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  1. drabe

    show your Spaceliners!!

    Here's a couple of recent shots from a night ride.
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    The Bonneville Roadster

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    Gallery of Bare Metal Bikes

    Here's mine from BOTEN, 'The Bonneville' Roadster.
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    Final Rankings - Voting Results

    Thanks buddy, I could not be happier with how the bike turned out and with being in the top 5 is really quite an honor!
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    Selling build off bikes

    I had a number of people ask if my Roadster was for sale the first weekend I rode it. Hadn't thought about selling it or even what price to put on it. At this point I'm way too attached to it to sell it, it's my favorite bike so far!
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Thanks for the schooling, that's a detail I did not know. The '52-'54 Fords were otherwise identical except for minor grille changes. I still have the headlight rings and bezels from that car!
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Oh yeah, I forgot I took this video the other day too. Hold your ears though, I didn't account for wind noise, lol! Hopefully this works...
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Well after two rides in two nights, totaling around 30 miles total, I LOVE this bike! It rides great, goes fast and stops quick! I may sell off all my other bikes and just keep this ONE!! Haha, not really, but I could not be happier with how well this bike turned out! Here's some pics from...
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    I'd love to! Just to get pics of it on the flats, but being that Bonneville is 1,600 miles from Houston, well...I just couldn't pull it off by the deadline, lol!
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    MiXFiT

    Nice build, love the rust and patina!
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    Huffman BareFlyte

    Nice build, I love all the details!
  12. drabe

    The Bonneville Roadster - More Pics!

    Here's the build thread...http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/boten-the-bonneville-roadster-finished.93527/ These are 'outtakes' from the various locations I scouted for my 'finished' pics.
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Thanks MIGZ, your pic came out awesome, much better than mine did!
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    These are a couple of shots of the Bonneville Roadster's maiden ride and debut at Houston's Friday Night's Critical Mess ride...the ride was great and the bike rode and performed flawlessly! One nice custom in a sea of...well, other bikes, lol. This was at the halfway point... The rest...
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Thanks buddy, yep I made it! Maiden voyage went off without a hitch, bike rode great, though we only rode about 15 miles! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, it was quite the jaw dropper, lol! I'll post pics of tonight's ride in a minute. Already have another ride tomorrow night!
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Finally back on the ground! Now the toughest part, choosing the bars! I've got one set of original Dyno cruiser bars and stem. They look great and make it a very comfortable ride. But then I've got the motorcycle drag bars that my buddy John supplied. These just are just killer looking...
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Next up is the chain guard, for some reason there were a bunch of extra holes drilled. Rather than trying to weld them all up and risk warping the piece, I had another solution. Being an old hot rodder and never throwing anything away, I found this emblem off of a 60's Ford. Turns out the...
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    The next issue I had was mounting the rear fenders. The only fender brackets I had hit the top tube of the rear dropout. This is how they should be (much longer tabs) but I wasn't going to rob these off of my other Roadster (forgive the dust!). One of my other buddies (Lil' Greg) had one...
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    I'll try to answer everyone's comments at the end, so bear with me. Next up was clearing everything, nothing too exciting but the one thing I didn't like is how the metal lost its 'brightness', the clear dulled down the metal a bit and gave it a grayish tint. I had the same thing happen on...
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    BOTEN - The Bonneville Roadster FINISHED!

    Here's a little tease for the wheel treatment I hinted at earlier. Moving to the chain ring, I had this one laying around but it had countless scratches and some pitting. It took me a minute to think of a way to keep the machined look that it originally had, sanding by hand or flap wheel...