Hot Rod Higgins - DONE. In the finished forum

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  1. Terry66

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    This will be my first entry in the Build Off.

    Here is an old shot of the bike I am using. I actually sold this bike twice and have the frame, chainguard and rear fender back in my grubby hands for the build off.

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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins

    Like the name! :mrgreen: I'm building a Hot Rod Deluxe :p
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    Cool! I just love Higgins bikes! That frame and chain guard is real nice! :D Have fun!
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins

    Can't wait to see the cool parts. I call dibs on leftovers! haha
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins

    Thanks guys....the name sort of came from the Hot Rod Lincoln song. I've always been into old cars, drag racing, etc. So far, I have a starting bike, some parts and a couple of ideas. I don't think it will be anything too radical or unique. I just plan to build something that I really like and if others like it too, then that is icing on the cake.

    As far as parts, I have been buying/trading for bits and pieces with this bike in mind for over a year now. I'll probably be one of the slowest builds in the competition though. I'll change my mind 100 times before it is complete.
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    Alright....so I started digging out some parts. I've been picking up HIggins parts whenever I see something cool at all the meets. Not sure everything in the pic will end up on the bike, but I like what I've found so far.

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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins w/parts pic

    Well that's all looking good so far... Very Nice...
    Good to see you doing a build... Good Luck and Have Fun
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    I like what I see. I am looking forward to this build.
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins w/parts pic

    Thanks guys...I also have a 3 speed hub and some other pieces. I think the hub will be the last thing. If I have time, I'll lace it up and use it....if time is an issue, then I'll go single.

    I bought a couple cans of flat black paint and I got the frame stripped down. Only problem is I'll be out of town for a week and won't have time to work on it.

    Still not sure about the X53 fork. Thinking maybe a Girvin or something along those lines. Only problem is I am trying to not spend a ton of money on it. I want to keep it in the "rat spirit". It would be too easy to start shelling out dough and going overboard.
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins w/parts pic

    Looking forward to this one for some reason..
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins w/parts pic

    Thanks man....I am making no predictions on how it will do in the contest, but I promise it is going to be a bike that I am totally happy with! I think its gonna be good...maybe not cutting edge, but it will be a solid looking ride.
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins w/parts pic

    Great bike to start with and your pile of parts is awesome! Looking forward to seeing how it comes together
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins w/parts pic

    Thanks....the cool thing is that besides the tank, the rest of the parts were all gathered locally from RRB members or Craigslist here in Ohio. I bought the Higgins frame, fender and chainguard up in Findlay. The X53 came from Oz1972, the skirts came from npence, the seat came off a '36 CWC frame that I found on Craigslist.

    I just picked up a killer black/chrome sprocket and I am looking for a really nice vintage headlight. I was thinking maybe even an old carbide/gas light to mount on the X53 fender mount.

    I am also thinking about doing some leather carving and stitch the leather to the seat pan. Lots of great ideas, but time will tell...
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    Re: Hot Rod Higgins w/parts pic

    Bunch of cool parts. Any progress yet?
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    Sweet stash of parts, I see a Thick Brick sneaking in the pic :p Nice seat too :mrgreen:
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    Re: Pure Evel - Name Change

    OK, so after much thought, I have decided to change the name of my bike from the Hot Rod Higgins to Pure Evel. You guessed it. It is going to be a tribute bike to my childhood hero Evel Knievel. The bike is going to keep the vintage retro look, but with inspiration from Evel Knievel bikes. I guess you could say it is my Pure Evel Rat Bike.

    Finally got started on it today. First up...I've decided to chop the rear fender.

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    Gonna follow the line of the skirt and run the fender into a point. I think this will look killer on the Thick Brick out back.

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    the tank was pitted pretty bad from rust

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    Fender has a few dings....

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    Time to call in the big guns....BONDO

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    Let me start off by saying I have NO idea what I am doing when it comes to body and paint work...

    The fender after.

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    and the tank

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    Gonna try to get everything into primer tomorrow....then figure out the paint scheme. Can decide if I want to go with the white bike with blue strips like the vintage Evel bicycles or maybe paint it up like one of the early Evel jumpbikes.....
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    Re: Pure Evel - Name Change

    Gotta love anything Evel Knievel!!!!!!
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    Snale River Canyon Baby!
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    OK...so finally I am getting excited over this bike. I think I've decided to not use the X53 fork in the pic. It would have been perfect for a Hot Rod bike, but not so much an EK style bike. I have a killer '36 CWC Roadmaster frame sitting out in the garage. Pretty sure the X53 fork will end up on that frame over the winter. I think I've decided to go with either a triple tree style fork or I might even try to find a nice suspension fork.
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