1938-41 Elgin Twin-Bar

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  1. #1 Posted May 2, 2018

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Been sitting on this project for a while now, figured I'd post it up now that the RatRodBikes build off has started.
     
  3. #3 Posted May 4, 2018

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    Got most of the 60s repaint off the bike, now I'm gonna order some wood bleach and see how well the green on the fenders come back.
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    I spent some time today sanding the frame down, and did a little mock up. I'm going to order some OA on Monday so I can clean up the fenders and rims.
    One thing I'd love input on would be, leave it Bare steel, or should I go ahead with my forced patina paint job idea. I'm leaning towards bare steel as of right now.
     
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    Love the bare steel on that!
     
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    I do to, I'm gonna leave it bare :D.
     
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    Ordered some oxalic acid, for the fender and rim clean up.
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    Well here we go, my first OA bath.
     
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    That's gonna be sweet!
     
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    Great project! Looking forward for the progress photos. Thanks
     
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    Painted the seat parts with some matt black today. Also started clean up on the small components.
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  12. #12 Posted May 14, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Can’t wait to see the progress of the OA bath.
     
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    OA work better then expected, the only problem is that it revealed some unwanted things. Two things to be exact, 1st is the fenders ended up being mismatched paint. So I just took them down to bare steel. 2nd is the wheels also ended up being mismatched, I did not notice this because of how rusty they were. I ended up just finding a matching prewar set for sale here on the forum to replace the other set.

    And this photo is how the small bits turned out, the OA took the rust away and left a really dull gray color.
     
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    Did a light mock up, and a whole lot of sanding/grinding on the fenders. You can see here that the fenders were missmatched pretty badly.
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    Removing original paint is a last ditch thing for me, in this case the build demanded it.
     
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    My bike has several layers of paint on it, I am considering just soaking the frame in an OA bath I have used, Goof Off Pro Strength, Graffiti Remover, paint thinner and WD-40 with brass and steel wool for hours and have little to show for it I'm trying to bring back the original paint but I guess I will be using Aircraft Remover on all the painted parts, they are all off different bikes and different colors, so I'll have to strip all the parts because my Higgins looks like the Partridge Family bus! Thanks for showing your progress it puts wind in my sails and keeps me going on my own bike!

    Aaron
     
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    Glad my bike gives some motivation. Here's some more inspiration, built this last year. Brought it back from the brink of a really bad house paint job.
    Might not look like the same bike, but it is. Took over 30 hours to clean, but was totally worth it.
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  18. #18 Posted May 16, 2018

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    I'm also inspired. I'm going to have to take a relatively thin, but ugly, layer of paint from my entire '41 Westfield...

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    I can't wait to get those awesome dark blue, dark red, and bright white colors and darts out from underneath. What'd you use on pinstripes? Those worry my the most...
     
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    pinstripes are really hard to save, there not as rugged as the old enamel. I haven't found a good way of saving them yet.

    0000 grit steel wool and gasoline is what I use to take rattle can paint off. House paint and vintage spray paint is much tougher, so I use thin layers of cirtistripe to clean that off.
     
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  20. #20 Posted May 17, 2018 at 9:10 PM

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    Lots of cleaning and rust removal today on the new wheel set.