BO-X Cafe Racer

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  1. HuffDaddy

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    I'm in!
    My theme is going to be a Café Racer. I want to keep it simple, "Less is More". I'm planning on keeping the original paint, as is. I have some ideas on how to deal with the surface rust, or not.
    I'm going to use this frame I bought here off of TuckTuck.
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    And I'm thinking this fork that I picked up used from a local bike shop.
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    I haven't looked in to what year the frame is, but I'll have to do that.
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    I like the fact that it doesn't have the attended kick stand, Less is More! But this could be an opportunity.
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  2. LukeTheJoker

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    Prefect frame to start with!

    Luke.
     
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  3. Bike Bum

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    Nice frame. I'm glad you're keeping the original paint, those colors are great.
     
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  4. gowjobs

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    I agree. That paint scheme is too nice to paint over.
     
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  5. The Renaissance Man

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    Very nice, I like it already!
     
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  6. roadwarrior

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    Yep! That is a cool 2 tone paint job... I wouldn't change it. Wash it and wax it. TA DA!
     
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  7. roadwarrior

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    In the 1950s, Schwinn built several bikes exclusively for sale by the B.F. Goodrich stores. These included cycle trucks used as heavy duty delivery bikes and the Whizzer motorized bicycle.
    I believe the "L" = 1954
     
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  8. HuffDaddy

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    Thanks roadwarrior!
     
  9. Funkme

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    Cafe racer sounds cool,nice choice...
     
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  10. kingfish254

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    That green on green has a beautiful patina on it!
     
  11. HuffDaddy

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    I agree! I haven't seen another one with this color combination. I haven't been able to find it on-line either. I was wondering how the lighter mint green looked on the chainguard.
     
  12. MrLeghorn

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    Green and Green and a splash of patina, Sweet! I look forward to this build.
     
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  13. HuffDaddy

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    I have a question, what's the best way to clean up this frame without hurting the decal or the painted on graphics? I don't want to mesh them up.

    Thanks for any tips you guys may have!
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  14. horsefarmer

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    I have had good results with a good wash with dawn dish soap. Polish some grubby grime and the chrome with rubbing compound. Bring some life back to the paint with rub of wd-40. Seal rust with an extend type rust inhibitor. and finish off with "ice" brand car wax. This method has worked on my 56 Hawthorne and 55 Schwinn.:)
     
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  15. HuffDaddy

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    Thanks horsefarmer! That sounds like a great plan, I appreciate it!
     
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    How did the patina come out?
     
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    That's what I like about the members of this site....ask a question, get a helpful and positive answer! I am writing this info down for future reference..!:41:
     
  18. nateyboy

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    Love these straightbar Schwinn frames. I'm building a Spitfire blue/ivory one myself. I also have the two-tone blue Hornet. Great starting point!


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  19. Schwinnspastic

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    Great starting point and another straight bar in this build off !
    As others have stated just a gentle cleaning and polishing will bring that nice paint back to life, one of my favorite paint schemes with the two tone green !:thumbsup:
    Mark
     
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  20. HuffDaddy

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    I was camping with the family for the last four days, so I have had much time to spend on my Café Racer.
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    I've order some parts for my build. When I get them all, and know they're what I want to use, I'll post photos of them.
     

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