A different kind of Jaguar

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by AutOtaku, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    The title may be a bit misleading. No this isnt an XK8, E-type Coupe, or F-type roadster. It is a Schwinn.

    The story of this bike dates back to my 13/14th birthday when i wanted a "50's bike". Found this particular bike at target, fell in love with it and soon after was given to me for my age turning ceremony by my father. As the years progressed, the bike didnt see much ride time, I had taken an interest in anouther form of bike culture-BMX.

    Fast forward to Summer 2015, I had just turned 20 years of age, and went to visit my best friend (known since we were 5/6) after he had moved in to his new apartment on the edge of North Carolina State University's Centinnial Campus. As i walked up to his room, i noticed that his neighbor had a bike with a small engine on it chained to the railing. Later that night, while shooting the sh!t, we got on the subject of the neighbors bike. Whipping out my phone i surfed google and later stumbled upon BikeBerry.com and after about a day or two of contemplating I had a MegaMotors 66/80cc 2-Stoke engine on the way.

    A month passed and the engine was nowhere. After annoying the hell out of bikeberry, they informed me that some of the parts were out of stock and it would arrive shortly. 3 weeks later it was on my doorstep. The next week was spent mounting the engine to the Jaguar frame. Once everything was mounted and no parts were left, i took it out for a test run. After a few coughs, it fired to life. I let the bike sit for a day or two and tried to start it again. No dice. I then noticed that i had my wires backwards and did a spark test. No spark. A trip to ebay resulted in a new CDI and Magneto loop set.

    Fast forward to today (Nov. 28, 2015) and my father and i loaded up the bike, took it to his auto shop, and tried to get it running. We did a spark test and were confirmed that it was getting spark. We took it for a test ride and it coughed to life but it didnt have much power and didnt crank again. He told me to check the plug and sure enough, it was soaked. We determined that the bike was flooding and that i incorrectly mixed the fuel and oil resulting in too much oil.

    After the bike is running, it will be used for recreation and for transportation. I am (hopefully) planning to move into the same apartment complex as my friend and will use the bike to make the 2-4 mile trip to work and back occasionally as well as going to grocery store or coffee shop.

    P.S. We never did figure out who's bike the neighbors was, even the people who live there dont know. It will just appear and disappear at random intervals in time....

    Now for some pictures. The red bike in the later pictures is a Huffy that my father acquired from someone. We are unsure the size of the engine.
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  2. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    A very clean looking bike. I am sure your mechanic dad will help work it all out and if not I am sure people here are more than happy to work it out. My only 2 cents is that : 1, double nut or use friction nuts especially for the hub adapter, muffler, and mounts; 2, if you are not satisfied with the speed drop to a smaller sprocket after you get everything working; and 3, put the front brake (stronger) on the throttle handle.
     
  3. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    I am considering getting "Ebay special" disc brakes for the bike as mine are not the greatest. I have also bounced around the idea of getting it running and putting it on anouther frame. Perhaps a mountain bike frame. I really wanna get a High Performance head....Not so much for speed, more for bling
     
  4. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    the high performance head will increase the compression (and thus the power) and so you'll need to retard the ignition timing which you can do with a Jaguar Performance CDI
     
  5. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    Got the bike running today. Turns out there was too much oil in the gas mixture. I drained the tank and also put teflon tape on the intake mani, gas tank threads, and petcock threads while i had everything apart to minimize air leaks and keep everything tight.

    I also remembered that i had a small 2 stoke pocket chopper i had when i was a kid in the shed behind my fathers shop and remembered that it had a light on it. I may tear it apart to see if it has a generator on it and if it will work with my bike. Stay tuned for pics....
     
  6. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    Havent done much to bike aside from putting teflon tape on a few nuts and bolts (most importantly the tensioner) but i did get it to idle smooth. Will post a video soon

    Also bought a Toggle switch and some heat shrink as ive been riding around without a kill switch. I've been letting the clutch out to kill the motor recently but wanted a more secure way......given that my hand has slipped and leaped the bike forward on a few occasions.....
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    Last edited: Dec 3, 2015
  7. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    The Jaguar is not a Chicago Schwinn, but it is still a great looking bike. Well done.
     
  8. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    What do you mean by Chicago Schwinn? Like it was made elsewere?
     
  9. Elwoodwins77

    Elwoodwins77 New Member

    The Schwinn factory used to be in Chicago and made some of the toughest hand welded/braised frames you've seen. I have an '83 Huffy made in the Chicago Schwinn factory and I tell you, the welds are beautiful.:D
     
  10. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Huffys, Murrays and Schwinns were made in the US a while back. I once had a Murray that was made in Tennessee. Most bikes are made in Asia these days.
     
  11. Timbone

    Timbone Active Member

    Its been a very long time since any Schwinns were fabricated in Chicago. Do a google search and read how many of those superstrong frames were made by electroplate smash welding! I wish I could have seen that! Schwinn was a great company - so much so that the brand is still very powerful and valuable.
     
  12. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    Got some more done to the Jag today. I wired up my kill toggle and spliced it into the Blue wire from the CDI. The Switch works flawlessly! It was my first time splicing wires and connecting them to a switch and i couldnt figure out how to heat shrink the splice so i just resorted to Electrical tape (also used it to hold the switch in place because my krazy glue dried up). None the less i am happy! I will get some better photos when it is light out BikeToggle1.jpg BikeToggle2.jpg
     
  13. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    After a good abscence i feel it is time i returned, with some good and bad news....I have started school so that means the bike has taken a backseat, along with multiple parts breakages, dozens of frustrations, and just general distain with the build the Jaguar has sadly had the engine taken off :(


    HOWEVER its spirit lives on in the form of a Schwinn Magna mountain bike! The frame feels much better for the engine as well as being lighter and more able to be taken off road better! I acquired the bike from a friend who had found in it in his neighbors basement while cleaning it out. I was a sort of payment for helping him swap engines in his Volvo 240 wagon
     

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  14. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    Small update: Went to the store to day to pick up a few things (in 20 degree weather no less >.>) and all was good on the way there. The chain was somewhat loose but i figured i'd tighten it once i got home (store is a 1/4th mile one way). On the return trip, i pulled out of the shopping center and the sidewalk ended in a grassy area. All the sudden it got really loud. I look down, my muffler had fallen apart at the weld. T_T. I pulled up bikeberry.com and checked my warranty information and to my surprise the engine was still under warranty. I am awaiting an email from them. As a side note, does anyone know how to keep a chain tensioner tight? i cant seem to keep it in place no matter how tight the bolt is or how much teflon tape is on there.
     

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  15. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    remove the teflon tape
     
  16. KenM

    KenM Member

    Is your chainstay to small of diameter? If so just use so kind of thin metal or aluminum as a spacer , To put in between the tensioner clamp.Then get rid of those junk bolts , and nuts. Then get some grade 10.9 bolts and nuts to replace them.
    I just striped one of my bolts last week when I was tightening them up. Praise The Lord it happened then and not when I was riding it!
    Hope this helps you! Ken. Keep looking up!
     
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  17. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    KenM, by "chainstay" do you mean the metal bracket that the pulley/wheel is attached to?
     
  18. KenM

    KenM Member

    Yes sir! That is what it is called as far as I know.
    I have my kit on a Huffy road bike , and the chain stay is real skinny and I nead to do that ,to beef it up a little. Hope this helps. Ken.
     
  19. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    The Chain Stay part of a bike is the tubes that go along the bottom of the frame to the back wheel.
     
  20. AutOtaku

    AutOtaku Member

    Ended up getting it fixed. I was tightening the pulley wheel too tight and as a result once the engine was putting a load on the chain, it would give way due to having too much pressure and not enough play. Loosened it enough to give it some play but still keeping tension. My issue now is that it will rev insanely high when i clutch-in, ive done some research and believe it may be an air leak as ive got a blown exhaust gasket
     
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