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Fisch- A newb with a Rear twin caliper Spyder

Discussion in 'INTROS' started by Fisch, May 24, 2010.

  1. Fisch

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    Hey cats! My name is Scott Fischer, and I went to the Brimfield antique show in MA (Just about the biggest in the country!) and I suddenly started noticing bikes again! I seriously have no bought a bike since I was in 8th grade (I'm 38). No joke! I saw a Yamaha moto-bike, and passed on the $300 he was asking for it, BUT I REMEMBERED. You know, remembered, what it was like to lust after that bike as a kid. So the bug had bitten and I find myself here! I've always customized things, from guitars to cars, so this place feels right at home for me!

    Next thing you know I am scouring CL for bikes. Thought I'd start with a bit of muscle, and there it was, '69 Sears Spyder (with the twin rear brakes). $50
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    I think it looked way worse in person so we agreed on $35 and I was on my way home, thinking, what the heck did I just buy, yikes! But I started to feel better when the tires held air in the driveway. This is how it looked. I saw some potential. A cheap set of pedals after this, and it is even a rider as is!

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    I just got it last Fri, I felt a joy I hadn't known in years just pedaling fiugre 8's in the driveway with this rusty Spyder. But then I popped the rear tire, and broke a rusty spoke, most are frozen and way off. Also STEEL WOOL is the coolest thing ever! I could not believe how well this chrome cleaned up (except the rear tire.)

    So it has been 4 days or so, the bike is now fully apart the frame sanded to metal and a healthy coat of Master Series Silver primer (like POR 15) is waiting to be wet sanded down. I have big ideas in my head we shall see how far I get! (I'll start a project thread.)

    A bit about me, I am a professional illustrator. I do everything from novelcovers to computer game concept design, to kids books. My latest kidsbook, JUMP has been selected to go into over a million Cheerios boxes this fall, so that is pretty cool!
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    You can see my Sci-fi fantasy art at my website http://www.fischart.com

    Also I am big into old cars and my breed of choice are Datsuns! I amd a moderator at http://www.ratsun.net and have a 1971 521 pickup, and a 1959 Datsun 1000!!!

    Here is the 71 (Bet I could fit alot of bikes in the back!)
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    The interior!
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    Here is the '59 as it sits (w/ me in it.)
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    Here is where I am going with it! (Photoshop)
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    Finally I love to draw Datsuns in my spare time (might have to draw a few bikes now too!) Here is my latest based on my truck.
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    And a link to a bunch more if you are interested!
    http://community.ratsun.net/index.php?showtopic=16727

    I look forward to digging in more around here!

    I met a cool guy yesterday at the Dudly MA show and Swap (first bike show, so fun!) I think his name was Steve? Into muscle bikes. Had done an Iverson up like the starship Enterprise. Has a white goatee. And he said he was a member here, so if you are reading, nice meeting you!!
     
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  2. Rat Rod

    Rat Rod Owner & Founder Head Honcho Moderator

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    Welcome Scott! :D

    Love your illustrations and your Datsuns!
     
  3. Fisch

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    Thanks for the welcome! You have a great forum here (Been visiting every few hours for about a week now!). The graphics are hot, the people cool as heck, and the bikes.... flippin SWEET!

    I tell you, coming from working on cars, I gotta say I love the simplicity of a bike! I had the whole thing apart in the kitchen in a couple hours! Took me 3 days to get the stuck rear drum off that '59 Datsun!!

    BTW here is a link if y'all want to check out the full story on that '59! Only about 1000 of them ever came into the country, and I know of about 22 still out there!
    http://community.ratsun.net/index.php?showtopic=15083

    Also, started a project thread for the Spyder!

    http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=27068

    So I also build robot puppets out of junk! (Which will influence this bike for sure! Might have to make it a talking bike!) Here is the gang! Being a children's book author I take them to schools and libraries with me. The kids go NUTS!!
    Emmerson He is basically a full on muppet.:
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    Mr Mojo Robo
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    Just a piece of wall art:
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    So as you can see I have always been a tinkerer, which is why I love this place. You guys are so innovative! It is inspiring!
     
  4. CCR

    CCR Mouth-Breather Moderator

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    Welcome !!! id be lie'n if i said i wasnt jealous of that kinda talent.
     
  5. Galtbacken

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    Welcome! :D Oh, I like your artwork, and those robots! I'll be a treat to see the bikes you'll build, really looking forward to it!
     
  6. Gold Street Customs

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    Dude !! (I'm from California I can get away with it) I can't wait till you put all that creativity into a bike, very impressive,and welcome
     
  7. Fisch

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    Thanks again dudes! Here is a bit of my more grown up sci-fi art. I do Novel covers. Computer concept design (just finished gigging for Disney on the new Tron stuff! I didn't work on the light cycle, but it is flipping rad!!) Also spent a lot of time working on trading card games like MAgic- the gathering. Some time with Dungeons and Dragons too!

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  8. Galtbacken

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    Cool! :D Are those watercolour? Gouache? Acrylics? Computer graphics?...or all of the mentioned...? :lol:
     
  9. Ace

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    Wow, that's some cool stuff you make 8) welcome !
     
  10. Fisch

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    Oh! And I almost forgot, I've illustrated a bike! Here is a ink piece I did for 'The Spiderwick Chronicals' (They had a guest artist section in the collected novel). Freakin Jared (from the book) rocking a Stingray! Some day I shall have one!

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  11. Fisch

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    All of the above! Often I will do a digital underpainting and fling the oilpaint on top of that, so things like faces and hands are all oil paint. But for kidsbook stuff I am hitting the watercolor. Some pieces are 100% digital though, like this one! More and more on the sci-fi work I am all digital. Saves so much time!!! I am mostly Photoshop for a program. But used a bit of Artrage on this one too.
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  12. Galtbacken

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    My guess would have been that you mix techniques. :) Really nice work! Thanks for sharing!
     
  13. kram

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    Hey Scott, very cool to see you on here. I'm familiar with your work and I've checked out your website many times. A big congratulations on your book making it into the cheerios boxes! Can't wait to see what you do with your bike.
     
  14. Rat Rod

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    Scott those robots are incredible.

    Why do I think you're parents have no hair left?...ha ha! :lol:
     
  15. Hooch

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    very cool stuff welcome to the site!
     
  16. Rat Rod

    Rat Rod Owner & Founder Head Honcho Moderator

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    Here's a way to combine your robot skills with the bikes....

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    This bike showed up at a local bike show last year here in Dallas.

    The guy pressed a button and the jaw on the front dropped down and fire shot out of the robot's mouth.
     
  17. Fisch

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    THAT IS AMAZING!!!!!!! Wow, I am blown freakin away with that one. Fire!? Coolest of the cool! Thanks for sharing this!
     
  18. ifitsfreeitsforme

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    there is a garage down the street for me that has a '71 Datsun pickup for sale. I have always like them. welcome to the forums.
     
  19. Markm

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    welcome :mrgreen:
     
  20. Fisch

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    Thanks again for the warm welcome guys! Kram you have some very cool stuff on that website!

    Tborner notied the Teisco guitars in my build thread so I thought I would add them here since I customized some of them!

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    Here is almost the whole family!
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    Here is their bottom of the line guitar, and I challenged myself to make it kick ... using only vintage period parts (Though I made the pickguard!). I think it is my fave. It seems to have the most mojo.
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    I have a thing for self amplified guitars and this is one of the early ones. Teisco TRG1. Which I also customized up from a basket case! Striped Aluminum pickguards were a Teisco thing, so I enjoyed recreating it. I should try it on a bike!
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    Here is my most 'bizarre' fetish guitar. The Victoria. Pure Japanese nuttiness!
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    Rock on! (literally)
     

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