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    That is beautiful. Maybe someday I will find one of those and this will be my go-to thread. Thanks for posting the build Dave.
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    Out standing job Dave, although I would expect nothing less from you
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    Came out great Dave. Itís nice to see a restoration on a Mini Bike you donít see often or ever! Especially with that Engine. It would be perfect if you would have used a Predator. LOL!

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    Another Beauty done the Havasu Dave way .... Great Job !

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    Thanks all, I've got the original exhaust on it and some decals coming.

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    Amazing job! How is the acceleration?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ole4 View Post
    Amazing job! How is the acceleration?
    I'm still recovering from surgery, and will have more surgery soon. No one else around to ride it. I did run the engine on the Stellar, so giving the final ratio and the better carb on it now, I am sure it will accelerate pretty good.

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    Dave my hat is off to you. This is the first time I have looked at this thread. That is one great find and piece of nostalgia. The amount of info that you know really adds to it. I didn't even know that they had minis like that in the 50s. So that is a way cool project. Being a bit of a history buff makes it even greater.


    That ad that you came up with Terry is also way cool, it neat to see an old ad like that especially of a mini.



    Thanks guys Roger

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclejunkie View Post
    Dave my hat is off to you. This is the first time I have looked at this thread. That is one great find and piece of nostalgia. The amount of info that you know really adds to it. I didn't even know that they had minis like that in the 50s. So that is a way cool project. Being a bit of a history buff makes it even greater.

    That ad that you came up with Terry is also way cool, it neat to see an old ad like that especially of a mini. Roger
    Thanks Roger. The historical aspects also appeal to me, and when they meet with my inherent nostalgia it brings me back to simpler times. The artistry in the design is something I can feel when messing with these old bikes is undeniable.

    There was one aspect I was remiss on talking about with this bike, and it was the quality of the welds. I have always stated I was a novice. But some of the beads like on the engine plate for example, were tiny, evenly spaced, and beautiful to look at. They far exceeded the craftsmanship I have seen on some mass produced bikes from the 70's. It was unfortunate I had to cut so many.

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    Outstanding work here. It all makes me want to "weld just a little bit better" next time.
    Safe travels in the health care and hospital world Dave.
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