It is with great sadness that I must put █ ▌▌G.I.JESSE JAMES ▌▌█ on the back burner and bring another bike into play for the build-off. I will continue to build the sidecar chopper, and I encourage you to follow that build in the builds section here: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=56352 This bike is more suited for the build-off this year because I have a lot of things going on right now and this bike will take less time to get together the way I want it, and I already have an early deadline of mid July to have it mostly done to take with us on vacation. Nothing spectacular will be done on this build, just some rust preservation, a wheel swap, seat swap, adding the huge apes I made, etc... It's more of an assembly than a built. Here is the bike as I purchased it for $40 December of 2011. Once I posted it on here in Fresh Finds I discovered that this was a bike made during a factory strike here in the US, so it was actually built in West Germany. There are subtle differences between it and it's American counterparts, but mainly what caught my eye was the 3 piece bottom bracket which I now know is a Thompson BB and it's damaged... that's my big hurdle right now. Anyway, I started tearing it down: Some parts thrown about: Found the original color under the tank: I knew when I saw it on CL in the photo that the fork was bent, so I pulled it today to check it out, what do you think, is it bent? You've pretty much got the overall idea of the build now, I just want it to be a rider by time I go on vacation in July.