"For thou art rust, and unto rust thou shalt return..."
I actually bought this frame from a guy in Minneapolis last year in January, while I was in Mesa, AZ. I had my son pick it up back home, and the Columbia spent the last 12 months hanging in the BACK40.
Earlier this Fall, while waiting for the MBBO voting to commence, I pulled down the frame, grabbed a set of Monark fenders that were original to my build Faded Glory, an old seat, and the Columbia springer fork I had purchased the previous year as well. I started with some assembly, some rat-ification techniques on frame and assorted parts, purchased my first set of colored tires (desert clay red), a set of coke bottle grips from @ifitsfreeitsforme here on the RRB site (love em! fat and firm, yet cushy) and new wheels.
Here is the build thread: http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/in...-ified-columbia-great-day-in-the-park.101618/
-Late 40's Columbia frame
-vintage Columbia springer fork
-new chromed wheelset / rust-ified and rat-ina-ed
-ratty old spring seat / recovered and rat-ified
-new set of CST Palmdale 26x2.35 tires / aged to perfection..
-custom lay back post by Chop Shop Customz (member @slowriderz )
-vintage bars, pedals
-vintage Monark fender set
-new Coke bottle grips from Thompson parts (member @ifitsfreeitsforme )
Really enjoyed this build off. Lots of variety and some really cool builds! As always; RaT oN!