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'42 Hawthorne. "The Answer" (Finished)

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by ruddigger, May 12, 2012.

  1. ruddigger

    ruddigger

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    I picked up this ratty Hawthorne off Craigslist a few months back, I think the seller is a member, (speak up if it was you!) I wanted to keep it ratty, I think I've succeeded. This is the second build I've put on here, hopefully it's better recieved than the last one was. Bonus points if you know why I named it "The Answer."

    This is the way it was when I bought it, minus the wheels and tires, which I moved over from my Schwinn DX.
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    I switched out the bars, and threw on some clay brick tires that I got from Chimichanga. I also threw the skiptooth chain from my DX on it, but it was a bit too short. I added a few links from a different chain, check out my "master link."
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    I bought a chrome Nirve headlight, but it was way too modern looking, not to mention shiny.
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    This will make a much more suitable light, don't you think?
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    Trainmen's lantern added, bars switched out yet again.
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    Rollfast tank purchased from eBay, it had a horn that didn't work, I replaced it with one that did. I also threw the Nirve headlight on the back as a taillight. It's still way too shiny though. Also got my Brooks saddle installed. Sexy seat.
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    Antiqued the taillight, and threw on some red auto light repair tape.
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    Chainguard acquired from a guy at that "other" forum. I think it's supposed to be for a Shelby?
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    Took it to the first ever SoCal Rat Rod ride. You can see my last build behind it. (purple)
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    Redid the taillight lens, that tape was way too crappy looking. I removed it and painted it instead.
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    Picked up a set of ducktail fenders from Chimichanga. a little time with a cut off wheel and a rivet gun, and now it's a bobbed fender. With the chain indent and ducktail still intact. Again, way too shiny though.
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    Antiqued the fender.
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  2. ruddigger

    ruddigger

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    Aaaaand done.

    Finished pictures, taken this morning.
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  3. What process did you use to "Antique the fender"? That is awesome!
     
  4. ruddigger

    ruddigger

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    I painted it red, then sanded it to dull it. Then I dabbed on alternating copper and silver paint for texture. After that I dabbed it with liquid shoe polish for darker spots and an old dirty look. Hitting it with a hammer doesn't hurt either. ;) Thanks for the kind words.
     
  5. Houndog

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    Yes Do tell..... Way cool bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. dogdart

    dogdart

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    Very nice 8)
     
  7. Bigdaddy772

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    Nice looking bike. Great job!!!
     
  8. KC so-cal

    KC so-cal

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    That would have made a great build off bike. great job!!
     
  9. Vintagebikelover24

    Vintagebikelover24

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    Amazing bike!!!! But I do have one question...exactly how much did this all cost? because I wanna do a build like this so badly!
     
  10. ruddigger

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    The frameset was the most expensive part, the rest of it was junk I had lying around or scrounged together. It's certainly doable on any budget.
     
  11. Vintagebikelover24

    Vintagebikelover24

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    Okay thanks I guess I just need to save up some money for the frame
     
  12. mrfritz

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    This bike is AWSOME... I really love how the tires picking up patina is adding to it. It seems like a bike that will only improve with use!
     
  13. wcc

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    Every once in a while on this forum you across a builder who is not afraid to go there and not afraid to take you there. Patina is in the rat baby. 8)
    That bike is nice man. :D
    wcc
     
  14. SCHWINNRAY69

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    Cool bike :D Love the patina 8)
     
  15. MadMax '58

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    .........
     
  16. ruddigger

    ruddigger

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    Thanks everybody.
     
  17. Kevintothej

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    Cool style!!
     

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