Well, here it is...
It's an Australian Avant Mix that I found in my parents shed before they got time to send it off to the scrapyard... It was finished a little while back (in the meantime I build another bike ;-) but it was because I was undecisive about some finishing touches. Especially a new paintjob. As you can see it hasn't got one. After I took these pics it came to me that I absolutely LOVE this (very) aged color. And the rust makes up my excuse for calling it a rat. That aged paint is setting off the aluminum very nicely.
The Billet Bullet is my debut-build over here at RatRodBikesDotCom. I must say I didn't had a clue were I was heading to. I called it 'Billet Bullet' because I had some experience with aluminum fabrication and wanted to use it because most of the parts that were allready on the bike were made out of aluminum. Just for fun and ofcourse being a bit rebellious because I know that 'billet' is a big no-no in our so-called Kustom-Kulture. And although I'm definately a big fan of traditional hotrods and customs, I don't like being restricted by any rules that blocks creativity. With that in mind I tried to come up with unconventional designs suited for aluminum as I got along, and still be categorized as 'traditional hotrod'. I hope you see influences of Ed Roth's 'Mysterion', custom Briz bumpers, 40's artdeco/streamline design, etc...
Overall this build was a smooth one. But ofcourse there were some hic-ups and some ideas that just didn't work. Heck, I even had to fabricate some things a second time. Even a third... But it was all worth it. I got some well appreciated coments and thumbs-ups from you guys. Very inspirational.
Enjoy! I hope you like it...
And just for some ratrod-fun: My handmade oversized aluminum clothespin:
For detail, construction, and actionpics please check my build-thread and click on 'My Mixte (RRBBO4)' below.
And now comes the hardest part of this build-off: Voting for the one bike I like best... There are just soooo many nice builds. Each with its own unique characteristics. Some of em are beautiful, some are radical, some are classic, and some just make you smile. And then there are the ones that have it all. There are a lot of those... Well done everybody!
Cheers, good luck to all, and don't forget:
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