open to suggestions

Jan 21, 2009
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I'll try to get a decent entry together before it's over. This bike has been in my extra pile of frames for years. Is it a spaceliner? There's no name on it anywhere. I'm going to do it ratstyle with a space theme somehow, so I'm open to suggestions.

 
Jul 24, 2008
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Looks cool! not quite a spaceliner. The lower set of bars would mount on the headstock tube below the upper bars. Definitely spacy though. I wish I had that frame in my pile. :)
 
Sep 19, 2007
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'Lost in Space' was one of my favorite shows as a kid.......
...but anyway back to the bike, I would try to emphasize the cool comet like shape inherently built into the frame. Maybe a full length 'tank' or a paint job that punches it out. As MarkM said 'endless possibilities. If you ever want to sell it let me know.
 
Oct 20, 2007
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Chainring is Ross if its original to the frame.

Lots of possibilities, cant wait to see what you do with it. I like that full tank idea
 
Jan 21, 2009
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I looked at other pics of old Ross's, it looks like them. It's middleweight, so I don't know how I'll get a wide tire on the rear. I like the idea of a tank, but I don't have metal fabrication available, so "something else" will have to do. If the beehive fits, it looks like it'll be given a try too. The original forks have some severe rust at the bottom. Now I'll need another set of forks for my tandem. Thanks for the ideas.
 
Jan 21, 2009
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That sure looks like it, same bent forks too.

This is a closeup of the seat I'm going to use. It's off a 1970 Phillips women's one speed. I like the 3 springs, now to figure how to make them shiny.

 
Jan 21, 2009
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Unfortunately the beehive springer steering tube was too short. By only an inch. I had thought of cutting a half inch off the top and bottom of the frame headtube, but I didn't want to cut the frame. So it's going with the original forks. It looks like I'll make the deadline.
 
Jan 21, 2009
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I put the wheels on after the pedals and chain loosened up and took it for a test ride. It rides ok for having slightly bent forks, but I'll try to gently bend them straight somehow. Then I placed the fenders and homemade tank on for a look:



Now the real work begins.
 
Jan 21, 2009
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Tried to take off a pedal. No room for a standard combination wrench, too narrow a space between the crank and pedal. Any suggestions? I may have to take it to a bike shop. Took the forks off. What a mess! It looks like the steering race is part of the chrome fork cap, unless it's just rusted together.