A few weeks ago i bought me a Straight 8. This is how it was when i bought it.The bike is in worse shape than i touht it was. When i took the bike home i need to take it apart because it won't fit in my car. After i came home trew the bike in the garden,because it's bad shape could the bad weather do no harm. The paint is in very poor condition. After the cold days i started to cleaned up the parts. Because of the bad shape,and having no inspiration. I decided to make it a Ratty 8. It's cheap,easy to do and doesn't cost much time. First i cut of the V-brake mounts,because the rust on the chrome parts this was no problem. After that sanded the chrome on the forklegs matte. On the pic only the right one is done. Used some red paint to make the spokes red again. And the side of the front rim is sprayed black again. Because i like the Brooks sadles, also this time a Brooks it's the Aged B67. Also shortened the rear fender,i don't like long fenders. I couldn't use the handlebar because it was bent at one side. That's why i mounted the this low handlebar. For the grips i used some old leather that i've wrapped around the handlebar. This is how the Ratty 8 looked after a few days. As you can see the shifter is still missing. I don't like the gripshifts so i needed something else. A Sturmey Archer shifternothing special, but better than the gripshift. I left off the plastic cover,drilled some dents,and made them red. Mounted it to the chainstay,and it looks better i think. I've put a pair of old slotbolds in the handle bars to secure the leather,and they are nice low-budget end caps. This is the Ratty 8 at this moment.