Goodbye Elvis, Hello John Wayne!

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  1. #1 Posted Feb 13, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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  2. #2 Posted Feb 14, 2018

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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  3. #3 Posted Feb 14, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Hi Johan, Your website and CABE posts are what persuaded me to pursue this project. i really enjoy all the information that you have made available and it has been very helpful for me. Going to be fun putting this bike together. Keep up the good work and thank you. JR
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Thanks, appreciate it!
     
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  5. #5 Posted Feb 19, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Now beginning to try to remove layers of old paint to see how much OD Green was left underneath. Began with carb cleaner- no luck. Tried a heat gun but was worried that it would work too well. Using a chem stripper which is working but is pretty harsh. Working through a layer of red, blue, and possibly black and finding some green but is in rough condition. It’s really slow going but kind of satisfying as well. I kind of like the look- well worn and salty! 4DEFD134-2A18-430D-AF57-17A66C482D74.jpeg 6B8C9EC8-84FB-433A-80B4-B2C101C42FC5.jpeg 0D2EAFD1-A688-4544-B05D-B87BA2BD8EC7.jpeg
     
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  6. #6 Posted Feb 19, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Lots of green around badge but can’t tell if I’m doing more harm than good. 214754B6-603D-421D-BF48-4C73AAA7F41F.jpeg C1339EBB-C1D0-43F8-B301-875CA7DD0899.jpeg
     
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  7. #7 Posted Feb 19, 2018 at 4:59 PM

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    image.jpg Not much Green on top. Pretty much bare metal. Bummer. If there is a better way to do this let me know. Totally winging it.....
     
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  8. #8 Posted Feb 21, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Paint removal is tedious and it looks like i’m removing the original paint in places as well. Contemplating whether or not to remove it all and repaint. Is it better to leave it like it is with bare patches or completely repaint?
     
  9. #9 Posted Feb 22, 2018 at 7:06 AM

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    Seems you're experiencing the same trouble I had with the Women's Columbia...
    Once all paint removed there were so many bare metal spots it wasn't even clear anymore just what color the frame originally was.
    I do ride my restored bikes, so with that in mind I decided to strip the frame completely and repaint it the correct shade OD.
    Had better luck on the Huffman; the original OD had never been covered and over 80% of the original finish, although quite worn, was still present. So I kept it that way...
     
  10. #10 Posted Feb 22, 2018 at 11:20 AM

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    I was really hoping i wouldn't have to repaint. Some of the other parts have a really nice original patina and would love to keep that look. will have to wait and see what it looks like after removing the rest of the top layers. You wouldn't happen to know where there is a torrington 8 left with wood blocks laying around? I think I have pretty much everything except that and bell, pump and rear reflector. Let me know if you happen to know where to find one of these. Thanks, J