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Welcome to my 'Airship' build for RRBO16.
I have a passion for these old school Australian 3 peice wheels, and wanted to incorporate them into my build off bike. Starting with some lengths of tube, an unloved mtb, a pair of Simmons wheels and some 28x10.5 M/T slicks.
Here is the finished product.
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The starting point for the build
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The 'It really works' video :rockout: :thumbsup:



Link to build thread. https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/threads/airship.113675/
 
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A few build pictures along the way.
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Parts from the sacrificial donor bike

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Machining the fork components

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Bending frame tubing

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Machining hub components

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Mock up of basic frame before final welding

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rear triangle components

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Finish welded frame

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Final mock up assembly for test riding, before tearing it apart for paint

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Frame in fresh blue paint

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Freshly painted wheel centres.
 
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Wow! Even though it's so 'out there' it's just such a clean build that flows and fits together so well!
And your photography acumen is exceeded only by your build skills. Great photos! I actually like the second one, even though the tires have some gravel dust on them. It has such an earthy , down low , look to it.

Congrats on a unique and stunning build. :113:
 
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Wow! Even though it's so 'out there' it's just such a clean build that flows and fits together so well!
And your photography acumen is exceeded only by your build skills. Great photos! I actually like the second one, even though the tires have some gravel dust on them. It has such an earthy , down low , look to it.

Congrats on a unique and stunning build. :113:
Thanks for the kind words. I took so many photos trying different ideas, to see what might work and what wouldn't.
 

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CONGRATS ON WINNING BUILD OFF 16 CLASS 2 WITH AIRSHIP!!!!!!!!
 
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CONGRATS ON WINNING BUILD OFF 16 CLASS 2 WITH AIRSHIP!!!!!!!!
Thank you @kingfish254, and Thank you to all those who, Voted, participated, moderated and followed along. I had a great time with my first build off bike, and chatting with like minded folk along the way. Its a great forum, and look forward to more builds in the future.
I'm over the moon with the positive response to the Airship. Thank you all.
 

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