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metalchewy

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One of my good friends gave me this old univega frame for christmas. He had started on it, put some paint on it and moved to another project.
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My first thought was to make another Off road build. Then thought it would be better suited for the muscle bike build off.
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Pulled some parts out of the shed and came up with this for a start. It could be a 7 speed. It will probably have a bigger front wheel, Will figure out more as I go.
 
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Ok, got some inspiration to at least get try stuff together here. Been busy with work and the new year, and all that fun.
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Pulled a couple of partially used paint cans and put some more blue and extra shine over the existing rattle can job.
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Figure I had to start somewhere. Mockup was enough to put me in the right direction. Get the color on and start putting it together.

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I didn't do a lot with the bike today. I did watch a couple videos about how to skive leather.

The Water Buffalo hide that I want to use,, when stretched is about 7oz thick on the spongy leather skirts and I need it to be 3-4oz, to fit the banana....
 

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Trying to flatten that old hard and brittle plastic Seat cover.
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Found the 18" wheel. Flimsy spokes, needs a full makeover.
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Went looking for what rubber I had around that may work on the build. Couldn't find one 18" tire. Did find old 20 and a 26 inch white walled brick treaded tires.
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Will take some cleaning but they seem solid.
 

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I always called that tool for beveling the edges of leather with an edger.
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This French skive, was.all I had ever used. Narrow, used to thin down thick spots and edges.
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The new tool I picked up is a Super Skive from Tandy Leather here in town. This tool uses the old style Schick blades and is a pull instead of a push.
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Takes the same pressure, just takes a more material off and is sharper . It will make it easier to narrow down, a 3"wide perimeter around the seat.

If you have gone thru my thread in Class 2, my Off Roadster, you may have seen this huge half hide that I picked up in November on clearance. Around post #95

I sooo wanted to use the rump skirt on that seat. The part I am leaning to here, because of the Topology as @Captain Awesome pointed out. Its also the pick with the most work.
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Upper rump is fine.grained
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And neck is in the middle
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The fine.grain is the.most firm the rump skirt is the softest and thickest ( padding plus). Neck is in between.

Thoughts??
 

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You completely changed the vibe with that Lowrider tire and the blue Metalcast mag! Dig it! :113:
 

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