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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.
Cheers! 🍻
 

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Slicing and dicing like a VegOMatic

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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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Was just staring at stuff last night, I think there may be front fender clearance issues with the tire. I did manage to get the headset cups installed, so I may mock-up everything up again before I do any more restoration on the fork. I don’t think I’ll have the ability to modify it like I did the rear brace. Any room will have to come from either massaging the shape of the fender and/or (sadly) a potential tire change.
Got a bunch of yard stuff to do again first again today, if there’s any fuel left in my tank, I’ll give it look.
 
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Well, while waiting for my yard work ‘assistant’ to finish her avocado toast, I did a quick mock-up on the fork. Looks like I’ll have to just modify the ends of the fender braces to get the axle to sit deeper into the fork dropouts, but I’m hopeful that we should be good!

I’ll give it more attention once the fork restore is complete. OK, off to sweat!
 
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Started working on the fork and ‘tins’ this week.
Started with the chainguard, the chrome on it was flaking and getting rusty and pitted.
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A few minutes with the flap disk
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Gave it a quick coat of Rust Reformer to get an idea on how much filler I needed
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Was gonna just use some Bondo glazing putty to fill in the pockmarks, but it was dried up in the tube. So went to plan B which was Bondo ‘Plastic Metal’ which is putty with what appears to be iron powder in it. Anyway, floated the damaged areas with it
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I’d show it all sanded off and painted…had I not dropped it on the way into the house…gotta let it cure overnight (maybe longer), then I’ll re-sand and repaint.
On to the fork, the original black paint was so thick, it peeled off like some sort of 1950s version of Flex-Seal 🤣
I managed to get it all off
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Then a coat of the Appliance Epoxy enamel
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That’s it for today y’all!
 

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Started working on the fork and ‘tins’ this week.
Started with the chainguard, the chrome on it was flaking and getting rusty and pitted.
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A few minutes with the flap disk
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Gave it a quick coat of Rust Reformer to get an idea on how much filler I needed
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Was gonna just use some Bondo glazing putty to fill in the pockmarks, but it was dried up in the tube. So went to plan B which was Bondo ‘Plastic Metal’ which is putty with what appears to be iron powder in it. Anyway, floated the damaged areas with it
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I’d show it all sanded off and painted…had I not dropped it on the way into the house…gotta let it cure overnight (maybe longer), then I’ll re-sand and repaint.
On to the fork, the original black paint was so thick, it peeled off like some sort of 1950s version of Flex-Seal 🤣
I managed to get it all off
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Then a coat of the Appliance Epoxy enamel
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That’s it for today y’all!




You accomplished a lot there. That guard should come out nice. Love the gloss black on the cleaned up forks.
This keeps getting better and better with each post brother!!!
BTW, you have one photo that didn't insert full size.
 

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NICE WORK!!
Those liquid chrome pens are awesome!
That tank is looking sexy!!
 
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Today I came to the conclusion that these 26x2.35 (2.8 when stretched on these rims) just weren’t gonna fit this frame. I could try to indent the chainstays but at this point I don’t want to mess up the powdercoating on the frame. So, the Solanas went back on the Higgins and I’m gonna run the new Electra Retrorunners on this bike. They’re a more traditional 26x2.125 tire, that end up around 2.4 when fully inflated. That made a huge difference and they look pretty cool on these rims. Aired them up to 60 psi to test the ‘max’ size, there’s no rubbing at all. I will probably drop the psi that down once I see how the bike feels.
I really like how the whitewalls stick out slightly more than the tread too.
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In other news, the lower section of the fork has its second coat of paint drying as we speak. Will let it cure until Sunday, at least, then I’ll reassemble and install the fork and be in ‘roller’ stage. Then I just need to get the paint on the chainguard fixed, and wire up the horn and headlight, drill the rear fender to mount the port/starboard tail light and that should be it…🙄
Cheers all, hope everyone has an awesome weekend! 🍻
 

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I ran the Electra Retrorunner on the front of '53 Bel Airflow Shelby. Great riding tire!

RaToN Doc~!
 

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