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Project Lil' Guido

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by Smoopy's, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Smoopy's

    Smoopy's

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    Hey, so I thought I would throw together a new bike for our shop to take with us on our show circuit next year. I wanted something of a "not your everyday" run of the mill bike so I chose this 1974 SICUR Hi-Lo folding bicycle. I've had this Italian jewel(hence the name) in my collection for a while now(dumpster dove for this one.. :mrgreen: ) and decided it was time to restore it. the paint is shot; but the aluminum fenders & wheels are still in useable shape. the generator light set still works and I plan to keep it.
    I'm going for the Gov'ner style look so the paint will be deep hunter green with a gold pearl with fresh white tires. I also plan to add some billboard plates with our logo to the rear rack sides and a small piece of vintage luggage on top. I also plan to run one of our all leather "Smoops" seats and various other parts from our shop. along with a custom headbadge from Jones & sons..stay tuned

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  2. BrunneCustoms

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    This bike looks a lot like my Rapido folding bike. The frame is just a little different, and mine didn't have a back rack. I look forward to this one finished. I love these folding bikes I think they are really different and have a neat look to them. Good luck with this build.
     
  3. Smoopy's

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    so I got the bike broken down and sent off to our sandblaster..got it back yesterday. I have to admit, I have a thousand ideas running through my mind for this build. I think i've got it figured out on what I want to do.

    here's the frame
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    here's the template for the rear billboard plates
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    and here's a rough idea of how they will look
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    I had planned to leave most of the aluminum and nickel plated parts as-is; but which the paint scheme, I just think we need to go another route..I went ahead a broke down the wheels and hubs..more to come
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  4. Smoopy's

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    so I moved on to my three favorite P's...Paint, Powder, & Polish!! (I was also out of sheetmetal so I will have to wait on fabbing up the plates).. :lol:
    I decided to powder coat most of the small parts, handlebars, & rims gloss black( in have something else brewing for the fenders..brahhahaha). I think it will help achieve my goal of classic turn of the century styling.

    here are the small parts before powder
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    and after a fresh coat of glossy black powder
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    I love the nickle finish and decided to keep a few parts in that finish..so here's what I polished while the powder cured
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    I also got out the ole' airbrush and misted some HOK pegan gold on the hubs..classy!!
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    more to come...
     
  5. cman

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    It is going to be a classy little bike.
     
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  7. Smoopy's

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    thanks guys for all the comps...yeah, I've not built a folder before so this is a experience for me as well. I finished up the wheels yesterday. I laced them up, trued them out, & rebuilt the hubs..spin like butta..
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    the chainguard has started to trouble me..it is pretty waving right in the middle and it is so thin I don't think I can smooth it out..so when in doubt..chop it off!!
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    chainguard cut and rounded to flow with the lines of the bike
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    I finished all the powdercoating last night as well..handlebars and levers were the last to get done. I really like the fact the levers are built into the bars..pretty trick
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    thought I would have some fun last night while the powder cured... :D
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    on the fabbing up the plates and get the frame in primer..more to come!!
     
  8. Gdcast

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    Looks almost exactly like my first bike ever... I got the scar on my chin with that one :D good memories...
    I like what you´re doing man!
     
  9. Smoopy's

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    okay, I decided to incorpeate some wood into this bike. I think it will compliment the overall look. I decided to make a rear rack insert and a coffee cup holder for the handlebar. I'll be the first to admit I am not a woodworker so I will do the best I can.. :p
    I decided to use oak since it looked the best
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    and the cup holder
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  10. Smoopy's

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    I finally got me some more sheetmetal and finished cutting out the rear inserts and bolting them into place..
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    here's a quick glance at what they will look like with the wood accent(now sanded and stained a pecan color)
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    I also got the carry-on box I plan to use on the rear rack..it needs some work; but I think it will be a cool addition once it's finished
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  11. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    I don't know how I missed this bike. It looks like it's going to turn out great.
     
  13. UTR1

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    looking good :mrgreen:
     
  14. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    You bringing this to the Cabin fever Rat Rod Cycle Run on the 12th of February. :?:

    I will be there i wanna see it.
     
  15. Smoopy's

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    that's the deadline I've set for myself.. :wink: I got it set in primer today so hopefully start on the paint this weekend..stay tuned!!
     
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    will do. :wink: do you have any idea of how many people/bikes will be there.
     
  17. Smoopy's

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    dunno, we are trying to spread the word..hopefully a good turn out
     
  18. blackphantom

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    Lookin good so far.
     
  19. Smoopy's

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    well, the frame, fork, & plates are all set in primer now..so paint will begin this weekend(I hope :roll: ) I got some goodies in today!!
    some fresh white Kendas and some Bontrager gold braided cable casing...yummy!!
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  20. Smoopy's

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    now it's time for the crafty part of this build... :lol: I finished my carry-all box for the rear rack today..in case you don't remember her's what it looked like before:
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    I polished all of the tarnished parts; but left the strips(you'll see why in a minute). I then traveled to my favorite store to hate..Wally World and picked up the Krylon touch and some shoe polish:
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    I taped off and sprayed the box with the Krylon..let tack up..and then rubbed the shoe polish lightly in some areas and heavy in others..this gives it a aged effect..basically made old look old again...here's the final result:
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    I had this old drawer handle lying around and it matched the metal strips perfectly so I used it along with a piece of oak to compliment the look:
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    I also added this little do-dads to each side..swanky!!
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    I plan to add some vintage Italian Luggage tags as well to complete the look..more to come!!
     

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