Just Playin'Round with Ideas

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Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
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36
Pageland South Carolina
So I have a Husky 24" trike that I bought a while back for like $50. I never owned a trike vintage or new so I couldn't pass up the pricey work horse But I don't like the way it rode so this will be a combined trike thread ; fitting the rear kit to multiple bikes for personal opinions and also to I guess document the older Desoto trike I recently acquired during the Covid 19 pandemic. 1st pic is the Husky trike axle mocked up to a 90's model Mercury Classic flex frame & 16" apes I use for mock ups since they're cracked.
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Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
415
36
Pageland South Carolina
The Desoto as I got it for $50
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I have started tearing it apart, had to cut the damn pedal off to remove the crank after soaking it in PB Blaster multiple times & bending the chain ring (2nd time I have had to do this on a bicycle), and started cleaning / stripping the frame for paint
 

Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
415
36
Pageland South Carolina
The next best thing to heat is shock. Sometimes a good shot with a hammer while trying to unbolt it knocks it loose.
Tried that too hahaha. I not only put a jack handle through the crank on a 2x4 to keep it from denting the frame, put a 2x4 under the chain ring so it would dig in and bite, sprayed for like 4 days with PB penetrating oil (usually loosens everything up or allows some minor movement) and the 3rd time I hit it with Stubby Bob aka the 2.5 Lb sledge the wald crank/chain ring jus' layed outwards. I cussed, I laughed, and then just angle grinded it off with the cut off wheel. No Biggie
 
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Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
415
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Pageland South Carolina
Bare Metal Aluminum Kent La Jolla idea; will be bright polished & steel parts buffed shiny & cleared. May be for sale; has aluminum Rigida 26" wheels 2.125 Aero Glide white walls & a Huffy springer seat .... jus' a cheap chain store bike becoming a lil'cooler or having potential to be something a lil'different :confused:
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Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
415
36
Pageland South Carolina
Im building a custom 1950 schwinn phantom out of parts i had around! Smooth ride! Thinking of peal white with platinum trim!???

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I dig that and wish I had enough vintage parts to throw a bike together. I am not big on white bikes but pearl white could be killer; especially if you're getting that opalescent look going on. This cheap bike will just be wire wheeled and then slightly sanded & rubbed down with some Mother's Mag & Aluminum polish. Nothing crazy like a mirror shine ....I could only put that much effort into a Monark lol
 
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Bill in Bama

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 19, 2019
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NW Alabama
I had to buy the frame and fork! I was hem hawing are with ideas and wanted a new build! I already had a bunch of stuff waiting on me to build a 59 frame i had at the time! Then that “50” with fork just fell in my lap! Im still not sure about pearl white! But i have a sweet platinum color im dying to use! White frame with platinum chain gaurd , tank ,, and some of the fork????
 
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Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
415
36
Pageland South Carolina
I had to buy the frame and fork! I was hem hawing are with ideas and wanted a new build! I already had a bunch of stuff waiting on me to build a 59 frame i had at the time! Then that “50” with fork just fell in my lap! Im still not sure about pearl white! But i have a sweet platinum color im dying to use! White frame with platinum chain gaurd , tank ,, and some of the fork????
Ahhh I see. Maybe a platinum with either blue, green or black would look slick but I am partial to those colors; unless you want to be radical & do a teal or even blurple .... I could offer ideas. Marbled/Bowling ball swirl :tonguewink:
 

Bill in Bama

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 19, 2019
372
57
NW Alabama
I had plans to try and restore the original phantom black/red paint but in the process I damaged the paint ,,, someone painted yellow and white over the original black/red colors and i just started scraping and trying stuff without really researching
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I got it down to the point were you could see the original paint but was still not what I wanted
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So now im forced to respray ! I love fresh ideas!!! Im still considering trying to restore phantom paint scheme! But idk im a beginner at paint! Building ya ... paint not so much!
 

Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
415
36
Pageland South Carolina
I had plans to try and restore the original phantom black/red paint but in the process I damaged the paint ,,, someone painted yellow and white over the original black/red colors and i just started scraping and trying stuff without really researching
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and blew it!1205718
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I got it down to the point were you could see the original paint but was still not what I wanted
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So now im forced to respray ! I love fresh ideas!!! Im still considering trying to restore phantom paint scheme! But idk im a beginner at paint! Building ya ... paint not so much!
Paint is fairly easy; even a rattle job can look Good with prep & time. I can't see doing much more to either customs or klunkered projects but some people only think of the poorly done rattle can stuff they have seen. Upside is Schwinn stencils and decals should be available once you do paint it ....
 

Bill in Bama

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 19, 2019
372
57
NW Alabama
Ive seen the paint and stencils... and ive followed projects from other cabers. But alas i have no garage! I do plan to build a paint box behind my 9x12 shed full of bikes. Ive done some ok stuff with cans! And i am close to a sweet auto resto shop and the owner digs the bikes ive shown him! They will media blast fenders and smaller bike parts for cheap... I think they just like seeing the 50’s and 60’s bike I build. You know the kind ... they do work on hot rods and classic American made cars! Ive got 4 bikes i want to paint and will do the 1950 schwinn last! After the learning curve has flattened!
 
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Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
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36
Pageland South Carolina
Ive seen the paint and stencils... and ive followed projects from other cabers. But alas i have no garage! I do plan to build a paint box behind my 9x12 shed full of bikes. Ive done some ok stuff with cans! And i am close to a sweet auto resto shop and the owner digs the bikes ive shown him! They will media blast fenders and smaller bike parts for cheap... I think they just like seeing the 50’s and 60’s bike I build. You know the kind ... they do work on hot rods and classic American made cars! Ive got 4 bikes i want to paint and will do the 1950 schwinn last! After the learning curve has flattened!
Yep ol'guys love the vintage stuff and even seeing younger guys (being 36) dig those eras and putting our spin on it or doing things they were doin' custom back then to keep their history goin' too. Usually you can work a deal if they're ever spraying a color you like that they can spray stuff for you at free to little of nothing. Especially if you have it all stripped & prepped ready to go .... I just haven't been that lucky or even patient so I just work with the rattle cans and it gets as much effort as need be to keep me content. I don't own show bikes, they all ride or get set aside for parts or projects someday.
 
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Bill in Bama

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 19, 2019
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NW Alabama
Sorry my bad... the pump is off topic! I thought i was in the “ work space” thread! But it is purdy neat! And i love it! My dad had one in his work space back when i was a skinny blond kid riding all over cupertino ca! My whole life was bikes and skateboarding when this pump was originally sold! When i got it last week .... brought it home and hung it on my work space wall ... i just stared at it for about 20 minutes! And could remember patching tires with one of those old kits that you had to light on fire and it would melt the patch to the tube! Good times!!! Ill post some ideas im playing around with later and get back on topic! Bill in bama!
 
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