‘40 Motorbike (crusty)


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BFGforme

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 28, 2016
814
635
48
Oceanside CA
#21
What is kroil, and how did you get the color back like that? Love the bike... Dave
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
629
1,846
Santa Rosa, United States
#24
What is kroil, and how did you get the color back like that? Love the bike... Dave
It’s a cleaning solvent. I use it on rusty parts before I break the bike down...let it sit overnight. Here is a pic...
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So far on the frame, I used WD40 with 0000 steel wool. I use a cr@p ton of WD40 and rub softly to avoid scratches. I am very careful around the pins as they can disappear in a hurry. This bike took 3 passes. Then wash with dawn soap and water. Next steps will be a light polishing compound and then seal it with a carnauba wax. Lot of steps on this bike but when the paint comes out as strong as this bike it’s all the motivation you need.


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
629
1,846
Santa Rosa, United States
#25
Great score!
What do you use for cleaning/soaking?
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See my reply to David Amsbury for cleaning steps.

Rusty parts I soak in evaporust...works incredibly well. For greasy parts (bearings etc.) I’ll soak in a 50/50 mix of water and simple green. I’ll even throw the chain in there too...anything with caked on grease goes in this mix. Let it sit overnight and check on it. If clean then rinse in water and let it dry. Done.


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
629
1,846
Santa Rosa, United States
#26
Made some time for the Motorbike tonight...was curious what a brass brush in a makita would do on rust...
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It did pretty awesome!
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Then hit the rack top with WD40 and steel wool...did some straightening too... before...
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After...yummy!
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Then hit the forks...yes, they are bent. I will address that later but the paint sure is strong!
Before
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After...delicious!
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Kickstand3

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2014
1,353
3,099
Grapevine Tx
#28
Made some time for the Motorbike tonight...was curious what a brass brush in a makita would do on rust... View attachment 897713

It did pretty awesome!
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Then hit the rack top with WD40 and steel wool...did some straightening too... before...
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After...yummy!
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Then hit the forks...yes, they are bent. I will address that later but the paint sure is strong!
Before
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After...delicious!
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Beautiful !


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
629
1,846
Santa Rosa, United States
#29
Moving this bike along a little further tonight...from complete rust and pretty much frozen...sprung free from its rusty cage is a diamond chain once more...
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Next up...bent forks.
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Fork, Meet Little Brute...
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Now that’s the ticket!
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G2G baby!
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Spence36

Flying on my Aerocycle
Mar 3, 2011
1,534
217
Costa Mesa , Costa Mesa, CA, United States
#30
This showed up today...Hudson badged I think. Rough but the paint will come back nicely based on a few test spots. Chrome is pretty far gone. Shippers flattened the rear fender but reflector survived. I’ll need some pedals and seat post...will make everything else work. Hope to move this into the project forum before too long. A gentle clean up and repack will be in store. Love love love these ‘40-41 straightbar tanks. Just plain bitchen!

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Awesome. Bike let me know if you sell it


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
629
1,846
Santa Rosa, United States
#31
Got in a few more hours today...more cleanup on the painted parts and fender repair using a wood puck (result of drilling with a 3 1/2” hole saw) that’s the same width as the fender. Perfect for pounding out dents...
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Back at it with the brass wheel. My new favorite approach to rust on played parts...
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Truss rods came out nice...
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Back fender was a wreck! Lot of massaging to get it back in shape. The reflector will cover most of the residual damage...
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Back in shape...
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Done...
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Broke the wheels down and soaking rusty spokes in evaporust...
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And nipples in simple green...
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Getting there...slowly.




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bicycle larry

I live for the CABE
Jan 30, 2014
1,649
1,996
Mountain Grove, Canada
#33
This showed up today...Hudson badged I think. Rough but the paint will come back nicely based on a few test spots. Chrome is pretty far gone. Shippers flattened the rear fender but reflector survived. I’ll need some pedals and seat post...will make everything else work. Hope to move this into the project forum before too long. A gentle clean up and repack will be in store. Love love love these ‘40-41 straightbar tanks. Just plain bitchen!

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I love it . nice find . from bicycle larry
 
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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
629
1,846
Santa Rosa, United States
#35
It was raining today...perfect excuse to make significant progress but not before wiring in a new task light right over the bike stand (don’t know why I didn’t do that sooner)...

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That’s about as far as I can take it. Need grips and spokes/nipples to build up the wheels. Let me know if you have any of those pieces to help move this along.




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barnyguey

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Apr 7, 2012
4,629
3,131
Rathdrum, Idaho
#36
It was raining today...perfect excuse to make significant progress but not before wiring in a new task light right over the bike stand (don’t know why I didn’t do that sooner)...

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That’s about as far as I can take it. Need grips and spokes/nipples to build up the wheels. Let me know if you have any of those pieces to help move this along.




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Beautiful bike! Great job!
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
629
1,846
Santa Rosa, United States
#37
Happy New Year! Minor progress to report...started lacing the rear wheel this afternoon—first time. Going for a 4 cross pattern. I only had to scrap it and start over once. Realized the two wheels I was going to use as a model are laced incorrectly...neither had the 4th cross under. No big...just followed Sheldon Browns instructions...read slowly about 20 times for each section. Will learn how to tension and true next. Having a blast!

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Dgoldman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 12, 2016
277
548
Orange County, CA, USA
#38
Happy New Year! Minor progress to report...started lacing the rear wheel this afternoon—first time. Going for a 4 cross pattern. I only had to scrap it and start over once. Realized the two wheels I was going to use as a model are laced incorrectly...neither had the 4th cross under. No big...just followed Sheldon Browns instructions...read slowly about 20 times for each section. Will learn how to tension and true next. Having a blast!

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Love the progress. Keep up the good work!
 

oldmtrcyc

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 23, 2012
159
240
Pacific NW
#39
Excellent work! What is the "Little Brute" contraption that you straightened the forks with?
 

Spence36

Flying on my Aerocycle
Mar 3, 2011
1,534
217
Costa Mesa , Costa Mesa, CA, United States
#40
Yes the lil Brit’s I need one of those . It’s easy to make forks look straight I’ve done many hard part is making them ride straight need that Lil Brute ya have there I have a 40 schwinn rare no auto cycle jewel tank I need it straighten let us know ...
great job bringing it back from the dead !!


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