Keep a diary of your latest build here.
I picked up this ratty Hawthorne off Craigslist a few months back, I think the seller is a member, (speak up if it was you!) I wanted to keep it ratty, I think I've succeeded. This is the second build I've put on here, hopefully it's better recieved than the last one was. Bonus points if you know why I named it "The Answer."
This is the way it was when I bought it, minus the wheels and tires, which I moved over from my Schwinn DX.
I switched out the bars, and threw on some clay brick tires that I got from Chimichanga. I also threw the skiptooth chain from my DX on it, but it was a bit too short. I added a few links from a different chain, check out my "master link."
I bought a chrome Nirve headlight, but it was way too modern looking, not to mention shiny.
This will make a much more suitable light, don't you think?
Trainmen's lantern added, bars switched out yet again.
Rollfast tank purchased from eBay, it had a horn that didn't work, I replaced it with one that did. I also threw the Nirve headlight on the back as a taillight. It's still way too shiny though. Also got my Brooks saddle installed. Sexy seat.
Antiqued the taillight, and threw on some red auto light repair tape.
Chainguard acquired from a guy at that "other" forum. I think it's supposed to be for a Shelby?
Took it to the first ever SoCal Rat Rod ride. You can see my last build behind it. (purple)
Redid the taillight lens, that tape was way too crappy looking. I removed it and painted it instead.
Picked up a set of ducktail fenders from Chimichanga. a little time with a cut off wheel and a rivet gun, and now it's a bobbed fender. With the chain indent and ducktail still intact. Again, way too shiny though.
Antiqued the fender.
Last edited by ruddigger on Sat May 12, 2012 11:22 am, edited 1 time in total.
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 :-/
What process did you use to "Antique the fender"? That is awesome!
It doesn't matter what I paid for it, it matters what it's WORTH. I never buy anything I will regret KEEPING.
I painted it red, then sanded it to dull it. Then I dabbed on alternating copper and silver paint for texture. After that I dabbed it with liquid shoe polish for darker spots and an old dirty look. Hitting it with a hammer doesn't hurt either. Thanks for the kind words.
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 :-/
Amazing bike!!!! But I do have one question...exactly how much did this all cost? because I wanna do a build like this so badly!
"I've got a bike you can ride it if you'd like" Pink Floyd (Bike)
Cool bike Love the patina
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