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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.
These pictures show a set of Elgin wheels with the Finned Air Cooled hubs. Tires are 26 x 2.4 & 26 x 1.25.
Fenders removed and new wheels installed.
Last edited by z-bikes on Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:36 pm, edited 12 times in total.
That's an awesome frame you got there, I'll defiantly have to watch this build.
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?
KickBackCycles EST. 2011
I love de whitelined red rims. In fact, I love tho whole wheelrim/tire combo!
Good luck and have fun.
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
Ride and Rat On
I Think Therefore- I Rat -Jake Sensi
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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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.
Check out my Build-Off bike: ☆ 1936 Off-Roadmaster Klunker ☆
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.
I realy like the yard art pantina. bike looks grate with that chain gaurd.
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