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    A Vintage Parts Fab

    If you can no longer buy it, you end up making it.




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    That is so nicely made. I will PM you my small parts order.

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    Very nice,

    That's an expensive little part there in machine time eh? 3 hours or so......
    Makes it about a $300 - $400 part

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    1.5 hours. But yes, an expensive little part, especially when you consider the investment in machines.

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    [QUOTE=DoubleCentury]1.5 hours. But yes, an expensive little part, especially when you consider the investment in machines.[/QUOTE}

    You young guys work quick.

    hope you made a fixture so you can make 100 of them

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    Let's see it in action!

    So, are you going to anodize it 3DV?

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    ssmike, if you owned a few GT's you'd know what this was for. ;-)

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    is there much demand for brand new replacements for older parts?

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    Looks like the top of a flip flop stem? If so, I never would have gone to the trouble. There are people that have them in NOS for $9.95-$11.95 maybe not the right length though?
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Actually, I don't own any GT's either, thus the ";-)". But I suppose it would work on a GT.

    Where is such a part available NOS?

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    The Whole Enchilada


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury

    For a Ritchey or maybe a Potts? It just dawned on me that I havent worked on any old bikes in a long while. Looks like you used an existing quill?

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    "It just dawned on me that I havent worked on any old bikes in a long while. Looks like you used an existing quill?"

    What do you mean...I stamped the "MAX 22mm" line myself and ribbed the bottom expander. This is serious reproduction work. ;-)

    Working on too many carbon bikes and disk brakes?

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    More parts fab, this time 6mm ferrules. Seems like every bike I build these days needs a few.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury
    More parts fab, this time 6mm ferrules. Seems like every bike I build these days needs a few.

    I can hear the PM's filling up your inbox from way over here!
    Stuart

    wanted: TA Chainrings, FUNK Big Fork, Bullseye Cranks 176mm,

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    "I can hear the PM's filling up your inbox from way over here!"

    Yeah, that occurred to me before posting it. Sorry, I'm not taking orders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury
    "I can hear the PM's filling up your inbox from way over here!"

    Yeah, that occurred to me before posting it. Sorry, I'm not taking orders.
    Pah-leeeeeeezzzzzz!!!!!
    Stuart

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury
    Actually, I don't own any GT's either, thus the ";-)". But I suppose it would work on a GT.

    Where is such a part available NOS?
    GT Flip Flop stem from 1991. They are commonly available on eBay for as little as $9.95-$15.95 but are always black. One seller has both 1" and 1-1/8" listed in his store quite often. Stop turning and start buying
    Last edited by gm1230126; 08-22-2008 at 11:05 PM.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Those are a dime a dozen too. Some of you guys need to learn to use google.
    ferrule end-cap cadplate 6mm 10 pack ... $4.99 More common in motorcycle shops these days then bike shops.
    There's also a ton of old Tioga 2.0mm innerwire brake cable sets out there that come with them.
    Last edited by gm1230126; 08-22-2008 at 11:02 PM.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126
    Those are a dime a dozen too. Some of you guys need to learn to use google.
    ferrule end-cap cadplate 6mm 10 pack ... $4.99 More common in motorcycle shops these days then bike shops.
    There's also a ton of old Tioga 2.0mm innerwire brake cable sets out there that come with them.
    Cool, score me a couple of packs and then pm me. 6mm OD, 6mm ID step down.
    Stuart

    wanted: TA Chainrings, FUNK Big Fork, Bullseye Cranks 176mm,

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126
    They are commonly available on eBay for as little as $9.95-$15.95 but are always black. One seller has both 1" and 1-1/8" listed in his store quite often. Stop turning and start buying
    Good to know. However this part and the 6mm ferrules are destined for a very specific application, for a bike as early at 1983-1984. More to come.
    Last edited by DoubleCentury; 08-23-2008 at 07:54 AM.

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    Sausage Links for the Holidays

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    Nice work

    I always love to see machined parts, even if it's something simple. Are those sausage links for dirt drop shifter mounts?

    Keep the pics coming.

    Maybe we should make this the official thread for repro parts! I have a few I could share, but nothing too vintage or exciting. I teach machining for the local tech college, so I am constantly coming up with home projects for my bikes!

    frog

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    Rollercam 2010

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    Are you taking orders?
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    those rollercam arms are awesome!

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    "Are you taking orders?"

    You are better off winning WTB Rollercams on eBay.

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    Wow -- are those rollercam arms just milled out of billet? Very pretty work. I like the blind speedholes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog
    I always love to see machined parts, even if it's something simple. Are those sausage links for dirt drop shifter mounts?

    Keep the pics coming.

    Maybe we should make this the official thread for repro parts! I have a few I could share, but nothing too vintage or exciting. I teach machining for the local tech college, so I am constantly coming up with home projects for my bikes!

    frog
    Dirt drop shifter mounts would be highly desirable whether they were for the standard XT thumbie, or maybe a new style that would bolt right up to a set of vertically mounted 970 XTR trigger shifters. Unbolt the original xtr alloy clamp and bolt the new one on. I have dreamed about this part for some time... .

    Nice work on all the parts!!!!

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    Nice! Nice! Nice!

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    9 Speed Dirt Drops

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    Soooo Good

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    Cooool
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Show off.

    F'in awesome.
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    I've got two words for you: Syncros stem top cap.
    5 is the old new black; 6 is the new new black...

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    Have a pic of your shop?
    Trade: My 17" c2c Fat Chance Monster Fat in Fair condition for same in 18- 19"

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    All your stuff is fantastic!
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    Not fair to show off goodies like this and then not offer some for sale to the members here.

    I also understand its a freaking pain in the neck to get stuff made in the first place. not cheap and time consuming.


    bravo !!! good job!


    bastard!!

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    Old-school shop, no CNC

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    Me like the Hardinge on wheels. I have a shop myself and have produced a few parts for some of the guys here. NO, I AM NOT TAKING ORDERS EITHER GUYS.......
    Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury
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    Hey thanks. What do you think of some of the smaller hobby mill / lathes?
    Trade: My 17" c2c Fat Chance Monster Fat in Fair condition for same in 18- 19"

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    Nice setup!

    Love your shop, small, neat, and just what you need!

    I tried the dirt drop mounts for XTR Shifters, but mine didn't turn out so well. I actually sent them to someone on the boards, but never heard back how they worked. I love to look at parts on my bike realize, hey, I could make that whether it's something VRC, or just a normal part. I have a schwinn cruiser that has a bunch of parts I made for it. Lots of fun, and I always like knowing I made part of my bike.

    My next goal; learn how to weld and make my own frame!

    Keep the pics coming, I will dig some up when I get back to school next week!

    frog

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    Ahhh...no way, those look great!! Man I would give one of these other guys left testicle for just one mount for the rear shifter!!!

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    That's a lot of really nice work. I'd love to have the machines and the skills to use them.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    I've got two words for you: Syncros stem top cap.
    Second that.
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    OK, if you're talking about the angled plastic cap that presumably cracks, that's not easily replicated in metal because of the angled lip. At the moment I can't think of any way cheap to actually make that.

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    The Syncros cap I have on an early 90s threadless stem is made of metal. Looks like magnesium?
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    DoubleCentury,
    Sorry, but I'm going to have to call you out on this one. There is no way in hell you could have made those parts in your shop because I see not a single metal chip on the floor, the milling machine table, or even in the chip tray of the lathe.

    Hell, I wish my kitchen was that clean most days!

    Now, as a machinist dork and manufacturing engineer who makes bike parts daily, please tell me about your Hardinge lathe. Not sure if I recognize that one.

    Nice work, BTW

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    Ha, so true but what is the looptail lurking behind the lathe?
    Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.

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