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That sure looks like it, same bent forks too.
This is a closeup of the seat I'm going to use. It's off a 1970 Phillips women's one speed. I like the 3 springs, now to figure how to make them shiny.
Unfortunately the beehive springer steering tube was too short. By only an inch. I had thought of cutting a half inch off the top and bottom of the frame headtube, but I didn't want to cut the frame. So it's going with the original forks. It looks like I'll make the deadline.
I put the wheels on after the pedals and chain loosened up and took it for a test ride. It rides ok for having slightly bent forks, but I'll try to gently bend them straight somehow. Then I placed the fenders and homemade tank on for a look:
Now the real work begins.
Tried to take off a pedal. No room for a standard combination wrench, too narrow a space between the crank and pedal. Any suggestions? I may have to take it to a bike shop. Took the forks off. What a mess! It looks like the steering race is part of the chrome fork cap, unless it's just rusted together.
I have a really skinny 9/16 open end wrench that I use when I come across those pedals. marks idea should work if you have a cheap junk wrench laying around
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So be it. A new set of combination wrenches. They were thin enough to get the job done. Now I'm almost on sked for this bike, the starcruiser. With my favorite sprocket and the other stars going on this bike, I think it'll fit.
Got everything sanded down and primed. Finished the tank yesterday.
Got the seat ready and made a decision on the color of the bike. Wheels are painted and drying overnight.
Everything was going too smooth. The paint kept clogging the nozzle. I took the nozzle off the primer can and it worked for a second, then clogged up too. The paint must have frozen or was too old, I've had it since last winter up in ND. It's Krylon, so it's good paint. I need to buy more of the same color.
Too late to run to the store before work, so there I was stopped. I've got a big housewarming BBQ tomorrow at noon, then work later, so I'm hard pressed to get the paint and get it painted.
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