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Spent a little time Friday night in the shop fitting a few more pieces including a rear rack that I got from highwheelerboy25 (got the handlebars from him too) at the show and swap meet he put on back in February. You could say this build was inspired by parts I picked up there, old ZZ Top music, and of course a few bottles of nice dark brown lagers originating in various places around the planet.
Got a 36 tooth sprocket of of the little kids Huffy that donated its seat, pedals and grips for my pink Peugeot. The crank and chain guard came from the nice ladies Montgomery Ward pictured in earlier posts.
A little work with the grinder & drill and it fits right on
The guard and the fenders seem to be a perfect match. I love the rake that rack brings to the bike.
There has been a decided lack of progress here for the last 10 days but I been really busy.
For the whole story see the following thread;
After this weekend I hope to be back with a vengeance.
P.S. I gotta figure out how to make a steering stop.
I love the picture story that started this thread. Very creative, and anyone who quotes that little 'ol band from Texas gets my attention. Also love that colorful contraption and your story about your friend! You are on my "admired" list.
Great all 'round!
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Keep up the good work! You need to finish strong now that your a Coaster KBC member!
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So many builds,so little time, I just caught this one, I like the talking bikes, and mine always say " fix me" "no fix me"anyways keep up the good work.
What would Jesus ride???
Thanks to all for the encouragement,
This post should be titled "How to ruin a really nice seat!"
Earlier this year I picked up a set of grips from Smoopy's at a swap meet ( I really got to get to more of them ), and then last week I received this nice Felt 1903 seat from ryder1 for a great deal.
Only problem is it is too nice looking...
So I decided to ruin it and the grips
Now it has a much nicer old & stained appearance
The springs and frame are still too shiny, I'm trying to decide between scuffing them up with steel wool or just shooting them with a coat of Testor's Dullcote and calling it good.
My favorite Friday night t.v. show has now finished up forever, So I told my wife that I needed a break from life and was headed out to my shop for a little escape from reality. After an over full week of CAD, spreadsheets, and estimating, it is so refreshing to get the chance to do a little manual labor, cutting, hacking, and creating without a dadgum computer anywhere in sight. Then today after my daughter's grad party I decided to take a few pics to share.
I got the front brake connected and working!. I've left the cable and housing a little long because I may go to even taller handlebars.
A front view
At one time the ultimate hot rod was an old Ford, with a Chrysler Hemi engine, a two speed Chevy Powerglide transmission, and a Jaguar IRS. I like to take that same mix & match approach with bikes. So far on this Western Flyer I have parts from, Kent, Montgomery Ward, Roadmaster, Schwinn, Huffy, Elgin, and Felt. Frankenbikes Rule!
a side view
Now I really gotta figure out that steering stop. Have a couple of ideas but do not know if they will work or not.
I'll let you know... if I succeed that is
+1, I hope you're keepin' the wood grain.
The Family Truckster lives!
Killin' threads since 2000................X
Well I wasn't planning to keep it but you guys have given me a really good bad idea
It may show up on this one or it may come on a later build.
So far I've dreamed up 4 or 5 more different bikes since I started on this one.....Help!!!
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