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easyped
08-20-2008, 05:55 PM
Laughter is the best medicine or Don't drink beer and start hacking!!


Had a little time to start on my Bandito today. So I took a look at my old tried and true upright that has given me many miles of dependable service and decided this is your day. I put the hacksaw to 'em.

I'm hacking along per the Bandito instructions sippin' my St Paulie Girl beer enjoying the bluesky and the fact I'm not at work!

As I finish my first cut through my wife comes home on a break (because she's still on the job) and says I can't believe you're cutting up such a nice frame! I proudly look at her and respond I'm buildin' a recumbent!

I keep cuttin' thinkin' the sky is blue, the beer is cold and the hacksaw is sharp because it's cuttin' through this steel like butter...... :eek: ***! My trusty ole frame is aluminum!!! Dang!! Glad my wife went back to work.

Fortunatly I have acouple old scrap frames hanging in the shed that (after the ball peen test) ring like steel.

It never dawned on me that my trusty ole stead of many a year wasn't made of steel! I'll tuck it away in the shed before my wife comes home! So I laughed instead of cryed!

SirJoey
08-20-2008, 06:23 PM
Ouch! Oh well, if it's any consolation, scrap aluminum is bringing a pretty good price (per pound)! :rolleyes:

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KoolKat
08-20-2008, 06:37 PM
OOOOPS! Hide the evidence - fast!

easyped
08-20-2008, 07:04 PM
LOL, trust me I did!!

easyped
08-20-2008, 07:06 PM
What was your recent blooper, if I may ask, SJ?


Ouch! Oh well, if it's any consolation, scrap aluminum is bringing a pretty good price (per pound)! :rolleyes:

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SirJoey
08-20-2008, 09:30 PM
What was your recent blooper, if I may ask, SJ?

Mine was also aluminum-related, but a little different. http://forum.atomiczombie.com/showthread.php?p=9091#post9091 (See post #70.)

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easyped
08-25-2008, 06:48 PM
I came up with an "actual" steel frame, an old Murry 18 speed mountain bike.
I stripped all the old parts off and got to the forks and handlebars... dang! Got some rust in there I think. I can barely rotate the forks.
I'm thinking about getting the cut off grinder going and chopping off the 26" forks and the handlebars stem just above and below the head shell. Then pounding the insides out with a large rod.

What do ya'll think?


OOOOPS! Hide the evidence - fast!

easyped
08-28-2008, 07:55 PM
I came across acouple of older schwinn frames that appear to be of the brazed variety. No rust and the forks actually rotate!
Does anyone foresee any problems with putting one in the chopshop?

Seems to me steel is steel and it should weld back ok.

I did find a usable 20" frame at the scrape yard today :-)


I came up with an "actual" steel frame, an old Murry 18 speed mountain bike.
I stripped all the old parts off and got to the forks and handlebars... dang! Got some rust in there I think. I can barely rotate the forks.
I'm thinking about getting the cut off grinder going and chopping off the 26" forks and the handlebars stem just above and below the head shell. Then pounding the insides out with a large rod.

What do ya'll think?

Sparky
08-29-2008, 12:31 AM
those old schwinns will be lugged frames. so the steering neck and BB arent worth much. but yeah, the tubing is plain ol steel, and of course componets can be kept and re-used.

easyped
08-29-2008, 12:38 AM
Sparky, when you say steering neck, are you talking about the insides? Not the head shell right? And I think the lugged frames were brazed together too.


those old schwinns will be lugged frames. so the steering neck and BB arent worth much. but yeah, the tubing is plain ol steel, and of course componets can be kept and re-used.