FRANKENSHELBY ! - a little newer that I first thought..

Apr 1, 2014
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I picked this at the Ann Arbor swap. Complete except missing crank, sprocket, chain seat post and seat, but came with decent newer wheels and tires that I believe came from a 70's Murray. Gonna be a hodgepodge of vintage and newer parts. Aim is to build a comfortable cruiser that will attract attention.
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Frame has been described as a "Scimitar", I believe this bike is pre-war, mfg. in 1932.
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Fun facts:

Scimitar was used in the middle ages by a Saracen. It originated in the Middle East and has a distinctive curved blade designed for slicing enemies from horseback. The blade is single-edged and curved ending with a sharp point. The blades were ranged from 30 to 36 inches in length. The blade had two styles, such as narrowly curved and deeply curved. This medieval weapon could inflict serious injury to a knight in armor. Due to their relatively light weight, scimitars were commonly used in horse warfare. It was an ideal weapon for slashing opponents while riding on a horse. Mongols, Rajputs and Sikhs used scimitars in battles.
Fork bent back into shape. Tires and tubes look sound, once I got them apart and dried out as they had water in them!
Stripped black paint off,
which left orange, under that is black and under that is original red paint!
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At least all that paint protected the fasteners, as everything unbolts easily.
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Nov 17, 2018
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH FL.
I picked this at the Ann Arbor swap. Complete except missing crank, sprocket, chain seat post and seat, but came with decent newer wheels and tires that I believe came from a 70's Murray. Gonna be a hodgepodge of vintage and newer parts. Aim is to build a comfortable cruiser that will attract attention.
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Frame has been described as a "Scimitar", I believe this bike is pre-war, mfg. in 1932.
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Fun facts:

Scimitar was used in the middle ages by a Saracen. It originated in the Middle East and has a distinctive curved blade designed for slicing enemies from horseback. The blade is single-edged and curved ending with a sharp point. The blades were ranged from 30 to 36 inches in length. The blade had two styles, such as narrowly curved and deeply curved. This medieval weapon could inflict serious injury to a knight in armor. Due to their relatively light weight, scimitars were commonly used in horse warfare. It was an ideal weapon for slashing opponents while riding on a horse. Mongols, Rajputs and Sikhs used scimitars in battles.
Fork bent back into shape. Tires and tubes look sound, once I got them apart and dried out as they had water in them!
Stripped black paint off,
which left orange, under that is black and under that is original red paint!
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At least all that paint protected the fasteners, as everything unbolts easily.
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I was wondering where horsefarmer was , better late then never . Your sword is nice , but this might end up being a gun fight ?:happy:
 
Mar 26, 2012
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Maplewood, MN
Whatever you do, don't touch that badge! It's perfect as is!

This frame would be a great candidate for Zip Strip. It's toxic so lay down a plastic drop cloth you can wrap up and throw later, wear heavy duty rubber gloves and have no exposed skin, 3M breathing filter, and you will have great results.

I put it on pretty thick, then let it sit for 20 mins. Scrape off with a plastic scraper / putty knife for all but the small corners. Use a bendable scaper cut from a Cool Whip container (you can make 4-5 from one container) to get around and in between.

Here's a couple of photos from my work on my Desert Sky klunker build a few years back.
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That curved tool I found at a flea market. Worked great for the rounded surfaces!

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Yup! A brazed frame underneath all that heavy orange paint.

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And a fresh spray bomb paint job.
 
Apr 1, 2014
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Wisconsin
Got this post and seat out of my stash. Don't know why it isn't a regular lucky 7 post tho.
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Can't get seat flat, have to put seat guts forward to get seat not to tilt at a jaunty angle...
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I'm sure I would like to offset the seat as far back as possible for leg comfort. Does anone know if I can heat and bend the top of the seat post to remove the curves and make it a regular lucky 7 laid back post?
 
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