BO15 Murray Fire Rat



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I've decided to join this year's build off. This will be my fourth attempt at a build off bike. Although I eventually finished building the other three, I missed the deadlines. I'll post pictures of those in the appropriate forums later. I'm building what I like to call a Murray Fire Rat, basically a ratty version of a 1970's Murray Fire Cat. I've owned a couple of Murray choppers in the past including the two Fire Cats pictured below.
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For this build I will be starting with this crusty front end that I bought at the Trexlertown swap a little while back for $15. I was originally going to flip them but for some reason I just held on to them. I believe I have most everything I need for this project in my parts stash. I will post pictures as I dig them out and start building.

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Cool starting point. Welcome back to the build off fun!
RaT oN~!
 
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I've decided to join this year's build off. This will be my fourth attempt at a build off bike. Although I eventually finished building the other three, I missed the deadlines. I'll post pictures of those in the appropriate forums later. I'm building what I like to call a Murray Fire Rat, basically a ratty version of a 1970's Murray Fire Cat. I've owned a couple of Murray choppers in the past including the two Fire Cats pictured below.
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For this build I will be starting with this crusty front end that I bought at the Trexlertown swap a little while back for $15. I was originally going to flip them but for some reason I just held on to them. I believe I have most everything I need for this project in my parts stash. I will post pictures as I dig them out and start building.

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Great deal on that front end!

I was at Trexlertown too.... some deals there, but I think that front end had to be the best deal I saw there!!!
 

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Love those forks and apes. Had those in my parts stash a while back bit never used them.
 

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I pulled out two chopper frames that I had, a Free Spirit that was repainted blue and a Gambles that's rusty and crusty. Normally when I build a bike I will start with a nicer frame.

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But because I'm building more of a 'rat' bike for this build I'm going to use the rusty Gambles frame. It's got plenty of patina.

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I've said before that I'm not really a muscle bike guy, but this has always been one of my favorites. Never owned one though.
Looking forward to seeing what you do.
 
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Another muscly rat in the mix! Great bones to star with!
RaT oN~!
 
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After a little more digging today I found another muffler chainguard. I originally bought this to restore and use on a Murray MX dirt bike build but I think it will work better on this chopper instead. I'm going to leave the 'ratty' patina on it. It matches the theme of the bike I'm building.
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After a little more digging today I found another muffler chainguard. I originally bought this to restore and use on a Murray MX dirt bike build but I think it will work better on this chopper instead. I'm going to leave the 'ratty' patina on it. It matches the theme of the bike I'm building.
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That may be one of the coolest chainguards I’ve ever seen


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