You guys see any problems with this idea?

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  1. JimMendel

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    So I wanted to upgrade to modern aluminum wheels and a 3-speed hub for this:
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    With parts pirated off of this:

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    I figure I can keep the fenders, bars, crank and maybe the headset off the girls bike. The wheels and tires on it are mint, no rust at all. Is it worth $65?
     
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  2. sandman

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    Yes , as a parts donor . I really like the fenders and am always looking for rims and tires in good shape , the nexus 3 is a plus .
     
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    No problem, done this. I have used Nexus 3 before but your Nexus 3 may need a different axle stabilizer than the one that comes with it but the standard one worked on mine. The Nexus 3 is smooth shifting, easy to adjust and has a very good brake. You can't buy the new parts for $65. I just bought a new girls Cranbrook from Walmart for $71 just for the donor parts. I have done similar things many times. Several years ago I built up this 1938 CWC frame that I used a Walmart bike for a donor for new parts. I used the bars, crank, chain, wheels, tires, rack and kick stand. I had the chain guard, seat, seat post and stem. I bought the grips. 54852_6911cec768f7e3fe54931fb9ea608f5d.jpg
     
  4. sandman

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    WOW. .. US that thing is nice , what did you use for paint ?
     
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    Rustolem spray bomb with a top coat of 2 part Eastwood clear. I matched, as well I could, the color on the fenders and rack from the donor bike. The Rustoleium was the closest red I could find.
     
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  6. Phil Fink

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    Great deal for a 3-speed set-up, with extras - as long as one does not have to pay a lot for shipping the extra parts not needed.
    Sometimes a spare fork may come in handy; sometimes the new vs. old stems are not the same 21mm (13/16) vs. 22mm (7/8).
     
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  7. Wildcat

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    Sure it looks like a good deal. Your bike is a Schwinn frame and forks, and cranks, everything else doesn't look original, neither is the paint job.
    So, the conversion to the alloy wheels with Nexus should be a good thing. Same as yours, I took the wheels off a girl's bike too, with a Nexus also and added them to my old Hawthorne. It worked well and the Nexus is easy to hook up.
    For your bike, a 3 piece crank conversion would be good too, it'll look great and be even lighter.

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  8. sandman

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    Sweet ride .Dare to be different with Campus Green paint .Like it .
     
  9. JimMendel

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    Here's it is before any paintwork, rides nice with the fat tires on it! :happy:


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    You been busy . Nice classic cruiser .
    Merry Christmas .
     
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    Looks good!
    Where did you find the flared rear fender? I can't find one anywhere.

    I found a place here that powercoats a frame for 80 bucks, Green is now red.

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  12. JimMendel

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    Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you!
     
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    It’s a cut down full size rear fender. The angle grinder makes short work of it.
     
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    The best price I was quoted for a frame was $ 120 with sandblasting .
     
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    That sounds about right, that's what I usually pay.
     
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    Here is what the red bike looked like when I got it, before the Walmart donor bike parts and paint. 0-2.jpeg
     
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    In it's former glory was it a Roadmaster ?
     
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    Yes it was and it is again
     
  19. thom

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    I hope you decided to use the parts bike on another frame. They gray bike looks good as is. Leave it alone and build another one!
     
  20. JimMendel

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    Too far gone. If it were a rare bike, I wouldn't change it. It was basically 6 layers of spray paint over rust.
     

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