Tornado

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    I guess this will be my entry. A 1960 Schwinn Tornado.
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    When I got it a couple years ago I took this photo, got the serial #, broke it down and stashed it in the attic. Didn't really inspect it closely. Been a while since I've seen it. Soon as I make some room in the garage I'll get it down and get started.
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    Well after getting it down from the attic I see all that I saved from it was the frame and chainguard. I guess that'll make for a better rat-rod.
    The seat stays evidentally had broken at one time and have been poorly re welded.
    The pic of the headtube you can see the original color.
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    I think this is a fork off of a new Schwinn.

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    Rim I primered and will be painting and lacing.
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    Well... I had an idea that I thought was kind of a unique twist on the rat-rod style but after thinking about it more I've decided this idea isn't right for this frame. So I've come up with another plan for for this frame. A "theme" bike which the general theme I have already done once before. I just seem to need to have a "theme" in mind when building.
    Although a "theme" bike it will be done in rat-rod style, on the cheap using all the old/used parts I can, rattle can painted etc...

    The original idea I'll save for a future RRBBO.

    Now I just hope I get warm enough weather to paint before the deadline. A low of 5 tonight.

    Oh and of course every day that goes by that I don't get a coat of paint on increases the chance that I'll change my mind again.
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    Sure enough I've changed my mind again. I think I'm going back to my original plan. Here's what I was going to do though.
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    It's themed after a friends Ford 8N tractor. Just didin't feel it was right for the RRBBO. I had been wanting to do this theme for a while. Maybe in the future. Now back to building something rat-rodish.
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    Well I would like to explain what I'm doing and where I'm going but I don't know. Piddled around a little tonight. Spent most the evening crawling on the cold garage floor looking for dropped head badge screws :x
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    Disassembled another wheel to be painted.

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    Put a few parts on the bike just so I could stare at it and see what I might want to do.
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    A few parts I will probably be using.
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    Borrowed a friends propane heater and tried to heat up my small shed so I could paint. Didn't work out all the great. Trying to keep it warm while ventilated made it difficult. Here's a hint of one of the colors I'll be using.
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    ahhhh nothing like a romantic wheel truing session infront of the old fireplace :)
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    I had this larged flanged hub I wanted to use for the front. Turned out it was for heavy-duty spokes but I went ahead and laced it up with regular spokes. I'm hoping it won't be a problem.

    Last night I laced the rear rim to a Bendix 2spd kickback.
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    The mechanic I go to built a wheel with a hub for the heavy duty spokes and he used regular spokes but added little washers that were barely noticeable.

    Can't wait to see the finished product!
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    Should make for an exciting first ride!
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    The frame was missing the rear fender bracket so I cut one off another bike and welded it in.
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    BEAUTIFUL!!
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    very nice..I love em!
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    Grinding a couple coats of paint off of the handle bars so I can repaint them.
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    The wheel is a piece of artwork. would look cool hangin like that on the wall

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