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Strange name for a bike huh? This bike was purchased at the Midwest Bicycle Swap last week. It didnt immediately sell because it scared a lot of people. This bike was completely locked up solid with rust, It had been sitting outside for a long long time. The cranks, handlebars, EVERYTHING... locked up tight! Like the seller said... "Its Almost yard art"
I was gonna name it something to do with Pearl Harbor since its a 41, plus I was born on Pearl Harbor day... but nah, decided to go a different direction with the name.
So im gonna jump in, and document the re-birth of a cool old bike, I dont have a cool parts stash so I will be scrounging whatever I can to try and get this thing done. Not entirely sure what direction Im heading, but in the end I hope to have a cool old bike thats rideable.
Here is my starting point...
It was originally blue...
Yeah this one is gonna be a challenge.
I got it all blown apart after cutting the stem to get the forks out. Today I got the forks straightened out Hillbilly style! I pretty much ran them over with the truck. Worked first try, no more bend.
After getting it straight, I cut the steer tube off and finally was able to get the other half of the stem out. Also found the wedge... it was in a pile of solid rust at the very bottom of the fork.
Next up will be to weld the stem back together, then weld a new steer tube on the fork. I may end up getting a different fork... I know I can save it, but with all the bending Im not sure how well its gonna hold up.
I also hit up Udall, and scored a couple drop center rims so I dont have to bondo those originals thanks Cameron!
As far as the patina... Im toying with the idea of leaving it, I mean after all that is some kind of moss growing on the side. cant get that at the corner store.
looks like your missing tires an some bars. after those parts are gathered i think youll be done.
"My eyes are drooling!"
"When it comes to math, there's 3 kinds of people in the world:
Those that can count and those that can't "
Ok I got the stem saved today.
Used to look like this...
A few sparks later...
And after some cleanup, I now have a useable vintage stem...
If I decide to have it replated, I would probably have to blast it, braze it, then dress it off to finish off the last of those pesky rust pits.
Bondo and duct tape... no problem!
if i didnt know what i was looking at i would never guess that was cut in half .and compared to some of the welding ive seen on this site those are nice too
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