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Discussion in 'CLASS 1 - MUSCLE BIKE 2019 BUILD JOURNALS' started by dragnusa, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. dragnusa

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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 72900314_10220280236144505_1246757301549793280_n.jpg
     
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  2. The Renaissance Man

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    Cool saddle, I like the name also!
     
  3. dragnusa

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    It is the coolest and cleanest banana seat I have ever came across, and to have the original sissy bar to go with it just makes it even sweeter.
     
  4. OddJob

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    Sweet seat and glad to see you join in!
    RaT oN~!
     
  5. dragnusa

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    Thanks
     
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    Stripped the frame and test fitted parts today. Not happy with the fork or sprocket that's on it but keeping the forks for now 73198330_10220315880155583_6541344984056987648_n.jpg The peddles I'm using 74604474_10220315880835600_9187869820006170624_n.jpg
    Motorcycle bars instead of stingray bars. 73057089_10220315881235610_6542104308505116672_n.jpg
    The sprocket I plan on using. 72782879_10220315881635620_4061684081438490624_n.jpg
     
  7. OddJob

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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?
     
  8. dragnusa

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    If I remember right from when I got them from my dad, he said they was made for Triumph
     
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  9. dragnusa

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    Put the bike on hold this week so I could finish my wife's Anniversary present. Will be back on it this weekend. Stripped and powder coated it flat black. 74455028_10220371875955443_8558529769656811520_n.jpg
     
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    Fantastic saddle and a rugged looking bike.
     
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    EPIC! Happy Anniversary!!!
     
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    I'm hoping to find another fork for it this weekend, really not feeling the bmx fork on it looks to bulky on the front to me.
     
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    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
     
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    I think that fork gives the bike a certain tough look.
     
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    Finally found a fork I hope will work, will know later this week. May use the rear wheel and fender too. 78755375_10220604250484661_6197798993955651584_n.jpg
     
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    Still have a stuck peddle and seat post to get off but she is ready to be broke down and prepped for paint. 76776594_10220613915806288_7945663663371714560_o.jpg
     
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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.
     
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    Broke it down today and got it most of the way primed, and cleaned some of the chrome. Deciding on what green and yellow to use.
     
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    Here's hoping you got the seatpost out,
    and that you use my favorite shade of green and yellow...
    Blue or red.

    Carl.
     

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