I appreciate the vote of confidence! This build was a new adventure in design and a combination of techniques and ideas I have used on other builds, along with a couple of new ones.I said it before and I’ll say it again, one of my favorite builds to watch progress. Mad skills, sir!
Riley, it was a skip-toothed crank / cog / chain originally. I wanted to use the Nexus 4 spd internal hub, so I went with a more modern chain ring. Plus, that 4 spd is progressive, so I've found that you need a ring that is 36 t or less, or else your 1st isn't low enough for hills.very cool! was it a gap toothed chain and chain ring originally? asking because of the built=in chain tensioners on the frame
Thanks Chad, I appreciate the kudos friend! Now if I could just figure out what the "oddjobby hot rod vibe" is so I can replicate that!Always a treat to tune in and see what you're up to in the Back 40. This one was especially interesting. Probably the most transparent gender change I've seen. Really looks like a classic rat and the oddjobby hot rod vibe sets it off nicely. One of your best my friend.
Iv'e got an old 39 CWC built girls Hiawatha bike i could build up like yours. This thing is Bad To the Bone. Gives me lots to think on. Thanks for sharing and RatOn... Razin.View attachment 100829
I started out with a girl's Hiawatha branded, CWC made frame and springer fork. The upper down tube from the girl's frame was cut out and then I cut the top tube and straight bar from a busted up '51 Schwinn and welded them on to the Hiawatha. From there on, it was pure RaT-isfying work!
Here is the build list for the Trans-MIG-RaT (transmigration - "the moving from one body to another, rebirth")
-1950's CWC made Hiawatha girl's frame and springer fork
-1951 Schwinn top tube and straight bar
-57 mm wide rimmed coaster wheel set / rear wheel refit with a Shimano Nexus 4 speed hub
-Custom shift lever for 4 speed
-Sunlite Sandy Beach tires 26 x 2.5
-Manhattan chain guard
-Vintage handlebars with Thompson coke bottle grips
-'80s bmx style pedals
-Lumintrail double kickstand
-'60s crank from a geared ten speed, big chain ring removed
-Brooks B-67 saddle
-Chopped rear stainless fender from a '30s Hawthorne
-Laid back seat post from ChopShopKustoms
-Royce Union headlight conversion to LED
-Rear tail light made from a trumpet mute, with magnet activated switch and LED conversion
-Custom fork struts made from 1/2" steel tubing and battery cable terminal ends
-Custom designed and laser cut metal 'virtual tank' flames
-RaT-ina paint treatment "Colonel Mustard did it in the BACK40 with spray cans (and mustard!) "
What I started with....
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Some shots of the build along the way. Please see the build thread below for all the details and commentary!
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Thank you to this great community of builders for another RaT-astic and very RaT-isfying RRB Build Off!
Trans-MIG-RaT was created in the cozy confines of....
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