BLACKBIRD (Skylark Convertible)

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 14 - CLASS 1 - BUILD JOURNALS' started by The Renaissance Man, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. The Renaissance Man

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    I was wondering if anyone remembered that from way back in the beginning. There was a little pretense in that post, the intent was to reveal the color early without anyone being fully aware until later. A sort of bait-and-switch. The actual box was never in play. It's fun to plant little clues during the build off!

    I had been trying to find a color code for that color without success. Then my friend picked this up at an estate sale and I was excited to have a good example to take to the paint store for a match.

    Of course a lot of the original plans have morphed into something completely different as the build has evolved. I'm really liking the Batman color scheme at this point which is something I didn't see coming!
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    Some pistripes on the tank is not a bad idea.:39: I've still got about 24 hours left!
     
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    MO FATTA MO BETTA
    Get that bad boy/girl done!!
     
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    We have clearance Clarence.
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    Not a ...... thing wrong with a little George Barris influence
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    To the Batcycle!
     
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    Looks smooth
     
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    I didn't get a garage shot but I did take this one while I was out test riding.
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    Awesome stance!
     
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    I've had this set of NOS military bars that I had planned to use that where very similar to the original Skylark/Bluebird bars. I was going to paint it match the original color scheme, but at the last minute today decided I didn't like the look with the Batcycle motif.
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    After sifting through what I could find in the stash, I grabbed this set with a curved cross bar that I found interesting in conjunction with the light switch pod. So I went with it.
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    For some reason it gives it more of a motorcycle look. I'm not really sure why I think that.:39:
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    I had mentioned this a couple of weeks ago and now I can explain.

    I knew that the oversized tires were going to be a tight fit. That was the main reason behind the low profile "Chicago" fasteners inside the fender. But I discovered that the tires were just slightly too wide for the frame also. I had checked that early on but somehow concluded that they would work when in fact they didn't.
    To avoid discussing the tires (I wanted to save that one), I quietly modified the frame and moved on.

    Now that the tires are revealed and everything works, here's how I did it.

    I cut a notch on each side of the seat stays and chain stays. Then cut and shaped some sheet metal to fill back in.
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    As usual I had my cousin to TIG weld the pieces in for me.
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    After filing and sanding the welds smooth, I had to realign the rear triangle because the welding heat closed the axel opening by more than an inch!
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    I was back on track! With the fenders and skirt guards in place, non of this can be seen. :ninja:
     
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    I have one more trick up my sleave for tomorrow. Stay tuned! :)


    It is a nod to the Skylark's big brother...
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    Great suggestion!

    Thanks Chad...
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    The final piece of the puzzle is in place and it's done! Just have to get some pictures later today when the sun gets low in the sky.
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    I've wanted to play with making a head badge for years so I decided to take the Bluebird headbadge as inspiration for the Blackbird.
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    I cut a couple of blanks out of nickle plated brass, one to use and one for a backup.
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    Not having much time (this was done last Thursday), I burned a silk screen with a positive and negitive image of the art work and printed one of each. The reason for for two images was to have a back up if the etching failed.
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    As it turned out the screen printing was not good enough for moving forward with etching. I wouldn't have had time anyway. The problem was that the screen that I used didn't have a fine enough mesh to get the sharp edges that I would need. So even though the back up was not great, it doesn't look that bad unless you look close (or take close up pictures).:21:
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    The badge was the reason that I added the raised section down the middle of the light pod.

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    Getting the bend to look good took some time yesterday but it fits like a glove!
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    Since this has turned into a rat build anyway, I've convinced myself that the ratty screen job goes with the ratty frame! I'll probably try this again later though.:)
     
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    BEAUTIFUL!!
     
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    Perfect icing on the cake man!!!!
    Love it!!!
     
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    Those silkscreens may not exceed your personal standards, but...dang!
     
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    Can't wait for the final fotos....!
     
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    Pretty sure she's not Mexican, but she's 83 years old so who knows what's in her past!

    Who could've guessed that she'd be a transgender at this stage of her life either!:21:
     
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    Unbelievable. You guys keep finding other levels to bring these bikes to!
    I think I gotta play more in order to unlock these levels...:praise:
     

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