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  1. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Started with a bike in pretty good condition to begin with. Just gave it a good scrubbing, new seat, reflector and a few minor modifications to make it comfortable to ride. See the build thread here. Starting point.
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    Apollo Racer

    Recently came across this and couldn't resist. Plan is to do the same as in my Sportmaster build, some cleanup and minor modifications to make it ridable. Not sure on the year. If I were to guess I'd say early seventies, maybe seventy one? Looks like the incorrect seat but the one that's on...
  3. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Jumping in a little late again... I purchased this a couple years ago for the seat pan (I needed a riding saddle for my '69 Fastback). I don't remember exactly what I paid. Wasn't much and was a good deal for the seat. Part of the delay in getting started is because I couldn't decide what I...
  4. tjwilson

    Scrapyard Mule

    Inprocess Images See the build thread here. Ride Video (fender's a little clanky, need to look at that :wink1:)
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    BO15 Scrapyard Mule

    I can squeak in maybe seven days so lets give it a try. Ready, set, go... This isn't the bike I'm planning but it is the plan that led up to the planned bike. I'd been doing a few thumbnail sketches and started liking the idea of taking a classic design and doing an extreme stretch and lower...
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    Shortbow

    This will be a scratch built frame and seat with handlebars pieced together from odds and ends of other bars.
  7. tjwilson

    Crunchy's Lil' Brother Tweaker

    More of a revision than a build... As a break from some of the tedious finish work on ECHO I made some quick, down and dirty revisions to Nautilus for this riding season. Nautilus never seamed right to me. To rough to be what I think of as a stretched cruiser, to long to be a rough bobber. The...
  8. tjwilson

    ECHO

    Getting a late start but, better late than never I suppose! I put in a lot of ride time this past summer and fall. More often than not my bike of choice has been my last year's MBBO entry "Twist of Lemon". Love the bike but, lots of little things I would do differently to increase its...
  9. tjwilson

    1969 Schwinn Fastback

    Cleanup A Schwinn Fastback I had as a kid has been a big influence on a couple of the bikes I've built. I recently decided to try and find one to replace the Fastback that was now long gone. I almost immediately found an exact duplicate: a 1971, Kool Yellow, 3-speed. This isn't that bike. The...
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    Nautilus (Beached Bobber)

    A lot of fun as always and thanks for the encouragement! I'm still a little unsure of the final finish on this build. Although, it is growing on me and it definitely hits the objective of having a finish that I don't need to worry about scratching. Rides really well and will make a great beater...
  11. tjwilson

    Nautilus (Beached Bobber) - WBO 2018 Scratch Built

    This build is basically an opportunity to use parts from the bottom of the pile that wear their experience a little more prominently than most. Hopefully I'll be able to convincingly age the newer pieces to match.
  12. tjwilson

    Twist of Lemon (video added 12.03.2017)

    Phew... once again that went really fast. Had a great time building and watching the other builds. Thanks to all for the encouragement along the way. Can't wait to get some miles in. Hope to have a ride video soon. See the complete build log here...
  13. tjwilson

    (MBBO#6 Class 2) Twist of Lemon

    The Schwinn Krates always seemed like the definition of a muscle bike to me. Probably because Schwinns were the only muscle bikes I was aware of back in the day. Never had one but I still remember the first one I saw, a brand new Cotton Picker owned by the older kid down the block. I've had a...
  14. tjwilson

    Extended Cruise - Video Added!

    These Build-Offs sure have a tendency to make time go fast. Another quick three months. Started out with an old Schwinn Traveler using the frame, handlebar stem, fork and headset. Working with the tall frame set the direction of the overall design and frame modifications. Most other parts came...
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    Extended Cruise - Added to Finished Build Thread

    This Traveler has never been a tourist. Obviously adventures have been sought that led to the kind of places the majority of locals avoid. Tired and worn, maybe it's time to leave the back-roads and paths less traveled to those more willing and able. Time to appropriate the tourist's laid back...
  16. tjwilson

    (MBBO#05 Class 2) Flashback GT

    See the build thread here. http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/mbbo-05-class-2-flashback-gt.100172/ Whoa... that was a quick three months! Still have a list of things that I want to revisit but I'm calling it done for now. This ended up turning out quite different than I...
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    (MBBO#05 Class 2) Flashback GT - Done!

    Partridge Family, Brady Bunch. Jan or Marsha, Beetles or Monkees? Monkeemobile, Munster Koach. Dean Jeffries, George Barris, "Big Daddy" Roth. "Capt. Pepi's Motorcycle and Zeppelin Repair". MPC, AMT, Revell. Testors (the one that actually worked, not the one that smelled like oranges). Riding...
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    ACS Stealth Mag Wheel Info?

    Was wondering if anyone has any info on these wheels. I found them at the curb and don't have any reference of what bike they may have been used on. I've been able to find similar ACS Stellar mags available online in black but nothing in white. Plan to use them for a MBBO#5 build and was curious...
  19. tjwilson

    Strider 'Tribute'

    Unfortunately I don't have much in they way of in-process images. Didn't originally intend to post this project but I was happy enough with the results I decided to go ahead. Plus, might be of interest to someone looking to do something similar. The bike is strongly based on the design of the...
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    Warren

    At the end of a very long kitchen remodel I had a fare amount of scrap material left over from demolition and construction. Enough to require a trip to the local refuse / recycle center in Warren, MI. Sitting next to the large scrap metal bin was a Huffy Santa Fe cruiser. With a now empty...