Definition of transmigrate
: to cause to go from one state of existence to another
1. of the soul : to pass at death from one body or being to another
2: Trans-MIG-RaT; to transfer tubes from one frame to another,
using a MIG welder and cut-off tools. To RaT-ify and regene-RaT-e; to RaT oN~!
A couple winters ago, I was riding my WBO (Winter Build Off) build "Mesa Buggie Wuggie" in the rocky desert terrain of Mesa, Arizona, and for some dumb reason, I decided to take it off a 'sweet jump'. The combination of my 225 lb frame and that 1951 Schwinn DX frame, resulted in catastrophe. The jump was fine; it was the landing that hurt.
I survived intact, but the rear stays at the drop out snapped like a fresh carrot right out of the garden. So this winter, after transferring the moving parts to another build bike, "Desert Sky", I decided to try out my new angle grinder on that old Schwinn frame. Cutting it down to a better size for packing in the vehicle to make the trip back to God's Country.
Last year at our annual Fall swap meet at Pioneer Cycle in the northwest corner of the Twin Cities metro, I made an eleventh hour decision on a ladies Hiawatha that I got for 1/3 the asking price, mainly because I liked the springer fork on it. And, after having used an old Spaceliner ladies frame and a TRM tank on my 'One-liner' build in BO #11, I knew the possibilities that it might hold for the future.
We've had a slow Spring here in the northland. We have had some decent days, but not a stretch of 'average' temps that would indicate a major swing in the forecast. Thus, I have spent many of my hours in the past three weeks 'dinging around' in the BACK40 bike shed, cleaning out, moving out, and finding out parts possibilities for my RRB Build Off #14 summer build. The main theme of my build this year is the 'transmigration' of one frame to another. Beyond that, I am counting on the flow and flux of interpretation and ingenuity to transfer onto the metal, resulting in the Trans-MIG-RaT!
Here's what I'm starting with:
The original Mesa Buggie Wuggie, before it 'snapped'.....
The Buggie Wuggie Schwinn DX frame, after the cutting....
Meet one of my new best friends. He's a real 'cut up'....
And some of my POP (pile of parts) that I am considering for this build.
Hope to have time later this afternoon to throw on a few things and see what fits. Stay tuned, and....RaT oN~!