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Battered & Beaten updated 8-4 DONE

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 8 - TRADITIONAL BIKES' started by kram, May 1, 2013.

  1. kram

    kram

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    I guess I'm in for this build off. My main goal is to just actually finish a bike, lol. I haven't been collecting parts but I have a fair amount of stuff still laying around.

    The frame I'm going to use is what looks like a late 30' schwinn frame. I posted the story of how I got it in the bike evaluation section a while ago but I'll repeat it here. Last summer I heard about this old dump up in Idaho where from the 30's-60's they had pushed junk off a cliff that was overlooking a river. There was all kinds of stuff from cars to old fridges. So me and a good friend found out where it was and headed up. We were mostly looking for car parts but I saw what looked like an old bike frame poking out from a bunch of rubble. It was a huge pain to get out because it was entangled in the springs of an old mattress and the mattress was pinned down by a bunch of other junk. Eventually I got it out but that wasn't the end of the adventure. To get down to this place you have to scale down a steep cliff, so you can imagine how fun that is to go back up with a bike over your shoulder :shock: . I eventually got it all the way to the top and I've never worked that hard for a bike.

    This gives you an idea of the terrain, definitely want to be up on your tetanus shot before going down there. Most of the stuff is trashed pretty bad from the ride down the cliff or the heavier stuff rolling over it.
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    Here are some pictures of the frame when I got it home. It's in decent shape but the fork is toast. The stays are going to need a bit of tweaking but I don't see any broken welds. It's got some dents here and there but they add character. Right? I started soaking it today in pb blaster and hopefully in a week or so I'll actually be able to get it apart. If the crank is original it also might help with the year of the frame.
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    I gave this bike to my brother in law a little while ago but I kept the wheelset. I think these are wheels and tires I will go with on this one, but I'll probably paint the rims.
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    I got this awesome seat from Uncle Stretch a while ago and it's never found a home on a bike, so I think it'll go good with this build.
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    For the fork I think I'm going to go with a ratrap that I have. I'll probably have to modify the rockers to work with the taller tires though. That's as far as I've got in seeing what will work.
     
  2. Re: Battered & Beaten

    Cool bike and awesome back story.
     
  3. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I build stuff. Moderator

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    Re: Battered & Beaten

    I would LOVE to go to that place. Should be a cool build.
     
  4. kingfish254

    kingfish254 CHECK OUT MY SALE THREAD FOR COOL STUFF! Pro Member

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    Re: Battered & Beaten

    Great story and build parts.
    Good luck.
     
  5. beatcad

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    hmmm....looks a little like my game plan.
    gonna have to keep an eye on you :wink:
     
  6. SCHWINNRAY69

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    Re: Battered & Beaten

    Great frame! :D I'll be watching :wink:
     
  7. Uncle Stretch

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    Re: Battered & Beaten

    Yep you have the vision I lack. Should be a nice bike when you finish. :wink:
     
  8. bebopblu

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    WOW....I LOVE that seat!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol:
     
  9. Heavy Pedal

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    Re: Battered & Beaten

    It's cool to think that bike was in that junk pile all those years and now you're gonna bring it back to life! Cool!!
     
  10. kram

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    Thanks guys, it will be fun trying to bring this one back from the dead. I got most of the bike broken down today. Still haven't gotten the seatpost to budge but I think it will. The forks were a real mess and I'm just glad I was able to get them off, but they fought the whole way. With a little bit of heat I got the pedal off and the crank parts actually come off pretty easily. From what I had seen I figured the bike was late thirties and the crank was stamped '37.
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    After I got it most taken apart I mocked up the parts to see how it was all working. I like it so far. I had a pretty labor intensive paint job planned for this but as I look at it now I think I might just degrease and clear coat the frame. The rockers on the fork will have to be extended to get clearance for the tire, but I had already planned on that. Looking it over the frame really is pretty solid still. I thought the stays were bent but they are looking really straight. The dropouts were bent in a couple directions but that was an easy fix.


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  11. Uncle Stretch

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    That seat is probably about the same time wise. It looks good on there. Gonna be a nice build.
     
  12. supergoob

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    This bike is looking awesome already.
     
  13. fordsnake

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    Oh, this one is going to be really nice! That frame is a '36 double diamond Schwinn Cycleplane...another one of my favorite frames!
     
  14. MplsCoaster

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    You've got the path racer look down pat, cool to see with that curvy frame
     
  15. Tommy Atoms

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    I was just gonna say Schwinn after seeing that AS on the crank. Nice find. Def worth digging it out.
     
  16. someguy83

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    No matter how this turns out, that frame wins top prize for most interesting story of acquisition
    Definitely watching this one
    Good luck
     
  17. 1959firearrow

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    Looking great especially for a taking a ride off of a cliff :shock: ! I really dig the look and the seat. I wish that pile was a closer to me I'd go check it out just for kicks.
     
  18. kentercanyon

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    You gotta go back for the tank! lol. Great story. It's a testament to Schwinn quality that this will be ridden and enjoyed again. Made by Union labor on American soil... what can you say that about these days?
     
  19. kram

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    I wish there had been a tank there. I'm just glad the bike is as nice as it is. It was stuck in an old mattress and that kept some of the heavier stuff off it. The fork was messed up worse than any part i have ever had. It was twisted, the threads/headtube were bent in two different spots, and the stem bolt was welded on.
     
  20. erichitscar

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    Re: Battered & Beaten updated 5-4

    Looks great already! A real contender!
     

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