"Big Chief Cockeye" 39 Elgin Board Track Special


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oldfart36

I live for the CABE
May 2, 2012
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Parsons, United States
#1
I would like to introduce you to:
"Big Chief Cockeye". Board Track Special!
He's done!
Sorry for the glare, and I had trouble getting some of the details on the bike. Base bike is a 39 Elgin Long Tank Fender Over. The tank is done to imitate WWII, pitted, aircraft aluminum, (tank is actually straight, smooth and done correctly), plus we used real nose art from a B-24. Wanted to use weathered period parts, refurbished parts, and some new parts. Frame is bare metal treated with gun oil, letting all brazing show. All black is powder coated. Tires cream colored, not white!

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oldfart36

I live for the CABE
May 2, 2012
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Parsons, United States
#4
The artwork on the tank is a nice touch. cool bike.

Thanks, having a heck of a time getting good pics of it. The artwork is great, if I could shoot it without all the glare. This is a pic of the tank after we finished it last week, still the glare off the gloss whites things out.

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Tim the Skid

I live for the CABE
Jan 3, 2013
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#5
Thanks for the closeup. Is that airbrushed or an overlay? My late father-in-law served as a B-24 crew chief during WWll in the South Pacific. I have several pictures of planes in his squadron with amazing nose art. What a great idea for a tribute bike.
 
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Krakatoa

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 12, 2016
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#8
If it was mine I'd now gook it up with some dirt, dents, grease and scrapes, smoke n flames & old deacals. Sweet springer and bars, pedals nice flowing lines too. Somebody's gonna be pumped.
 

oldfart36

I live for the CABE
May 2, 2012
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For all the purists out there. The bike was basically complete when I found it years back. All parts have been saved and packed away, so if someone ever wanted to, the bike could be returned to original form.

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Krakatoa

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 12, 2016
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Warren, RI, United States
#11
Is the artwork airbrushed or print overlay? I like what you've done if only for the creative impulse, and the well done work. The tank art figure looks good pretty authentic. Rivets detail is neat but for me too mannered. Name nsm. Is it a bike I would want to ride? Sure. Can I still say I like it in the (original form) better, and give you props for bringing it to another level?
 

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