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I've also acquired this beautifully perfect Higgins chain guard and a Monark Super Deluxe rear fender reflector. The aluminum housing is in rough shape, but should polish up nicely!!
Heres the seat all ready to have the leather stretched over the pan.
Gonna see if I can get her bike all back together tomorrow. I'll have to use a donor front rim in the mean time...
im very jealous of that lamp, i got one of those exact ones at a garage sale but its missing the badge, glass piece and has a bunch of dents, im liking this build so far, it something i have always wanted to do for my GF
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Thank you! Yea, I'm having a blast building this for my lady. I've put my other bike projects aside so I can concentrate on this one for her.
The only thing thats missing with this light is the arm to mount it with. Luckily I have another set of forks coming that has a built in headlight mount. I cant wait to get them painted up and mount that light!!
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I spent yesterday assembling this thing. It fought me every step of the way. The headset was a pain cus the threads were all jacked up. Had to work the nut up and down the fork with some PB Blaster to clean up the threads. Then when I assembled it, there was a large space between the nut and dust cap... hmmm. Well I don't have the truss rods or mount, which I think would have taken up that space. Made a spacer out of some thick pipe, about 3/16" thick. Then once it was all together, I see that the fork is still bent!!! I was afraid of that... I took a chance and had them straightened before paint (they were bent real bad). Well I didnt bother to mock them up before paint... Luckily, I have another set of forks coming soon that the seller says are perfectly straight. Then when I mounted the front fender, the tire rubbed and the fender braces were too long. I'm hoping that because the fork is bent, that may have caused the fender to not fit right. So I left the front fender off until I get the new fork painted up and mounted.
You can see the spacer here:
You think its bent
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The bottom bracket fought me the same as the headset did. The fresh chromed dog leg crank appeared to have nice threads, but I had to put them into the vise and work the threads ever so slowly with lots of PB blaster. I'm always scared to clean up threads with something other than an actual thread chaser. Cross threads are no bueno!!!!
Since my chain guard came in after the bike was painted, it had to be fitted with fresh paint on the frame nerve racking. The guard had to be shortened about 1.5" and clearanced around the rear fender. The mounting bracket made the guard stick out way to much also. I had to cut the bracket off and reweld it to get the guard to tuck up nicely and clear the crank. It came out nice, just needs blasted and painted. I'll wait until the new fork comes in and paint both together. If I can find a cool rear rack by then, I'll paint it too.
The only spoon I could find with some sort of stars on it..
here is where I left it... Still need to cover the seat, polish handle bars, polish and fit the Monark rear reflector. And of course paint the chain guard new fork when it comes in. Oh, and that front rim is just for mock up... The other DDC rim need painted and laced still as well. Hope everyone likes this bike so far.
Cool before and after pics..
The big brown truck brought me a nice present!! This thing is so perfect. Absolutely straight, and it came with the headset which I wasn't expecting - BONUS! I love the built in headlight mount. This bike is a 1940 model... I'm gonna guess that this fork with the headlight mount came sometime in the 50's, but who knows. If there's any experts on this fork out there, please chime in with some cool info.
I just couldn't wait to mount that headlight and see how cool it looks in its new home
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yeah, i see the pics, looks great, its amazing how a lamp can round out the look of an entire bike, the bike im building right now i had to jimmy-rig a lamp mount. the build is looking real good, i love how nice you got the badge looking. i hope you get some more blue to level out the chain guard (onless you are gonna paint it)
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I agree, there's something very cool about a vintage headlight on a bike. It definitely rounds it out. I haven't checked yet, but I'm wondering if there's is a LED replacement for that old style light bulb... hmmmm
Yeah the chainguard will be painted to match the green/yellow of the bike. I think I'll do a gray stripe (same gray as rims and seat pan) along the length of the guard just to blend those two colors together. The forks will get the same treatment.
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