Junk Crafted HIGGINS - After competition minor modifications

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  1. MONARKofSoCal

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    I had a small amount of time after work so i was able to get the adapters shaped and brushed
    here are the adapter pics as promised

    adapter next to swing arm
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    adapter sitting in place on swing arm
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    adapter bolted up to swing arm and springer
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  2. OddJob

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    ...reuse....re-Cycle.....
     
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    Nice re-engineering
     
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    Cool idea for a build. I have a Straightbar Schwinn frame I've been wanting to do this with for awhile. I live right outside of Bloomington and had the opportunity to help out the Head Mechanic/Tech Inspector for the race this year.

    [​IMG]Untitled by VW Sightings, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by VW Sightings, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by VW Sightings, on Flickr
     
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    :eek:
    Thats a lotta bikes!
     
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  6. MONARKofSoCal

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    I wanted to finish installing the springer but the rat trap stem is to long for the columbia headtube so i need to decide if i want to get it threaded all the way or use a threadless headset as an adapter

    while i work out that problem i figured it was time to start on the zoomie side pipes

    Like jasper87 did with motodromo special II
    I am also going to be using handlebars for my pipes

    Before cutting
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    after initial cutting
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    further cutting and mocked up next to the inspiration for the design
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    the higgins emblem is off the early 50's colorflow rear rack that i acquired a couple of years ago from onewheelsqueel
    its just taking this long to finally use it in a 3D version of the popular higgins side pipe tank design
     
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    COOL!

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    What a great idea!! :113:
     
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    Even more awesome re-use engineering!
    This is my kinda build. Keep it up!
     
  10. MONARKofSoCal

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    Well I wish I could say I have been working on the side pipes more but no
    I have been busy at work so not much has been done
    However the Long Beach Cycle Swap yielded some excellent parts that i can use
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    I don't know much about the seat but I had seen a bare seat like that used back on a build off bike (i think it was BB0 7)
    I grabbed it for 5$ when i found out how comfortable it is even bare
    so it should be good with whatever material i cover it with

    As for the rattrap I had to get it it was far rattier than my other two so it fits the build better plus it was 10$
    *I took the pic is after I had cleaned it up but i wish i took a before shot but I didn't know it was that rusted
    I think it used to be chrome at one time but its still hard to tell

    Last is the dahon crank and sprocket

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    This is off an early 80's dahon folding bike
    I was looking for a unique sprocket (that wasn't rare and expensive) online when I came across a picture of one of these
    From what I can tell no one here has used of these used before on their build
    I really like all the bolts on the crank and how the spider is not a flat piece of steel
    Of course i had to use a BB conversion since it is a 3 piece crank
    I am thinking I would like to find a different chainring for it
    A little side note if anyone wants to get one of these off a dahon
    they cant come off with a crank puller you need to use something like a gear puller

    Finally i decided to do a rough mock up
    I had to tape the bars on (the rattrap still has so much rust inside the stem i couldn't get a gooseneck in yet)

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    So with about a month to go i need to

    * finish tank with emblem and side pipes
    * work on the rattrap so i can fit a gooseneck in it and get it re threaded
    *get a 20x3 rear tire and rear wheel
    *cover and mount seat

    I think that is all :39:
     
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    Never thought of using a Dahon foldup crank on a regular bike. COOL!
     
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    I'm kinda sad you don't keep OG paint - Tank looks cool now.
     
  13. MONARKofSoCal

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    Yeah if this tank was a 26" i wouldn't touch it
    but since it is a 24" I don't feel as quite as bad (it was on epay for a while and was cheaper than most bike tank go for)

    If i do it right I should still keep the OG base color only the Columbia script and white paint should be removed

    Unless someone has another 24" Columbia tank that i could use :whistle:
     
  14. MONARKofSoCal

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    So I have been doing small amount of stuff ever day but haven't had time to show the progress so this will be a bit long

    1st off a small update on circle trek
    got lucky at a local swap meet and picked up this size 650 aluminum navi fork f or 15$
    head tubes a little short so i will need an adapter
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    Now as for progress on the main build
    I was not quite happy with how the stock chrome chainring on the dahon crank took away from the spider
    I ended coming across this chainring that I modified for another project (that ended up not working out)

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    So I re-drilled it to fit the dahon spider
    (I still need to cut the old holes off but that is for later)
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    The next thing was the seat post
    a while back I saw that one of the members made a lay back seat post by cutting up an old crank
    So i had saved 2 that don't function as cranks anymore for just such an occasion
    the straighter top crank 1/2 was either a murray or huffy
    the curved crank 1/2 was from an electra
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    When i first tried out them with the seat i noticed it sat to high because of how the seat post was attached
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    I took of the double rail clamp and put on a single rail clamp on the top rail
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    Much better
    so far i liked the curved crank best
    as you can see i also ran the "post" through the nose of seat frame instead of underneith
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    Here is a shot of the new crank and the seat setup so far
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    Don't worry I am still working on the tank but I only have the one so I want to take my time and get it right
    but I did drill the holes for the emblems on at least one side
    (not attached yet just resting in the new holes)
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    Love the flow of that cranking seat post!

    Luke.
     
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    Did you weld more length to the seat post so that it gets a little more bite inside the seat tube?
    It looks super cool, just also trying to think about it not breaking.
     
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  17. MONARKofSoCal

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    I plan on it once I figure out which one I will be using but for now it is good enough for mock up purposes

    Also a side note I was able to go to a newer bicycle co-op and be able to use their tap and die set to lower the threads on the rattrap
     
  18. MONARKofSoCal

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    A little more progress to show on the side pipes

    so before I go to far on the tank I want to mock them up
    so drilled some holes in a piece of cardboard
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    Then mounted them in the holes
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    Once I got the t set that matched the closet for each side
    I marked them
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    Here is one in the hole for the tank horn
    I had to slightly drill it out to fit the pipe
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    BTW the pedals that are holding up the tank are the ones I may end up using
    It turns out the dahon crank needs the larger threads
    fortunately I had these from another build
    Unless I find another set that I like
     
  19. kingfish254

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    Are you placing them perpendicular to the ground like the first pic or angled down slightly like the second?
    Personally, I think they look cooler angled down.
     
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  20. MONARKofSoCal

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    I am planning on placing them perpendicular (trying to mimic the higgins graphic as much as possible)
    but we will see once the holes are drilled in the tank
    and i start work on the mounting bracket
     
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