(WBO) Steadfast Tin Roller; Unleaded '49 Mercury. FINISHED!!!

Discussion in 'WINTER 2015 BUILD OFF' started by Missing Link, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. Missing Link

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    It's been a while since I've posted anything, I've been working on getting everything situated with the springer, I had some clearance issues with the rocker bolts and the spokes on the front wheel. I've also decided to go a completely different route with this build, I'm ditching the fenders, and rack and taking on a simpler board track style, more to come on that later as it comes into being.
     
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  2. GuitarlCarl

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    OH! I love that rack,
    I wonder what it would take to end up on my bike...
    Really...

    Carl.
     
  3. Missing Link

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    Sorry Carl, I've got an early 50's ladie's Higgins that the discarded fenders and rack are going to find their way onto.
     
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  4. Missing Link

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    So for the last three days we've been iced over, and here in Texas a little ice means everything comes to a screeching halt, working for an institution of higher learning (UNT) I got two days off with pay as the university was closed, that gave me some time to do some assembly, in my kitchen. This morning I rode my usual 6 miles to work in a mix of sleet and rain, which was followed by a three hour snow shower, this afternoon I rode home in a t-shirt and jacket, as it was in the mid 40's. Texas weather is fickle, and turns on a dime.
    So here's some teaser pics of the new stripped down version of my build, it's a roller now, I polished the rims, rebuilt the hubs, greased everything, cut a set of wider apehangers to make a set of "staple" board track bars, mocked up a tail light and got the headlight mounted. Also worth mentioning, the pedals are Torrington 8's, the seat, a bare Troxel pan, and the chain was originally chrome, but wearing a very heavy surface rust, I cleaned it with a wire wheel and now it matches the chrome on the rest of the bike quite well. The seat's set at riding height in the pictures because I had just finished racing my 4 year old son, Henry up and down the driveway. I still have plans to do something with the chainguard , and if time and weather allow, build a tank plate, we'll see where that goes.
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  5. LukeTheJoker

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    Love those bars, nice work!

    Luke.
     
  6. SILVERKINGPC

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    Looks like a nice rider! Good job.:thumbsup:
     
  7. SCHWINNRAY69

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    Looks great! I'm gonna steal your idea for making those handlebars. ;)
     
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  8. Missing Link

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    Steal away, that's half the point of these build offs is, giving people insight into the how- to aspect of other peoples building technique, I look forward to seeing people "steal" all sorts of ideas from me, lets me know I'm doing something right.
     
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    So, I spoke earlier about the ridiculous nature of Texas weather, so when I posted pics Wednesday, it was in the upper 40's sunny, overall what most of you folks up north would call spring. Yesterday, we got 8 inches of snow in Denton, so here's a pic, same bike, same place, two days later;
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    However, despite the snow and low temperatures, I made it out to the shop/carport, and got the chainguard drilled out, speed holes baby!
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    I still need to paint it and in doing that match the bike's patina, and once I can spend more than 10 minutes at a time outside, get to work on the tank plate which will some what match the chainguard but also advertise my recycled bike business.
     
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    Good job keeping the pattern straight.
     
  11. Missing Link

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    Never underestimate the value of a straight edge and a decent punch;)
     
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    Sweet as cherry pie...
     
  13. LukeTheJoker

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    Nice work!

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    I ordered some cream tires off Amazon for my '59 Jaguar, when I got them they were not the ones I had ordered, and not quite what I had in mind for the Jag, however, on this Mercury...kinda diggin' them.

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    I'll of course be putting them on the chrome wheel set I I just rebuilt for this build, and although they don't really fill out the rear as much as I'd like, they have this cool drag bike feel, that, I think fits.
    Sorry, can't seem to get the last picture to rotate, so just turn your heads, you get the idea. Thoughts?
     
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    I think I pulled a muscle in my neck....ouchy
    Cool build , the tires give it a great vintage look !:thumbsup:
    Mark
     
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    Finished...or as finished as it's going to get, and let me tell you folks, it rides even better than it looks. Although I ended up building it up a lot more simple than my first vision, I'm pleased with it all the same, possibly more so.
    Pictured below with someone else's trophy, a little tribute to "The Wild One".
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    :thumbsup: Awesome!

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  18. tacklebox

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    Nice ride love the headlight
     
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    Thanks, it's a '49-'50 Mercury pillar mount spotlight (cop spotlight) that I removed the handle from and switched out the high intensity spot bulb for an amber fog light bulb I intended to wire it up to a 9 volt but ran out of time.
     

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