Skylark Convertible

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  1. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster) Pro Member

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    Finally started work on the front fender today. This will probably be the most involved part of the build as I will be taking one of my Mullet rear fenders and making a Bluebird front fender out of it.
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    The TRM fiberglass fenders are wider than stock Bluebird fenders (by design) so the first step was to relieve it on each side so that it will fit between the fork blades.
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    Next I located the top center and drilled it for a bolt.
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    Tomorrow I'll work on the brace.
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  2. Dr. Tankenstein

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    Love it!


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    I was wondering how wide the fender was going to be. I will be anxious to see a tire mounted in there. But not TOO anxious, I know you have nearly 3 months left. :bigsmile:
     
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  4. contraptionist

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    Do you have a bluebird tank you could copy?, one of those would be cool on a custom bike.
     
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    Looks good brother


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  6. The Renaissance Man

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    Thanks y'all!
    I don't, but I believe that a guy over at theCabe has made them. His member name is JAF/CO
    Don't want you to be anxious, so here's a photo for you. :)

    Uncut and sporting a temporary test brace...
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    Swooopy!
     
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    I love it:41:
     
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  9. contraptionist

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    Thanks for the info on the bluebird tank, I will check it out.
     
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    Thanks y'all!
    This will give you an idea about how wide it is. The stock fender would've fit between the seat stays without the relief dimples.
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    She has so many curves; may cause an accident : while rolling down .. Broad St ..:grin:
     
  13. The Renaissance Man

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    Got the front fender brace cut out and the edges sanded smooth.
    There is more to this than meets the eye. It's hard to tell from the picture but both sides are tapered in and is straight and parallel for 5" at the center. Also, the hour glass shape is slightly offset to one side.
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    Big thanks to Jim Frazier in Stockton for sending me a cardboard template of an original Elgin brace! There's no way I could have duplicated it this precisely by only looking at photos.
     
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    She's gorgeous :heart:
     
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    Got this Elgin wheel with a much better air cooled hub than the one that I had from @sandman today! It came from his donor bike. It should clean up nicely and no rust pitting to deal with!
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    Thanks Jeff!!!:thumbsup::cool2:
     
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    I couldn't be much happier with the fit on the fender brace! This is one of those rare instances where everything lined up on the first try. I fully expected to have to oval a couple of the mounting holes but they lined up perfectly!

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    The only issue that I had was when I bent the middle to fit the inside of the fender, it tried to fold where the holes are. In hindsight I should have just center punched the two locations and drilled them after the radius was bent. Just slowed things down and created unnecissary work to get it shaped right.

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    Now to drill the two holes in the fender and the brace will be done!

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    The fender is drilled and the rivit head bolts are in place.

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    Next up, take it back apart and cut its nose off!
     
  18. contraptionist

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    Are you going for the original fender look?, they made a nice looking bike back then.
     
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    Yes, that's what I'll be working on next. I left the fender long so that it could be trimmed correctly after it was mounted in the fork.

    I'll be shaping the front fender like an original Blubird fender.
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    The Skylark fender was made with a headlight. But with the TRM tank, a fender light would look out of place.
     
  20. contraptionist

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    That is going to be nice, do you make the skylark headlight?
     
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