ReCycled (rack progress! 7/5)

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  1. d.rock

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    To start, this was a 1984 Murray Monterey, Olympic edition.
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    I wasn't going to enter the RRBBO (how many times have you read that now?), but just couldn't stand it after reading all these build threads. I've had this bike junking up my shed for a while and finally decided to make it into something I want to ride. I had played around with some ideas in my head, but it wasn't until I broke out the aircraft stripper that I found my vision for this bike. It has a cool weblike patina to the steel that I couldn't even think about painting over. So here's how she sits, after throwing a heavy duty wheelset and a different fork at it.
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    The frame is apparently copper brazed, which looks pretty darn cool in raw form. I've got some ideas that I'll be working on over the next couple weeks, I'll be riding 'er by Memorial Day weekend.
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    Gotta love that bare-metal look! Been twenty years since I lived in Norfolk... had an apartment across the marina from Little Creek...
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    I'm guessing you're ex-Navy? That's what put me here, originally from GA. Been here 6mos, I like it so far.
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    Yup - Machinist Mate aboard U.S.S. America CV-66 1988-1991. I can't tell you how much fun Desert Storm was... no really... I can't. ;-)
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    man those rear drop outs are cool
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    There's just something about those Murrays...
    Good luck and have fun!
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    Norfolk? Better coat it with something, or it'll be solid brown in a week. :| Unless of course, you're one of those rust-rodders. :wink:
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    Got a few things done today. Straightened out the bent cranks and installed them along with the sprocket, which matches the rear wheel disc perfectly! For mockup purposes, I threw on a spare seat, stem, and bars from another cruiser I'm working on. The front brake will stay, but I'll be changing out the bars and seat. I just had to get it all together so I could take it for a lap around the neighborhood tonight. :)

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    #4, awesome! :D
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    Did some more work on the Murray today. Swapped out the fork, got the chain on, and cleaned and repacked all the bearings. Took it for a spin today, this thing rides smooth! I'm still trying to decide what type of handlebars to use. I've got a couple more projects started, but I'll leave those for another update :mrgreen:

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    I think it's time to clean the shop, again...
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    Progress! Decided to change the name, since ive committed to not spending ANY money on this build, only what parts and scraps I already have in the shop. More to come this weekend!

    How it sits now. I shortened the bars by about 2-3", wrapped them with bartape and capped 'em with wine corks.
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    Snagged a bottle opener off my workbench for the headbadge...
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    The beginning of a rack, this weekends main project...
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    Lookin good! That rack is a real cool idea! Hope ya pull it off.
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    awesome!
    Can't wait to see the finished product...
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    Too cool!
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    I'm liking the rack! Using another Murray rear triangle, brilliant!

    Definitely following this one.

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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    Love the rack idea. Wish I could steal it, but I won't. Maybe somewhere down the line.
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    I thought I had another original idea for a rack, oh well, there are very few original ideas left. Love that you found another Murray to do the rack with if you plan on keeping the dropouts it will really stand out.
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    That rack idea is a stroke of genius! Very cool! 8)
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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    Hey now, that's a great idea!

    My wife's 47 Schwinn custom last year:

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    Nice work!

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    Re: ReCycled (formerly Murray in the Raw, 5/25)

    Thanks for the positive comments! I got some more work done on the rack today. I drilled the mounts and adjusted the fit of the rack, and threw on a quick coat of satin black to match the fork. I may tweak the alignment some more but for now it fits great and all that's left is the platform.

    I also cleaned up and installed an old chain, since the other one was the only new part on the entire bike. It was just too shiny! :mrgreen:

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