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Mite Cycle by Mechanix Illustrated

Mite Cycle by Mechanix Illustrated



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Published by: Jim on Apr 14, 2008
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The Mite Cycle, with its builder, is shown above. Asmall one-cylinder engine provides the motive power.
his little motorcycle has been designed. to operate on wartime rations! Itsconstruction is simple and light, but it issurprisingly practical and will carry a250-lb. passenger without complaining. A5/8-h.p. engine whips it along at a 25-m.p.h.clip and as for gas consumption—one gallonfor every 120 miles, and we doubt if there'sanother motorcycle that can do better thanthat.The Mite Cycle shown here was built bythe author at a total cost of $50. It weighs85 lbs. and is powered by a Briggs andStratton engine. All unnecessary frillswere forgotten in its construction, and theonly tools used were a small lathe, a hack saw and a welding torch.The frame, being the foundation of theproject, should be built first. It is madeof salvaged aircraft streamline tubing.2-1/2"x.035 wall, procurable from any air-port where small planes are repaired.These dimensions need not be adhered toexactly as a slightly larger or smallertubing, or even a plain round tubing of 1-1/8"x.035 wall, is satisfactory. After pro-curing the tubing make a full-size drawingof the frame on the shop floor and cut thepieces to the angles and lengths given,fitting them to the drawing as you go.After this is completed, build the twolower frame pieces. The base tube (11-1/2")is spotted to the forward tube going upto the fork neck and also to the rear tubegoing to the rear wheel hangers. Threespreaders are required and these are cut4" long from 1" o.d. .035 wall tubing; twoof these are located bet-ween the lowerframe sides and spotted into position asnoted. The forward tubes are cut on theinsides and bent together to form the Vas shown in the bottom view, then welded.The upper rear tubes then are laid togetherand the third spreader is located 9-3/4" c.c.to the rear of the taper terminating pointand welded into position. These tubes
You'll need only an "A" ration
to run this midget motorcycle.
by R. G. Fisher
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The brake plate, shown in the diagram below, is in-stalled as above. Brake band is anchored at bottom.Slotted hole allows for adjustment of the drive belt.
86are cut on the inside 1/2" forward of thespreader and bent to form the taper as shownin the top view. The forward tube is locatedand welded to the upper rear tubes. Thelower frame now is set on the floor and theuprights located and spotted, the upper frameis placed into position on top and spotted,the frames are welded together at the rearwheel hangers and welding of the wholeframe proceeds, work being carried forwardand each section completed as it is reached.Rear wheel hangers are cut out of 3/16" coldrolled steel, cut long enough to extend insidethe frame 1", and after joggling, they are in-serted and leveled. It is important that thehangers are level, otherwise the Cycle willnot balance; when level they are brazed inposition. Before attaching the fork neck, itis necessary to procure the standard bicyclebearings and races that are used in the neck.A piece of 1-1/2"X.125 wall tubing is cut 6-1/2"long and each end is bored to take the races.A line is drawn on the floor, the frame isplaced level on the floor straddling the lineand a plumb line is then dropped from thecenter line of the frame at the rear wheelhangers to the line. Another plumb bob isattached to the fork neck, and the fork neck isspotted into position while both bobs are onthe line. Then the frame is brazed to theneck, making sure the frame is plumb. En-gine supports are made of 1-3/4"x3/4"x1/8"angle iron and located according to the engineused. Holes through these members for en-gine bolts should be slotted to permit adjust-

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