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The One Day Wonder - a new/old rat in the fold

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by Bigcam59, May 22, 2012.

  1. Bigcam59

    Bigcam59

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    Well I saw this rat Schwinn American at the swap meet and couldn't resist. Maybe it was the apehangers, or the 2 speed rear wheel, but I ended up giving it a new home. I had the day off so I figured "Let's see what we can do with what we got...
    The before pics...pretty ugly and crusty, spray paint blue and rust everywhere.
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    First step was to rip 'er apart.
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    I thought for sure I would be tossing these rims building a new set around the hubs.
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    but wait! There's chrome under the crust!
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    a little work with a wire wheel and they came out pretty good! Never underestimate Schwinn Chrome! It's hard to believe they're the same wheels.
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    By this afternoon she was looking like a whole different bike. A few coats of flat black rust reformer, a bit of scrubbing with the wire wheel and a brillo pad, some new grease and a set of tires and she's ready to roll! The Corvette chainguard was a gift from Spokes...thanks, bro! ;D
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    I kept the headbadge ratty as a reminder of it's past
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    not a bad way to kill a day off :cool:
     
  2. Bigdaddy772

    Bigdaddy772

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    Sweet clean up.... I would love to find one like that!!!
     
  3. xddorox

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    You've titled your topic well. This thing came out awesome for a day's work. Congrats.
     
  4. Bigcam59

    Bigcam59

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    I think I like it with the lower bars better...
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    oooh...spooooky!
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  5. aka_locojoe

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    One day builds are my favorites. Looks good. I like the lower bars also.
     
  6. iven

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    id say keep the big bars but put them back, look funny forward like that..
     
  7. MplsCoaster

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    Nice transformation from a well executed rebuild!
    I vote for the lower bars.
     
  8. SCHWINNRAY69

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    That's a sharp looking bike! :D I like the low bars too 8)
     

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