PARDON THIS INTERUPTION TO MY BUILD THREAD AS I INSERT A PORTION OF MY FINISHED THREAD. My build thread will continue after this brief intermission. FINISHED THREAD: :arrow: viewtopic.php?f=78&t=75565 Firewing - 1953 Columbia Firewing Three Star DeLuxe AUG 4 - WALK AROUND VIDEO ADDED BELOW AUG 9 - URBAN KLUNKER ACTION VIDEO ADDED BELOW Here is my entry to Rat Rod Bikes Build Off 8. First off, I would like to toast all of my fellow rat builders for driving me with your amazing creativity and skills!!!! This is an incredible "virtual" community of off the hook talent! CHEERS!!!! Here is my interpretation of a custom 1953 Columbia Firewing Three Star DeLuxe Checkmate! You can follow the photo packed build thread here BUILD THREAD :arrow: viewtopic.php?f=75&t=72018&st=0&sk=t&sd=a WALK AROUND VIDEO :arrow: http://youtu.be/GGIbJxAETtY Here is a video of me riding Firewing through Historic Savannah. SAVANNAH RIDE VIDEO : :arrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eZZ0xlwc5I URBAN KLUNKER ACTION VIDEO : :arrow:http://youtu.be/MBjYDwifFLI Previous Build Off Bikes and other builds of mine can be found here PREVIOUS BUILDS: :arrow: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=67430 Here is what I started with. Nateyboy traded me this for a Firebolt tank. I am very happy with this build and hope you enjoy the photos that follow. I really enjoy showing off my city (Savannah) with my bike photos, so welcome to the tour. I'll post more photos later along with a parts list (many which came from fellow RRBers). Voting goes better with Firewing Cola! Firewing - NOW PLAYING AT A BUILD OFF NEAR YOU!!!!! WWII Monument QueenFish's Magic Courtyard The Mansion on Forsyth Night Shots Neighbors Lane Door Random Lane Wall Old Warehouse Customs House Color matching windows Confederate War Memorial in Forsyth Park Overhead shots in my lane Matching Year 1953 Chevy Police Car Neighbors Parking Pad (Just discovered this photo spot) BACK TO MY REGULARLY SCHEDULED BUILD THREAD Welcome to FireWing, one of the rarer models from Columbia :wink: Think of it as a Grape Krate, only real . Everyone knows how cool the Firebolts and Fire Arrows are. Well my goal is to make this FireWing just as cool. I am very excited about this build. My starting point is a 1953 Columbia Three Star DeLuxe. This bike has great patina that I plan to clean up just a bit. I want this bike to have the perfect combination of patina and bling. There will be flames involved, but I am hoping I can make them look like they have been there since the fifties. I want to que off of the natural wing flare of the tank and incorporate that into other areas of the bike. I plan to make this a flaming wing just like the original FireWing did. The chainguard already repeats that flare Here is some of the part slinging that I did while this was sitting in our spare office. We'll see what sticks SEAT - Not sure if I will be using the nanner or not, but it does just naturally fit there. If I do, there will be mods to make it flow better and different covering. SKIRT GUARDS - I may do some cutting on these Electra Amsterdam guards to mimic the flare with flames. Another cool thing about this build is that most of the parts that I have been considering have come from fellow RRBers. At some point I will make a list and what came from where.