The Ugly Duck (Black Phantom Klunker)

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This bike is a 1952 Black Phantom. My Dad bought this bike in High school from a friend who found it in an alley. He painted it yellow and rode it for a while, but as soon as he found a better frame, this bike was parted out because of the missing fender brace. After 30 years of being abandoned as almost a bare frame, I finally got my hands on it. This was my first "rat rod" bike. Here it is halfway through being built the first time in 2011. kept it as a cruiser for a few years, got bored.
I plan to continue to build it as a klunker.
I will not paint it.
I will not clean it.
The seat will remain.
 
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i need to decide what color to paint these wheels, ignore the fenders
One of these bottom bracket adapters,
And possibly Cottered cranks?
So far I have about 30 off road miles on the bike, it the funnest bike I've ever owned by far.
 
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Someone who actually wants to change TO cottered cranks? :eek:

Hey, whatever works! You can also use the square taper style cranks from mountain bikes or roadbikes with that adapter too...

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This is how I strip paint off my bikes. Course wire wheel and a drill. Works quick with no toxic fumes like paint stripper has.



And this is what a 59 year old frame looks like after a couple minutes with the wire wheel.

 
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Nice work! Be careful using a quick release with a rear mounted disc brake though, a quick lock up can actually pull the wheel out of the dropouts...

Edit: Just noticed you have that covered with the dropout heading underneath the axle! :thumbsup:

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Yea not real safe way to orient the drop outs. It will work but if it comes loose your dust and gonna be paying the dentist real soon.
 
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Yea not real safe way to orient the drop outs. It will work but if it comes loose your dust and gonna be paying the dentist real soon.
I think the original dropouts are still there behind that brake plate Karfer, the axle is locked in there when the plate is bolted on?

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