1958 Hiawatha (AMF) 'Rat-o Chief

Discussion in 'WBO 2017 FINISHED BIKES' started by gowjobs, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. gowjobs

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    Started with a purchase of a fairly complete bike, save the wheels. Replaced the low/narrow stock handlebars with the Karfer-built bars from my Astro Supreme project, the bent stock pedals with a pair that I took off of my '62 Typhoon, and added crash bars, knockoff wingnuts, and a set of ebay painted middleweight wheels/tires with a Komet Super rear hub that match the period and colors, if not the exact manufacturer of the bike.
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  2. sdframe

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    DANG! I love the crash bars and knockoff wingnuts. Great bike.
     
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  3. Falstaff

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    Love this bike, was really difficult to not buy it.
    Job well done.
     
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  4. OddJob

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    A 'vintage clean' build Dave! Looks like a kid hot-rodded his cruiser back in the day. FWIW, I would use the 3/4 rear close-up shot at the top of the thread (the one that will be chosen for voting). Shows off the bike really well.
    Well done :113:
     
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  5. franconuevo

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    agree, 3rd pic down should be Pic 1
    It's such a great looking bike, WoW.
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  6. murdercycles

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    Well Done Dave!
     
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  7. gowjobs

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    Done! I was thinking that I might shoot some more pics before voting, but I agree with you guys: that one looks like the prime shot. I'm glad you guys like it - I guess not every build has to be radical.
     
  8. ZygoteLittle

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    I agree with the guys; one of these should be your money pic. Nicely done build!
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  9. franconuevo

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    [QUOTE="gowjobs, post: 1036292, I guess not every build has to be radical.[/QUOTE]

    No, it doesn't , but it's ok if it is...:happy:
    I prefer simple clean lines, rather than a lot of space age junk, but that doesn't mean I don't admire them..just a preference. Luckily, preferences are subject to change on a weekly basis...depending on what I see next. lol

    Yeah, we vote the third pic..lovely
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  10. OneHorsePower

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    Nicely done :113:
     
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  11. gowjobs

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    I'm generally about figure and form, too. This time though, I just thought it needed to look like something a junior high school kid might have bolted together using his paper route earnings. Truth be told, it's likely to have the accessories and bars removed, and be sent down the road to somebody else before spring is over. For now, I'll just enjoy toodling around on it a little.
     
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  12. franconuevo

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    "this time though, I just thought it needed to look like something a junior high school kid might have bolted together using his paper route earnings ", ...exactly, that's what I had in mind when building the Monteratt..(you nailed it with that sentence)...I know that I wanted to feel like I was just a kid, dragged the bike into the basement to use some of Dad's tools...
    prying or eliminating something just to keep it ridin' for another day
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  13. G-Matt

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    Thats a nice one man it all just fits perfectly and those bars !!!


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  14. LukeTheJoker

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    Love it!
     
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  15. Jaypem

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    Good one!
    The crash bars do it!
     
  16. A.S.BOLTNUT

    A.S.BOLTNUT # 1 Seller !

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    Looks familiar, did you buy that from someone here on the forum ?
     
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    Love the bars with it.
     
  18. karfer67

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    Looks great and love seeing my bars in action. Killer ride

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    Great og bike to start with just the right amount of bling added.
    The crash bars and the karfer bars really make the bike!!!
    Nice work man!
     
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  20. gowjobs

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    Yep. Well, the original frame, fork, fenders, rack, cranks, stem, bars, etc. I grabbed a set of middleweight drop center wheels with Komet hubs from eBay, and then started adding some bolt-ons that I had stashed away.
     
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