"Dragst-Her Too"

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One thing is, you will likely have to paint the whole original housing along with the custom shroud, as I'm anticipating having to do, so that it all flows together. Or use your chrome tape idea. Although it may be 'brighter' than the aged 'chrome' on the housing. Chrome spray paint over the whole thing would unify it.
If it really looks like poop, I'll have to send out the housing and shroud to get re-chromed. That was my initial thought. But the housing really isn't THAT bad. I think once I give it some love, and some new decals, it'll really look a lot better.
I'll try to find some fairly lightweight, flexible plastic. hmmmmm Maybe Hobby Lobby?
 
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Im trying to hammer down the spacing for the rear hub to ensure I have room for the chain, etc. so the first step is to stretch the frame. For anyone who hasn’t seen the process... here you go:

First, you see that your hub won’t fit. (Then you see when you took the pic you had the wrong spacer on the non-drive side.)



So you install your tried and true frame spreader...



Crank that puppy open far beyond the width of the hub so the metal return to rest at its new, correct, width.



Ease the tension, let it return to its new resting width, and bingo. The hub slipped right in easy.
So is that frame spreader actually a repurposed or modified automotive spring/strut compressor? Or some other homebrewed tool? Any chance we could get a couple pics of it if it's anything special? I could've used something like that yesterday...
 
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So is that frame spreader actually a repurposed or modified automotive spring/strut compressor? Or some other homebrewed tool? Any chance we could get a couple pics of it if it's anything special? I could've used something like that yesterday...
Harbor Freight spring compressors. I robbed a couple parts off a second and had to hacksaw one of the nuts in half to put it together. Works really smooth, but can sometimes bend some tubing if placed in a weak spot, especially by the brake bridge to make room for a wider sneaker. But bondo fixes that. ;)
 
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Yes, I usually end up trying to borrow dropout alignment tools from my LBS, but they changed owners. Maybe I could buy a cheap set?
 
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You may recall one of my MBBO entries from 2 years ago, the "Dragst-Her", pictured below. Well, bills, and the fact that my daughter was too small for it, greased the wheels to passing it to a new owner.




I promised I'd build her another when she got bigger. She's bigger. Enter the "Dragst-Her Too". It will be slightly different. Still based off the 24" Huffy Super Stock girl's frame. I'm aiming to make it look good, and ride really smooth as well. A true riding bike for her. I'm hoping to have it ready to put under the Christmas Tree this year.

Here we go!
One of my favorite bikes you ever did! Can't wait to see the Dragst-Her-Too
 
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Here’s a thought. I have some chrome tape. I wonder if I could make a “skirt” for the front and back? Then cover it with chrome tape.

But what could I make a skirt out of that would look good and last the life of the bike?

This was my first thought also. I would'nt modify the shifter and loose the indicator. That is more important to a kid than the frame fit any day!
You might consider forming something out of whatever you're comfortible with and then cover it with thin padding and the same seat cover material. Make it cover the entire bottom and utilize the mounting bolts to hold it in place.

I like to cut up a cereal box and tape pieces together to work out a pattern for sheet metal. Being that its just a cover, some thin flashing material would probably work after you determine the shape.
 
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What is flashing material? I could google, but thought I'd ask.
You can get some thin sheet metal, aluminum or steel, at Home Depot in small sheets. Real inexpensive, you can shape it over a form like a board or other hard edge using your hands. Easily cut with a heavy scissors or tin snips.
 
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ahhhhh. hmmmmmm

And as you stated, I could possibly form an entire cover for the bottom. I'm starting to think of what Joe Martin would do on Iron Resurrection. But he has talent. lol
 
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A decent auto parts store... The specialty parts bins at hardware store like Menards or Lowes have all sorts of goodies. Somewhere a little more diy might be Farm and Fleet, Big R's or Tractor Supply. What you have out in California is out of my jurisdiction. I've never been west of Kansas City, Kansas.

Carl.