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Texas Special

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by MIGZ, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. MIGZ

    MIGZ

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    I had planed to do one of these, I was just waiting on the right frame and I will soon have one. So I started off this afternoon with some of the loose part I had in my parts stash.

    Quick pic to draw inspiration.

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    The beginning of the project.

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  2. FatBoy

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    This is gonna be SWEET!!!
     
  3. Walker

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    What's that rim?
     
  4. Chips_Mahoy

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    Great idea!
     
  5. Toeslider

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    There was one of those in the Felt Bikes thread. Don't know how many they made. Cool idea though, I can think of a lot of other themes like that to do. '69 Z28 Pace Car comes to mind...

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  6. NewOrleansFlyer

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    Wow.....nice work!
     
  7. MIGZ

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    Thanks for the feedback. I looked at a lot of different vintage hot rods but the Gulf racer stood out to me, I also already had the orange 24" rims so it was matter of lacing them up.

    As for other bikes I built a white bike last year so that pushed out all white hotrods/racers.

    Here is a pic of the white one I built.

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  8. MIGZ

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    In an effort to visualize my plans to the wife I did this. Now I just have to figure out the rest of how this sucker is going to go together.

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  9. Gravelo

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    Instead of using traditional nuts on the wheels, you could get oversized wing nuts like the knock offs on the gulf?
     
  10. vanilla_gorilla

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    bicycledesigner.com has wheel nuts that look like knock offs if you want to go all out
     
  11. Skipton

    Skipton Come out and ride with The Chicago TailDraggers!

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    Great idea I love all the GULF livery stuff.

    Looks like you have a killer work shop.... How many wheels are you building :roll: ..... sure are a lot of hubs on the workbench :mrgreen:
     
  12. scott brownsey

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    sweet
     
  13. wheelbender6

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    I was going to say that Steve McQueen drove a GT-40 in the Gulf colors just like the one you posted in the classic movie "Lemans". However. Wikipedia says McQueen drove a Porsche that sported the Gulf Oil colors. It's been a while since 1971. The movie was considered revolutionary because they mounted cameras on the cars in a variety of ways to catch authentic action. they also used actual race footage from the 1970 24 hours of Lemans.
     
  14. Len

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    Here is a little racer I put together for my nephew as Christmas present

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  15. MIGZ

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    This project just got canceled the frame is not going to work for what I had planned.
     
  16. brett4christ

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    Bummer! I was looking forward to this one!
     
  17. MIGZ

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    Re: Gulf Racer

    So was I but the rear chain stays do not have enough room for the tire I was planning on using.
     
  18. MIGZ

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    Re: Gulf Racer no more now Texas Special

    In an effort to use the wheels the original project is still not going forward but the wheels are on to the new project called Texas Special. I ended up getting another frame that will fit the tires and it already had the base coat needed for a faux patina look I have been wanting on a bike. The frame had a few small nicks and scratches which is great because it will add to the final look.

    Here is the frame as it arrived
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    Now with the 2nd coat of paint, I'm gonna let this dry a few days before I do the other colors on top.
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    Here is where I removed the fended mount since I will not be using that. I kept the rear one to hang a vintage license plate from.
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  19. MIGZ

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    Re: Gulf Racer no more now Texas Special

    Got the rest of the parts to get this project moving along again. I'll get started on painting again and greeting ready for full assembly after paint and sanding is done.
     
  20. MIGZ

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    Re: Gulf Racer no more now Texas Special

    Couple of pics from along the way.

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    Here is the finished product I didn't do the best of taking pics along the way but its done.

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    Gotta give special thanks to my Buddy chuck for helping.
     

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