The bike that MBc built! Mr. Toad

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by Scottm, Sep 20, 2007.

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  1. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    Well I finlaly figured out the uploading process and now get to unviel my bike. This is kind of a long post, but I like to talk (especially about my MBc bike)The bike that MBc built which I am a proud owner of. I got it at the pawn shop for $60, It's an FS Elite Backwoods with a Dax 50cc. After the first 2 weeks of riding the piston somehow seized as some of you may recall. Augi was patient and gracious enough to help me tear it down. It was truly a "blood, sweat, and tears" and mosquito attack ordeal. I'm sure many of you have been broken hearted when your bike broke down.

    While waiting for new parts fom Thatsdax (the longest 2 weeks of my life) Duane at Dax is A #1, I've enjoyed doing business with him. I read and read and read, and learned volumes and feel like I know some of you now. I thank all of you for info, input and teaching and some helpful PM's.
    While waiting I bought a cool looking new handle bar so I don't have to stay bent over. I bought a mirror, Norman's suggested rear lamp(looks cool and works great)see pic. I also bought the dual brake lever from BikeworldUSA on ebay. Deb is cool and I got my brake in 2 days from New York to Texas. "it really dressess up the handle bars"

    The new brake cable sleeves had to be longer since the handle bars are longer. My neighbors moved out and left a kids bike that had hand brakes on it. The sleeves were just right. "One man's trash...."

    Now for the fun part, reassembly. Augi and I set a date and time and he opened up a private chat through We started out with 3 Dog Night "Joy to the World" and ended with "Helter Skelter". For 4 hours he walked me through step by step and quite a bit of silly bantering along the way. Evil Knevil even made a surprise appearance. All to say we took a stressful situation on my part and turned it into a good time fixing my bike. He was able to send links and photos for what I was doing, and I was able to send photos of what I had done or was doing before proceeding. It was totally awesome! I had my 10 year old typing since I had oil and gasket sealer on my hands. My 7 year old used a pencil to hold the piston rod in place as I installed the bearings, wrist pin and keeper clips (took3 tries). My thanks to them too.

    This promises to be a useful tool for one on one communication where we could help each other without having to wait for e-mails. It would have taken all night and I would have given up.
    Finally Augi gave me to okay to take it for a test run. I peddled 300 yards with nothing. Then I looked down and saw the balck wires had seperated. I plugged them back in, took 3 pedals and of I went. It came alive at 11:00 pm CST. I let out a loud yelp and laughed all the way home. Augi and I celebrated and patted one another on the back. I know so many of you have felt that same feeling when your bike comes to life, I read it every day.

    I never knew when I bought this motor, what I would be getting into. I'm having a blast getting to know you all and am proud to be a part of MBc. Thanks for all of ya'll's support, encouragement, patience and teaching and friendship!

    We'll have to have a poll for the name. Either Lazarus, since it's a dear friend back from the dead. But I'm kinda hooked on Mr. Toad, named after Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. It was a strange, messed up, trippy ride at Disney World.
    "I've got blisters on my fingers!"

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  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    'nother long post...but worth posting, imo.

    chatzy is free chat, easy to setup and use. they let you save a few minutes of your text, you have to pay for more than that...we were lucky and got the best part. this is the last few "free" minutes of the chat repair transcript, some of this isn't gonna make sense, it's edited a bit (you know why) & sometimes we talk about something from earlier...

    it really was too cool, everything went exactly as planned. i bet he wound up doing a nicer job than i do, we were both concentrating so hard to do it right. before i set him to putting the cylinder down on the studs & assembling the rod/bearing/pin/piston/clips i joked that he was about to wish he had 3 hands & that they were a lot smaller...

    turns out he did & they were :lol: :lol:

    here's a pic he sent before i gave him the ok to wire it up. it's too bad you can't read the whole chat, we rocked the house, didn't miss one single detail, used links and pics from the board:

    a top-end rebuild over the internet!!!!
    scott, you all 3 of yas did a fine job of keeping communications smooth...tell your "crew" i said GOOD JOB!

    if it matters..."the wind in the willows" was a boyhood favorite. knowing "mr. toad" the way i do, i thinks it's a cool smacks of adventure & comraderie, unknown territory & the bend in the road (and just the right amount of silliness) :D

    boy! i guess i really did have a great time...i did :cool:

    buddy-up, folks! works ;)
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    very cool post !
    excellent long distance collaborative work !!!

    ps I had that evel doll when I was younger :lol:
  4. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Way cool guys. I got a silly grin reading all that:smile:. The feeling you get when she fires up!:grin: That's an intense thing we all have felt/understand/share. It's a good bonding point:). Chat can be very useful, as long as it doesn't get out of hand.

    I just realized I came to the Picture Gallery and got so into the thread that I almost jumped forums without looking at the pictures.:rolleyes:

    That's a nice ride Scott. Looks fast sitting still.:cool: That piston Sure was toast.
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  5. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    I brought my bike to work with me today since my boss is gone. Took a nice picture in the sunshine and went to roll the bike back in and clutch cable snapped off at the handle. LOL good grief. Luckily I have the old throttle cable I broke at the carb when i first got my bike.
    Here's a pic of the new MBc spokesperson? It's what had Augi "rotflmbo".

    I stand corrected, it's an action figure not a doll.

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  6. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Clutches are overrated. Just don't stop and you don't need it.
  7. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    I love the success story! Way to go both of you.

    I have found it a good idea to replace the clutch cable from the kit with a quality brake cable. The throttle cable should get you home if it will stay in the handle, but get a brake cable at your earliest convenience. It will be the best 2-3 bucks you can spend.

    Again congrats on the successfully rebuild. This place ROCKS!
  8. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    Good one Scott and Augi, that was a blast. Congrats!!
  9. cruiser66

    cruiser66 Guest

    Looks like a lean mean ridin' machine - something like mine before I decided to embellish. Good luck, Scott.
  10. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    Today was the best ride so far. I went 6 miles and ran out of gas just as I approached my street on the way home. I finally got a nice idle and could kick off from every stop sign. It was a blesssing and a joy.
    I don't know why I have so much emotion wrapped up in this bike, other than it's just good therapy. I have to remain focused while I ride, so my mind is free of the clutter of life. But it's a fun focus.
    I really appreciate the encouragement;). It was a lot of fun working with Augi and keeping in mind so much of the stuff I have read here. I look forward to the day I can answer someone's question.
    There's plenty of "embellishing"to do. I think I'll start saving up for a cruiser style. There's ton's of garage sales around here on the weekend, so I may ride my bike around and check out some inexpensive bikes, who knows what I'll find and I'll get to show off my bike.

    I can't say thanks you everyone enough.

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  11. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    motor mount

    I'm instlling a motor on a new bike and built a motor mount. SOmeone requested a photo. I will clean it up.

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  12. nice job on that
  13. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    But the fool on the hill,
    Sees the sun going down.
    And the eyes in his head,
    See the world spinning around.

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  14. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Looks like you have some nice riding weather.
  15. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    It was a beautiful day, 72 degrees. 30 miles lots of friendly people. The cool head wind at 30 mph caused my eyes to water and had streaks running back behind my ears.
    Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
    Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
    Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
    Sunshine almost always makes me high

    If I had a day that I could give you
    Id give to you a day just like today
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  16. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I wear glasses when I ride. Usually my safety glasses, but sunglasses when I want to look cool. My eyes still water with the sunglasses, but they do deflect the bugs.
  17. lhemrick

    lhemrick Guest

    Cool, glad everthing has worked out for you and that you got the help you needed here after all thats what all this is for! By the way I vote for Lazarus myself but Mr. Toad does have a nice ring to it.
  18. alesterfeind

    alesterfeind Guest

    Cool pics Scott. I took a short ride on Saturday morning before I started all my busy errands. I found my old motorcycle, yellow-tinted goggles. They are cheap ones, but they work great.
  19. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    bumping this because it's just so doggoned cool! retro and norman did something like this recently, too...

    anyone wanna start an MBc-Volunteers usergroup? we sure could use some folks who can help the new guy learn to search, post pics, find those important topics right away, etc...and, of course, one on one repair help with the board as a tech worked for us :)

    if you're interested, go into "forum help" and start a topic about mentoring the newbie, i know i'd dig it, i think the new people would appreciate it, too :)

    norman's got one going: