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

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  1. kingfish254

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    WHOA!!!!!
    That last photo took my breath!
    Wicked Professional work going on there!!!!
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    I'm not getting paid, so it's strictly amateur work :wink: but thanks for
    the kind comments.
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    Inspiringly beautiful!!! CanĀ“t wait to see more!
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    That looks amazing! Very nice idea for making trim!
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    That idea for the trim is ludicrously brilliant. Now I have to fight the urge to put it on every exposed edge...
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    One thing that helps if you're going to fit trim to a curved edge
    is to 'pre-train' the donor material first. Basically you wrap it around something
    or coil it up and leave it that way for a while. The cord will hold the curve all
    by itself after awhile; at least the cheap vinyl stuff does.
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    Any updates?
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    I'm slowly chipping away at it; I went down a few dead-ends
    with the tail light design but I've finally settled on something
    (here's a hint) off an old Cadillac Deville.

    The fenders have to be repainted, the Rustoleum is not sticking
    to the primer and I'm fed up with it, so I have to strip the paint
    off and wait for some reasonable weather to respray with
    some other kind of paint, probably the Rustoleum 2X, which
    is a lacquer, and much easier to work with.

    I'm building the tank now out of layers of balsa wood; it will
    be coated with fiberglass resin to seal it prior to painting.

    I'll post pictures later.
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    Here's the tail lights, plus a shot of the LED assembly parts.

    Original light

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    Trimmed and contoured

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    Innards

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    In place but no seals yet

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    Progress on the skirt/chain guard with decal

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    More accurate representation of actual colors
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    The tail light wiring is going to run on the inside surface of the fender behind a plastic shield,
    There are three high power LEDs on each little circuit board; they are described as 'Cherry Red'
    and should look less orange (more like incandescent) than typical LEDs, should be at least as
    bright as the brake lights on a car. Each light assembly pulls about 5.7 watts, but will be pulsed
    at either 3 Hz (stun :shock: ) or 120 Hz (continuous) depending on mode
  10. KJV

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    this one ,is going somewhere.
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    Effing speechless.
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    Very nice work. Can't wait to see a finished photo.
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    Wow, didn't saw your built before. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Great build and documentation.
  15. ChrisMac

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    Oh, and by the way, that's Mister King Rat to you
    Taking your time is key. Too many of us rush things, and then we're never quite happy with the outcome. You should not in the slightest have any disappointments with the finished product that you'll end up with. Phenominal work!
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    New Pictures - Fun with Portholes

    Test fitting various parts, and fabricating the tank halves.

    I'll post some close-ups of the tank later; the porthole is from an old PA
    amplifier, and I have two of them. The centers will probably be transparent
    red plexiglass with some sort of logo in the center... of course they will light up!


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    Careful you don't burn your shins on my dual rocket exhausts!

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    Still a lot more work to do. I'm not happy with the front lower fender brace, and
    will likely make a combination brace/bumper.
    I'm thinking of white tires too, what do you think?
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    Very very nice :mrgreen:
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    I would stick with the black tires.
  19. Skipton

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    WOW! HOW HAVE I MISSED THIS ONE!!!! :shock:

    So many great things on this bike!

    Your attention to detail is second to none!

    I do love me a full front fender :wink: :mrgreen:

    Great Job!

  20. aka_locojoe

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    Great looking bike! A lot of cool stuff going on.
    You cut the chainguard to fit up against the chainring guard? Great idea.

    I'd stay with black tires also.

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