Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Magnum's First Trip Out

Well I took the magnum out of the neighborhood, I made a recent visit to Petit Lemans and thought it would make a great bike to get around the track.

Everything went okay with the moped, but on the first day the clutch started to stick for some reason. The hills at the track are crazy and when I stopped at the bottom of the hill and tried to make it up the hill the bike didn't like it very much. Once i figured that out, I just made sure I kept my momentum up and it did fine the rest of the week. 

Of course i still have things that need to be done to get it to 100% but it was fun to actually take it out and show her off a bit even though I did get a little annoyed with the dozen's of people asking what it was. 

My current problem is the top speed, it seems to be topping out at 35 mph and feels like it's missing. 
Hopefully it's just the timing or something. 


Below are some pictures of it at the track. 
and here is link to some pictures I took. 




Monday, April 16, 2012

More Progress but not 100% complete

I got a chance to work on the moped again, I didn't take too many pictures this time, but here is a list of things I finished up.

  • Installed clutch engagement lever correctly. 
  • License plate mount (pics to come)
  • Re-installed tank and seat after paint jobs. 
  • Adjusted brakes (still doesn't stop worth a crap)
  • Wired Headlight
  • Took it for a ride and successfully bump started it. (next cold bump start)
Thing to do:

  • Buy and figure out how to wire my regulator to get my lights working.
  • Install brake/tail light and run brake light wire.
  • Paint intake, tank mounting hardware, and license plate mount.
  • Cut and stain pegs
  • ....



Monday, February 20, 2012

Brake Cable Thingy & Seat Creation

First I thought I would share our work area as of recent. Since moving into an apartment Bill has been nice enough to let me use his back yard to work in, which i'm sure he prefers. He has been doing most of the work as of recent. 

Shed
Yard

Alright, I got to spend another day working on the moped. Today we installed the rear brake cable and made the seat.

Starting Pin
Punch Starter Hole
Drill
Cut
Done
Wood
Sand curve to go over tank
More Sanding
Measure to cut for clearing of stock tank mount
router out area
Done 
Marked Mounting Holes
Drill Holes
Hammer Tee Nuts?
Done
Bolts & Rubber Washer
Cut Seat Length
Shape Seat
More Shaping
Light Sanding
Bevel Edges
Done
Staining Required


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Magnum Roars!

The magnum finally took it's first breath and created fire and smoke. Tonight was the very first time this engine has turned over and all went better than expected. I still have a lot to do before I can call it finished but it's great motivation hearing it run for the first time.

Other stuff done last night (spark plug boot, fuel line, grounded, added transmission fluid, a few other thing)




Custom Exhaust Bracket

Using the old left over piece of the L bracket from the tank mounting hardware, a exhaust bracket was born.
Pound It
Grind It
Yay Sparks!
Be amazed that it lines up and tighten.



This design might be reworked, we talked about using some square pipe but for now this will work. 


Chain Adjusters

Well it is now time to install the chain adjusters. The only problem is, I only have chain adjusters for a Maxi.  So what do we do next; Fab them. I'm going to use the eye bolt from the Maxi adjusters and make the back brackets.
Square Tubing 
A Little Sanding 
Hole Punch
Drilling
Cutting
Splitting
Rough Cuts
Smoothing
More Sanding
The Finished Product 
Painted and Installed

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Seat (alpha)

Bought some nice wood for my seat, this is the alpha build of it. :)
I'm going to cut,shape, and stain it.

Custom Gas Tank Mount

To begin, Bill and I had to ponder the millions of ways we could possibly mount this tank on to the frame. After hours of major brainstorming this is what we came up with.

Foam Spacer
Cutting
Fitting
Done


Creating the brackets
Drilling
Cutting
Resting
Grinding 
Sanding
Showing Off

Fitting The Top Mount
Parts
Measuring
Cutting
Fitting
Mark up
Measuring
Parts II
Pre-Cut
Cut
Sanding
Assembling
Assembling II
Showing Off
Cutting 
Fitting
Cutting
Spacers
Fitting
Done
How She Sits Now

The tank and brackets will be painted black before final assembly.