GUMBY RUMPUS***** Crossed the FINISH line!!


Oct 20, 2012
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Re: 1961 Schwinn Twin straight bar MORE PROGRESS

I had the day off today. It was ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS weather to melt metal together !!

OK, so first on my list of hurdles to overcome was the 57 feet of extra fork sticking out of the headtube ( approximate measurement of course :wink: )

before:


Johnny disassemble...



that's not a split ... it's a locking fork....





It's now at the point of no return :shock:



It slices , it dices!!



I removed 1.75 inches out of the middle. I slid a neck in to make sure it would line up, cleaned up the burrs,




ZAP ZAP ZAP!!!





You can't tell in the pic but I had a HUGE grin under that mask :mrgreen:

I didn't take any pics of the grinding and cleaning up , etc. ( we all know what that part looks like :D )

I threw it all back together to see if my measurements were ok .......

THEY WERE!! .....





Then I wanted to see if I liked a bobbed rear fender look ( threw the front fender backwards in the rear )

Well see about that....
I am patiently waiting for my seat post from member : Slowriderz to arrive .
Without that you cant get a real feel for the seat and where it lands. So I don't want to jump the gun and chop up the fender
( not even sure if its gonna be THAT fender or not )







My other Ratbike approves :shock: ( built it like 5 or 6 years ago )



I have tomorrow off too .... If my seat post gets here then I'll have more to share 8)

stay tuned.....
 
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Glen said:
That back mudguard looks perfect... I reckon you should just leave it as is :D
AtLarge said:
Nice job on the fork mod. 8)
SCHWINNRAY69 said:
Really liking this build so far! :D You should stick with the rear fender, looks cool! 8)
LukeTheJoker said:
Looking good!

Luke.
Thanks guys! :D Everything is coming along as planned. I'm really happy with the vibe the bike is giving.
The mail man didn't bring me my seat posts today. So,I guess I'm in a bit of a holding pattern 'til they arrive. Fingers crossed for tomorrow :mrgreen: . I'm itchin to tinker!
 
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Bike is turning out great! 8) It's amazing how the tires appear to be the identical shade of green as is on the bike.
 
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sleepy said:
Bike is turning out great! 8) It's amazing how the tires appear to be the identical shade of green as is on the bike.

Thanks dude! I too was amazed that the brand new sneaks matched the patina'd old house paint so closely. :D
I couldn't be happier with the match !



GOOD NEWS!!! Mailman brought my seat posts today. Thanks Slowriderz! :mrgreen:
( I just got home from work @ 9:30 pm, so hopefully I'll have time to tinker before work tomorrow )
Updates coming soon !

STAY TUNED ......
 
Oct 20, 2012
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I was able to get some tinker time after work today :D .......

I test fit my seat post from member: Slowriderz ( Thanks! 8) and the seat I bought from member : Terry66 ( SO AWESOME!! )

I really love the look of the 2 together. REEEEALLY happy as I think it goes great for the overall look I'm shooting for. But the frame itself wasn't letting the seat drop down quite as low as i'd hoped....... So here is the second obstacle that I had to overcome.....



here is the reference measurement I took



I figured that if I trimmed a bit off the frame I might be able to sneak another inch closer to the fender........

1st up was to slim down and streamline the Schwinn S seat post clamp.....
So I rigged up a hokey set up in the driveway ( It worked though , so it cant be THAT hokey. plus no blood loss :lol: )



That's an old rubber rim strip to stop it from spinning :roll: wrapped around a cheapo seat post with a scrap jammed onto it ( O.s.h.a. ? :shock: )



1st rough cut with the angle grinder



I did say ROUGH :wink:



Then I cleaned it up with the stacked sandpaper wheels in the angle grinder ( those things are life savers!! )

here It is to show how much the frame was getting in the way of slamming the seat



The key of course was to try to preserve the patina .....
Chopped off the excess seat tube.....



I think it was worth it in the long run :mrgreen:












Stay tuned.......
 
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Here is a mini update from my tinkering after work last night....

( im waiting for some more fun bits n pieces coming in the mail soon anyways :wink: )
Plus I have to work today 10a-9p

This is the killer chain wheel I bought from member : Jpromo ( The patina is KILLER!! THANKS! )

I also added the neat old Sanyo battery powered ( still works! ) horn ,and the winged Schwinn head badge that I found in the barn sale mega pick I went on with my buddy. ---------> http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewto ... barn+finds







The holes lined right up!! ( I thought I'd have to drill n tap ) :mrgreen:







off to work now

Stay tuned.....
 
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fsjaak said:
Hey, I think I was at that swap.
sorry buddy , just re-read the thread and realized I missed ya :D
That was an awesome swap!!
I bought 4 that weekend!!

evalu8r said:
Love the horn...I want it. :mrgreen:
Thanks man! I love it too! I was sooo excited when I found it in the heap of junk bikes at the estate sale :shock:

Tommy Atoms said:
Lookin real good!
Thanks Tommy! I'm so glad I joined in the fun. My 1st Build-off 8)

outskirtscustoms said:
I love that two tone black and green paint! Awesome!
Thanks bro! I really appreciate it ! :D




Thanks everyone for all the great comments!

I have the next 2 days off from work. I hope to have some real cool updates soon ( they kick butt in my head , we'll see :wink: )
I have more fun stuff coming in the mail soon too !
Stay tuned ....
 
Re: 1961 Schwinn Twin straight bar GUMBY RUMPUS?

junknutz1975 said:
Thanks everyone for all the great comments!

I have the next 2 days off from work. I hope to have some real cool updates soon ( they kick butt in my head , we'll see :wink: )
I have more fun stuff coming in the mail soon too !
Stay tuned ....
Does that make you a butthead? :lol:

Sorry... couldn't resist :wink:
 
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Glen said:
junknutz1975 said:
Thanks everyone for all the great comments!

I have the next 2 days off from work. I hope to have some real cool updates soon ( they kick butt in my head , we'll see :wink: )
I have more fun stuff coming in the mail soon too !
Stay tuned ....
Does that make you a butthead? :lol:

Sorry... couldn't resist :wink:

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Yeah , I guess it kindda does :wink: :mrgreen: