1936 Model C. Clunker


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Talon

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 13, 2017
37
78
Rosamond, CA, United States
#1
Well, I have been a long time lurker. So, I have decided to join. This will be my first post. So, I will tell a little something about myself.
I raced BMX in 76-78. In 1981 I put together a KOS Cruiser. When I was riding on base. A guy stops me and asked if the bike I had was a mountain bike? It was a BMX Cruiser. So, fast forward to 2011. My kids are moving on now. So decide to build a couple bikes. It turned out nice. So I put it in a bike show. Just for fun. The judges said, we don't have a category for it. Its not a vintage, and the closest category is, is a Clunker. It was fun. So, I got into looking into this thing called Clunker/Klunker. I began my quest. On and off for the last two years, I started looking for that hard to find Union rear hub. I bought one, then then lost interest in the build and sold it. Almost a year later. I come across the guy I sold it to. I asked him what he did with it. He painted the face plate a purple color. But, he wasn't using it. I bought it back. And this started my obsession. Alan Bonds has a very good website. And I started the search for the rest of the parts. I have not completed my build. But, I can see the end is near. I have not seen anyone build a BF Goodrich. And I do like the darts. Now, I have to figure out how to place some pictures. To support this post.
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Talon

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 13, 2017
37
78
Rosamond, CA, United States
#6
How did you get the Rapid Transit bars through the stem?
In the 70's. We had this problem. So what we did was. Take two common srewdrivers and stick them in the gap of the gooseneck and spread the opening just enough to slide the bar through. We are at the part that that is tricky. To close the gap, I used a.prybar called a lady finger. But you can use a large phillips scewdriver to realigned the holes.
 
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old hotrod

I live for the CABE
Jan 10, 2008
1,871
680
So Cal
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#7
There have been posts already covering the differences in detail...top tube on a c model is almost straight behind the head tube, b models have a larger opening for the tank and top tube is curved as you have pictured. There is also a b model frame and fork project in the for sale section looks like yours

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Talon

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 13, 2017
37
78
Rosamond, CA, United States
#8
Because the bike isn't finished yet. I am waiting to install the head badge. It will be the last item to be installed..
 

Talon

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 13, 2017
37
78
Rosamond, CA, United States
#9
There have been posts already covering the differences in detail...top tube on a c model is almost straight behind the head tube, b models have a larger opening for the tank and top tube is curved as you have pictured. There is also a b model frame and fork project in the for sale section looks like yours

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I see the difference now. I have tried to change the title. To "36 BF Goodrich Clunker" but it isn't happening.
 

Talon

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 13, 2017
37
78
Rosamond, CA, United States
#10
So, a little about the bike. As you probably noticed. It isn't a Model "C". But now thinking it is a BC117? When I bought the frame off Craigslist. It was stripped of paint. And someone did some grinding on the seat post bar near the BB. So I didn't feel all that bad adding the derailer attachment tab. The rims are ukai 26x2.125. it was a faded blue. So I had them polished to remove the anodized color. The forks are a Colson. With a Schwinn script cantilever brakes. The seat of course is a Brooks B-72. Seat post clamp is Campy. The seat post is 13/17 solid aluminum rod. The handle bars are Als rapid transit. A nice looking gooseneck by Ashtabula. Okay, I put these cranks on for now. But, I have a Sugino super maxi. They look very similar to the TAs that the clunkers have. In fact Alan Bonds has a bike pictured with one on it. I am not going to say. But if you want to. It is on his Clunker website.
 
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1979-4ever

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 18, 2017
30
10
Bartlett, Illinois
#14
Wow, love it. I have a similar frame, it has a BF goodrich badge and I believe it is a 1936. need to pull it out and do some comparisons to this one. Paint is amazing btw!
 

Talon

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 13, 2017
37
78
Rosamond, CA, United States
#15
Thank you all for the comments. Well, here is the update.
So I put the cables on and replaced the cranks. I had to change out the brake leavers. The first ones didn't allow me adjust the cable tension. Last night spent a few hours on the front brakes. It is funny how something so small (as a washer) can turn into a complete rebuild.
I have a Suntour cyclone rear derailleur. It is missing the clamp bolt. I have gone to countless bike shops. And I have been looking on ebay for this clamp bolt. I probably should have just purchased the complete derailleur, like I did today. An expensive bolt.
I was able to put the chain on and ride the bike for the first time. The rear brakes are not performing as well as I thought. They are not grabbing.
Also, I put the badge in place to see if the small screws would secure the badge. These small screws are not screwing into the hole. I am not sure if I have the proper size screws. I am waiting on the clamp bolt before I install the badge. But I might also need some new screws for the badge. It is taped on for the pictures.
 

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