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Here's my WBO entry. I believe this bike was Shelby built. Non-wishbone frame. Maybe a Western Flyer at one time? I'm going to throw some Shelby parts at it and see what sticks.
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I have a Shelby fork with truss rods, but I think I am going to go with this Shock-ease fork that I have mostly pieced together.
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I also have a girl's Shelby that is ready and willing to give it up. Parts wise, that is.
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Looks like a cool build, I'll stay tuned in.
 

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I got pieces of the fork from two different people. The springer guts were long gone. I poked around on the web and came up with this:
First I needed an actual spring. I ordered this one from China. 22mm x 65mm if I recall correctly.
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Next I needed a rubber bushing/spacer to sit between the two halves of the fork. I had some 1/2 inch thick rubber that I cut out a piece with a hole saw.
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This made the fork look bent when I put it together, so I found a 3/8" piece.
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This looks a lot better and the fork has some action in it. The 1/2" piece I had to really crank down on it to get it close to straight.
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Still need to cut more threads on the steerer and the upper truss rods.
 

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I got my pivot bolt threaded on both ends for acorn nuts. Baby steps at the moment.
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Had to use some modern acorn nuts from a Schwinn exerciser. The original ones have issues, so I used these instead. These have a different thread pitch, but it will be easy enough to switch if I come across an original pair.
 

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Nice work! I still have a Shockeaze Shelby that I want to build out one day.
 

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Time to throw some parts at this thing. I stuck the wheels, crankset and chainguard on as well as the rear fender.
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The front bracket on the chain guard didn't line up with the down tube initially. But it looked to have an extra hole so the bracket could be attached in two different positions to fit different frames.
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I drilled out the rivets and repositioned everything.
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I'll get the rivets back in and it should look pretty good.
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Time for a 20 day check update
 

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