'53 Bel Airflow Shelby : En guard! Page 13!

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Spent the day enjoying a bike ride and live jazz at a winery outdoors with my wife.

Just a few minutes in the BACK40 to fit a handlebar idea, the Thompson grips, and slid the '3 on the tree' shifter on the, well, tree.

Closed a wonderful weekend with a fire on the patio by the pond.
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I might have missed it. Is that tank original to the bike?
I have one that looks the same but hasn't fit any frame I've ever had.
 
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I might have missed it. Is that tank original to the bike?
I have one that looks the same but hasn't fit any frame I've ever had.
Yep, it's original. Anyway it came with the frame and it fits the spot, so I'm assuming it is what it is.
 

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So, my friend Tom aka @KJV , asked about the 'original 1953 colors' for my build. I am going to replicate my dad's '53 Bel Air in that Woodland Green. Found an original GMC color Emerald Green which is very very close. Not sure if this bike will turn out to be completely 'shiny' or maybe a little 'vintage clean' look when I'm all done. It won't be showroom level though, after all this is Rat Rod Bikes. :wink1: :bigsmile:

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Figured: you wood land that Direction.:happy:
I assume, you plan to go secondary color campus cream ? :wink1:
Well, here a snapshot of 1953 color chart .
From. Book.
Let me know if you need the formula for the original colors.
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Your current can-o-paint : look ti be an excellent choice.
 
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Tuesday and Thursday are my best days of the week for making headway on the '53 BAFS. Yesterday I got everything I needed onto the bike for it's first dry run / test ride. No action video yet, but here are some shots from yesterday's outing. Beautiful day in the neighborhood!

My favorite park, Applewood Park, is a former apple orchard and many of the trees are still bearing fruit. It's about 8 acres of woods, rolling hills, and woodland prairie. With a fun 1/4 mile of paved path encircling the play and picnic area. Just across the pond from the BACK40.

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When I got back to the bike shed, I just balanced the chain guard on the bike for one photo at Picture Rock. Just to see how it might look.

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And then some 'vintage filtered' shots done with my Kindle on my Amazon Photos....

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I originally had the 'mustache bars' and the drop road stem on there, but one fitting on the bike told me that wasn't going to work. Even for my 6'2" frame and extra long arms, I was way too 'down and low' ; at least for my age and riding comfort.

So I went with a sweeping cruiser bar and a traditional old stem from that period. This bike rides incredibly well, that Shelby frame, the springer design of the fork, that Electra wheel set and 3 spd, and once I get the springs re-done in the saddle I'll have a compliant (and more controllable front and rear suspension!
 
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SGOH, these Shelby Airflows have a cool look for sure. Keep that head badge in mind for something coming up closer to the end of the build.... :wink1::nod::nerd:
 
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Unlike the ‘Tri-5’ BelAirs, the pre-55 have more of a ‘every man’ look to me, maybe it’s because they didn’t have fins or large amounts of chrome molding. They were more ‘pedestrian’.
That’s the social class I grew up in, albeit 10 years later, that’s what’s appealing to me about them.


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