A couple of dumpster finds

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by rkbonds, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    I found these 2 bikes yesterday in a dumpster close to my house and just couldn't pass them up. One is an old Huffy with chrome fenders and the other is an old Raleigh with generator style lights. Both are in need of repair and one of them is going to get restored and motorized. What's your thoughts and how can you tell an age on them? And yes, I know I've been gone for a while but, I've been real busy with work and enjoying my other motorized bike.:grin5:
     

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  2. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    The old Raleigh's had lug frames and I see yours does too. Usually made for a strong frame,
    just make sure they're not badly rusted from the inside out. A little rust is not a problem and when you strip them down for rebuild it's good to use a rust inhibitor in the inside of the frame tubes. These are sold commercially but expensive, I use mineral spirits/30 wt motor oil 5:1 in a spray bottle.
     
  3. Hawaii_Ed

    Hawaii_Ed Member

    Good find!
     
  4. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    My fave was the second to the last shot. That chain looked like something dug up from a "chain coffin's" grave site. Buried for a few years. Good find. Try to bring some part of these back to life.
     
  5. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    I've gotten the Raleigh almost completely sanded down to bare metal still have some more work on the lower bars and crank housing. All the metal looks good so far I just wish I had access to a sandblaster. Still have not been able to figure out how old it is and the only numbers I have found don't tell me anything according to what I can find on the net. The numbers are 241089 These are located where the rear wheel bolts on but, they are the only ones I have found so far maybe with a little more sanding I'll find some that mean something.
     
  6. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    you can find someone with a sand blaster, like i did it doesnt cost much.
    had some rought iron chairs blasted...
     
  7. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    Here is an updated photo of the Raleigh getting close to being road ready. Then on to getting the motor ready to go on. I am ordering new rims and spokes for the older hubs because the hub size is perfect for my sprocket to mount directly to.
     

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  8. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    WOW rkbonds what a little TLC will do for a dead bike. Great job man. I just had to get a comparison from before and after.
    Sorry for hijacking your photo but im showing it to everyone. Looks like the ultimate frame for a motor. :sunny:
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  9. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    Thanks and no problem hijack all day I don't know how to post side by side pics so it's all good. I'm hoping to have it rideable by the end of the week. Getting it motorized is going to take a little longer. I ended up combining the 2 bikes to get the look that I was wanting.
     
  10. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Nice job. I can appreciate the hours that go into bringing them back. I've done a few myself. So, what are your plans for motorizing when you get to it?
     
  11. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    Well I have a couple of options 1 being another 49cc pocket bike motor that needs a new pinion gear that runs good would be chain drive. Also have a couple of smaller weedeater motors could do friction with one of those but, I'm leaning toward the pocket bike engine. I've had great dependability out of the other one I've been using.
     
  12. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    Well as I found out this weekend. One of the guys I go to church with purchased me an 80cc kit for my bike. Yeah me!! So as soon as the kit arrives I'll be putting it together and posting pics. Unfortunatly I have no idea which kit he bought or who from. That leaves the other motor up for another project?????
     
  13. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    That's an awesome gift!
    Now the fun begins....... :D
     
  14. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Free is Cool !!!!
     
  15. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Well mechanical cleaning is the best. Metal conditioner is the way to go for areas inside that you cant get at! I'm looking into using "the works" toilet bowl cleaner for this purpose. Sound advice to check frames from the inside out!

    If you mess arround w/ the works, careful, it's nasty stuff!
     
  16. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    How is the toilet bowl cleaner going to help?
     
  17. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    That old bike has been " born again !"
     
  18. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    The Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner contains acids. I have not used it yet but have heard guys on the internet say it eats rust??? You treat your area w/metal conditioner (try The Works) and then finish up with wd-40 or paint...
     
  19. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    A 50/50 mixture of vinegar and lemon juice eats rust very well, and quickly too. It also degreases the part for painting.
    I use it all the time to clean old specialty hardware, inside rusty fuel tanks, break loose rust seized pistons, hinges, bearings, ect. You do not really need to worry much about it eating away at the origional base metal. It will do so, but you would have to leave the part in the solution for weeks on end for it to do any appreciable damage.
    The best part is it is biodegradable. You can flush it down the toilet when you are done. It is waaaaay less harsh than any drain cleaner or toilet bowl cleaner.
    For treating rust inside a frame tube, why not use Jasco metal prep?
    Is is used in the marine industry for treating ship's hulls, ect before painting.
    It converts rust into iron phosphate, a good rust proof coating. Any exposed clean metal gets converted as well, just not as thick of a coating as there is no rust previously there to convert.
     
  20. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    The Kit Has Arrived!!!!

    I got home from work today finished supper and heard a knock on the door. It was my friend with my new engine kit. I'm attaching some pics below. Has anyone ever heard or know of the realibity of a raw engine? It sounds familiar to me but, I can't place it.
     

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