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Had a slow work day today so I decided to strip the mock-up down to the bare frame to address the rear fender/tire clearance and disassemble the front end in preparation for finishing fork restore.
On to the fender stuff.
I started by using my profile duplicator to get the curve of the fender
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I taped off the fender bridge, marked the center and where I felt the apex of the curve would be and transferred the curve to the bridge
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Then I started making relief cuts with my Dremel. I chose the Dremel instead of my angle grinder because it was a tight space to cut in and I felt I would have more control
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After I used the Dremel as a grinder it looked like this
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After that it was a series of test-fit, remove, grind a little more, test-fit, repeat more times than you want to remember and a little hammer work on the fender indents.
In the end I was able to get clearance up to 30psi

The clicking you may hear is a loose piece of blue tape hitting the spokes.
Here’s the end result for the day, I like the way it turned out, looks ‘factory’, or will be once I file it smooth (it’s only been feathered by the Dremel so far)
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I would like to run these at 40psi so I’ll need to fix a hub spacing issue (the wheel sits about 1/4” off center toward the drive side. The jam nut on the coaster brake side is about that much wider than the drive side, I’ll get them swapped and hopefully that will better center the wheel on the frame. With the tight clearance I have on the rear, 1/4” is a big deal. With the centering of the wheel and some additional massaging of the fender (as in spread it slightly with my hands, I think I’ll reach my goal.
Hopefully it’ll be slow tomorrow too and I can get on some painting.
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LBS called this morning, my wheels are done! Swing by and grabbed them, then after yard work was finished, I couldn’t help but reinstall the rim liners and mount the tires up
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Before I did that, I checked the rear wheel, swapping the jam nuts now has the wheel bang on the center
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I also managed to get the horn button bolted in place with a couple of self threading screws
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That’s it for today, build on folks!
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Oh wow! Those tires look awesome on the new wheels!!
All that polishing was well worth it.
Can't wait to see these bad boys installed!!
 
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