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    Hornswoggler *DeLuxe*

    I bought this wreck of a Higgins last summer. It had spent a long time in a farm shed laying flat on a gravel floor. Shortly after bringing it home I gave it an O.A .bath that went spectacularly sideways. Failing to follow any instructions at all, the red paint turned pink and it all had a...
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    Redline Big Bock bottom bracket

    I've got a 175mm Redline Big Block crank and have come up zero on finding a bottom bracket or even parts to piece one together. Anyone have any ideas? In the mean time it does make a good tool for taking the bend out of pedal spindles :bigsmile:
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    Edwards & Crist Cadillac (1933 probably)

    My build, Harvest Moon, is a rider now. There were some details to finish that I got done this morning, namely pedals and the seat support. The pedals were a challenge with a bent spindle, missing jewel, coat of latex paint, but well worth it in the end. I also had to fit a walnut block in the...
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    1937 LaSalle bomber

    The jumping off point. Some people out there are probably shocked to see such a pristine collectable bike get the treatment but a sacrificial lamb it is. There are lots of cool parts on this montage and nothing except the spokes and huge honking sprocket are going to waste, spare parts are...
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    Badges! Condiments! Science!

    Due to my penchant of bring extra crusty bikes home I am always on the prowl for ways to ease the de-crusting process. I have heard of the mystical qualities of ketchup being useful in the de-crustifying of stuff so when three packets found their way into my possession it was time to give it a...
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    Harvest Moon

    My favorite time of the year is what is known as Indian Summer which can last mere days or sometimes weeks. I have had for a few years a mental vision, kind of a happy place, of rolling along on a motorbike type bicycle during this brief period without a care in the world. This year it becomes a...
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    1937 LaSalle

    The last of my New Years Eve score. I had already made the deals on the Firestone Super Cruiser and Edwards and Crist. The LaSalle had Persons teardrop pedals and I asked if he would sell them. He couldn't find a wrench so he sold me the whole bike for my paltry offer (I was pert near broke by...
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    Edwards and Crist Cadillac

    I picked this up at the along with the 1953 Super cruiser I posted earlier. The frame has features that identify it as being built by Excelsior of Michigan City Indiana such as the forged fork crown, welded truss bars, and the truss bar joints on the frame. Edwards and Crist was a bicycle and...
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    1953 Firestone Super Cruiser

    Complete (mostly) old tank bikes don't come up for sale around here very often. This one was listed for sale recently waaaaay out in farm country. I contacted the seller and got a price that I felt was acceptable and took a long drive to get it. It has the wrong rear wheel, horn is missing...
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    U-Haul

    U-Haul. Well yes, yes I do. With the cold weather now a thing, I went looking for a project that didn't involve lots of odor (paint, stripper, penetrating oil, etc) that I could do indoors. I came across this and scarfed it up. Very few examples of the U-Haul rent-a-cruisers can be found on...
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    1945 Huffman "Colt 45"

    So, now that I've been a part of the Rat Rod Bike family for awhile it becomes clear that most builders that have cranked out a few builds develop a certain style. That's what this one is all about, fine tuning of my own style. I've always owned and been drawn to beater cars and trucks, six in a...
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    Two more cold weather projects

    Like any good squirrel, I've been laying in my winter supply. First up is a 1953 BF Goodrich. The rack is a Higgins that I've partially stripped and sat on it to see how it would look. Not sure how I'm going to go after this one. It would actually be kind of cool to do the mechanicals and leave...
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    84-ish Schwinn Heavy Duti

    It isn't getting ridden so it needs a new home. New tires and tubes. I don't want to ship so this is a local sale. I'll drive an hour out from Kankakee Ill. to meet up if needed. Crusty old rat worthy trades will be considered. $160 as it sits $180 with all the OE parts except the pedals (I...
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    1940 Schwinn / Sayre - former yard art- "Toad"

    This one I regretted bringing home pretty shortly after buying it. It has two over-paint jobs, frame damage, damaged wheels and had been a yard art bike left to the elements. It sat in the corner of my garage until I got tired of moving it and broke it down to crate it for storage. Then one day...
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    1956 JC Higgins project

    Purchased this one on Ebay. The seller sold the tank separately (I didn't get it) and had pick up only on the bike which was way out in a rural town. Tomorrow it will get dismantled, an OA bath (so I can finally get rid of my kiddie pool), and crated for another day while I get my current...
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    The first one is free.....

    My son is borrowing my truck today so I'm going to drive my no air conditioning beater car three hours round trip in 90f+ heat to pick up a parts bike for one of my projects. It ain't always easy but it's always good.
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    Mudd (my name is)

    Stuck a chrome fork in it and calling it done. Introducing Mudd. Build can be found here. The beginnings, 1947 JC Higgins, painted with a brush & rough Cockpit: 2Fastmoto Bars, Italmabure double clamp stem (modified), Black Oury waffle grips Tush department: Viscount double spring...
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    1940 Sayre Duplex Schwinn

    Picked this up a couple of weeks ago, just haven't posted it. Its a tall frame, which got my attention as I have a 34" inseam. It was built by Schwinn for Sayre of Terra Haute Indiana. The rh chainstay has a crank bite which I'll fill weld & shape. Lh seat stay has a bend that should be easy to...
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    Mrs Robinson

    Borrowing from Kona, I named my next project Mrs Robinson Koo-koo-ka-choo. She is an 1890 - 1893 Pope Mfg ladies safety. I bought her for fiddy dollars as part of a deal on another bike. I almost passed on her but she has some really good bones. My plan on her is to retain her original character...
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    Pope - I need the expert experts

    I bought a Pope bicycle tonight. It is a Columbia Ladies Safety, introduced in 1890. Even though Columbia is in the name, it is pre-Columbia. The model 41 was released in 1895 and It appears to have replaced this model and the round head badge is on bikes in the 1895 range. The latest patent on...