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Yard Ornament -7/31 AS GOOD AS IT'S GONNA GET!

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 6 BIKES' started by z-bikes, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. z-bikes

    z-bikes

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    I picked up this 35 - 37 long frame Colson for $5 from a woman who was using it for a lawn ornament. Never built a RatRod before but once I got it home I saw another one that a friend had converted to a custom so I got inspired to do the same. Don't have a complete plan yet but I mostly plan on using parts I already have with the exception of the tires I bought. Pictures show the "as found" condition in full white paint and the front fender on backwards.

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    These pictures show a set of Elgin wheels with the Finned Air Cooled hubs. Tires are 26 x 2.4 & 26 x 1.25.
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    Fenders removed and new wheels installed.
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  2. KickBackCycles

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    Re: Yard Ornament

    That's an awesome frame you got there, I'll defiantly have to watch this build. :shock:
    Its seems likes we're in the same boat because I was kinda late to start my build and I never (really) made a rat rodder. And when I got my Colson its front fender was on backwards too (not my buildoff bike), but no white house paint.So, are you re-painting it or are you going to preserve the yard art look?
     
  3. pick

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    Great Start! Awesome frame style! 8)
     
  4. herr_rudolf

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    Instant hotrod!
    I love de whitelined red rims. In fact, I love tho whole wheelrim/tire combo!

    Good luck and have fun.
     
  5. z-bikes

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    Yard Ornament added Guard

    Added a chainguard. Not sure if I'm going to keep in on or not.

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  6. scott brownsey

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    looks cool chainguard looks sweet to me needs a long spring seat b awsome nice build goodluck
     
  7. Shufflin

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    Great lookin bike...congrats.
     
  8. Rodderz

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    Nice looking bike already ! Will be watching this one :D
     
  9. Jake Sensi

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    5 bucks!! You're looking good. Get Ratty with it. Keep that chainguard unless you find a better one that fits you. Ya almost there. Good luck and...GET TA BUILDIN'!! PEACE
     
  10. slowerisbetter

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    Dude, looks done! I love those wheels. :mrgreen:
     
  11. Critter1

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    I guess the stem, forks, and frame are ONE!! Welded headset nut to the stem... now thats ratty! Hope theres some old grease left in them bearings. :) Its looking very cool BTW!
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  12. yoothgeye

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    Re: Yard Ornament

    I'm excited to see this transformation. Sad to see a nice bike used as a yard ornament, but hey, maybe there's some money to be made in selling yard ornaments since I can't seem to sell bikes around here! haha Glad you liberated this one.
     
  13. z-bikes

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    Re: Yard Ornament

    I've decided to add a spring fork. Here's a picture of the style I'm going to use except the one I'm using is from a girls bike. I forgot to take a picture before I disassembled it but it's very similar. Going to do some mods to make it fit and so the wheel/tire sits further up into the fork because of the lack of fenders.
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  14. imagearchy

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    you up for selling your truss fork since you are changing it out? if so i will buy it to help fund your build.
     
  15. slow rider

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    I realy like the yard art pantina. bike looks grate with that chain gaurd.
     
  16. Gdcast

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    Great bike!
    Looks like the original paint is still there under the house paint.
     
  17. ratina

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    carefully grind that weld off, then hope its not too rusty to come apart
     
  18. z-bikes

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    Re: Yard Ornament - Fork mock up

    Got the fork mocked up on the bike. Still need to drill the axle holes in the new front dropouts. Decided to go with a double spring arrangement for something different. Lots of details to work out Crappy picture, should have moved it for a plain background so details could be seen.
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  19. z-bikes

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    Re: Yard Ornament

    Drilled holes and mounted the wheel for a quick look. I likes it! Lot's of finishing to do but you get the idea.
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  20. scott brownsey

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    awsum bike so far :mrgreen:
     

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