1955 BLUE Radiobike Restoration

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  1. #61 Posted Jun 27, 2017

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    Complete, re-finished tank. it!!

    The knob is on loan, CAD designs will be started next week, according to dad.

    ALSO...the lock cylinder works! 69ab0c6bcbbe4bd6ae3afe5094604276.jpg b1164ea598a2af561062ca0643e757de.jpg

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  2. #62 Posted Jun 27, 2017

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    I am researching on how to build a correct battery pack for this, and thought it would be beneficial to other owners if I posted what I found here.

    In order to build a 90V A-B battery pack, here are a few OEM model numbers to reference for sizes and specs:

    RCA VS064
    Eveready 729
    Burgess 4TZ60

    SOURCE: http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=218547

    Info on dimensions and battery box labels: http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=146627

    Instructions on building said battery box "guts". Appears to be called a "farm radio battery" in some circles: http://143.95.77.243/~elmphoto/radios/Build A Farm Radio Battery.pdf

    Battery Packs for the Zenith Trans-Oceanic portable radio are similar, but not quite a match. However, I also found this useful. This source from a friend: http://143.95.77.243/~elmphoto/radios/radio11.htm

    RIP...RadioShack. Looks like some holders are still on their site: https://www.radioshack.com/pages/search-results?findify_q=battery holder&findify_limit=24&findify_offset=0&findify_filters[0][type]=category&findify_filters[0][name]=category1&findify_filters[0][values][0][value]=D Battery Holders
     
  3. #63 Posted Jul 7, 2017

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    Update:

    1) Nearly all sheet metal parts are finished. the only exception is the chain guard, which needs to be repaired. Lots of dirt, grime, and drops of house paint came off and now they really do shine!

    2) I have started on the mechanical work. The sprocket is finished, the crank will likely be replaced. It is straight as an arrow but the chrome is totally gone on one side. I will have a replacement shortly. The bearings are soaking in degreaser right now.

    3) I fear I will not find suitable replacement rims before my deadline, I have began to dismantle the back wheel that came with this bike and a donor wheel from a burned-up '55 Dial-A-Ride. I hope these can be re-plated in time.

    4) I need to find someone who has the tools and ability to braze and weld. I need to have the rack repaired and a new mounting bracket put on the chainguard

    5) I am on the fence, again, about repainting the frame and fork. I have pushed this down the bottom of my priorities list. Because, I have bigger issues on this bike to fix before I even think of doing that. this will be the last thing I do before final assembly.

    Also, finding the CORRECT size of rod to use in my repop antennas has proven to be a challenge. No progress as of yet. I would like to find parts sources here in the USA if I can. I prefer American-made parts on an American Classic!
     
  4. #64 Posted Jul 17, 2017

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    CAD designs for the tuning knob are almost done, then I can obtain quotes.

    Most of the bearings and hardware have been cleaned, but some had to be replaced. Like these rusty and mis-matched ones. One rusty Hartford, and one rusty Wald. I had some nice Hartfords in the shed from the '86 Huffy I parted out last week.

    I also got the spokes ordered for the back wheel. I saved many, many nipples from the old junky wheels and the ones that were still good have cleaned up flawlessly! NOW I NEED THE HOOPS!

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  5. #65 Posted Jul 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM

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    Just got this email today: TIME TO BUILD THE BATTERY PACK!

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  6. #66 Posted Jul 18, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    I live for the CABE

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    I didn't know...this wasn't sent in a Delorean?
     
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  7. #67 Posted Jul 18, 2017 at 5:16 PM

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    Not sure about that, 'tho a red 1955 single-speed Radiobike was featured in Back to the Future Part II...@2jakes has a good screenshot of that!
     
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  8. #68 Posted Jul 19, 2017 at 1:35 AM

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    The movie scene of the Red Radio-bike in BTTF2 was less than a second.
    This was as good as I could get. But if you know about Radio-bikes, you can spot the radio knobs on the tank.
    The rear carrier if I’m not mistaken is the battery pak. Not 100% on this though.
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    Doc Brown has just arrived at Biff’s garage looking for Marty.
    Seconds earlier Marty had jumped into the rear seat of Biff’s cool Ford.

    I don’t know why I telling this...I know that my pal partsguy knows this by heart! :tongueclosed:
     
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  9. #69 Posted Jul 19, 2017 at 3:50 AM

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    It appears as 'tho I am wrong about the Radiobike. It appears the one in the movie is a 1956 model, it sports the different tank graphics. Could be a '57 also.

    They REALLY have created a paradox in the space-time continuum!

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  10. #70 Posted Jul 20, 2017 at 4:28 AM

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    Parts, parts, PARTS...


    HERE ARE MY SCORES FROM LAST NIGHT! Sadly, the cranks were close but no cigar. I THINK the rims are chrome, not the original nickle or zinc finish. I'll be using them as a backup, in case I don't find originals in time, which is a distinct possibility. The lock cylinder for the red bike is sweet! I am excited to find the repop dealer tag

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    Where I stand now, nearly everything in this pic is done!

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  11. #71 Posted Jul 21, 2017 at 5:55 AM

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    I have decided that I will hold onto those minty chrome rims for a rainy day, and have a local shop re-zinc plate a pair of original old rims I have. For $110 each, I can have them done within two weeks. Had I known it was that cheap and quick, I would have done it a long time ago lol.

    Big shout out to a local collector who let me into his home to see his bikes, and his unrestored Dial-A-Ride and Radiobike. I know now what finish I wish to achieve.
     
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  12. #72 Posted Jul 21, 2017 at 7:03 AM

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    I don't think nickle is the correct finish. Most 50's bikes I've seen that didn't have chrome had a cad finish--that didn't hold up well. May want to double check before you're sporting some yellowish tinted rims. V/r Shawn
     
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  13. #73 Posted Jul 21, 2017 at 7:09 AM

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    You're right, it's zinc. I can't keep my words straight. Huffy didn't start chroming their rims until around 1957/58. I think the others did too around that time.
     
  14. #74 Posted Jul 23, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    I live for the CABE

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