Thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments . Really means alot to me to get your reactions
Well, today I have to go in to work at 3pm so I went out to the garage to tinker a bit beforehand.....
I decided to play around with the wheel and tire portion of the program.....
These are the wheels that came on the Elgin when I got it, I really love the hoops..... But the Morrow hub is kinda plain looking. The JC Higgins that I took the Beehive from ( my parts girls bike ) has an awesome hub but boring hoops. The Higgy also has re-useable spokes, the Elgin was rotted beyond recognition. PERFECT!
I used my universal spoke wrench and made quick work of the Elgin hoop harvest
I removed and saved the nipples just in case....
I like the extra dimple, it's all in the details
Some assembly required....
The Higgy hoop was too galvanized and bland, the Elgin looks cool and band-aid beige inside ( might clean em up a bit, or not . We'll see )
It'll be a lot cooler looking I think........
Obviously I've gotta clean and rebuild the hubs, possibly the hoops
Doesn't matter how many times I look at the before and after, I still can't get my brain to accept this is the same bike and that hub is a work of art all on its own. Why don't modern manufacturers make stuff like that any more?
Today was a gloomy overcast day....Perfect weather to wrap up the rim project
I had to true up the rear rim and trim off the excess spoke / popping hazards.
My rear rim truing stand ( cuz the axle is bigger and didn't fit into the Schwinn fork I used for truing the front rim )
Mounted the Lightning Darts and put em on the Elgin for the first time .... I'm SUPER happy that I took the time to swap the hubs and hoops.
( all of the prior mock up pics were with my white and blue pinstriped Schwinn S-2 's with New Departure hubs. Beautiful rims, just not for this build )
I also trimmed up and contoured the front fender a bit... to better mirror the rear one.. I like it much better now...
Not sure if I'm gonna use a chain guard or not, I threw this one on for mock up. I took it off of yet another girls bike I parted up ( some parts also went onto Gumby Rumpus )
I kinda like the looks of it. Gotta sleep on it some more
The mail gets here so late in the day ( almost 5Pm some days ) , I am hoping my seat post from Slowriderz gets here. Once the seat is mounted I can figure out the rest