Murican Flyer (Boten)

Mar 3, 2014
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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.



I also started doing some of this:

What's that your dipping that crank in looks good


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