Born Again Hawthorne - A Rider it is

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  1. OddJob

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    "Need to add some corrosion to headlight bracket..." ~ MazdaFlyer

    Man, I love the sound of those words.:)
     
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    Photos in shade, color washes out. [​IMG]
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    The stays are pretty much parallel and you can see both, but the rack tends to slope forward. I think I liked it flatter. The black blocks do look better. Persons blocks on Torrington bolts are a tight fit.

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  3. MazdaFlyer

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    Thanks! Maybe I need some laminated pics in a hang bag of some sort.
    Thanks. For the props!
    I took the light assembly apart. The shiny steel is in a salt brine. We didn't have any vinegar. Rather funny, spent a bunch of time trying to remove rust, now I'm trying to make rust.


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  4. Falstaff

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    Maybe an old frame mount battery tray or tire pump...
     
  5. MazdaFlyer

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    I looked through my Hawthorne catalog reprint book. I found the rack with one cell taillight listed as a '39-'40 accessory. There was a black version and a chrome version, 84 cents and $1.49.
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    I agree, the slope is distracting. It would be nice if you could get it and the chain guard parallel. The pedals look great!

    Looks like yours is the 'better' version. I'm not sure that the 'best' version would fit. That thing is huge compared to the others! I guess that's why it's more than twice the price of the 'good' version.:rofl:
     
  7. ODDER

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    Looking good Ed.
     
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  8. MazdaFlyer

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    Tweaking or twerking the rack again. I'm out of adjustment in the stock parts. Still not level but the fender and rack braces align.
    Picture from a day ago: [​IMG]
    Picture from tonight: [​IMG]



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  9. Falstaff

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    That looks good now.
    Not perfect level, but it flows well.
     
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  10. MazdaFlyer

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    Chain guard shows up as an optional accessory in 1937, 48 cents. The deluxe model bikes with chain guards had scallop design cutouts.
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    Wouldn't a tank look nice...
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  11. SILVERKINGPC

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    Great looking bicycle right there. GREAT looking bike. If you are worried about the way the rack slopes, you should also worry about(or alternatively) look at the bike stand angles. If you could raise the clip area so the stowed stand is at the same angle as the chainstays, it would eliminate one of the non-matching lines from the mix. It would also match the rack angle better! This frame has so many weird angles, when you then add the drop stand with another different angle, the eye wanders away from the lines of the frame and the lines of the bike in general IMO.
    That said, it doesn't really matter that much in the end considering what you have now. skpc
     
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    Bike looks great!

    I think the stand might blend in better if the rack were a wee bit higher in the front making it more level with the guard... but the bike looks great. Looks like the stand is almost parallel with the guard? Love that guard.
     
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  13. OddJob

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    Ed, what happens if you release it from the stays in the front (the rack) and run a mount off the seat clamp / tube? It would pivot on the point where your rack braces attach to the rack, thus keeping your brace in line with the fender brace, but raising the front end so it parallels the chain guard, like Chad suggested. There is a manufactured hanger for bikes that is U-shaped that the bolt for the seat clamp would go through, that has two holes for the rack mount to be attached. Or, as is on this site, make one from a piece of 1/2 " x 1/8" steel....
     
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    Actually it was TRM....I would have never noticed that on my own..:21:


     
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    Wow pretty heady thinking going on today...may take a while to digest. Thanks for all the input.


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    Thanks for the props! I think the rack is a done deal as is. The wheel stand is an easy fix to get it slope up more. I hadn't really noticed what it was doing. The wheel stand can move up to a notch just above where the photo shows.
    Thanks! I think I'll work at raising the rear end of the chain guard. I noticed one of the guards with holes on eBay and also one with the scallops, pricey though.
    I think I'll live with the rack mount as it is. Good suggestion though.
    TRM certainly knows about matching lines based on his build from last year...superb.



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    I suppose this is a little off topic but the 2.50" Revolutions that wouldn't fit the Hawthorne found a new place in life on a GT Dyno Kustom Kruiser. This purple bike is the brother of my 2013 BO#8 Kustom Coaster III.
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    A little vinegar and salt treatment on the light mount parts plus a little copper. I soaked them for a couple of days, took them out to dry. Oxygen making quick work with the corrosion.
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    Nice work! You have really gotten the hang of this 'return to rust' style of build. :thumbsup:
     
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    man nice project
     
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