Happy Time LOL from SoCal

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Bean Oil, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    Hey everybody! Figured I'd start off in the spirit of cooperation by following the suggestions laid out in a very special private message. Hee.

    Copy THAT.

    My name's Chris, I'm in my early fiftes but still think I'm twenty-two, I live somewhere on the westside of Los Angeles and along with a fondness for anything that rolls on wheels, I love bicycles too... I have several.

    I fell for the old-time look of what I now realize is one of the fabulous Happy Time engine kits... got it for cheap from a co-worker who had purchased a bunch of kits in partnership with some other dude. The guy I bought it from said it was an 80 cc kit but from looking around here a bit, the air-cooled 2-stroke engine's displacement could be anything from 65 cc through 70 cc to an 80 cc. The only way I can know for sure is to mic the bore and measure the stroke... but, meanwhile, getting this thing mounted properly onto my red Schwinn Cruiser is a little time-consuming. Hahahaha.... not to mention the amazing quality and engineering of this simply terrific clutch linkage! IMPRESSIVE! For starters, where, sirs, may I please find a better-quality handlebar clutch lever? I seem to have a lever that pre-dates the 1900's. There must be something better out there...

    I've turned a wrench or two; mostly on cars. My background primarily is as a hardcore hobby builder. If I had to wrench for a living, I'd probably starve. Hahahaha...

    I've friends that make me look good: For this, my first motorized bicycle project, Anton Krevanic has tutored me on his Brigeport mill and I've whittled up some engine mount brackets. We're also countersinking (Thanks to Bikeguy Joe and Anton for the idea) the kit's rear sprocket mount bolts to avoid altering the brake arm on the Schwinn's Shimano single-speed coaster-brake hub. These are just two items from a long list of modifications that I feel are necessary as an attempt to ensure a happy time with my Happy Time.

    Though most of my mechanical and technical experience before the internet found me was with '60's Ford road racing couples and sedans, I've gained quite a bit of new-tech experience the last three years that I've owned a late model automobile. As for message board forum experience, I now moderate three forums on the popular Ford Focus message board forum, [FJ]focaljet. http://forums.focaljet.com ...it's volunteer work too, so I know what it's like to have to crack the whip at times and for free. :p

    Again, copy that. I try to get this message across to users on [FJ]focaljet, another group of forward-thinking motoring enthusiasts, some of whom are awaiting a little more info and pics of my motorized bike build.

    Thanks for being here!

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  2. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    Wow, what a great into, welcome to MBc. Sounds like you'll fit in just fine around here.
    Welcome to MBc. thatsdax.com has new clutch levers on the parts page.
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    welcome to MBc ! :D
    sounds like you will be a great asset around here :D
  4. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Welcome to MBc.
  5. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Welcome to MBc youngster! :)
  6. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    Welcome to the group Chris!!
  7. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    Welcome to MBc. Very good intro!
  8. mickey

    mickey Guest

  9. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    boy oh boy, do i ever appreciate appreciation...'nuff sed :)

    welcome to the MBc :cool:
  10. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    ^ ^ ^ Hahaha... my sentiments exactly, sir. You are most welcome. :)~

    Scottm, azkronic, Alaskavan, OldPete, iRide Customs, drimpact, mickey and augidog... all familiar names from the reading I've done over the last few days...

    Thank you, everyone, for the warm welcome and the compliments.
    Scottm, thank you for the clutch lever info and I think your avatar is hilarious!
  11. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    I love my bikes but if they had that light, it would be on all the time.

    Actually I need one that says "Check Rider!":p
    A good sense of humor is vital. Once again, Welcome
  12. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    Well, until I take some pics of my bike's latest progress to post in an appropriate forum, I'd like to mention here that the 2-stroke Happy Time engine is hard mounted into the cruiser frame and I've countersunk the holes for socket head (allen head) fasteners in the rear sprocket's mount bolt circle so as not to interfere with the Shimano single-speed coaster brake hub's brake arm.

    I've also done my first business with Dax: today I ordered a clutch lever, a 1/2-inch longer clutch arm, extra chain links, a master link and since the black fuel tank that came in the kit was full of rust, a chrome version that will look a little neater on this red bike.

    That's all for now, and, again, thanks for being here!

  13. dbigkahunna

    dbigkahunna Guest

    Welcome to MBc from the Giant Side of Texas!
  14. Welcome, I'm pretty new here too. Everbody has been great. aiot of the folks that I have Done motor bike buisiness with are here. This Forum has made the motorbike community seem much smaller & made alot of new friends to. Also forum is full of piles of good info! Good luck with that fist build! Dan