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Old 04-03-2014, 07:08 PM
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Default 2014 - Un-Mellow Yellow

I've decided to go in again for this year. So will be rebuilding this clapped out Tas mini bike I bought for $25 (then sold the front wheel for $50) The frame itself is OK, front forks are bent backwards and will need to be replaced, if I can salvage the spring set up I will otherwise it will be rigid. Power plant is a 49cc 2-Stroke that was in my son's go kart before it went electric. I am hopefully going to be using little 4" wheels from the front of a wrecked Kid's mini quad bike, I previously sold to a guy at work.

I don't have much time and no budget, but I am $25 ahead so far, I'm going to post my spending as I go. The reason for the lack of free time and money is that I have to get a 1969 Morris Mini Van done as a priority (and I swore I wouldn't take on an projects until it's done) Once the Mini is done I can sell my thirsty SUV and buy an old diesel 4wd and a diesel generator, I have access to enough waste Jet A1 turbine fuel to keep me running for a very long time. Also threw in a photo of last years build off (not complete by Sep ) which goes great, but is very heavy on the steering, I couldn't hold a pen for 3 days after the last bash in it

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Fantastic! Good luck, and happy building!
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Nice!! I look forward to your build
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:49 AM
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Cool. It's good to see there's a minibike in this.
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Dismantled the forks and cut the bent tubes out of the brackets today, the forks are just made out of 15NB pipe, I have a bit in the shed to do one side but will need to make a stop by my local steel shop to pick up another 1/2 metre to do the other side, prepped the lower bracket for the new tube, still need to do upper and clean up the little tubes that hold the springs. I should be able to rebuild the bike with the original sprung front end
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:44 PM
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Ok, after googling TAS mini bikes photos I did notice that bent forks did seem to be a common problem !
Anyway front forks now rebuilt, sandblasted everything first then made up a jig on sawbench to hold tubes in place out of some chip board (fire extinguisher on standby) total cost of repair $3 for 15NB pipe offcut (love the offcut bin) remaining budget +$22
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Default Un-Mellow yellow has been canned

Guys, sorry but going to pull out of build off 2014 as I don't have time or money to complete it right now and I really have to stay focused on my 69 Mini resto (it's eating all my time & money) it might still get done one day but I really can't justify building a mini bike my fat *** barely fits (it makes my deckson mini look like a Harley) right now.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:01 AM
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Sorry to hear that

It'd be great to see that pile of parts come back to life.
But I know how you feel; especially the time part...

So.. mini rebuild log.. where is the update

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I vote to allow the mini into the contest. Having done automotive restoration I know personally the amount of effort it takes to do the job. And its small enough to be considered a kart.
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Sorry to see the mini bike not work out.
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Yes it is a shame you can't continue. At least we'll still have something to see from you!
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