Building Darla (Red Hornet)...


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Saving Tempest

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I made arrangements with the bike shop owner to get the flat fixed and add liners and Slime. I'll hopefully get her back on the road next week. Walking it downtown wasn't easy on me though, I had to get her there before 4 pm and walking home made me rather sore and tired. I assumed the tube might not survive or it would have to be replaced anyway but I had to be careful with the tire and rim and it took forever.
 

Saving Tempest

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I just sent mine off to be repaired and sandblasted though, and I live on a fixed income that's budget first come first served after the regular bills. Christmas is coming and if you look at my Project Rides threads you'll see I just sent a 1956 Columbia off to my sister's husband and have a '95 deluxe Schwinn springer and c.1966 ladies Huffy to go plus my Shelby and '51 Rollfast. I wanted to replate my Torrington crossbraced bars for Tempest as well. Or at the least get the brace that pooope dout of the ones it has back in and spot welded on the bottom.

I got this one because so far at $220 and a fair price for repairs and cleanup for painting I can afford to finish this over some time. I appreciate your offer though, thank you.
 

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Progress on my tank...Dayton Vintage Speed says they finally freed the horn assembly and of course the battery holder is beyond redemption although but he's checking out the button assembly (which for me is for looks as I use externally fired horns but somebody might want to fix it properly after I've pedaled off). Now he's set to match up and replace the damaged section of the tank.

Darlas tank work the battery holder is toast.jpg


Darlas tank work the holes.jpg


Darlas tank work.jpg
 

Saving Tempest

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I've had some difficulties keeping the fender brace bolts together, so far I've lost four. The front right rear fastener took a hike of late.
 

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The Tess thread is there now, and we WAIT for parts for Darla.

In case some of you haven't figured it out, it's a D-15, and D is also for DARLA HOOD, the darling queen of the Little Rascals/Our Gang, flame of Alfalfa, who was a fine singer and actress long afterward until her tragic passing at 47 in 1979.
Trivia question: How did Froggy die? Killed delivering papers on the back of his Cushman scooter. His buddy u-turned in front of a truck while learning to drive on Froggy's new scooter. He was not killed.
 

Saving Tempest

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Well, I knew that most of them didn't have a good time of it, only Spanky lived a fairly long life, but let's not bum this thread out a lot.

Did you manage to go back in the thread and see what it looked like before?

That is four posts back at #110.
 

Saving Tempest

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I had a large problem with Darla today.. I found Darla's front end is coming apart or something,

Darla's speedometer mount was loose at first but I couldn't figure anything else out, went to the restaurant nearby for dinner and when I started for home (tool cold to want to go all the way to the grocery store over a mile away to pay the utilities) I noticed the entire fork had play left and right but was controllable so I pedalled it home slowly.

Maybe the bottom nut is loose, or maybe ??? I really don't know what happened and it was a bit scary getting home.
 

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