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Discussion in 'Antique Motorized Bicycles' started by dash, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. dash

    dash Member

    he guys new to this forum but i thought i would share my latest build with you the frame is all custom except the rear triangle notice the period correct drop loop in the frame it really looks the part i also made the faux crank case thanks for looking and would appreciate any comments , good or bad,or questions
     

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  2. w31john

    w31john Member

    Nice clean looking bike!!!
     
  3. dash

    dash Member

    thank you very much w31john
     
  4. Hoodoo

    Hoodoo Member

    Dash:

    I have just edited my reply totally, which initially was a bit whimsical as your bike did not fit my memory of the Merkel that much. Then I looked up a few pics of the Flying Merkel and your "version" in motorized bike is just AWESOME (so much for my memory)! You make my build look like a 5 year olds work and you really show the different between the casual no talent approach (mine) and the detailed talented approach (your Merkel). I think there is room for both of us in this type of endeavor (we all need to build, build, build) but I really appreciate what you put into the Merkel. Please send a picture when you get the tank painted. A beautiful, beautiful tribute MB. Put a video on youtube when you ride it. This quality of build really deserves a rider in vintage racing garb. I hope to use your bike as an inspiration to some of our volunteers as I would really like an example in our Kingsbury mix but it of course would not have your detail or workmanship....unless you moved down here or donated it once you get bored with it ;-)
     
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  5. dash

    dash Member

    thanks hoodo your bikes are very beautiful !!! i sure wish more people would share the same passion as we do, i would like to build these bikes to sell, not to make money but for hobby i have built a few but cant seem to sell them for what i have in them.i have just as much fun building them as i do riding them here are some pics of other bikes before motors were installed ,again thanks for the kind words
     

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  6. Hoodoo

    Hoodoo Member

    Well, tonight after much gnashing of teeth, got the Chotaw running properly and not throwing the chain. I will be dressing it up a bit tommorrow down at the Kingsbury shop. It will probably be my last bike for a long time due to money constraints (and so many museum projects and anyways now it is time to build a scale FT 17 Tank. The interesting thing about this is now I am becoming knowledgable and unless some of my friends start making them, it will be lost. Of course this Choctaw nearly wore me out.

    To build these bikes for sale requires a whole lot of infrastructure and talent to do them right. I can see why motored versions sell for around 2000 minimum, and I am guessing that unless one started an assembly line, and ran off 100 or so, that would only be the way to get the cost down significantly and even then one would have build the same bike to be cost effective. Maybe different paint but hardly no variety, that is if one wanted to sell them at a low price. Looks like for a while at least this is going to be a cottage industry, at least for the really cool 1910ish style bikes.
     
  7. dash

    dash Member

    hoodoo those tanks are so cool i don't know a lot about them but they look good. when you say you are going to build one to scale do you mean you will build a full size replica will it run and drive?
     
  8. Hoodoo

    Hoodoo Member


    We are talking a full scale working model, that is a replica on the outside and what it takes to get er done on the inside. I have a cuz that is very experienced with heavy machinery, welding, and heavy industrial supplies and loves to build stuff. It will be a tribute tank, it won't fool a thread counter but from 100 feet should get second looks even from them. It will be much, much lighter than the original and only capable of 5 MPH (pretty much the orginal speed of the tank) and will only be a flat ground runner...for show not for crushing cars. It will probably only be a one man tank, that is the guy standing in the turret will also drive it, the "driver" will be mostly just a passenger.

    We are focusing on using the power from two golf carts. I have large scale drawings of the tank so external measurements are not a problem.

    What man can conceive he can achieve. Now that my second motorized bike is done, I want to shift emphasis on the tank. The Tank has a home venue, Kingsbury so it will be part of the working collecting at the air fair but I can see popular at parades and events and I hope to use it for that.
     
  9. Hoodoo

    Hoodoo Member

    Your Merkel

    Dash:

    What is the status on your fabulous Merkel?

    AL
     
  10. dash

    dash Member

    I'm am in the proses of making the forks they are taking a long time but i think it will complete the look, i will post pics when i get them done
     
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