Phantom Mutation

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  1. #1 Posted Sep 29, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    over the next several weeks I will be posting and in photos, my attempt in using extra bicycle parts to assemble a rideable custom schwinn phantom, after looking at the amazing and fabricated beautiful custom bikes on this site I'll tell ya up front this wont be anything of excitement or astonishing just the combination of different parts, I am not a fabricator in sheet metal, no plating experience and without a shop to build in, but I have accumulated alot of different parts, from everywhere along with the frustrations of not bidding high enough, seller raising his asking price, listed item disappears or what is received was not what was pictured, visiting recycling centers, wrecking yards, second hand stores, goodwill, salvation army on a regular basis for bike parts or bicycles for parts I've learned to ignore the comments from the employees like vampire or bike addict and stay focused, begging has crossed my mind at times at swapmeets when I had to go use the ATM and on my way back passed my deal being carried out by some kid that will spray can it to death before junking it, ah crap. where I live there are trucks with panels on the sides that allow stacking so high that I'm surprised they clear the underpasses stacked with bicycles going to Mexico. I have seen a phantom with tank, no bars, seat or rims, as well as a JC Higgins with colorflow rack and fenders, no rims or seat heading to the border, my heart drops seeing vintage bicycles stack on top of each other in this way, my project will consist of schwinn, jc higgins, monark silver king, mid 40s buick roadmaster, 50s studebaker, harley davidson, radsonne, and a little bit of Taiwan, ha ha ha, but really, photos coming soon...
     
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  2. #2 Posted Oct 4, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I have posted the first items coming back from being rechromed, I have added a propeller, that I bought still in the box, by turning down a grade 8 bolt and having it threaded for the springer brace and propeller, box is interesting as well, used in hot rods and studebakers 20171004_203321.jpg 20171004_203344.jpg 20171004_203934.jpg 20171004_204349.jpg 20171004_204450.jpg 20171004_204508.jpg 20171004_205526.jpg 20171004_205626.jpg
     
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  3. #3 Posted Oct 4, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    That's pretty sharp!
     
  4. #4 Posted Oct 5, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Very Cool!
     
  5. #5 Posted Oct 5, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I like it....will be fun to follow.
     
  6. #6 Posted Oct 7, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    off to the fabricators, a JC Higgins colorflow rack, with the different variations I felt this would give a cleaner appearance than the other that extends and connectes to the back of the seat post, I chose this rack because of the rear design having two red reflectors and a wide side profile and its just so 50s, what I am doing has no approval from collectors, restorers, purest and those that hold most high NOS in the box, in my last post, I posted a Lundberg Propeller with box, for those that drove the 50s studebaker like the commander or flew the P-38 Lightning, you know what im talking about, designer's (car industry) were combining the two together and came up with clever idea's like the propeller, well here's another sin, Buick rear fender reflectors in box available in 1942-48 these items are extremely hard to find and used in classic, hot rod or custom cars and now in Bicycles. the higgins rack will have a hidden bracket that will raise it enough for fender clearance and for reflector to be centered in the side of the rack and secured and will be more forward because the rack has a tapper towards the rear, and the reflector housing is almost the width of the higgins side dimensions, still working on the hi-torque motor that will be mounted on the rack behind the seat which will operate a 1958 Harley Davidson police siren...more to come 20171007_210943.jpg 20171007_210919.jpg 20171007_210631.jpg 20171007_210612.jpg
     
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  7. #7 Posted Oct 11, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Looks like you're off to a good start and aren't cheaping out. I like where this is going, and you've got my attention. Anxious to see what you come up with.
     
  8. #8 Posted Oct 11, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Really liken; that prop !
     
  9. #9 Posted Oct 12, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I agree. To me the scale of that prop to the spring setup is pretty good for something just by chance put together. Gotta follow this for sure.
     
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  10. #10 Posted Nov 11, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I thought I would share whats gone on since my last blog, at this time this is whats happened to my project, the jc higgins rear rack I sent to the fabricator was turned into a pancake by a hydraulic press by an employee that set it down on a platform where they press aluminum sheets into custom shapes for large fuel tanks, luckily the reflectors were not fitted into the rack at the time but they were nice enough to return the item to me in a walmart shopping bag, we exchanged a few more personal thoughts on the accident, idiot. surprised I wasnt charged 50 cents for the bag, chroming on the chain guard came out beautifully but the dents were left in and I was told that there guy that did metal work as such before the chroming was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, Really I said and you chromed it anyway, can I talk to your manager this was not our arrangement, sorry you can't he was the one arrested, so now it will have to be made right and rechromed else where, bike shop lacing my front hoop with a schwinn expansion drum brake lost my clevis and can't find it, oh did I forgot to mention that the hoop that was used was not mine! I have original S2 chromed and I dont have a clue what or where he found that swapmeet special but it wasn't what I brought in, I left there with my rim that was in the corner and drum brake, idiot. at this time I would like to thank those members who have added to my compulsive buying of bicycle parts which has really turned my project around and up grading it into one that I might of not been able to do without there late night positings of sale items, lol but I really mean it, Im hooked on reading and seeing posted photos of bicycles and parts before and after as well as barn finds and stuff I never had a clue existed, well I see that it's after midnight and I haven't checked for new listings yet so until then...............
     
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  11. #11 Posted Nov 11, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    That sucks man, hopefully you’ll have better luck from here on out.
     
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  12. #12 Posted Nov 11, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I'm usually not a spelling and grammar Nazi, but these tires old eyes are having trouble reading without paragraphs. I'm sorry for your recent difficulties, though. This is why I do all of my own work. If I screw things up I got no one to blame but me.
     
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    your right, sorry about the rush on posting this and not doing so in a proper manner, late at night and thinking about what's happened gets me heated and distracted. grammar never was a strong point with me but being a perfectionist is, at what I set out to do. as for the incompetence of the others I need to raise the bar on the quality of places I choose to do business with that I can't , I imagine exactly what this project will look like when finished and I get impatient from delays, but during this time I have made new acquaintances, purchased more desired items for my project, and the more I read on here the more I discover. as for the jc higgins rear rack I do have another so no real delays, but giving me back a flattened rack, in a walmart plastic bag was icing on the cake for me not wanting to take another chance on them screwing up another rack, but things are good and will continue a step at a time.
     
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  14. #14 Posted Nov 11, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Damn, unreal chain of events. I hope things smooth out from here on out. I had a similar experience with a Maaco paint and body shop years ago. They painted my project twice and still screwed it up. I wanted them to correct their second attempt but they wanted their money so I loaded my project, gave them a check and then went home and canceled the check. They called me about a week later wanting to know what happened and they wanted their money. I told them I was having their F ups corrected by another shop and if there was any money left over from your original invoice price I'll gladly send it to you. As everyone knows, it costs more to fix a screwed up job than it does to do the job right the first time. Or the second time in their case!
     
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  15. #15 Posted Nov 11, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I’m looking forward to seeing where this project is going
     
  16. #16 Posted Nov 11, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    SORRY TOO HEAR ABOUT THEM SCREWING YOUR STUFF UP!
    RE WHEELS, LESSON TO BE LEARNED!
    BUILD YOUR OWN WHEELS AND THEN HAVE THEM TRUED!
     
  17. #17 Posted Nov 11, 2017

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    well that's what it has come to, but im glad actually I'll be starting tomorrow on lacing them and getting things back on track....
     
  18. #18 Posted Nov 17, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Bummer. My brain would have popped out of my skull. This is the kind of stuff that gets me as angry as I ever get!!! Good luck from here on out!!!
     
  19. #19 Posted Nov 17, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Holy Sh!t.I dont know how you didnt punch someone.
     
  20. #20 Posted Dec 17, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Your work is exemplary! I too will be watching for your posts. This is my favorite style of bike. Its fun and rewarding to create new parts and pieces to the bike we love.
    With your permission; is it ok to copy a thing or two of yours?
    thanks for the great writings
    Cary