Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by MattiThundrrr, Sep 5, 2019.
What do you get when you cross a duck...
with a moose?
I have always wanted a cantilever frame. I love those curves! After a failed attempt a few years back with a 20" Schwinn knockoff, I was shopping for a 26" cruiser. Saw a listing for the Ducks Unlimited cruiser and had to check it out. I probably spent a little bit too much, but it was a fundraiser for a local pioneer museum, so, no big loss. First things first, rip off the tins and strip the foam off the bars. Move the bell to a less obtuse location. This one's going to be a hot rod! And maybe a sleeker seat... Here's a cheapo BMX seat from the parts pile.
So it rides... Uhhh, what's that clunking sound from the front hub? Wow, whole lotta play there! And hey, is there an actual brake in that hub, or just sponges pushing against steel? This Chinese bike was not meant to be ridden! That's where the moose comes in... Found the second promo bike and swapped over the rims and hubs. Perfect function, and bonus, black hubs and spokes! And the Unlimited stickers had to go! All that's left is the panel and headbadge. This is how Duck Norris is currently running:
The Duck in its natural environment, the St Lawrence Seaway
Planning on switching the rusty chrome crank and star for the black snowflake from the moose
Just gotta get the tools. And grease. And learn how.
Also, need your advice. Fender? Tiny fender? No fender?
If I do the fender, it'll get an offset white stripe and some hand done lettering.
Maybe I've spent enough already for what is essentially worthless junk, but I desperately need new grips. And the BMX seat is only useful for photo shoots and trips to the corner store, so I'm using the creaky ugly cheap seat off the moose. Trying to find a brown leather, cruiserish seat and grips to match. Plus new pedals to replace tiny plastic ones on there now.
I would say no fender. Also good call on the crank, that snowflake is pretty! You also don't need tools for OPC (one piece crank), just google "replace ashtabula crank". It is easier than me trying to explain, it is 5 minutes job. You need a pipe wrench and a flat screwdriver.
Also, good eye for glamour shots. But you should try shooting widescreen.
Lol was thinking 16:9 after I took the shot. Also was thinking about Kubrick as I shot from below.
I'd reccomend cork grips. Very comfy, a bit thick in diameter, but provide a nice grip. Not expensive. Over here can be bought for as little as 10 Euro ( That's 12-13$ I think).
Pedals - bear traps perhaps?
I got a few hours to work on the Duck, so I started on panels to replace the boring steel one. Started with a little bit of CAD (cardboard aided design)
A couple of pieces of scrap I had laying around, (pine maybe?), a jigsaw, and a sander. Clamped the 2 together and shaped them up for a decent match.
A few minutes adjusting the gaps, and it's not too bad!
$#!+! Know what happens when you have no idea what you're doing, and don't bother to measure stuff? Turns out that the mounting bracket for the panel isn't centered on the frame, so the left side sticks out about .5 cm.
Since I don't have decent tools, it's off to an actual woodworker's shop to be shaved down. Then I'll stain them brown, and paint a little bit of artwork. Think vintage hotrod mascot and maybe a number. I'm kinda slow, so this might be a winter project.
Nooo, just work on the bracket to get it centered!
Lol too late, the left panel is now thin. Just got it back this afternoon. I can't adjust the brackets, they're welded directly to the frame, similar to a chain guard mount. I guess "tabs" would be more accurate.
That reminds me, still gotta grind off the chain guard tabs.
oh, those... Actually it is cool that you have them. I have cable guides instead on my cantilever frame If I decide to make a tank I will have to grind them off first and then look for brackets or use zip ties
Yeah, one of my requirements when buying this was simplicity: no gears, no hand brakes, no cables.
Progress on the panels: they're planed to the proper thickness, shaped,sanded, and holes drilled.
A few drops of Tung oil:
Once the color is done and dried, I'll mount them and get to work on graphics. I'm gonna paint a hot rod duck mascot, something like that Clay Smith woodpecker on one side, and a number/stripe on the other. It'll be a winter project.
Hey, Acorn Nuts! Your panels are showing!
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