"CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-30

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Re: Elgin ELRAT UPDATE 5-30

Things are slowly progressing here. But I am making some headway I really want to try
Building my First set of wheels. I have these nice but rusty rims from a free JC Higgins
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My sons help my un-spoke them today with lots of elbow grease and steel wool they
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Shined up very nice.
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"paint booth" pics
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Primer went on smooth
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the plan is to paint them bright orange with matching orange hubs.
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Hubs are next on the to do list.
More to come
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Re: Elgin ELRAT UPDATE 5-30

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As you can see I have got very little done on the Elgin


• Some reasons why?

• Procrastination
• Spent to much time in my head building instead of just building
• Fear of doing it wrong

• What I have learned

• Just build and have fun

• There is no wrong in RatRod building

• The ideas will come as you build

• What do I do now?

Well I could push and slap a working bike together out of the Elgin but I do have a plan that I like for this bike. And that would not be fun. Fun is the whole idea here.

So I hate to do this but I am going to use my one frame swap
This frame is a Monark that my uncle rode as a kid in the early fifties. Some time as a 14 or 15 year old kid in the early 80’s I took it apart. too restore it and just left it in pieces in my parents basement. A couple mounts ago I found some of the parts in there basement.
With just two weeks I will keep this simple leave the white house paint on the frame. I should have enough parts to get this together looking to have some fun
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some of the parts i my or my not use
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the frame
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all the builds are looking great this is such a fun place to be
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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-18

Well I got some stuff done yesterday.I was planing to use a JC HIGGINS truss fork but fork was for a skinner tire.so I have this newer Schwinn that I got for free form a co-worker.
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fork fits
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early mock up was thinking of painting these rims red or white
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now I think I will go with this set of wheels with old school brush painted rims and New Departure hubs
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they even painted the tires and nipples
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mock up with two vintage Goodyears and monark crank
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Lots left to do hope to have it done :shock: by sat 25th so I still have time for photo shoot.
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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-18

I got up at 5am today to get some stuff done deadline is fast approaching :shock:
First thing was to put on a more apropratie stem
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Got the seat on.
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Used some drywall screws to hold the tank on for now. The tank is a little ruff on the back left side. I am going to leave it as is.
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Time to get ready for work :shock: :?
Hope you all have a productive day
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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-21

JoeyMac said:
hope that you don't plan on painting the fork :)
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I painted the fork today. Its just in primer now I was going to paint it white. but now I am thinking of painting it dark red to match the rims
anybody have a opinion?
 

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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-21

karfer67 said:
leave the tank
Thanks, The tank will not be touched
deorman said:
Thank you for painting the fork! :lol: :wink:
LOL! :lol: :wink:
aka_locojoe said:
I wouldn't paint the forks to match the rims. They would run together and the rims wouldn't stand out.
That is what I was thinking I will keep the fork white
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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-26

seat post before
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after my neighbour took it to work and welded it up for me :D
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I am trying not to clean anything on this bike but had to clean this up
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I like the all white tire look so I wanted to see what it would look like on this bike
Wow! did not like this
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so back to Goodyears
I think I will use this headlight, have to finish mounting to fork
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I have a idea for tail lights
I hope to start my photo shoot in two days :shock:
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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-26

Skipton said:
JoeyMac said:
goodyears were a good choice :)
the bike looks mean 8)
Thanks, I do agree the goodyears give it a mean look.
Yep...the white tires gave it the "ratty angel look" :? Very impressed 8)
 

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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-28

Thanks Guys
I don't know what kind of bike the rack/light came from got it at a swap meet this spring it even still works :D
I rode it to work yesterday.10 miles round trip nothing feel off. (well the drywall screws holding the tank on were very loose when I got to work :shock: :oops: )
Man that seat is low! I am 6ft tall sure it looks like the circus is in town.
well riding in traffic I guy in his late 60's in a S class Benz kept looking at me later he yelled at me to raise the seat. At the next light he told me it was a very cool bike. :mrgreen:
hope to have tail light on in the morning
more pics soon
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Re: "CHANGE OF PLANS" new frame UPDATE 7-26

I am calling this done I could (and will) fiddle around with this for ever. fenders,tail light,different pedals,..............
But I need to get photo shoot done!
Got up @ 5am rode down to Lake Michigan. for some sunrise pics
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Going to hit some more photo shoot locations today
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