Hood Rat, done, w/picture overload!

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  1. deven_science

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    I was frustrated at first by the stock frame aspect of the Build Off, as I NEVER leave my frames alone. The stretching, the flipping, the bed frame, I'm always doing something.

    But I've actually started looking forward to this build now, as a chance to flex my creativity within that restriction.

    Here's the base, some unremarkable Schwinn frame that I picked up at some point, and a rat trap springer that I bought from Fuzzyktu last year.

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    I'll be using some parts from this Exerciser that I got for free from a neighbor, including the 65 tooth chainring.

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    As to the name Hood Rat, this refers not to my neighborhood, but to the fact that what you don't see is the many many car and motorcycle parts that will be going on this bike.

    Good luck, everyone! I'm glad to be on board for the ride.
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    Re: Hood Rat

    "many many car and motorcycle parts"? Sounds like yours will be some serious competition... :shock:
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    Re: Hood Rat

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I love the huge front sprockets.
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    Re: Hood Rat

    I like car and motorcycle parts on a bicycle, I'll be watching.
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    Re: Hood Rat

    Digging it!

    Flip that rat trap!
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    Good luck dude!

    Cheers,
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    Hood Rat

    You know I will!
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    Re: Hood Rat

    The first of some parts coming together.

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    oh yeah baby!

    Go on!

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    Re: Hood Rat

    Made a laid back seat post out of half of a crank from an exercise bike (not the Exerciser pictured above), and a seat post cut in half.

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    In place, with my seat for the build:

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    Then I made myself a set of bars from scratch. I used 7/8" bar at the stem, but 1" for the rest of it. I needed 1", because I'm going to be using motorcycle grips that I picked up at a swap meet.

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    Starting to take some shape:

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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with bars and a seat post

    Those bars are sweet!! This is why I wish I could weld. Go!! GTB !! Peace
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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with bars and a seat post

    cool bars !!! what are your plans now for finishing the bars ? since they have been welded prep and paint ? or powder coat :?: cool build i like it .
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    Hood Rat, UPDATED with bars and a seat post

    I'm thinking I'll paint them. My color scheme right now is to paint the frame metallic black, and all other parts and pieces will be flat brown primer.
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    Hood Rat, UPDATED with bars and a seat post

    Thanks for all the comments on the bars, guys. I'm proud of them. They're not perfect, as the tubing kinked a bit when rolling it that tight, but they don't have to be perfect when they're homemade.
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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with bars and a seat post

    sweet bars! Like'n the forks too!
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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with bars and a seat post

    That is COOL! :mrgreen:
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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with bars and a seat post

    Initial mock up. 65T chainring, and rust colored wheels. I've still got plenty of little touches to do before I paint.

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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with Initial Mock up

    hey they look cool !! i like the fact that you built them american enginuty looks great !!!! :wink:
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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with Initial Mock up

    This is a wild cool tide.
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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with Initial Mock up

    +1 8)
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    Re: Hood Rat, UPDATED with Initial Mock up

    Watznu withca build!!!!
    You mock up is very cool and I see you have a very cool hood ornament in a place that I am considering, but probably won't use.

    We need an update on this very cool build, so you get the "Leaping Hare" hood ornament back page bump tonight.

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