Columbia Convertible Commuter *FINISHED*

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  1. LukeTheJoker

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    Awesome! I was hoping that the lines would match well with the rack! Spot on TRM! :thumbsup:

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  2. kingfish254

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    Looks great on this frame.
    I can see how the tank has a lot to grab to on the front of the frame, but how is it held in place at the seat tube? I know with Raceliner it wrapped around, but on this frame is it just held by tension?
     
  3. HuffDaddy

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    Looks great!!!
     
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    I like it, want to see more!
     
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    WAY COOL:bigboss:
     
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  7. The Renaissance Man

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    It fits snugly around the front half of the seat tube. With the front clamped around the head tube and top tubes, I believe the trailing end could actually not be connected at all and it would still be tight. As I was moving it around yesterday, i was carrying it by the tank like a handle on a suit case and it was solid!

    I don't have much more to show yet, but here's an interesting picture that I took straight at the top of the frame.:)

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    Sometimes good work takes time. I can wait. It'll be worth it, I'm sure.
     
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  9. Kevin Kanouff

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    Nice balance there!


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  10. kingfish254

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    Looks like a rocket ship!!!
    Your description makes sense when I remember how beefy the fiberglass is on these bad boys.
     
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    Wow!

    Great lines for sure... Add some little fins or taillight pods to that rack and you'd have something that even Harley Earl would be proud of!
     
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  12. gowjobs

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    Oh, there you go, invoking Harley Earl. (Picturing the choir singing "Randolph Scott" in BLAZING SADDLES)
     
  13. roadwarrior

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    Hey, Ren... What do you use to join the tank halves together? I would imagine it to be a hollow piece of tubing that you would run your bolt through that would keep tightening pressure from cracking the tank.
     
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  14. roadwarrior

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    '59 Impala tailfins added come to mind.
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  15. Chad T

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    Looks like a great build here. Love the idea of the speedy cruiser with TRM touch.

    I put one of those bb adaptors on a stingray and I had to clean up the inside of the shell a bit with a sanding drum. The adaptor also bottomed out inside the bottom bracket before the outer lip was all the way tight to the outside but the width was right.
     
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  16. The Renaissance Man

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    Thanks sensor, Kevin, kingfish and kingsting!

    Gowjobs, that cracked me up! I could picture everyone with their hats off and the chorus singing "Harley Earl". :21:

    Roadwarrior, I definitely see the Impala similarity. That gives me ideas for creating a fiberglass rack along those lines at some point! I'll get a picture of the fasteners in the tank when I get the time.

    Thanks Chad T, I'll be sure to check the depth before I press anything together.
     
  17. The Renaissance Man

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    This is a good question, thanks for asking.

    I finally had a chance this afternoon to get a picture of the fasteners for the tank. After eliminating several ideas in the developmental stages early into this, I decided on using stainless steel machine screws and coupling nuts to bolt the halves together. One side is first put together with a jam nut against the coupling nut and the other side screws into that. I've not seen any indication that the fiberglass is compromised from tightening the screws together. I suppose if someone torqued it ridiculously tight it would cause problems, but a reasonable tightening holds it together nicely. Also, the glass is pretty thick so it would take a fairly good effort to crack it.

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  18. c1run1

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    very cool id like to see this done like steam punk style i bet it would be over the top
     
  19. The Renaissance Man

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    Got a couple of parts in the mail today!
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    I didn't know you could order a derailer claw. And it is in black!

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