Red Rocket Bomber (almost done 11*18*08)

May 16, 2007
198
2
Gladstone Mo.
Hey all
Hope everyone is well...
Not more than two weeks ago I made a statement

"i'm telling myself "no new projects right now"...
we'll see how long this last..."

Then it happens...
Some one said "Klunker and Build Off" in the same sentence

Next thing I know i am looking around for a frame and parts...
Found a frame









it's a 24 inch frame
Let's see where this goes

Hey by the way...
can we try to identify the frame?
I got it with out a head badge...

ponytailmike
mike
 
Aug 2, 2008
1,096
0
Grain Valley, MO
Re: Red Rocket Bomber

cant wait to see what you come up with PTM. btw i love the new avatar!!! it was great meeting you and seeing your bikes at the peddlers swap. ill be sure to check up on your build!!!

Easy E
 
May 16, 2007
198
2
Gladstone Mo.
Re: Red Rocket Bomber

Hey all…
Saturday morning I went out shopping (aka thrift storing)…
Found a nice set of weinmann aluminum rims…
They are 1.5… narrower than what I would usually use…
But I liked the blacked out rims…
The tires I had laying around from a sale this spring…
Innova, 24x2.10, with a red stripe wrapped through the center…





While I was out “shopping’ I came up with this idea…
I actually remembered the idea after taking those two photos…
I road Baby Deluxe the two blocks to the auto part store…
Then road home with two 5/16 brake lines five foot long…



With the fork off the bike…
And tubing cutter in hand…
I start taking some measurements…
Then got my torch out…
I love working that pool of brass around metal and filling joints…



I think my truss rods turned out pretty good
I hope they have an old look
I didn’t have a photo or a set laying around to copy…





I took these photos Sunday morning…







Ponytailmike

Mike
 
Apr 29, 2007
886
10
Kansas City Mo
Re: Red Rocket Bomber(new photos 10*14*08)

Nice bike Mike, I think I've seen it around somewhere. Hay Mike, Is that bike going to be ridable by the 19th? I like to see it at the club meeting. I think I see some other parts there too. As always another cool bike from ponytail mike.

Dos cruiser
 

cman

Moderator
Dec 4, 2006
10,823
836
Boise,ID
Re: Red Rocket Bomber(new photos 10*14*08)

Cool build so far. Funky frame- especially that area by the kickstand bridge. That truss fork is great with the reinforcements.
 
Feb 14, 2008
2,355
5
Olympia,WA
Re: Red Rocket Bomber(new photos 10*14*08)

those tires look like they are sporting a mohawk. great lookin. it's coming along nice.

Outlaw 8)
 
May 16, 2007
198
2
Gladstone Mo.
Re: Red Rocket Bomber(new photos and video 10*15*08)

Hey all…
First I wanted to say I wish I had time to respond to all the builds…
They are all looking great… good job fellow Klunkers…
Red Rocket is in the first stages of drive train and brake mock up…
But she is a rider now…



The dual back brakes are modified Dia-Compe side pull…
The stud was damaged for the rear brake…
So… I drilled out the old stud…
Then used the longer front stud to hold it all together…
It works pretty well…



The drive train is an old 1978 Shimano Integer FF system…
What is that you might ask???
Well back in the 70’s all the manufactures were experimenting …
Shimano decided to put the freewheel up front with the chainring…
This allowed the user to shift gears while coasting or pushing the bike…
Quite a neat system… But it didn’t go over very well…





Shimano Thunder Bird front and Eagle II rear derailers…
Wald pedals with toe clips attached round out the drive train…
Here is a video clip…




The seat is a Mesinger… Nothing fancy…
I just like the design on its side…



BMX handlebars outfitted with Shimano thumb shifters and Dia-Compe hand brakes…



Red Rocket is still only in mock up stages…
I’m thinking I might braze on some better brakes…
I’m currently undecided…
And I do like a triple chainwheel…
Might look for another set of handlebars…
Just thinking on the keyboard…
We’ll keep up posted…

Ponytailmike
Mike
 
Re: Red Rocket Bomber(new photos and a video 10*15*08)

Man, that freewheel up front is pretty cool looking, kinda like a set of spinners... I can see more than a few people getting stitches from the spinning bashguard tho :)