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Great day with the build today
Took the skirts with me to the mom and pop hardware store today. Could not find a screw that would thread on to the nuts on the skirts. So the old man that runs the store re-threaded them for me also he offered to drill out rivets on fender that hold the drop stand-holder and fender brace on. All of that work plus screws,nuts and a bag of steelwool cost? $7.37
took the bike outside today used my hillbilly work "stand" inside my hillbilly "Garage"
chainguard and fender skirt
put the drop-stand and a wheel and tire on to check and see how everything fits
Since the skirts are from a girls bike had to drill a hole in the drop out for the third screw
back on the ground with drop-stand
Today was lots of fun more to come
Just brought A 3 speed shimano hub (thanks backpedaler)
Think I have all the parts know
Hey, Thanks guys I am having a ton of fun with this one
Things are slowly progressing here. But I am making some headway I really want to try
Building my First set of wheels. I have these nice but rusty rims from a free JC Higgins
My sons help my un-spoke them today with lots of elbow grease and steel wool they
Shined up very nice.
"paint booth" pics
Primer went on smooth
the plan is to paint them bright orange with matching orange hubs.
Hubs are next on the to do list.
More to come
As you can see I have got very little done on the Elgin
• Some reasons why?
• Spent to much time in my head building instead of just building
• Fear of doing it wrong
• What I have learned
• Just build and have fun
• There is no wrong in RatRod building
• The ideas will come as you build
• What do I do now?
Well I could push and slap a working bike together out of the Elgin but I do have a plan that I like for this bike. And that would not be fun. Fun is the whole idea here.
So I hate to do this but I am going to use my one frame swap
This frame is a Monark that my uncle rode as a kid in the early fifties. Some time as a 14 or 15 year old kid in the early 80’s I took it apart. too restore it and just left it in pieces in my parents basement. A couple mounts ago I found some of the parts in there basement.
With just two weeks I will keep this simple leave the white house paint on the frame. I should have enough parts to get this together looking to have some fun
some of the parts i my or my not use
all the builds are looking great this is such a fun place to be
Well I got some stuff done yesterday.I was planing to use a JC HIGGINS truss fork but fork was for a skinner tire.so I have this newer Schwinn that I got for free form a co-worker.
early mock up was thinking of painting these rims red or white
now I think I will go with this set of wheels with old school brush painted rims and New Departure hubs
they even painted the tires and nipples
mock up with two vintage Goodyears and monark crank
Lots left to do hope to have it done by sat 25th so I still have time for photo shoot.
I got up at 5am today to get some stuff done deadline is fast approaching
First thing was to put on a more apropratie stem
Got the seat on.
Used some drywall screws to hold the tank on for now. The tank is a little ruff on the back left side. I am going to leave it as is.
Time to get ready for work
Hope you all have a productive day
I painted the fork today. Its just in primer now I was going to paint it white. but now I am thinking of painting it dark red to match the rims
anybody have a opinion?
Thank you for painting the fork!
it's all about the bikes, man. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50053
I was going to update my sig line, but I'm not seein' anything worth plagiarizing right now.
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