedge and forces the tube to spread into the area of the lug that is bell shaped. image.jpeg
    Steel post I made to keep the top and bottom pieces of the broken lug in alignment during welding. image.jpeg
    The dowels aid in alignment also. image.jpeg
    I'm looking forward to getting these bits welded up. There's lots of detailing left to do.
     
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  15. #15 Posted Nov 12, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Freakin cool man with a side order of bad azz! Lol Hope to see you crusin that SK soon.
     
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    Like I was trying to say before my tech problems began, this SK might cost me 5K if I can't find some reasonably priced parts. All I have is the 5rame!
     
  18. #18 Posted Nov 21, 2017

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    "Blinded by the Light!" image.jpeg
    My phone/camera thought the aliens were invading. Optical harmonic resonance or something. image.jpeg
    This was the first weld to be done. It was only a crack, but was opened to get full penetration. image.jpeg
    The same V-groove was cut into all areas to be welded. image.jpeg image.jpeg
    Cast aluminum is more porous that other forms, so the job was more tedious. Micro holes kept belching out black pyucky guck. After fighting that battle, the welding went smoothly. And it went even more smoothly once the rat tail file came into play.
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    Ready for some finish sanding and polish. image.jpeg
     
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  19. #19 Posted Nov 22, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Wow, nice welding job.
     
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  20. #20 Posted Nov 23, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I'm working on a Flo-Cycle frame right now too. I didn't take the frame apart but was very curious about the internals of the assemble. This thread is a great guide!
    Polishing is tedious to say the least.
     
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