BLACKBIRD (Skylark TRM Convertible)

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1936 Elgin Blackbird

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see the build thread HERE.


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- the process -




the frame was in serious need of alignment.
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built a jig and worked everything back to straight

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No fenders came with the bike
so I made a rear fender out of fiberglass
the TRM Mullet Fender

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added a TRM Covertible Tank

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reworked the wheels

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made a front fender brace
and fitted a another fiberglass rear fender to the fork

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created a Blubird style front fender using the Mullet fender

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made a mold

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finally made a new TRM front fender

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created a fiberglass pod for the light switch and badge

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made a brass headbadge

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there was other obvious work
like painting and assembly

no pictures needed (we all know what that looks like!)


If you made it all of the way to the bottom
and you're still reading this...Thanks for looking!
 
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1936 Elgin Skylark step through frame and fork
Skylark chain and skirt guards
TRM Convertible Tank
TRM front and rear Mullet Fenders
Skylark crank, sprocket & skiptooth chain
reproduction Streamline pedals
prewar Elgin air cooled hubs & triple step rims
Schwinn Aerovane 26x3 tires
prewar Persons long spring saddle
reproduction crossbar handle bars
prewar Elgin stem
reproduction torpedo grips
custom head badge
1950's Norco Whirl-Away spoke bird


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Oh man. I'm seriously diggin' that. Nice job. The little blackbird in the wheel....
ROFL I was so focused on the looks of the bike that even though TRM introduced that bird-whistle some days ago, I never realized that it is a "Blackbird" as in the bike's name! :crazy:
 
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Loved watching this as usual. Great debut for the Mullet fenders. They look awesome on this. Red stripes really set it off. Can't believe how black the rims and sprocket look.

Was trying to post to this thread last night when it went into lock down mode.
 

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^^^I upgraded my opening post with more pictures and Cliff Notes. ^^^

Sorry that it has taken two extra days just to get my finished thread together!
You would think that four mounths would be plenty of time!:43:
 

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She looks pretty good like that although the Harley olive sounded interesting. Does that bird whistle when you ride?
As I suspected I'm liking the black and red so much that I'll probably save the olive paint for another build!

The bird has not whistled yet. We'll see what happens when I get it spinning faster down the big hill close by!:)
 

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Thank you to everyone that voted for the Blackbird!

:forum:I truly appreciate all of the kind words, suggestions and banter the we shared for the past four months. It's always a pleasure to be a part of this community that proves that even in competition there is still room for solidarity and civility.

Rat on, Jim
 

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- information -

1936 Elgin Skylark step through frame and fork
Skylark chain and skirt guards
TRM Convertible Tank
TRM front and rear Mullet Fenders
Skylark crank, sprocket & skiptooth chain
reproduction Streamline pedals
prewar Elgin air cooled hubs & triple step rims
Schwinn Aerovane 26x3 tires
prewar Persons long spring saddle
reproduction crossbar handle bars
prewar Elgin stem
reproduction torpedo grips
custom head badge
1950's Norco Whirl-Away spoke bird


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One question about this OVER THE TOP Blackbird, what tires did you use and what size are they? Thanks and LOVE this Elgin... RaToN... Razin...
 
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