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  1. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    Quick update on the sissy bar extension. I added 3-1/2" to the length. Connection detail after cleanup. Here's a detail of an end after the citric acid bath. The chrome was pitted pretty bad, understandable that it had been painted. End after polish. Still pitted but I prefer this...
  2. tjwilson

    Rat✭Rod

    NICE!
  3. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    The Apollo kind of reminds me of a flipped girl's frame... in a good way. Trick to the blown out photo / lack of floor space is to have enough vertical space just outside the image area to pile everything up into.
  4. 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.
  5. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Thanks. Glad I took that route instead of a complete overhaul / update. I agree, that was all it needed and anything more would have probably ruined it.
  6. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Got the images of the assembled bike finished up. Pretty happy with the build results. Nothing fancy just a nice, simple comfortable ride. Rolls real nice on the high pressure tires.
  7. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    Never tried oxalic acid so I can't say which is better. Citric acid is what I heard of first and it's always worked for me. I should probably give oxalic acid a try at some point though.
  8. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    And speaking of citric acid baths... here's some of the chrome before and afters. Everything was put into a mixture of half a teaspoon of citric acid per cup of water after a quick clean up with soap and water. Hard to say exactly how long. I just kind of kept an eye on it, as the rust started...
  9. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    An SLR is nice. I have a Nikon d610 that I've had for seven or eight years. Only problem is that sometimes I spend more time setting up shots, shooting and post processing images than I do working on the bike! After an initial clean up with soap and water I tried a citric acid bath to remove...
  10. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    It is a pretty cool and unique design. Noodly... thats a good description. I took it for a short ride before taking it apart. The rear axle needed to be tightened and just assumed that was what I was feeling. I'll have to make sure I avoid any pot-holes once its finished!
  11. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    Frame details after cleanup and wax.
  12. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    Calling this a "Racer" is a bit of a stretch. I wouldn't take it over 40mph ;), especially with that fork! Looking more closely at the frame it does look like the bean counters at the time won out (see the images below). I'd think more of an I-beam profile to the sides and a stamped lip or ridge...
  13. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Seems like the rear reflectors are always missing from these old muscle bikes. Made a new one using a Lowes trailer reflector. Now that was the long way around to end up with a jar lid! Adding a tab and mounting to the seat.
  14. tjwilson

    Apollo Racer

    First things first... a little pressure applied to the fork with a pipe bender. Looking at the fork closely I didn't see any serious cracks to the forks themselves, just the paint. They straightened out "okay" and seem to be good to go. Something I'll need to keep aware of. Side view with...
  15. tjwilson

    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...
  16. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Found a new seat and recovered it with white glitter vinyl. I glued neoprene to the top pan with spray mount and did some minor shaping. I then used a hair dryer to heat and stretch the vinyl over the padding and attached the vinyl to the top pan using hot glue before mounting the bottom pan.
  17. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Hole-to-hole on the sissy bar ended up at 23.25”. Arrived at that by measuring from the crank center to the middle of where I wanted the seat. Somewhere between 26.5” and 27.5” has proven to be the most comfortable for me. I’ve had luck with just a good coat of wax to prevent rust returning...
  18. tjwilson

    Avenger X

    Trying to catching up on the different builds and just seeing this. You've got some amazing speed machines. Talk about resto-mods! This one looks like it will shape up to be just as amazing. I can understand 45 or maybe 50mph, but 55 is just crazy ;)
  19. tjwilson

    Sportmaster

    Here's a couple close-ups of the sissy bar before and after the citric acid bath. What's the saying... "when the only tool you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail"? Yeah, rather than trying to find a taller sissy bar I pulled out the welder and spliced 4 inches into the one I...