Dumpster Diamond, My Entry for the 15th Annual RRBBO

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Bike from the Dead

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here is the bike I built for my first ever Rat Rod Bikes.com Build Off. It's a 1950 Snyder-built Montgomery Ward/Hawthorne frame with Western Flyer pedals I bought at the 2019 Springfield, MO swap meet for $20. The fork seen in the pictures wasn't included with it, I just had it and thought it'd look good with the original paint.
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As it turned out, this frame was BENT. The seat pole in particular was really bent.
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I took this frame to a couple bike shops around town to see if anyone could straighten it out for me. One recommended this guy at a radiator repair shop, so I took it there. In hindsight, I should never have done business with that guy, because all he did was bend it in a different direction, and he messed up nearly every other part I brought to him. I was not happy.
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Since the original paint and patina was ruined when this guy burnt off a fair portion of the paint, I decided to try and wire-brush everything down to bare metal to see how it looked. In the process, I found this cool diamond design hiding underneath some of the surface. While it didn't return after the initial build, I plan to bring this design element back when I rebuild this bike again later.
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I mocked up some parts and made some rough plywood tank inserts to try and get a feel for the direction of this bike. It was about this point that I decided to go for a sort of board track racer vibe.
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My dad had a bunch of these halo lights from a Sonic drive thru he wasn't using, which I felt would make perfect number plates for my bike.
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I took everything to my dad's welder buds, who did a much better job of fixing this bike than the first guy. They cut out the mangled seat pole and welded in a replacement from a junk frame I had, bobbed the rear fender, made one good set of forks from two bad forks, cut the number plates, and tweaked the chain guard to fit better.
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I then had all the parts sandblasted down to bare metal, then I wire-brushed everything to shine it up. I then hit everything with a few layers of some satin clear coat spray paint, and began putting the bike back together.
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On literally the last two days of the build off, I put together this custom wood tank out of some scrap pine boards I got for free off Craigslist. I don't have a bandsaw, so I just used a jigsaw and my dad's belt sander to shape it. I had never done this before, so this first tank... could look better, but it came out okay for my first try.
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I was one of the last, if not the last, guy to finish my bike before the deadline, but I got it done. It's not perfect, it's not done like I had originally planned, but it's done.
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One of the other details that I added to the bike before I finished it were these custom decals for the chain guard and number plates I designed in Adobe Illustrator. I got the name "Dumpster Diamond" from a combination of the diamond I found hiding under some of the paint, and the fact that multiple people who saw this bike before I started on it asked if I had found it in a dumpster, or have said it belonged in a dumpster. Those people made me determined to take this "dumpster bike" and turn it into something beautiful, and I like to think I've succeeded.
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The picture that helped me finish in 17th place out of 68 finished entries in my class. I wanted to do something a little funny and poke my head out of a dumpster like I was Oscar the Grouch, with my bike sitting in front of the dumpster like I found it in there.
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I've still got plans for this bike and how to make it even better, but for now, I just want to fix a couple things to make it ride a little better.

For the full build, here's my build thread: https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index...er-build-off-with-a-postwar-hawthorne.111100/

For the finished build thread, look here: https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/dumpster-diamond-is-done.112194/
 
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Superman1984

Wore out three sets of tires already!
@Bike from the Dead I dig it man! If it took 7th not finished the way you wanted then do it the way you'll enjoy it the most. I wouldn't hide my head if I had built it & owned. I have cheap bikes I enjoy for various reasons & visions of what they could be once I have the time & money together for'em. Welcome to The Cabe man!
 

Bike from the Dead

Finally riding a big boys bike
7th place? Where can I see what beat it?
@Bike from the Dead I dig it man! If it took 7th not finished the way you wanted then do it the way you'll enjoy it the most. I wouldn't hide my head if I had built it & owned. I have cheap bikes I enjoy for various reasons & visions of what they could be once I have the time & money together for'em. Welcome to The Cabe man!
I would have loved to have finished 7th, but I finished in 17th place. Here's the voting gallery of all the finished bikes in my class: https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/bo15-class-1-final-rankings-gallery.112289/ There were a ton of great bikes in this year's Build Off, but what surprised me is which bikes I placed ahead of. There were many bikes I ranked above that I thought were just as cool if not cooler than mine!

I'm definitely going to continue working on it and making it into the bike I want, but right now, I'm just happy that I got it done. It's funny too, I had originally no desire to keep this bike, as it was in my "for sale/trade" stash, but after putting it all together, I want to keep it and enjoy it.

Thanks guys!
 

ian

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here is the bike I built for my first ever Rat Rod Bikes.com Build Off. It's a 1950 Snyder-built Montgomery Ward/Hawthorne frame with Western Flyer pedals I bought at the 2019 Springfield, MO swap meet for $20. The fork seen in the pictures wasn't included with it, I just had it and thought it'd look good with the original paint.
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As it turned out, this frame was BENT. The seat pole in particular was really bent.
View attachment 1287293

I took this frame to a couple bike shops around town to see if anyone could straighten it out for me. One recommended this guy at a radiator repair shop, so I took it there. In hindsight, I should never have done business with that guy, because all he did was bend it in a different direction, and he messed up nearly every other part I brought to him. I was not happy.
View attachment 1287297

Since the original paint and patina was ruined when this guy burnt off a fair portion of the paint, I decided to try and wire-brush everything down to bare metal to see how it looked. In the process, I found this cool diamond design hiding underneath some of the surface. While it didn't return after the initial build, I plan to bring this design element back when I rebuild this bike again later.
View attachment 1287298

I mocked up some parts and made some rough plywood tank inserts to try and get a feel for the direction of this bike. It was about this point that I decided to go for a sort of board track racer vibe.
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My dad had a bunch of these halo lights from a Sonic drive thru he wasn't using, which I felt would make perfect number plates for my bike.
View attachment 1287304

I took everything to my dad's welder buds, who did a much better job of fixing this bike than the first guy. They cut out the mangled seat pole and welded in a replacement from a junk frame I had, bobbed the rear fender, made one good set of forks from two bad forks, cut the number plates, and tweaked the chain guard to fit better.
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I then had all the parts sandblasted down to bare metal, then I wire-brushed everything to shine it up. I then hit everything with a few layers of some satin clear coat spray paint, and began putting the bike back together.
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On literally the last two days of the build off, I put together this custom wood tank out of some scrap pine boards I got for free off Craigslist. I don't have a bandsaw, so I just used a jigsaw and my dad's belt sander to shape it. I had never done this before, so this first tank... could look better, but it came out okay for my first try.
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I was one of the last, if not the last, guy to finish my bike before the deadline, but I got it done. It's not perfect, it's not done like I had originally planned, but it's done.
View attachment 1287312

One of the other details that I added to the bike before I finished it were these custom decals for the chain guard and number plates I designed in Adobe Illustrator. I got the name "Dumpster Diamond" from a combination of the diamond I found hiding under some of the paint, and the fact that multiple people who saw this bike before I started on it asked if I had found it in a dumpster, or have said it belonged in a dumpster. Those people made me determined to take this "dumpster bike" and turn it into something beautiful, and I like to think I've succeeded.
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The picture that helped me finish in 17th place out of 68 finished entries in my class. I wanted to do something a little funny and poke my head out of a dumpster like I was Oscar the Grouch, with my bike sitting in front of the dumpster like I found it in there.
View attachment 1287318

I've still got plans for this bike and how to make it even better, but for now, I just want to fix a couple things to make it ride a little better.

For the full build, here's my build thread: https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index...er-build-off-with-a-postwar-hawthorne.111100/

For the finished build thread, look here: https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/dumpster-diamond-is-done.112194/
Absolutely Bad Ass!!
 

Bike from the Dead

Finally riding a big boys bike
Making a tank out of pine is Brilliant!!! I love it. Some quality time with a belt sander sounds a great way to achieve “good enough”. This is going to get me into a lot of trouble. Thank you!
Thanks! Yeah, the 2 outside pieces are from a waterbed frame I got for free off Craigslist, and the middle chunk that you can't really see is a piece of plywood I got at a garage sale where everything was free! The belt sander probably did most of the work, as I was a bit too cautious with the jigsaw. Gave myself too much material to shave off.

Give it a try! Check Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, you can find all sorts of good wood for free to turn into custom parts there!
 

Superman1984

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Making a tank out of pine is Brilliant!!! I love it. Some quality time with a belt sander sounds a great way to achieve “good enough”. This is going to get me into a lot of trouble. Thank you!
Use treated 5 1/4 deck boards, jigsaw, & sander. Can do 1 in the frame & or 2-3 ; 2 for each side with 1 in the middle for that wide motorcycle tank style + any creative ideas you wanna add of your own; hollow out the back side for a 'stash' pocket or rotozip designs through them or light them etc
 

ian

Finally riding a big boys bike
Watching the transformation of your Dumpster Diamond into a cool, rideable bike is inspiring. I'll be looking at doing something similar with a bunch of "extra " bits and bobs and making my own piece of art! Thanks for sharing your creation!

Ian
 

Bike from the Dead

Finally riding a big boys bike
Watching the transformation of your Dumpster Diamond into a cool, rideable bike is inspiring. I'll be looking at doing something similar with a bunch of "extra " bits and bobs and making my own piece of art! Thanks for sharing your creation!

Ian
Thanks Ian! I highly encourage you to give it a try!
 
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