Murican Flyer (Boten)

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  1. hammer mechanic

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    Hold my beer I'm going in.
    This will be my first documented build.
    There are lots of folks here with great talent, skill and imagination. I don't have any of those. But I do have a 1955 American Flyer badged Schwinn.
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    Nothing ground breaking here, I'll see what is under the gold paint, probably a new paint job in the near future. I have a few kickback hubs, may try to work one of those in. I predict a set of apes. And I'm going to try my hand at a street sweeper fender.
    Wish me luck!
     
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  2. LukeTheJoker

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    Welcome aboard!

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  3. Falstaff

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    like the street sweeper idea. Welcome to the build.
     
  4. The Renaissance Man

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    Good luck.
     
  5. kingfish254

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    Nice bike. Your title reminded me of a business here in Southeast Georgia that used to sell Mow-bile homes in the 80s. There catch phrase was "Buy Amurican, cuz you are one"
     
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  6. Schwinnspastic

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    An American classic, hard to go wrong with a straight bar frame.
    I'll be following along with your build ! :bigboss: :thumbsup:
    Mark
     
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    Great introduction and the bike...
     
  8. hammer mechanic

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    Thanks for all the positive comments, everyone.
    I got the bike torn down today. Stem and seatpost put up a little fight. Found evidence or original red color.
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    My arm is getting tired, want your beer back?:D
     
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  10. G-Matt

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    You talked bout one of these


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  11. hammer mechanic

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    I did some sanding on the frame today. I found original red paint under the white paint that was under the gold paint. I kinda got my hopes up that the graphics would have survived, but I had a misconception as to how the paint was originally applied, and I probably destroyed any graphics that may or may not have been there. It was impossible for me to tell with white paint sprayed over white graphics. Oh well. I have either sanded too much or not nearly enough. 001.JPG 002.JPG
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  12. hammer mechanic

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    I changed gears today. Decided to stick some tires on and start mocking up my street sweepers. I have a pair of CST 26 x 2.4 tires that i've had on just about everything I own at one time or another, and think will fill up a balloon fender pretty well. I like the look of front/rear fenders but will need to scrounge up another fender since one will be a donor. 001.JPG
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  13. LukeTheJoker

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    Street sweepers are very cool, I need to build some at some point!

    Luke.
     
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  14. hammer mechanic

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    006.JPG I worked on the fill in section of the rear fender. Gold paint is just to help me see what it looks like. Devised a method to connect the two pieces together. Now I just have to knock most of the dents out.

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  15. kingfish254

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    Are you gonna work with the frame paint you have and selectively expose different levels. It looks pretty cool right now.
    Nice work on the fender so far too.
     
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  16. hammer mechanic

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    I popped for a Hornet/Spitfire frame stencil kit on the Bay. It came in the mail today. It came with some extra stencils, so I think that I am going to try to recreate the graphics in white and then distress them. The advantage to this is that I can unearth the original paint from the rear fender and not worry too much about getting it perfect before painting. But I will need to try to recreate the look if I run a front fender. If that doesn't work, I am prepared to do a repaint in different colors.
     
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  17. G-Matt

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    What's that your dipping that crank in looks good


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  18. hammer mechanic

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    Found this at my LHS(local hardware store). Just mixed up a fresh batch.
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    You have remained true to the spirit of rat rodding. I applaud you.
     
  20. hammer mechanic

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    Thank you, sir. Murica!
     

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