‘53 Black Panther


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
519
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Santa Rosa, United States
#1
My son asked if he could learn how to build up a bike so we got started last night. Interesting, I won the bike on auction just before he was born 13 years ago. It has been in a box since then until last night. Seems like the bike was meant for him so a great first project. Here it is out of the box:

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Looks good. Only thing missing is a seat...bars are pretty roached as are the grips. Let me know if you have any of those items for sale and can help us out.

Commence operation tear down...
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At 13 and the only child in the pipeline, I’m cherishing every second of this build up. It will take a bit of time with school and baseball competing with bike time but we will get there.


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Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
545
133
Shawnee, United States
#8
Are you planning a complete restoration with new paint and rechroming or clean it, grease it, and leave the patina. If you're leaving the patina, I think I have the handle bars you need.
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
519
1,047
Santa Rosa, United States
#9
Are you planning a complete restoration with new paint and rechroming or clean it, grease it, and leave the patina. If you're leaving the patina, I think I have the handle bars you need.
Just cleaning it up and getting it back on the road. I sent you a PM.
 
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morton

I live for the CABE
Nov 9, 2007
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1,580
York, United States
#10
Great to see a kid without a joystick in his hand or face buried in a cel phone.....kudos to the "old man" and the kid are in order! Hip Hip.......
 
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Blackbomber

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 23, 2018
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Connecticut, USA
#12
Awesome bike and F&S project. I can't wait until my kids have the patience to work with me on something. My 4yo daughter already shows interest, but after 5 minutes she's banging wrenches against painted things :).
 
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Sven

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 24, 2017
632
1,133
54
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#13
Great to see a kid without a joystick in his hand or face buried in a cel phone.....kudos to the "old man" and the kid are in order! Hip Hip.......
Amen to that!
Very glad to see fathers and sons doing projects together, now a days.I know both of you will learn a lot from it. He will learn fundamentals of how to use tools properly; proper nomenclature and assembly of parts and components, fine adjustments of these. He will appreciate it more that he built it.
And you will learn patience and guidance .
Best of all .....the time you two spent together.
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
519
1,047
Santa Rosa, United States
#15
A little progress today...dent repair 101 and then hit the painted parts with two rounds of polishing compound and then a round of wax...really brought out the black...gleaming. Spent a little time on the chrome using flitz and 0000 steel wool. I’m just providing my son with guidance and enthusiasm...”Wow! Looks awesome!” To keep him going. Having a blast!

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