BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/24

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  1. ratina

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    I'll be building my 40's Hiawatha (Hi-a-what-a) was a close second for a name) Tank, rear fender, rack, and chain guard are on the way.

    I got a lot of work ahead of me....

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    Heres the pic from when I got it, you can see the original springer fork I'll be using.

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    heck...add a rear fender or ditch the front and swap the tires and its golden! great start :mrgreen:
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    That is the coolest fork around!
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK

    Got the rest of my parts today! More to come...

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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/2

    looks sweet man!
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/2

    Thanks!

    I put her all back together today and bolted everything on. Took a while to get that one pedal off the crank, lots of heat and pb blaster, but I got it. I wanted to mock everything up to see how it would fit. The original fork is bent, thats why I haven't had it on. I'm going to straighten it though.

    Just thinking about those nasty gumwalls on my bike was making me sick, so I found a couple vintage ballooner tires that I had laying around, a crest deluxe on the back and a lightning on the front. Looks so much better. The chain is wrong ( I have the right one soaking in pb right now) and I threw on the mismatched pedals that came on it for now so I could finally ride it. Just riding down my block and back I got so many looks, even let one of the neighbors ride it. Gonna tear it all apart soon and start stripping paint.

    It turns out the 2 rear dropcenter rims I have are slightly different, so I'm not going to use them. All I have right now is a matching set of 24" dropcenter rims, still not sure if I want to go 24x3 yet. Either way I'm going to have to build my own rims.


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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    mmmmmm m! Me like the looks of the parts comin' together! Interesting goose neck, the riser gives it a different look.

    Jeo
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    leave it, thats rat. luv that springer

    Outlaw :mrgreen:
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    I like the selection of parts and the rust that goes with then. Those fork are cool.
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    I agree those forks are cool are you swapping the springer for the original fork? Nice start and good luck building your wheels!
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    looks great!
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3


    The springer is the original fork. I took it off because the steer tube is bent and I need to straighten it so I had that rusty fork from the womens bike on there just to start mocking things up.
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    Ahh I see now. I should have read the very first post my bad! :oops:
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    Love the forks! Very envious of the tank! Thinking of doing a custom one for mine. Can't wait to see where you go with yours! :wink:
    L8 EM
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    No problem!

    Thanks...I've got some cool stuff in mind...
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/3

    Got the frame, fenders, chainguard, and tank stripped yesterday. Found quite a bit of old damage that was poorly pounded out on the right side of the tank. Threw on some putty to smooth it out.

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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/20

    Got a lot more done today. Welded up the indents from the bent crank on both sides, finished stripping the tank and filling it, finished the rear fender and primered it. Ended up changing plans...watch for updates...
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    Re: BACK IN BLACK - Update 6/20

    Got alot more done today. Finished stripping the paint off of everything. Frame is painted. Tank and rear fender are in primer and wetsanded ready for paint.

    Don't leave your tank outside after you paint it! (See pic)

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    At least the paint was dry!

    Sneak peek at frame:

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    Since that tank has poop on it-it's ruined! :lol: Better send it to me! :wink: Looking good!Been so beat up by my new job I have'nt had the energy to start mine yet! :shock:
    L8 EM
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