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1949 Hiawatha custom cruiser

Discussion in 'GALLERY' started by Petrohead, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. Petrohead

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    1949 Hiawatha frame. Sears springer. Handmade leather tooled seat (the very first seat I ever tooled). Old tractor head light converted to LED.
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  2. mikek

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    All I can say is WOW! Very nice work!
     
  3. Dana Joe

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    Saw this bike on CL - Jason, is it still for sale?
     
  4. Petrohead

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    Decided not to sell this one.
     
  5. A.S.BOLTNUT

    A.S.BOLTNUT # 1 Seller !

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    very nice choice of colors, nice toolin on the seat ,looks like you've been doin it for years !,, is that a regular chain your running with the teeth cut out of your sprokets ?
     
  6. skillsthebarber

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    Looks great, and nice job on the seat. I have a couple questions. I wanted to try to do some leather tooling myself. Did you buy a tooling kit? if so which one? if not what tools did you buy. And what leather did you use?

    Thanks
     
  7. Petrohead

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    It's a half link chain (regular) and ground off every other tooth. And thanks for the leather compliment. Believe it or not that is the very first seat I tooled.
     
  8. Petrohead

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    Thanks for the compliment. I consider myself a newbie so I will answer the best I can. I acquired an old timers kit then added to it. Getting a basic kit will definitely get you going. If you can find a Tandy Leather store in your area they can usually get you in the right direction. As far as leather I bought a mid grade hide to start from my local tandy store). If there is a tannery near you get it there. I used a chunk of the good stuff (fresh from a tannery and higher quality) and boy does it make the tooling process easier and looks much better. If I would have known I would have spent the other 120 bucks or so and gotten the good stuff. The hide I bought was around 180 bucks (almost a 4' X 8' piece) but I still have most of it left . I bought some thick stuff which is a lot harder to work with as far as wrapping seats and forming but has a much deeper cut and gives it a lot of depth in the tooling. Hope that helps.
     
  9. skillsthebarber

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    it does help, thanks. The leather that paul cox uses on motorcycle seats seemed too thick for bicycle use, so I wasnt sure if you could tool on thinner less stiff leather. I just looked up Tandy Leather store and there is one not too far from my house. Thanks for the info
     
  10. Petrohead

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    Yeah I got the thicker stuff. It is hard to form it for the bike seats but there are tricks like skiving and a lot of patience. You can get different thicknesses. Just keep in mind the thinner you go the less depth in the tooling. Hit up that tandy. I learned a lot just talking to the guys at the store. Good luck!
     
  11. A.S.BOLTNUT

    A.S.BOLTNUT # 1 Seller !

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    I keep lookin at those bars ,who makes em and where can i get some ?
     
  12. Petrohead

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    They are bars off a Mongoose hybrid kind of thing flipped upside-right (26" 10 speed mountain bike looking thing). You don't see many of them around.
     
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    clean and understated(those are 2 of the best things i.m.o.)...beautiful build :mrgreen:
     
  14. Petrohead

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    Sensor: Thanks. I like 'em clean and simple.

    Wookie: Thanks!
     
  15. karfer67

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    wonderful clean build and that seat is amazing. i want the seat very nice job
     
  16. Hammond Eggz

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    Very nice.
    So, you have your own photo studio???
     
  17. Petrohead

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    A friend of mine's studio.
     
  18. UTR1

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    SIK seat...
     
  19. Spokeshave

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    Man that seat came out terrific. Great bike.
     
  20. Petrohead

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    Okay, so maybe I should tool some more seats. Thanks ks guys I really appreciate it! :D
     

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