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    The forum has been running strong for almost 11 years now and I (along with our awesome moderators) have tried to keep things running smooth and trouble free during that time. I'm thankful for everyone who has helped make this a great community to participate in.

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    Thank you for your understanding and I will give further updates as the upgrade date approaches.

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  1. Rat Rod

    Rat Rod Owner & Founder Head Honcho Moderator

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    This bike started life as a 1952 Schwinn Spitfire and was later recruited to serve in the Rat Rod Army as "The Battlecruiser."

    Brooks Saddle - ARAYA 7X Wheels - SR Stem & Seat Clamp - Sugino Mighty Cranks - Suntour Bear Trap Pedals

    I know, not really a Rat Rod....more of a Klunker, but at least it's finished. :mrgreen:

    See original build thread here: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=15872
     
  2. theVULTURE

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    looks good! your pain jobs rule, man!
    i like the old platforms/running boards on the rear wheel 8) are those for riding shotgun? 8)
     
  3. fenderhole

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    Very nice! :D The stencils and color combo look excellent. Great job!
     
  4. herr_rudolf

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    nice! Beautiful colorcombo. I like the chrome steps(?) Never saw these before...
    I'm still learning around here, so pardon me if I ask stupid questions: What makes this one more of a klunker and less of a ratrod?

    Cool bike. Well done!
     
  5. Rat Rod

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    A Rat Rod should really have more of a traditional 50s hot rod flare to it.

    This bike resembles the early mountain bikes (Klunkerz) from the 70s.

    It's still a cruiser frame and fork so I figured I'd just follow through with the build for posterity.
     
  6. Uncle Stretch

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    Turned out nice . A clean bike for sure. In line with all the ones you have. :mrgreen:
     
  7. RatRodDad

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    It turned out nice. Hopefully it rides as well as it looks.

    I'm assuming those things on the back at "wheelie pullers". Step back on them and pull the front end up - hopefully not too far, though.

    If you pull it too far you end up with a Funniest Home Video - as you land butt first on the pavement!!
     
  8. Rat Rod

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    Ha Ha....yeah....no wheelie pulling for me.

    They are early 80s freestyle standers that I had laying around and thought I'd throw them on for grins.

    This bike does ride really well....the gear ratio makes it easy to cruise around on...a real smooth rider.
     
  9. meezonweelz

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    Looks good, nice touches. The stencils worked perfectly.
     
  10. karfer67

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    looks good steve the colors are great and who cares about what it resembles. after all we have been through the "what is a rat rod" thing before and i still dont think we have figured it out. we all have our personal idea of what it is and thats what makes the site cool. well done
     
  11. sprucemoose

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    I vote yes--nice bike!
     
  12. kram

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    Another great looking bike from Rat Rod!
     
  13. mastronaut

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    What kind of camera are you using? Excellent photographs of a truly nice bike, Cheers!
     
  14. ej599

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    Wow that is nice! I smacked my knee real good on a set of flipped bars years ago so I don't really care for them. That makes me like this one even more. Looks very rideable and I love the passenger 'boards'. Great job.
     
  15. RatFink

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    Very tasteful...Klunkers are starting to be my favorite look in a cruiser. :!: :!: :!:
     
  16. Markm

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    Sweet!!!
     
  17. Rat Rod

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    Thanks for all of the comments guys.

    I'm using a stock Nikon D40 and the factory lens that came with it....great camera for the money.
     
  18. mastronaut

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    It takes great photos....
     
  19. deorman

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    It has 1 major flaw. I can't ride it from here! :lol:
     
  20. Dr. Sizzle

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    The frame stands are an awesome touch!
     

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