The Flying Yard Sale

I'm still in this! It's been a suck fest week. I've had to get new fenders. I attempted to work a line of rivets along the sides of the fenders to resemble an aircraft fuselage. In the end they looked more like octopus tentacles. Maybe if I'm doing some pirates of the Caribbean theme but not for this.

Still looking for the right type of od green paint. Colorado Springs is a city with five military bases, you'd think that would be a no brainer. Sand and loam color is the military rage now. What the heck is loam anyway?

Had trouble removing the old bb bearing cups. Used a brass rod and rubber mallet to tap them out. First one came out no problem. Second one shot across the garage and landed dead center in a cardboard box I was using to hold my old Delta Super Bright light. Busted the glass lens into four prefect pie cuts. Bang, more money trying to find a replacement for that. Blood sweat and tears, oh my!

I have a wall that I nail pieces all of my screwed up build attempts in life. It has a sign saying offerings to the gods of all mistakes and costly learning experiences. This bike ain't getting nailed to that wall this week my friends.

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I too had trouble finding the right "OD Green" paint for my 1942 Huffman military bike. I finally went with AREVOE Olive Drab (34087) spray can paint (I found at my local hardware store???) Its almost a perfect match to those Torrington handlebars.
 
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I too had trouble finding the right "OD Green" paint for my 1942 Huffman military bike. I finally went with AREVOE Olive Drab (34087) spray can paint (I found at my local hardware store???) Its almost a perfect match to those Torrington handlebars.
Awesome perfect. I found a shop that carries that type of paint. This week I'm hoping to gain some ground on the build. Thanks buddy!

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I'm back in the garage after spending a few days in the mountains with military families who are in recovery from various effects of war. We had some very nice views of the wild life to include daily visits from moose.

Originally, I planned on making a fiberglass tank. After measuring my decals and the amount of space left for lettering, I decided to cover the top tubes in 22ga sheet metal and rivets and blend the metal edges with Lab Metal.




Thanks again, Fordsnake for the advice on paint. I purchased several cans and the color is outstanding. I have my rims back and am applying the initial coats on all components and accoutrements.



I use Renascence Man's patina work on "Spaceliner" as a benchmark standard to come up to. I'm beginning to apply the patina on small parts and am liking the results. I still am nervous about the immense patina job ahead of me. The biggest issue I have is the application of primer (which sticks out like a sore thumb) and the iron powder. This is a learn as you go issue.
 
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Glad you liked the paint color…it's amazing how many OD paints are available…few really match the WW2 OD. I love the direction of your bike.
 
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