Goodbye Elvis, Hello John Wayne!

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  1. #1 Posted Feb 13, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    FA79A4B0-7B41-4804-97B9-B5BACD3782F4.jpeg C7E768D0-4597-421F-A551-E3E6FF3A82CA.jpeg C7E768D0-4597-421F-A551-E3E6FF3A82CA.jpeg FA79A4B0-7B41-4804-97B9-B5BACD3782F4.jpeg My 38-39 ish Huffman with g519 parts nicknamed Elvis. Worked out a deal with Krakatoa and Elvis left the building and was replaced with what I’m calling John Wayne B4424959-E7A8-4B8D-B3ED-50EDE4DA5EA9.jpeg 8F4EF29D-1EFA-45D8-87CD-810565935EF7.jpeg Now when we put JW together with what was left of Elvis.... 20C9C58A-0188-4AEA-B052-D2B9E4822593.jpeg hopefully someday we will have this 7DAE2FA4-EF39-4BEB-A3D0-63C6FC4A8893.png looking forward to getting started on this project and am open to any and all suggestions or advice. Should I leave it?Strip it? Carefully remove paint layers to find original od green? I’m all ears. Thanks. J
     
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  2. #2 Posted Feb 14, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    #2 johan willaert, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:27 AM
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  3. #3 Posted Feb 14, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    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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  4. #4 Posted Feb 14, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    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
     
  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
     
  7. #7 Posted Feb 19, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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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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