Reviving the Rolling Dead

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deepsouth

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 15, 2017
393
66
Monroe, Ga
When bike was for sale last spring I'm sure most people saw it as "The Rolling Dead" . Multiple bad paint jobs, lots of incorrect parts, and that seat......

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I guess I saw it somewhat differently. I saw it as a bike that needed saving. In spite of the many flaws, I felt it could be revived. First, get rid of the awful paint. A trip to the blaster was in order. Once everything was cleaned up a coat of epoxy primer was used to seal anything that might want to come back and haunt you at a later date. Next was a coat of automotive primer. Originally, my color choice was Cobalt blue and Ivory. The more research I did on Cobalt Blue I did, the less i seemed to know. So, i opted for plan B, Red and Black reversed. I started searching to find the parts to finish it. Fortunately, lots of parts exist for these bikes. After a few months work (and some money) this is what It came to be.

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I would kike to thank the following people for their help in making this possible:
ZE52414 - Thanks Zach for making this bike available at a fair price.
Freqman 1 - Shawn thank you for transporting it home from MLC and your knowledge that you share so freely.
Bobcycles- Great job on the seat and again for sharing your knowledge.
Danny the Schwinn Freak - Springer fork
David Piatek- For the pinstriping
Will Tolbert- Matching the paint
Dan Venturi- Bicycle Bones Truly one of this hobby's good guys
Nu Tech Refinishing- Soda Blasting

While some are dedicated to preserving original bikes ( and I have NO problem with that) my calling is to bring the "Rolling Dead" back to life. Hopefully, this bike will live another 66 years.
 

Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,536
Portland, OR 97206
Bad, Bad, Badass!!!! This bike really POPS!!!! Great job!!!! It's a real joy to see the miracle you performed....and for giving credit where credit is due.
 
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ZE52414

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 6, 2016
4,532
34
Peoria, United States
Phil what a great transformation! Im glad I was able to help! What a killer bike! I really dig the black/red color combo! Great job Phil!
 

Kramai88

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 24, 2016
493
64
Minooka IL
I picked up that bike at a garage sale in Ottawa Illinois and knew it needed to be saved. Never got around to doing anything with it so passed it along. What you have done with it is amazing!! I’m glad you ended up with it and turned it into the beautiful machine it is now. Fantastic job!


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deepsouth

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 15, 2017
393
66
Monroe, Ga
I picked up that bike at a garage sale in Ottawa Illinois and knew it needed to be saved. Never got around to doing anything with it so passed it along. What you have done with it is amazing!! I’m glad you ended up with it and turned it into the beautiful machine it is now. Fantastic job!


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It's always interesting to discover the history of a bike. It has found a long term home now. I plan on riding it a bunch.
 
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49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
1,460
60
fremont california
not seeing "the rolling dead" in the original configuration. I'd have left the truss rod fork on it... as a matter of fact, I took the springer off my 49 B6 and added a truss rod fork.

looking good. nice color combo.
 
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