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This will be my first entry in the Build Off.
Here is an old shot of the bike I am using. I actually sold this bike twice and have the frame, chainguard and rear fender back in my grubby hands for the build off.
Last edited by Terry66 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:56 pm, edited 21 times in total.
Like the name! I'm building a Hot Rod Deluxe
Cool! I just love Higgins bikes! That frame and chain guard is real nice! Have fun!
Thanks guys....the name sort of came from the Hot Rod Lincoln song. I've always been into old cars, drag racing, etc. So far, I have a starting bike, some parts and a couple of ideas. I don't think it will be anything too radical or unique. I just plan to build something that I really like and if others like it too, then that is icing on the cake.
As far as parts, I have been buying/trading for bits and pieces with this bike in mind for over a year now. I'll probably be one of the slowest builds in the competition though. I'll change my mind 100 times before it is complete.
Alright....so I started digging out some parts. I've been picking up HIggins parts whenever I see something cool at all the meets. Not sure everything in the pic will end up on the bike, but I like what I've found so far.
Thanks guys...I also have a 3 speed hub and some other pieces. I think the hub will be the last thing. If I have time, I'll lace it up and use it....if time is an issue, then I'll go single.
I bought a couple cans of flat black paint and I got the frame stripped down. Only problem is I'll be out of town for a week and won't have time to work on it.
Still not sure about the X53 fork. Thinking maybe a Girvin or something along those lines. Only problem is I am trying to not spend a ton of money on it. I want to keep it in the "rat spirit". It would be too easy to start shelling out dough and going overboard.
Thanks man....I am making no predictions on how it will do in the contest, but I promise it is going to be a bike that I am totally happy with! I think its gonna be good...maybe not cutting edge, but it will be a solid looking ride.
Thanks....the cool thing is that besides the tank, the rest of the parts were all gathered locally from RRB members or Craigslist here in Ohio. I bought the Higgins frame, fender and chainguard up in Findlay. The X53 came from Oz1972, the skirts came from npence, the seat came off a '36 CWC frame that I found on Craigslist.
I just picked up a killer black/chrome sprocket and I am looking for a really nice vintage headlight. I was thinking maybe even an old carbide/gas light to mount on the X53 fender mount.
I am also thinking about doing some leather carving and stitch the leather to the seat pan. Lots of great ideas, but time will tell...
Bunch of cool parts. Any progress yet?
BO8 FireWing-Flexy-Fugsley-Beer Run * SALE ITEMS, FRESH FINDS + KINGFISH254 Stuff
MO FIRE MO WING .. just build a cool bike and have fun
Sweet stash of parts, I see a Thick Brick sneaking in the pic Nice seat too
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