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Okay, in RRBBO 1 Steve used a Huffy Good Vibrations frame to build his bike.
So now I'm ready to join in on the fun in RRBBO 2 and to keep it a father / son type deal I too will use a Huffy Good Vibrations bike as my starting point.
I especially like the Redline "like" front sprocket on it.
So we'll see what I can come up with for the build.
I tore down the Vibe today. Took a bit to get the pedals off and a few other parts but it's "mostly" apart now.
I did run into one problem that maybe someone will have some ideas on. I couldn't get the seat tube out of the frame - too much rust. I sprayed it with WD-40 and now I'm letting it sit for a while, but if you have a trick to removing it, let me know.
I tried hammering it down further into the frame to free it up some but it wouldn't move. I also used a pipe wrench on it and it was just bending the tube. So if you have any thoughts or slick ways to get one out, let me know. Thanks.
i use LPS LST penetrant, spray on and let sit for a few minutes then use the pipe wrench of B.F'n.H. try to spray it so that it leaks down into the seat tube between the seat tube and seat post. fast eddie outty
Rickster, I don't think I will be as creative as most of the guys on the forum, and I don't have a bunch of extra parts laying around to work with, but I know I will end up with something decent compared to what I started out with.
And it will be fun no matter what.
Plus it will be fun to see the old Vibe fixed up and going again instead of sitting under a shed next to my garage.
Thats what its all about, Having fun. And seeing every one elses stuff.
We were Eating Potatoe's..drinking Cambells soup...
and Blowing up The Old Lady next door.
..you know, the usuall Friday night Stuff.
Check out this thread: http://ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=310
Also, I'm sure Sheldon Brown's website will have info on how to remove stuck seat posts. On my cruiser, the seat post was also stuck, and the vice-grip pliers kept sliding. So I drilled a hole on the top of the post (so it would be hidden by the seat collar when I reused the post), and inserted a bolt with a nut through that hole. The bolt made the vice-grip pliers hold on well to the seat post and it finally became unstuck. Lots of WD40, of course.
Thanks, Hugo. I may try that if a soaking with WD-40 or penetrant doesn't help.
I also told Steve my last resort would be to heat it up with a torch, since that will usually busts rust loose. I've done that a few times with stuck mufflers, tail pipes, etc. But I would rather get it loose without doing that if I can.
i can twist the posts easier with the seat clamped back on than with vise grips, once you crush the seat tube with the grips it becomes easier and easier for the visegrips to keep slippin off, based off my experience anywho.
CCR, the Sheldon Brown articla that was in the link Hugo passed along also mentioned using the seat to do the twisting, so I may stick an old one on it and give that a try after it soaks a bit.
I got on it pretty good with a pipe wrench and that's when I noticed the pipe starting to bend, so I stopped at that point.
I'm sure I will get it off sooner or later. I will let it soak a bit and then try it again.
The bolt throught the hole trick I talked about doesn't lead to the post getting squashed. You just have to tighten the vice-grip pliers a little bit and the bolt will keep them from slipping, not the pressure on the pliers.
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