The nice thing about die cast parts is that they can be polished out.
The bad thing about die cast parts is how much work it takes to polish them out! Any polishing experts - advice is most welcome!
Chrome is already back. I found a place in Detroit that does a great job, but remember, for chrome you must choose between good, fast and cheap. You can pick two of three. I chose good and fast - took only two weeks! But the cost...ouch!!!!
There are lost of 10" wheels available, but the quality is a concern in many cases. And since I wanted to use the original hubs I needed 24 spoke wheels and those are almost impossible to find. Everything out there now is 28.
Most mini bikes I've seen have a simple bolt and tube connecting the forks to the frame - riding on cheap bearings. Here we see precision bearing cups and ball bearings top and bottom. That was fun getting back together!
The final paint will be gray and purple. The frame is a hammered powder coat - thought I'd try something different and maybe save some time in the process.
Chipper provided an original Scat Cat pipe (very rare), but to fit it with my updated motor I would have to cut and weld it. So I am going to set it aside in case I ever want to install an original 4hp Tecumseh. I found a Scat Cat pipe for a larger bike and I am OK cutting and welding this one. It will have the same basic appearance, but will be fitted for a Predator motor. Speaking of which, I have all these racing parts for a Predator/Honda motor, so the engine will be modified as follows:
- Aluminum flywheel
- Governor removed
- Timing advanced
- Racing intake/filter
I estimate the engine will be producing closer to 10hp at 6,000 rpm (until it blows up). Then for $129 I'll replace it or find the right original motor for it. It should be fast... for a while.
I have a plan for rebuilding the forks, but I still have not found a source for a reupholstered seat. I might end up putting the original back on at this pace.
OK, I know it's not a great idea to use a 43 year old tire, but these tires were in great shape. I bought the bike from a junk dealer over two years ago and the bike sat in the garage ever since. I never serviced the tires and when I checked them a few days ago they still had 30 pounds of air. That seemed promising, but I did order some new replacements. We'll have to see.
So after cleaning up the tires as best I could and installing the newly re-plated wheels...well, not too bad. I would like to get the whitewalls whiter, but that might be asking too much from a 43 year old tire.