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

Jul 26, 2011
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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.
 
Jul 26, 2011
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San Antonio, TX
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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Jul 26, 2011
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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;

However, despite the snow and low temperatures, I made it out to the shop/carport, and got the chainguard drilled out, speed holes baby!

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.
 
Jul 26, 2011
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San Antonio, TX
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.




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?