Project Ed (DONE)

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I took the bike down to the antique mall to look for a few bits and I actually had some luck.





Came across these amazing 1960's rocket reflectors. I traded the guy my single glass reflector for them. He probably got the better trade but I love the look of these.




Also one of you mentioned having a tribute to Thomas Edison on the bike so here you go! Just like it was slapped on there in 1940.





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This build takes the modern tech on a vintage bike to a whole new level. Rocket reflectors and sticker are some sweet details. Love it.

You've set the bar high in the Ed vs Chris battle..:thumbsup:

Wow thank you!

That sticker (water slide) is probably older than the bike. I still can't believe it activated with warm water after 70 years.

Even water slide decals were made better back then.

Make water slide decals great again.


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To keep the cables looking old and period correct, I wanted some old cloth housing...

But, to keep the pull where it needed to be I had to use modern housing.

So, I wrapped the front brake and throttle cable with old cloth tape. I tied both cables together until it forked off at the head tube, then I continued the cloth to the front brake.






Aging aluminum like old pitted chrome was not easy.

I used a combination of paint and heat techniques and I'm happy with the look.

Its nothing like what TRM does but it's a good second option.


 
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Enjoyed a great afternoon with Dr.T today!

Also the rear tube popped on me, so I'll replace it with one that won't pop.
If you go with a tubeless tire conversion on this bad boy, I will have to bow down in complete reverence for this Electro-Rat. Sweet ride man. Makes my head hurt looking at it. If reproduced, you could be a gazzilionaire!!!!