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RickS
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« on: February 04, 2018, 12:18:32 PM »

My latest project is a 1954 Truck.  I am building this one with a stock motor and automatic clutch, unlike my last project that used a honda clone motor.  I have gone as far as converting to sealed bearings front and rear, as Simplex did on the trucks.  I replicated the brake system in the late style, which I believe started on the 1953 model. 
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 12:44:49 PM »

Great start. I really like the trucks! Rick C.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 01:43:31 PM »

I'm jealous .

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 02:12:37 PM »

So, did you start with just a standard frame from a bike, and then cut and fab the rest of the whole rear end, etc. by copying an existing truck you have Rick S.?
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 02:13:57 PM »

Now I know why you asked me for those dimensions! That’s looking great. Keep us posted with your progress. Vince
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 03:15:15 PM »

 I do not have an original Truck.  The last Truck I built was powered by a Honda clone, and I did not build it to original specs, as at the time I did not have them. That said, I did have a factory measurement for the box, and estimated the rest from there.  I no longer have that truck, but I bet I was within an inch or two in most respects.

 For this build, I asked Vince for some measurements from his beautiful original 1952 Truck, which he graciously provided.   Thanks again Vince!

 I started with a 1954 bike frame, and have fabricated the rear half.  I built a tubing bender using a JD2 bender, and converted it to air over hydraulic.  I used this to bend the rear frame, as well as replace one side of the crash bars that were banged up.

I'm still working a ton, so progress has not been as fast as I would like.  I hope to at least have the rolling chassis at Portland this summer.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2018, 09:43:19 AM »

That's some nice work there.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 09:48:19 AM »

I knew you had something special up your sleeve. Looks like another cool project to me. Bob
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