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  1. Rat Rod

    Rat Rod Owner & Founder Head Honcho Moderator

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    I bought this 57 Spitfire today locally for $80.

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    Yesterday I picked up a Schwinn DX that had some new Felt cruiser wheels and CST tires and decided to install them on the Spitfire tonight. With a little manipulating they actually fit and there's not even any rubbing on the fenders or frame.

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    Going to see if I can come up with a few more tricks in the next 13 days. :bigsmile:
     
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  2. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    Yesss! Glad you're in this year! Going to be a clean bike.


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  3. Rat Rod

    Rat Rod Owner & Founder Head Honcho Moderator

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    Was hoping to have the shortest build thread in history.
     
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  4. kingfish254

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    Looking good, but you don't have a strong history of actually finishing your build off bikes. :)
     
  5. Rat Rod

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    Thanks for the encouragement. :rofl:
     
  6. KOTA

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    I like where this is going! Did you melt the chain down and make that basket?...Mad Skilz!
     
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    rub it down wit ATF and call it done! :cool:
     
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    I'm always rooting for you each year! :)
     
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    Great pick up! The paint looks like its in awesome shape!
     
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  10. scrumblero

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    I love bent up old Wald baskets , Nothing says rat like OG.. :cool2:
     
  11. Chad T

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    Those rims and tires look sweet on that bike.
     
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  12. The Renaissance Man

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    Can't believe you'd ditch those highly sought-after S7 wheels for new Felt wheels. To each his own I suppose.

    Looks good otherwise.:thumbsup:
     
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    I really like that Felt wheelset on there. Is that chrome or polished aluminum?
    The Jack Rabbit tire lettering is kinda cool too.
    It's a sweet looking rider already!
     
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    If you called it done as is I wouldn't be mad...

    but I know you and those bearings with be squeaky clean and the paint will be washed with simple green.

    Word.


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  15. Rat Rod

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    The Felt wheels are polished aluminum with 12 gauge spokes.

    I got the bike home last night and had been itching to see how the wheel set would look on the bike all day. Within about 30 minutes I was able to test fit them and see that it would work. Rolled it out in the street and shot that photo above.

    Not sure that I will do anything to the finish of the bike. Probably just try to remove some dents from the fenders mostly. Biggest goal is to give it a bearing overhaul and make it rideable again. I do have a different set of handlebars that I may try.

    This is the vibe I'm shooting for...

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  16. OddJob

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    I'm all over that look! But, that's no surprise..:21:

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  17. The Renaissance Man

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    Your bike would look perfect in the bed of that truck!

    Keeping with the rat rod style, I think the original saddle might look more fitting. Love the basket too!
     
  18. Rat Rod

    Rat Rod Owner & Founder Head Honcho Moderator

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    I'm actually planning to ride this bike on a regular basis so that original seat with a giant crack in the middle is pretty close to riding around on a giant metal spike. :eek:

    I also hate that style of seat so off it goes! :21:
     
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    It's about time RatRod has a RatRod :D.
     
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  20. Rat Rod

    Rat Rod Owner & Founder Head Honcho Moderator

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    PB Blaster time...

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