****The Better Half**** Finished

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  1. milbums

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    This is my first build off and my third build since i got back into bikes. The wife asked me to build her a bike hence the name. I had this 48 Columbia built Higgins I picked up in a package deal. I have no idea where I am headed with this but the wife wants it to be "pretty". Out of the blue a tank came available yesterday in the FS section that I purchased that should be here next week. Have a couple of rims from the Electra sale if I can't salvage the drop centers. Well see how it goes. I look forward to watching all the builds and participating with such a talented group op people. Good luck to all!

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  2. kingfish254

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    Great to see another Columbia.
    Good luck.
     
  3. LukeTheJoker

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    Building a bike for the wife! Nice! :wink:

    Luke.
     
  4. milbums

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    Broke it down and stripped frame and fork.
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    A box of parts to clean up.
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  5. yoothgeye

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    How did you strip your frame so fast? Can you do mine?
     
  6. panelman

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    Love that frame! Will be keeping tabs on how this comes together.
     
  7. milbums

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    Aircraft stripper and wire wheel.
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  8. milbums

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    Stated working on the fenders, I spent most of Saturday on straightening and body work. Sunday I primed and painted the primary color. Also cleaned up the rims and have them in primer. Guard and fork were painted earlier in the week and I was able to get some accent color on them.
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  9. kingfish254

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    Looks like a candy shop
     
  10. jats

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    awsome progress!! love the paint!

    Troy
     
  11. ChrisMac

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    Oooooo. Very shiny....
     
  12. milbums

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    This build has been going slower than I would have liked, busy at work and spent the last couple of weekends changing the timing chains on my daughters car. I was able to get a secondary color on the fenders and some paint on the rims. I'm still not sure if I will go with the painted drop centers or a set I got from the Electra sale that I plan on polishing.
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  13. MplsCoaster

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    Sweet paint work!! :shock: 8) :mrgreen:
     
  14. The Renaissance Man

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    X2 8) wow
     
  15. SCHWINNRAY69

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    Wow, great paint skills! :D
     
  16. CCR

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    Agreed man, paint looks smooth as glass, the paint on most of these bikes we dig up never looked as good as that does right there :D
     
  17. Dr. Tankenstein

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    Love that color of white, do you mind telling us the name?

    Is it rattlecan?

    PM me if you want to keep it a secret during the build-off, I'm not entered so.........

    Cheers,
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  18. milbums

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    Rust-oleum-Almond and Burgundy
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    I think the results come from the prep. I spent a whole day straightening the fenders and filling, sanding, filling, sanding, filling, sanding.
    Then primer and paint followed by wet-sanding, rubbing compound then polishing compound. I always wait about a week for second color to prevent orange peel. Then rubbing compound, polishing compound and finally a good coat of wax.


    My wife liked the colors on my other bike but i want to switch them. The frame will be Almond and the darts Burgundy. I am hoping this will make it a little more feminine. Will just have to see how it goes. Here is my bike with similar colors.
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    Had I known there was going to be a Klunker contest, I probably would have waited to build this.
     
  19. deorman

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    8) The drop center rims could use a couple of burgundy pin stripes. :wink:
     
  20. milbums

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    Some more parts painted.
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    I picked up a tank, one side is really good the other has some surface pitting and a couple of dings to straighten.
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    Starting to lace the wheels, picked up a skiptooth sproket for the 3 speed from Ichibike.
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