I really needed a girlfriend, dog, BOTH
I really needed a girlfriend, dog, BOTH
Speaking of computers, old ones...I have an Apple 2c+ that still works. I don't actually 'use' it but do get on once in a while just to keep the mechanics of it working. It is one of the early ones with the keyboard and computer in the same unit. I have not tried to buy a ribbon for the printer in ages...dot matrix.
Update: I'm hoping to come up with most of the parts for the Hawthorne soon for not to many goats and alfalfa or something. Like to keep the chickens and Hereford though
The Schwinn's front tube survived 10 months after it was originally stolen but something finally got to it and I couldn't keep it up as it went down as fast (unless it was the stem getting loose).
I've tried selling good stuff cheap on Craigslist and all I get is spam. It doesn't make up for that if I sit there and flag the fake freaky chicks out of the water in Casual Encounters, either.
Everything is still happening here, Tempest is in the shed waiting for all the parts to be ready.
When the fairing has the vinyl wrapping finished (it's not as easy as it sounds due to the difficulty of handling the radical geometry presented) I will have the glass shop fashion a flush cover to seal the headlamp tunnel and make it more aerodynamic and clean. The light will be serviced from the back and boxed in with the battery, combination of the Wamco Winner relay and lighting circuits, 12V horn and radio. I have my work cut out for me cleaning and fixing the saddlebags also. Eventually I will replace the windshield as well.
I think I found somebody nearby to help with fenders for the Schwinn and others for my tanks. This friend showed me the rebuilt wheel well on his van and the really nice body woek and paintjob on his '84 Tercel 4WD Wagon and he said he'll help if I need it.
The Hawthorne seat rebuild I sent to Nyssa with the Schwinn's original seat will be white on the edge and green on top with that hot rod cross stitching and nicely padded.
I'm going to Kmart to get some knobby whitewalls very much like the OEMs at 14.99 each and retire two tires that are 14 years old! Even I am amazed and very pleased that only the pedals and original kickstand have departed the bike since 1995!
My home life and health plus of course no money most of the month make things slow right now although I'm always planning this and that. Fall is almost here so I really want to get things done before winter brings a hiatus to my bigger spending until spring. You'll know second because if I know it second that sounds like a problem!
Last edited by Rollfast; 09-03-09 at 07:47 AM.
Okay, I'm going to do some basic assembly on Tempest but I've kept her in the shed because there isn't any good place to put her outside where she's safe and can't be messed up yet (and my house is a 'wherehouse'--where is this, where is that)...
I'm still investigating a $12 pair of mahogany Electro-Voice Aristocrat cabinets (1950s) I got at last week's local auction and cleaning so I will do what I can.
Now, if I am accused of having a bunch of junk all over, let it be said I have the most interesting and BEST junk I know of.
definition of half decent:
Your pedal comes loose on the Flyer. It's not the Chinese-made pedal, however.
The thread on the right side of the crank cracked.
Well, maybe at 40-45 years old you really cannot fault it so much. I call that 'my money's worth'.
The chainwheel is unaffected.
Last edited by Rollfast; 09-13-09 at 03:28 AM.
Germaine has new shoes for the first time...
Last edited by Rollfast; 09-13-09 at 09:59 PM.
Of course, the tube repair didn't hold up and so it was a short trip, mostly spent walking.
I got to sleep around 8 am Monday and woke up after 4 pm. Went out the door after 2 am this morning to check for mail (after the back decided to fire on 8 cylinders for a while) and looked at the Schwinn.
The tire was up? The Tube Fairy showed up?
I don't recall anybody being over!
Well, that was nice
Nobody left a quarter on the seat though?
EAST HILL, ARE YOU OUT THERE?
I'm getting along, it takes longer though!
The two seats I sent for rebuilding and the upholsterer's shop came back today!
The green and white one is the Hawthorne's.
It's not doing attachments or something....
Nope, I cleared cookies and everything. Don't tell me my pix are outta gas?
Last edited by Rollfast; 09-19-09 at 11:15 AM.
It is good to hear that things are happening...slow but sure, that is one of the things I say. I am patiently awaiting for pics. No pressure, take your time.
Well, if it says all of THIS:
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I'll try from my other computer.
IE 7 is presenting an error on page message. says 'character expected' each time I try to manage my attachments. AllenG, I think while having you put them in could work, this just happen and I don't think it has to do with Windows Pop-Up Blocker and THAT icon isn't appearing when this happens, I think.
Or whatever. Maybe it was just that darned post. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Bike Forums and Rollfast, newly improved with tacos for breakfast
Last edited by Rollfast; 09-19-09 at 11:37 AM.
There you had Homer's (Simpson) Odyssey but they were worth the bread and the wait. Rollean's Upholstery did the seats and I am pretty happy with them, especially to have saved the original seats and repaired them.
Looking really good, RF.
Thank you, Allen
While I was finding parts from some parts bikes I managed to pull a nice 80s or 90s straight bar Western Flyer single speed (probably converted from hand brakes) with no handlebar stem or handlebars and then again today Mom and I went back and grabbed an AMF 3-speed to replace the crank for Kayleigh which cracked on the pedal thread, got more reflectors and two stems with bars, one with green glittery grips (not Schwinn) and the other BMX. My friend with the blue WF frame gets the BMX one and I hope the green grips will come off easily so that I can put them one the Hawthornes new Torrington handlebars. I have a rusty old battery bullet lamp I might clean up and an entire unused Sears 6V generator set to choose from there. Wheels and chain cleanup and then it just needs a front basket and paperboys...and I still want a flat rack to cover the top of the paperboys!
Hawthorne gets pedals/Seat mockup
Holy cow! I go away for a few months, and things are happening like lightning over here!
Wow, that gray seat looks sweet!
Cecil Turtle: Well, I'll tell you. The secret is modern design. You know, streamlining. Yup, we turtles are built for racing. [Pulls out a blueprint of his shell] You can see for yourself, we got an airflow chassis. Yes siree, Pop. An airflow chassis. Now take rabbits. They're built all wrong for racing. Those ridiculous ears. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Wind resistance, son. Just wind resistance
It's actually BLACK but I need to work on using the flash on my Mavica...it's all or nothing. It was easier than the other one because it had all the foam and the Hawthorne's seat had naught but a flap of the cover with no foam.
As soon as I locate the other red piece (rail mounted part to hold the seat mount in place) I will mount the rebuilt Viscount-made Schwinn seat.
Doesn't look like a smooth ride otherwise...well, yeah.
I believe the red pieces were part of the original seat on the Rollfast when I got it. I am using a seat with the ridges built in on it right now, an exercise bike seat. If I can repair the other seat that I replaced the original with I will go back to it.
Also progress shots of the Hawthorne and where all the old wheels and stuff are at the moment *don't panic
More Hawthorne news: I got the green grips off the other handlebar I had (the dishsoap trick I read about somewhere else here worked) and I'm going to get a couple Alex X202 rims and rebuild two wheels myself.
Remaining: Rust removal, front and rear baskets, a flat vintage rack and installing lights.
For Germaine: Re-installing the original seat and getting the nine hole rear rack integrated into the paperboys.
Kayleigh is at mom's getting a replacement crank.
When she gets back we'll see about returning the 3-speed Schwinn that was in the parts heap I drew from back into service for somebody at that home. I have new cables and pads that I never used when I decided to convert the Hawthorne and the seat and post from the donor bike I used to fix Kayleigh can hopefully be patched and given a gel cover to finish the Schwinn's repairs. The parts pile was small but it was almost exhausted and this has been the best distribution of it in my opinion.
More Hawthorne news yet...
The rims have spokes replaced and are trued and now I need to install a new chain and clean up some rust, add the generator lighting and still wait for the baskets to show up somewhere...75% NIB vintage, reused and rebuilt is still my goal. Pictures later (looking for the CAMERA and it's also karaoke night).
My 3V turn signals I had my friend get for me on eBay arrived and should be repirable without too much trouble. That's a picture from eBay...haven't rounded up the camera yet.