Stitch -aka (Spaceliner Newbie) Done- Another Lesson Learned

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  1. A.S.BOLTNUT

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    Re: Stitch - aka (Spaceliner Newbie!) Done!

    Good one ! :lol:
     
  2. Jake Sensi

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    GREAT IDEA BUT I HOPE YOU CHECKED THE PRICES OF THEM.YOU COULD BE SITTING ON SOME MONEY.
     
  3. kingfish254

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    He got you Jake!
    That aint the real deal. :p
     
  4. MplsCoaster

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    SWEET Spaceliner!!! Super sharp styling, Congrats!
     
  5. MrLeghorn

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    I'm Crazy! but not crazy enough that I would use a Mickey Mantle rookie card in the spokes of a bike. Muhahahaha :D :D :D
     
  6. Kroozerdave

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    Came together very well.

    I can predict you having a heap of fun here with that standard of building and eye for something different too.
     
  7. MrLeghorn

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    Re: Stitch - aka (Spaceliner Newbie!) Done!-Lessons Learned

    Lessons Learned by a Newbie!
    1. Test fit everything.
    2. Mock up a rolling/riding bike before paint.
    3. Don't assume new parts will fit onto old parts (see #1)
    4. Don't paint everything. Painting bolts, nuts and washers is tiresome.
    5. Never use an old broomstick to hold up your bike when painting. (page 4)
    6. Never rush painting.
    7. $$$ - Spend what you are comfortable with spending. Cheap is okay.
    8. Use anything -You can use your wifes finger nail polish or a gatorade bottle.
    9. Never rush to assemble. Bad things happen when you drop, scratch or break parts.

    10 ????
    Am I missing anything?
     
  8. kingfish254

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    Re: Stitch - aka (Spaceliner Newbie!) Done!-Lessons Learned

    Rule Number One
    HAVE FUN!!!!!
     
  9. Jake Sensi

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    HEY YOU NEVER CAN TELL. STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. YOU COULD'VE BEEN BRUCE WAYNE ERGO YOU DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MONEY BUT CREATE RAT BIKES!! YEAH. THAT'S THE TICKET.
     
  10. Re: Stitch - aka (Spaceliner Newbie!) Done! Add MM

    I true collector can always tell, for one the picture is way too vibrant and clear to be original, also the corners being crisp like that without a single crease is always a BIG red flag.
     
  11. A.S.BOLTNUT

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  12. HuffDaddy

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    Sweet ride MrLegHorn! Love the new name, perfect!
     
  13. kingfish254

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    Gotta love is when a self-professed "newbie" jumps into the mix and does something never seen on a Spaceliner and then proceeds to hold his own in the top ten during the voting!!! Congrats and good luck!!!
     
  14. Re: Stitch - aka (Spaceliner Newbie!) Done!-Lessons Learned

    Newbie to the site doesn't necessarily mean new to bike building. I know I have only been on the site a few years but I have built bikes for over 20 years. I still feel like a newbie at times especially during the build off.
     
  15. kingfish254

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    Re: Stitch - aka (Spaceliner Newbie!) Done!-Lessons Learned

    I agree and was just using his own term. Foghorn's skills are self evident. It's more of a case of an unknown wildcard joining the fun. There was a lot of new blood this year, which is awesome in my opinion.
     
  16. MrLeghorn

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    Another lesson I have learned from this build is the importance of the final photography.
     
  17. WillisFL

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    I may have overlooked it, but what paint and or technique did you use for the copper paint? The bike looks great...everything ties together, innovative and very tastefully done.
     
  18. MrLeghorn

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    Thank you! With the handlebars or anything that was originally chrome, I used a fine sanding sponge first then steel wool (#000). I then used self etching primer on everything I was painting. Back again to the steel wool, then several coats of Copper spray paint that I purchased from an Ace hardware. I tried Rust Oleum but was unhappy with the spray nozzle, I then followed with couple coats of clear. I like how the bike turned out but painting everything was a pain. Also the Spaceliner frame is not a easy frame to paint, too many tough areas to shoot paint into without getting runs everywhere. I was planning on adding more pinstriping, some white and maybe some red, but changed my mind in the last couple of weeks. My next bike will perhaps go in a different direction, maybe lots of patina.

    FL
     

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