Felt 1903 Photo link

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by ocscully, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    http://groups.msn.com/Feltmotoredbike/shoebox.msnw

    I've not been successful uploading these photos directly to this page but somehow I created a web page of them at msn. Any way I thought that this bike may be of particular interest as the owner went to the trouble to seal up the top-tube to use as the gas tank. And he did it without destroying the original paint. It makes for a really clean installation.
     

  2. retro_racer

    retro_racer Guest

    ocscully,I beleave that bike was built,and then painted.There's no problem sealing up the top bars for a tank,but you will have to repaint in no doubt about it.The heat from any kind of welding will lift the paint.
    If you look realy close it reads Felt bikes 1991 on the tank :grin:
     
  3. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    The model name from Felt is the 1903 The bike was made in 2005 or 2006. The tank was sealed using epoxy products, not welding, and it has not been repainted.
     
  4. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    I agree with Scully. That 1991 refers to when Felt was started, I believe. Someone should try to contact the owner and ask how he sealed the tank. I still sthing the Vintage Iron 400 would be the best one to put a motor on.

    Dan
     
  5. retro_racer

    retro_racer Guest

    I'm not knocking it ocscully,but that sure looks like the tank is welded to the head of the frame with a nice long bead of mig welding.Take a long look at the last pic.(close up of the tank,and frame head).I couldn't tell you for sure without seeing it in person.I know they have alot of strong epoxies,but it still sounds alittle fishy.I'm a certified body,and paint man here,and about 20+ years of sheetmetal,and tubing fabrication under my belt.The only industry I know of that uses any epoxies that strong is the aircraft ind.Getting your hands on some of that will be a b%#$& to say the least.If you can get some I would use it.They say its stronger than welding,and theres no heat to mess up the paint.
    I would suggest strongly that you read any instructions first though.Alot of epoxies don't work well with petrolium products.I have a tank sealer like that.Out of the 3 products that they say will eat the sealer,all 3 are in any fuel additive.Fuel injector cleaners,carb cleaners,Octane boosters,and the like.Thanks for setting me straight on the 1903 thing.I knew I was missing something Rod
     
  6. retro_racer

    retro_racer Guest

    Dan can you post a pic that 400 sounds cool.
     
  7. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    retro racer you are correct that the tank is welded to the headtube and along the seam down its length along the top. The holes that need to be sealed are the vent holes located inside the head and seat tube. If You go to the website for Felt Racing. and click on cruisers you will see maybe a 8-10 different models made using this same frame. They used to sell the frame raw/unpainted so you could build your own project.

    http://www.feltracing.com
     
  8. ocscully

    ocscully Member

  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    T-88 is available from aircraftspruce.com....also polyester resin and fiberglass have been used to fabricate ultralight gas tanks for decades.
     
  10. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    retro, I gotta say you're right...in a sense. Yes the tank is welded to the head tube but that's the way they look when you buy them. The frames are made of aluminum and that is just a really nicely done aluminum weld. I have see this exact bike in person along with most of their other models including the Vintage Iron 400. Thay all are made of alum. and all the welds looks just like that.

    Dan
     
  11. retro_racer

    retro_racer Guest

    All righty then!!! Now were getting somewere.Aluminium is easyer to bond than any steel.They also make realy low temp sticks to gas weld it.
    I once watched a guy with a small hand held prophane torch weld a beer can to a coke can.Both still had the paint totaly unburnt,and almost totaly unnoticable that the 2 were welded togeither.Great stuff I wish I could get some more of it.It also was twice as strong as the aluminium its self.It could also be used on Brass or Copper with the same results,and it flowed just like led solder.
    Joe.I know about those epoxies,and have used several.I even had the opertunity in the early 70's to play with one of the first chop-guns.At 20th century fiberglass in Indiana.I got to shoot there 10th production camper shell with one.It was so much faster than the hand lamination I was doing back then.I've been working with fiberglass since I was about 13.I was one of the local surf bums back home.I've even made skateboards out of the stuff.Those epoxies have been around for years in the boat/RV industrys. Rod
     
  12. retro_racer

    retro_racer Guest

    I think Im catching on here.Ocscully that hole tank area is not actualy a tank.Its the hole top bar? So by just filling the ends,and adding a fill neck it becomes a tank?
    Thanks for the picture of the 400.Thats a cool ride,and without the tank it would look like some of the first dirt bikes(BMX) we made in the 70's. Some styles just never get old.If that tank was alittle bigger it would look like the old Bulltacos. :grin: In those colors it already dose
     
  13. Wonder rod, cascade 701

    Hey that rod is available those are 2 names they used, if you cannot find it, I'll get you a more current brand name,.
    Mike
     
  14. HBLOCAL

    HBLOCAL Guest

    Felt Tanks

    I AM THE GUY WHO SEALED THE FELT 1903 BIKE TANK I HAVE DONE MANY OF THE THESE BIKES AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEM SEALING THEM I USE J.B. -WELD AND THEN USE A MOTOR CYCLE THREE STEP TANK SEALER OVER THE J.B WELD IT WORKS AND I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY LEAK .
    ALSO IT WAS ALL DONE " W/OUT WELDING OR RE-PAINTING ":grin: ALL OF THE FELT BIKES LOOK THE SAME AS FAR AS THE WELD BEADS ON THE FRAME .
    I LEARNED OF THIS PROCESS BY TRIAL AND ERROR FOR NO ONE COULD TELL ME THE BEST WAY TO DO IT AFTER MANY TIMES TRYING I FINALLY WAS ABLE TO PERFECT THE METHOD THAT I USE IT MAY NOT BE THE EASY WAY OR THE ONLY WAY BUT FOR NOW IT WORKS.
     
  15. HBLOCAL

    HBLOCAL Guest

    felt 1903

    HELLO DAN I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I AM THE GUY THAT BUILT THE BLACK 1903 ON THE INTERNET AND I DID IT W/ J.B. WELD AND MOTORCYCLE TANK SEALER I HAVE DONE MANY OF THE FELT BIKES AND HAVE NOT I REPEAT NOT WELDED OR RE-PAINTED ANY OF THEM NOR HAVE I HAD ANY LEAKS IT CAN BE DONE IF YOU WANT FURTHER DETAIL ON THE PROCESS I WOULD BE MORE THAT HAPPY TO EXPLAIN.:grin:
     
  16. i would like more detail. please
     
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