‘53 Black Panther


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
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#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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WES PINCHOT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 16, 2006
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#4
DO YOU HAVE A KEY FOR THE LOCKING FORK?
IF NOT I CAN CUT SMOOTH BRASS KEYS TO FIT THE 'AN' NUMBER.
ALSO I CAN REMOVE BROKEN KEYS, LOCK REPAIR
I CAN HELP!
WES PINCHOT
WESPINCHOT@YAHOO.COM
 
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Kickstand3

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2014
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Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
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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.
 

Blackbomber

Finally riding a big boys bike
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

I live for the CABE
Dec 24, 2017
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#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
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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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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
630
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Santa Rosa, United States
#18
Inspired by the cleanup of my crusty ‘40 Hudson, my son took to the chrome parts of his bike tonight. “Are we getting close to building the Panther up?” He asked...keep working kid! Still having fun!

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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
630
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Santa Rosa, United States
#19
More work on the panther tonight...started the build up (after homework of course )

Added the crank, tank, and steer tube. First time jamming his fingers into grease...pretty funny reaction actually.

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