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stevekh
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Joined: Sep 12, 2012
Posts: 143
From: broken arrow
Posted: 2016-02-08 11:42 am   Permalink

here's a project i did last year for my mail getter at the office - an old 40's goodyear girl's bike and turned it into a cool little cruiser. she had been "customized" in the 70s sometime, there were some parts i liked and wanted to keep (banana seat, sissy bar, mini apes) but the rest i wanted a even more custom look - this is a pretty photo heavy post

found her for 10 bucks at the stray kat 500 in dewey, ok


tear down and inventory


stripping the frame


stripped down, ready to rust


5 minutes after spraying my rust promoter secret concotion


rusted, baked on with map gas torch (before clear coat)


rust detail


custom tiki headbadge i had guy on rat rod bikes forum make for me


custom chain ring i designed and waterjet cut


some shorty fenders i came across from a kid's stingray bike


powdercoated with white wrinkle and satin clear coat on rust - starting re-assembly


detail shot of chain ring and patina


tore down, powdercoated and designed seat for my buddy that does leather work


a few coats of stain


sealed and finished


custom grips - tooled leather - one says Tiki other say Bar


finished and sitting pretty


the end!






 
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HopeChest
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Joined: Oct 19, 2015
Posts: 251
From: East Bay, CA
Posted: 2016-02-08 11:59 am   Permalink

That is SO cool. I pray my missus doesn't see this...

 
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El Jefe
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Joined: Mar 13, 2012
Posts: 377
From: The Third Coast
Posted: 2016-02-09 09:02 am   Permalink

Nice job. I like the seat and the color combo.

 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 3929
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2016-02-09 10:08 am   Permalink

Love it, nice job resurrecting this bike.

 
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danlovestikis
Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 6968
Posted: 2016-02-10 05:56 am   Permalink

This is so impressive. You should show a bike company your work. Wendy

 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1966
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2016-02-10 8:04 pm   Permalink

The rust and leather really go well together!

 
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MadDogMike
Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 8709
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2016-02-15 2:02 pm   Permalink

Nice! You got all the connections - water jet, leather tooling, powder coating... SWEEET!
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stevekh
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Joined: Sep 12, 2012
Posts: 143
From: broken arrow
Posted: 2016-02-17 5:50 pm   Permalink

i do have good connections -from doing hotrods and signs so long - waterjet is mine, and i did the grips with supervision, but just didnt feel i was up to snuff on the seat itself

 
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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 4089
From: SOCAL
Posted: 2016-02-23 12:46 pm   Permalink

Love it!

 
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