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Another year, another build off, and I'll be rebuilding the same bike as last year.
Last winter I built up a '55 Huffy with some help from my son, Henry.
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This year we'll be putting the original fenders, rack and chainguard back on and everthing will get fresh paint, right now its looking like semi gloss black on the frame/rack with red oxide fenders and chainguard. This should be a lot of fun, I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this year.
 
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Looks like a good starting point !
 

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Can't go wrong with these Huffman frames. I like the build name too.
 
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I had some free time this afternoon to get the rear rack, fenders and chainguard out of storage and throw together a little mock up.


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I'm pretty sure the front fork/fender is not original or Huffy at that. It looks more like a late 50s AMF, so I'm thinking about possibly ditching the front fender and stock fork and using this repop springer off my Electra.
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Maybe bob the rear fender just past the rack. Anyone have any thoughts?
 
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From Dave's Vintage Bikes page, 1955 Customliner, looks like the right forks.

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And a Huffy Radiobike, not sure of year.
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Sorry, I meant just the fender, the front fender is off an AMF. The fork is original.
I mocked it up with the springer and the part of the fender that would be bobbed masked off with tape just to see how it would look.
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I'm on the fence. I think I prefer the original fork. I think that if I reprofile the rear fender to match the front one it should match pretty well after paint.
 

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It's your bike so ultimately...
But IMO rear rack looks better with full fender. No rear rack gets a bob. So rock on bro, you got this.

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I think you are on the right track. I like the original fork + full fenders as well. Of course, to me, a clear over that brazed frame.... :nod::nerd:

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Not too much to report folks, stripping paint is pretty boring business. I did do a bit of chrome removal on the front fender via flapwheel today.
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and played around with the idea of a checkered fender tip on at least the rear fender, mocked up on the front fender. Does any of this make sense?
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Love the idea of the checkered fender tip. May have to steal that idea someday.
 

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Yeah, that checkered fender has a real cool vibe to it for sure. Kind of like it just the way it sits. Kind of 'growing out' of the patina. I believe it was @The Renaissance Man that said of my ghost flames on One-Liner..."reminders of race days from the past".
 
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After almost a month of stagnation due to weather (when it wasn't raining it was cold andvice versa) I finally got around to doing some work. Temps today were in the mid 70s and no rain gave me a chance to get the frame and fork stripped the rest of the way and a few coats of primer laid down.
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Tomorrow if the weather stays decent I'll finish this off with a satin black top coat.
On a different note, I got an awesome deal on some Duro clay tires for this build but didn't take into consideration that the fenders are middle weight, so worst case, I ditch the fenders and rear rack, still using the chainguard, and possibly the front rack I had on it originally.
We'll see which direction it takes.
 

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Or bob the fenders for that 'overstuffed' look. Or in your case, 'oversniffed'.....:wink1:
 
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I like the idea w/ the checkering but I'm not sure if black on red works or if I should do black and white, aged, on the red oxide. Thoughts?

Come on now, black and red is classic, there is even a novel by Stendhal called The black and the red. :) Red baron themed vehicles make good use of it too.

I would definitely use the springer, but for me suspension is a must, I weigh 210 pounds. Still, even purely for looks I find that a springer fork suits those vintage frames much better. Since it is a fork that isn't widely used nowadays it compliments the vintage look of such frame, unlike a normal fork one sees daily on every cheap bike.
 
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