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gkeep

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
411
691
Alameda, CA
#26
That's a beauty! Is the serial number on the drop out, post 52? That is going to be a serious head turner going down the road!

When I was working on my teens Pierce I thought I was going to break all the spokes due to rust and crust. I hit them all once of twice a day with liquid wrench for about a week and then warmed them up a bit with a heat gun. Before using the spoke wrench I went around with a nail set and tack hammer and gave the end of each spoke a couple taps. I was able to get them all turning and trued the rims with only one broken spoke. The one that broke had an area where the rust was half way through, it was a goner anyway.

Gary
 

rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
1,690
3,217
church point, la.
#27
That is looking sharp. Wheel rebuilding is an art I haven't been willing to tackle yet. Great work there.
-Shawn
That is looking sharp. Wheel rebuilding is an art I haven't been willing to tackle yet. Great work there.
-Shawn
I avoided it for a while, but it’s definitely easier to clean the rims, spokes and nipples separately. I learned a lot from this post from @militarymonark
http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=413&page=2
Also from different videos on YouTube. It gets easier after about 10 wheels lol.
 

rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
1,690
3,217
church point, la.
#28
That's a beauty! Is the serial number on the drop out, post 52? That is going to be a serious head turner going down the road!

When I was working on my teens Pierce I thought I was going to break all the spokes due to rust and crust. I hit them all once of twice a day with liquid wrench for about a week and then warmed them up a bit with a heat gun. Before using the spoke wrench I went around with a nail set and tack hammer and gave the end of each spoke a couple taps. I was able to get them all turning and trued the rims with only one broken spoke. The one that broke had an area where the rust was half way through, it was a goner anyway.

Gary
Must be a ‘53 then, number’s on the dropout. Good that you got to reuse the spokes, I try to reuse everything also, unless it’s totally trash.
 

Saving Tempest

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Feb 6, 2012
3,423
1,584
52
Earth (Middle)
#31
That is looking sharp. Wheel rebuilding is an art I haven't been willing to tackle yet. Great work there.
-Shawn

I'm not ready for it right now either but I can use a pair from my hornet of DX chromed replacements from Sun if I need to, cold setting to work on my Rollfast ballooner Beryl. And the rims, tires and fenders from that DX project Frank71 parted should be here around Tuesday.
 
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mfhemi1969

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 4, 2015
314
160
Indianapolis, IN, USA
#32
Got a little more progress done, finished the fenders and the tedious, not so glamorous job of nipple and spoke cleaning. It’s 38 degrees over here today, yesterday I didn’t even need a jacket. I don’t know how y’all up North do the long Winters. Anyway, straightened and hammered a few tiny dents out as best as I could, but didn’t get any close up after shots. Here’s before though,

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Braces were a bit crudded up.
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Before and after of my nips. Usually soak the nipples, then use an old spoke and polish one by one on a wire wheel. Takes the plating off and turns em goldish, but I can live with it. View attachment 720500

Not sure if anyone has a better way of cleaning spokes, but I’ve been soaking them, then cleaning em one by one with steel wool and WD40. View attachment 720501

Spokes before and after. View attachment 720502 View attachment 720503

One wheel done. View attachment 720504

I love painted wheels. Gonna lace up the front tonight. View attachment 720505

Done for today. View attachment 720506 View attachment 720507 View attachment 720508 View attachment 720509 View attachment 720510 View attachment 720512 View attachment 720513

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Looking real nice! Love the colors...
 

rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
1,690
3,217
church point, la.
#33
Got the pedals done and installed. Blocks were pretty chewed up. I try to only replace something if absolutely necessary, so I replaced the blocks with some I had on hand. Bike is now complete.

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