Rat Rod Lincoln - photo update 11/28 done i think

Apr 8, 2007
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Here's a '49 Schwinn Lincoln, frame has a hole in the chainstay, barely visible where some knucklehead used the bike with probably an ultra loose bottom bracket, end of the crank arm wore through. So I'm going to get that welded up and the paint comes off. Hate the color anyway. Not sure I'm going to use these wheels, probably save for another project, If I do use them need a serious rehab and have some blackout new departure hubs to lace in. Seat needs some de-rusting and rehab also.



Went to a Woodie show today for inspiration and I think this Lincoln Merc did it, blue metallic paint with a wood tank


 
Nov 18, 2006
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Nice

I too have a 49"Lincoln" DX in red. That head badge has a lot of detail. I completely cleaned mine up in prep. for restore and was amazed! Later & PEACE!!!!! :mrgreen:
 

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Im doin a "woody" inspired bike too, hope ya dont mind another woodwork bike in the ranks. I must admit id much rather be usin your frame tho. My idea was more less inspired by my 90 Jeep grand wagoneer i had to put down for fuel usage violations. Loved that thing to death but hated feedin it :mrgreen:
 
Apr 8, 2007
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No problema CCR, they probably won't look anything alike.

I'll post a closeup of the long springer, going to try out this Evaporust non-toxic rust remover on it as I'll need to disassemble.

Gonna leave this badge as is I think looks great with the patina.
 
Apr 8, 2007
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Stripped the frame all the way down, badge came off fairly easy doesn't like like it has been messed with going by the screws. Need to strip the paint and get the hole in the frame welded up. May have the paint picked out.

 
Apr 8, 2007
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Finally a rainy day, well it sprinkled a couple of times and the wind screwed up the surf so progress was made(only 4 inches of rain in over a year).

I was originally going to use blue but I'm thinking either all black or a combination primer/black. black gives me more flexibiblity for rim/wheel combos more like this now;



So here's the seat I'm using, lots of rust frozen nuts etc, trying this new de-rusting stuff, non-toxic and near balanced pH. Evaporust, they have a website anyway here's some shot and then the dunk, Ill leave it over night but you could tell it was working right away(they need to work on the liquid color and foaming properties :wink: )




Made a template for the "tank" and cut the wood in back,


2 tries and an unspecified amount of beer later here it is



The trim will outline the tank, stain the inside darker and outside light , possibly a cross trim in the lower third, might use some balsa for that.

Next up, make a jig and steam box to make the trim, and strip some pain
 
I bought a '30 Ford wagon and we call it a woody
(Surf City, here we come)
You know it's not very cherry, it's an oldie but a goody
(Surf City, here we come)
Well, it ain't got a back seat or a rear window
But it still gets me where I wanna go

Theme song for ur build, Surf City by jan and dean, AWESOME BIKE MANN!
 
Apr 8, 2007
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Yeah, hopefully this wood comes out like I want.

That Evaporust stuff work real nice, removed everything around the nuts on the pan and I was able to completely disaasemble like it was new, then dunk the rest



took the frame to a bike welder to get the hole welded up and also the intersection of the downtube and the straightbar looked like stress fractures in the paint



so that's getting re-brazed, he didn't like the look of it either

Anyway, had this Nexus-7 wheelset hanging around for a future clunker project but I think I'm going to use it here and make a stick shifter for it, kind of a suicide type

 
Apr 8, 2007
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Somewhat dead in the water til the frame gets back from the welder later in the week but gave time to cleanup the seat and some other stuff.

Thinking of using the original cranks, may combine skiptooth with Nexus ala Karfer67's mod.



Also started niblling at the Nexus shifter to see what lies beneath, and I think that'll work



The crank and a bunch of seat parts after the Evaporust treatment, been experimenting with some stains for the tank, also new fork candidate

 
Apr 8, 2007
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Yep, suicide shifter is the plan. But I think the shifter will also allow a forward shifter position just below the crossbar if I want. Need the frame back to playaround.
 
Make sure to use either a VERY light weight shifter arm or have it supported in some way. The springs in those shifters aren't very strong the longer the shift arm is.

I used some 1/8'' thick alum. flatbar with a very small knob for the one on the Jet Bike



 
Apr 8, 2007
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I didn't even notice that detail on your bike when you posted a pic on here before, I know I said it then but just to repeat, that is one seriously nice concept bike. Even small details like the routing for the roller brake cable on the down tube has that turbine hose/pipe-line look to it. Great job!!!

Thanks for the tip, I was a bit worried about that aspect as the shifter doesn't take much thumb pressure to operate. It would be easy to get that thing shifting inadvertently with a long lever arm. I don't think my shifter will even be as long as on your bike and I had already planned on double screws with a backing plate and the shifter will be flat metal as yours is. I may even use something along the base to dampen the movement further.
 
Apr 8, 2007
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Just a bit of progress in the drivetrain, cleaned up the wheels and removed the Sun decals, then tried out some red tires



Got a little work done on the shifter, need to drill some holes forcover and back plates , might do that out of wood also.

 
Apr 8, 2007
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Yea, I'm not sure those tires are going to make it, might not work with the wood. Got a ways to go before that decision though.

Mocked up some angles, but I need to rip about 3/8 of an inch from the width of the moulding I'm going to use, too wide as shown



Got the frame back with the hole fixed and one frame braze re-done



Couple of paint stripping shots, about 1/3 done here



about95% done just need to finish off hard to get places with nylon scrubber wheel
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