Rockafella - 1953 Ruff Firestone Super Cruiser - Completed Ride Video +MajorAward+RollingStoneCover

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  1. kingfish254

    kingfish254 CHECK OUT MY SALE THREAD FOR COOL STUFF! Pro Member

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    Well vacation is over and I'm a month behind everyone else in the Rat Rod Bike Build Off 12. I'm still not sure if I have time to finish by August 1st, but I'm going to jump in anyway. I am inspired by my Filipino bike brothers that I was lucky to meet while in Manila. They joked around about building a bike in 8 days, so here is what I'm starting with. I have a Ruff Dean frame and I'm gonna use the cool parts from this 1953 Firestone Super Cruiser. The name of the build is gonna be "Rockafella". Going for an old school vibe with a modern chopper frame.

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  2. kingfish254

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    Parts List for Rockafella
    Thanks to all of the guys that I bought or traded with to get this cool parts to build Rockafella!

    Ruff Dean frame - @Jarod24
    Shelby Springer fork - @Jarod24
    Felby handlebars - @karfer67
    Ladies Firestone Super Cruiser donor bike - Lucky (my local salvage guy)
    Perfect match Gumby green Flexgrip grips - @Dr. Tankenstein
    Felt 24x3 whitewall Thick Brick El Guapo wheelset - @DJ-FADES
    Monark rear fender reflector (used on front fender) - @pick
    Sign language Peace and Love valve caps - @eparsons
    Fender rivet screws - @Mark Davo
     
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    reserved for future use :)
     
  4. G-Matt

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    Way to go I have a similar idea with my build also but I don't think I will get finished on time .
    I'm really surprised the firestone never sold . Such a cool bike . They should look great married together


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    Good news.
    The build off runs til Aug 7, you have an extra week.
     
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    Look forward to seeing what you do with this. Great combo there...:thumbsup:
     
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    You can do it. I remember watching your first build off bike, with hour by hour updates to get it done in time.
     
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    KF, You got plenty of time. Said the guy that missed last year's deadline by less than hour.
     
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    :21: I remember that one too. I built BEER RUN in 30 days. Man that was fun and it kept changing over and over too. No real plan, just try stuff out and see if it works.
     
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    I'm hoping to see some funky foreign parts from the vacation....

    Carl.
     
  12. 2dawgs

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    Uh, Um! In the immortal words of Jake: "Get to Building". Yuk,yuk.:21:
     
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    Yeah the King is in. :praise:
    Now lets get some building done. We are both behind 1 mth...
    Looks like you had fun traveling,meeting and riding with fellow builders.
    Interested in what you roll out this year.
     
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    I just did an 'overlay' (think of the old overhead projectors in science class where the teacher laid one transparency over another) in my mind. The curves of your frame and the old Firestone Monark follow some similar lines. Love the colors on the Firestone....hope they survive the 'cut'! :wink1:
    RaT oN!
     
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    Welcome - glad to have you in the BO with us!!
     
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    NOW it's a party.
     
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    We've been waiting for you! :grin:
     
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    It's been almost TWO days....and......NOTHING!
     
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    The only work I did so far was remove the Firestone Super Cruiser headbadge from the 1953 ladies bike.

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    I did make a little room in my shop and pulled together some of the parts I am thinking of using on this build.

    Killer fatty and fat spoke 3 speed wheelset from @ind-chuckz

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    Thudbuster seatpost from @yoothgeye . Not sure if it will make the cut, but it's the only seatpost I currently have that will fit the Dean.

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    The Ruff Dean frame of course will make it. I got this a while back from @Jarod24

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    I am thinking about using a Girvin fork with a faux springer twist similar to the Beehive Girvin I did on starsNbars. The orange Girvin is from @bighit's Bully build.

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    I am definitely using the deep wheel Monark/Firestone fenders and the beautiful original paint is staying along with the train light.

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    I hope to also be able to use the guard with it's original paint and lettering. I think the cream will clean up well.

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    I have an idea on how to widen and make the ladies horn tank wrap the top bar on the Ruff. I love the lettering and graphics and hope to clean up the cream part some as well.

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    The WF/Hawthorne skirt guards are a possibility, but we'll have to see how the build progresses.

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