1936 Elgin Bluebird - Progress!

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  1. #1 Posted Jun 23, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Old bluebird project of mine finally gaining momentum as I slowly hone my tig welding skills.

    I acquired the frame with some very old sheet metal patches brazed around the seat tube and top tube junction. This was the worse part of the bike so I decided to start there.

    Some great advice from Buffardi and Frazier was enough to give me the confidence to start cutting into the 80 year old frame.

    Here's how it started...


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    More damage to the bottom with cracks and thin spots from rust through circled with a sharpie.

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    Then hours (and hours) of grinding, filing, cutting, sanding to clean the area. Also started by fabbing in new metal for the top plate.

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    Bottom plate. Complex curves... no english wheel :( So I used a ball-peen and anvil to stretch and mash it into shape. Then about a billion tiny taps to smooth it out.

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  6. #6 Posted Jun 23, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    See, its like riding. A bike. Nice job!
     
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    Shaping and Filing down...

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Riding a bike: Still way easier. And I'll probably forget everything I'm learning here by next summer!
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Nice job, a lot of work. I thought that nothing ever rusts out in sunny California.
     
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    It doesn't :) But this bike came from a barn out east.
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Nice fab work Steve, fantastic job.
     
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    I live for the CABE

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    very nicely done looks good from bicycle larry
     
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    WOW! Nice work!
     
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    I hope you have a pic of this bike when Tyler first got it because that will make an awesome before and after! Good luck with the restoration. V/r Shawn
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Amazing crafting! Definately worth the effort for a Bluebird! For a minute, I thought this was the one Shawn scored out here in Charlotte.
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Nice looking good!!
     
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