‘53 Black Panther


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
635
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Santa Rosa, United States
#43
Operation Black Panther is complete! Hallelujah!! The bike fought us at every point today but we powered through and got ‘er done! This bike took a long time...tested my patience for sure. My son’s need to finish the bike was far less than mine and since it was his project...I waited and waited and waited...until today. We were painting over graffiti on our fence this morning (gotta love taggers...jerks!) and I said “hey, it’s a nice day for a ride. Wanna finish up your panther?” “YEAH!” And so we went for it. The bike looks so rad...straight bar tanks are mean especially in black. Digging my son’s choice to roll with a black seat too...killer!

Hub rebuilt a few nights ago now mounting up the rear wheel...
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Front fender brace was in the shape of a Z. Weird. Off to the vice.
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Rocket ray...check!
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Final assembly of front wheel...
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Done!
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Let’s roll!
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Awesome job kiddo! Thanks for the journey.


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
635
1,888
Santa Rosa, United States
#44
As I mentioned in the previous post...the bike was fighting us today. Well, it won in the end as the front tire found an earring post...”pop!” Shrugged our shoulders, held our heads low and walked home pushing our bikes. So my son learned how to fix a flat today too.

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SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
5,181
1,808
Hollister CA
#46
A tip for your kiddo if he doesnt know already:
Take an old inner tube cut the valve stem out and cut along the inside all the way around and wrap it around the good inner tube....and stuff it in tire for extra protection for potential flats.... And great job all around. Hats off to you both!!
 
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Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 6, 2012
4,097
2,309
52
Earth (Middle)
#48
A tip for your kiddo if he doesnt know already:
Take an old inner tube cut the valve stem out and cut along the inside all the way around and wrap it around the good inner tube....and stuff it in tire for extra protection for potential flats.... And great job all around. Hats off to you both!!
I get liners and 'slime' for mine...the only drawback is that if they go flat for too long you'll likely need a new tube, but I don't have many flats anymore. You can't a slimed tube though, the compound will attack the patch.
 

Sven

I live for the CABE
Dec 24, 2017
1,884
5,280
55
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#49
Hey, nothing lost, your son has learned how to repair a flat. It probably will not be the only one he'll ever fix.
 
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Hammerhead

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 5, 2018
151
517
Franklin,NH
#52
Awesome work thank you for sharing with us. Great to see young people interested in the mechanical side of things.
Hammerhead
 

BFGforme

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2016
1,029
838
48
Oceanside CA
#53
Love it, you guys did a great job! Wish I could have built up a bike with my father who has long ago passed away! Great memories..
 

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