70's Huffy into 30's Streamliner - Tentative name 'Aerith'

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  1. spectratone

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    This is my first build that I'm posting here.

    I started with a 70's Huffy frame last year, and have been collecting ideas and parts since then.
    Now that I'm making some real progress it's time to post some photos.

    My original design was hatched after lusting after an Electra Indy 3, In retrospect it would
    have been cheaper and quicker to just buy one,but I don't regret the money or the time spent
    at all, especially as this bike should be something that truly is an expression of my dreams.

    I really want a beautiful old 30's bike; realistically it's not practical for a number of reasons,
    not least of which is the cost. There are other issues, such as the need for multiple speeds
    and strong front brakes since I commute to work in a hilly area. My bikes have to work for a
    living.

    My current bikes are an Electra Delivery 3 and a 90's Murray from Goodwill that I have
    modified from a mountain bike into a Cruiser/Commuter (Cru-muter)

    So, here are some pictures...

    The frame, after sandblasting and the first coats of Rustoleum Antique White

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    Fenders are Nirve street sweepers with a little something extra, Wrap-Around 2 piece front
    and rear.

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    A quick mockup from last year prior to stripping the frame

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    This bike is going to get a homemade tank, not sure just how I'll do it yet, maybe
    fiberglass. The portholes are from an old Bogen PA head

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    I was digging the shiny Monark someone did last year with a microphone for a tail light,
    and several months later realized I had some busted old microphones in a box. I'm going
    to do it one better, microphone taillight AND headlight (Elvis!!! :wink: )
    They will get some high power LED innards of my own construction

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    I've separated a chainring from a girl's ten-speed, (sorry girl) and am painting the assembly
    red with a white cover, only the inner 38 tooth ring will be used. This works well with
    the Nexus 3 speed for climbing moderate hills.

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    The chainguard is NOS, but was really short, must have been for a kids bike. No matter,
    because I was planning on chopping it anyway.

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    I had to cut the fenders to make them fit too. Love my Dremel!

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    A few goodies for the bike

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    That's all for now. This is a really great site!
     
  2. Markm

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    SWEET!!!
    8) 8) 8) 8)
     
  3. Big_Daddy_Sloth

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    Sweet. Can't wait to see the rest of it.
     
  4. PabloAntonio

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    Holy cow, That's gonna be one mean-looking two-wheeled machine. Love those wraparound fenders. Makes me want to do the same. And you've sold me on the Dremel, btw. I've been putting off buying one for weeks now. Payday this Friday; New Dremel Friday afternoon.
     
  5. spectratone

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    A little further along

    The crank assembly is all painted now; I had to make a spacer to make the
    chainring assembly work with the crank I wanted to use

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    The chain guard has been modified to fit flush up against the chain ring. I also used my
    Dremel tool to cut out the arc in the chain guard.

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    The front wheel is now finished; I had a Sturmey Archer X-FD drum brake installed.
    The rims are Electra parts.

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    I'm now wet sanding the frame in preparation for the final coat of paint, then I will start
    on the headlight and tail light assemblies while I wait for the paint to harden.
     
  6. erichitscar

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    Everything looks great! I love your creativity! Great work!
     
  7. spectratone

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    I've made some progress now that the basic frame/fender painting is finished.

    Along the way I learned how to properly wet sand and polish.

    I practiced on this first, which is the 'other' build that's been sucking up my time
    this summer... fretless guitar with stereo (bass/treble split) pickups.

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    Now on to the frame: Sanded with 1500 and then 2000 grit sandpaper, then Meguiars
    Ultra Cut and Ultra Finishing compounds followed by Mequiars 3 step polishes; no wax yet.
    Paint is Rustoleum spray cans, painting was done in the parking lot at work during my lunch
    breaks over a couple of months.

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    Here's a look at the chainguard with striping in progress, not polished yet

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    And a look at some of the painted parts all together

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    I've been working on the fender stripes this past week

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    I decided to add black around the darts; looks more 'Deluxe' I think.
    The bike is being called an Aerith Red Line Deluxe, BTW.

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    I picked up a trigger horn. I really wanted one for this bike.

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    There were some rattles, so I opened it up to see the inside. Broken return spring,
    and the insides look like something you would see on the USS Monitor - RUSTY
    Paint is not original, so it's getting de-rusted and painted to match the bike.

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    The Diaphragm

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    I expected the inside would look like a mechanical oogah horn; I didn't expect to see the
    extra gear which is there to speed up the action/raise the pitch a little.

    Honestly, someone could build one of these out of a tin can, a bolt, a spring and a couple of old gears.
    I might just make one just for giggles after the bike is finished.

    Here's a closer look at my headlight, a Shure Brothers S55. Don't worry, it was roached
    and not worth repairing.

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    Lastly, here are my handlebar end lights. I will be using just the lenses and making
    some high power LED innards. They will flash in unison with the headlight and taillight.

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    Once my fenders are finished I will start assembling the bike.

    I still have to make the tank, and cast a housing for the tailight as well as fabricate
    the entire lighting system. I'm also planning on making curved tubular fender braces
    (ala Shelby) if I can manage to pull it off.
     
  8. spectratone

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    I've started refurbishing the skirt guards I want to use;
    I think I can make them work with this frame. They will
    be painted to match the frame.

    Here's a picture of a test fitting. The other side will be more tricky; I
    may have to modify the skirt guard a little. I suppose I will paint the
    frame behind the guard flat black.

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    I'm waiting for the rain to stop before finishing the striping on the other fender; hopefully
    it will stop sometime before next July :roll:
    I'm thinking about adding a thinner gold pinstripe next to each red stripe on the fenders.
    Do you think I should quit while I'm still ahead or go ahead and gild the lily? Not really sure
    how good it will look.
     
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    This is Awesome! I really like the chain guard and lights and the "Skipton'd" fenders!
     
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    Here are some crude photoshop simulations of different skirtguard color schemes.

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    I'm sort of leaning towards the last color combo, it looks kind of dangerous :shock:
    Might look better with the red wheels too.
     
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    Right On!!!!!
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    Very cool
     
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    great build. i like the last color scheme of the skirt guard best too. lookin good
     
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    I love what you´re doing man, nice ideas, well executed, beautiful bike. Cant wait to see more.
     
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    Oh yeah that last skirt is where its at!
     
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    Looks GREAT! :mrgreen:
     
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    white with red bars is perfect
     
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    Looking great!
     
  19. Motopecane

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    This thing is sick so far! Please if you build a horn from home materials post a how-to on here, I would love to know how to make one.
     
  20. spectratone

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    Here are a few updates. Lots of small details to work out.
    This is how I like to do rubber trim.

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    Basically you just take some electrical cable, vinyl hose etc and slit it lengthwise - instant
    trim!

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    I had some surface prep to do on the skirts; I love this glazing putty. When primer
    is not enough and bondo is too much, glazing putty is just right. I had a bit of rust
    through, so I filled it in with PC7 epoxy.

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    I'm experimenting with lettering in Photoshop; I'll do something like this on the chain guard -
    but black letters with gold outlines, and red lines in the spaces between the words.

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    Lastly I'm experimenting with some extra gold pinstriping on the fenders. I don't know if
    I like it or not, so I'm going to sleep on it. I'll be painting the undersides of the fenders
    flat black.

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