Deere John

Jan 12, 2012
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Hadn't planned on building anything this winter, just polishing on my Hawthorne,Silver king bike. Until I came across this John Deere seat the other day while parts picking, the frame is some mystery frame my son picked a few years ago and never finished stripping, the bars and stem are pre 74 schwinn stingray. Everything else will be from my parts pile.
The seat that started it all.
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The middle bars are what I will be using.
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Quick mock up
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Mar 26, 2012
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I like your choices! Those motorcycle bars are interesting. They usually look a little too big on small bicycles, but these fit really well. Do you know which cycle they came from?
 
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EPIC! Happy Anniversary!!!
Thanks, The wife has a collection of gumball machines, everything from a keychain to a wizard and it all started from a carnival machine with stand she got from her dad before we got together that I accidentally broke and over the years we lost the machine and stand in moves. She wouldn't tell me anything she wanted for our anniversary so when I found this at a friends storage business I knew I had to get it and put my Halloween spin on it. She loved it
 
Mar 26, 2012
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Drag'n, are those the bars from the girl's bike on your build, too? I really like the bend in those.

I couldn't get my seat post to budge on RaTsberry either. So, I cut off the tapered part at the top, that gets clamped by the seat clamp. You can measure yours, but mine turned out to be 13/16" which is common for some Schwinns of the era. I was able to tap a 13/16" post into the remaining post that was stuck in the frame.

It was a tight fit (used a good amount of grease to help ease it in) and so I knew I would never be able to make it 'taller' once I got it to my height for me to ride / look right on the bike. But , I could always tap it in further and lower the sissy if I sell it to someone shorter than 6'2". :grin:

Maybe you can see the seam in this photo.
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Drag'n, are those the bars from the girl's bike on your build, too? I really like the bend in those.

I couldn't get my seat post to budge on RaTsberry either. So, I cut off the tapered part at the top, that gets clamped by the seat clamp. You can measure yours, but mine turned out to be 13/16" which is common for some Schwinns of the era. I was able to tap a 13/16" post into the remaining post that was stuck in the frame.

It was a tight fit (used a good amount of grease to help ease it in) and so I knew I would never be able to make it 'taller' once I got it to my height for me to ride / look right on the bike. But , I could always tap it in further and lower the sissy if I sell it to someone shorter than 6'2". :grin:

Maybe you can see the seam in this photo.
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Nope it's the motorcycle bars I started with in the first mockup pic, they look alot a like but the motorcycle bars don't have the raised area in the middle. Going try shimming the seat post and if that don't work heat and a vise.