Sprucing up the Silver Rat


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partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
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The Land of Oz
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This is a bike that has not seen hardly any love since the blue Radiobike arrived. I am doing a bunch of little things to get it ready for spring. This was a 1966 Huffy Silver Jet in very poor condition. I now call it the ‘66 Silver Rat

- Rear fender dents hammered out
- License plate bracket made and ‘66 Dayton plate added
- Return spring for carrier repaired and tension adjusted
- Lots of OG hardware cleaner, de-rusted, and clear coated
- Rear wheel alignment yet to be done
- Re-chromed emblems will have details painted, in some combo of black and white or black and red
- I also want to buy one of the new reproduction tail lights on eBay for the rack

I will keep you guys posted!

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This is how it was before, it actually didn’t even have the rack, fenders, or headlight when I got it. Also, it’s first iteration after rebuild.
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A.S.BOLTNUT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 12, 2016
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Corning Ca.
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Oh yah , Nice grass , my dad use to mow the Grass quite often especially after the war , infact I too mow my lawn
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
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#4
Nice selection of aircraft! My dad had a hobby shop in Downey Ca for a short time after he was discharged in 1945. I still have a box of plans for rubber power and gas power free flight planes from that era. Built many balsa and tissue WWI and WWII models when I was a kid. We flew RC gliders, built rc sailboats, many hand launch gliders etc.
Why, thank you! Those are my dad’s. All are vintage.
 
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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#5
Oh yah , Nice grass , my dad use to mow the Grass quite often especially after the war , infact I too mow my lawn
After reading this post ^^^ I couldn't figure out how it was relevant to this thread. Then I did some reading and now I totally understand!

Ironically, the term retarded was used to replace the terms idiot, moron, and imbecile due to the fact that these terms gradually became thought of as derogatory. This obviously only worked for a while and now “retarded” is itself considered a derogatory term. It seems any word that basically means “low intelligence” is fated to be thought of as derogatory eventually. So it’s only a matter of time before politically correct terms like “mentally handicapped” will come to be derogatory themselves.
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,380
4,003
The Land of Oz
#6
After reading this post ^^^ I couldn't figure out how it was relevant to this thread. Then I did some reading and now I totally understand!

Ironically, the term retarded was used to replace the terms idiot, moron, and imbecile due to the fact that these terms gradually became thought of as derogatory. This obviously only worked for a while and now “retarded” is itself considered a derogatory term. It seems any word that basically means “low intelligence” is fated to be thought of as derogatory eventually. So it’s only a matter of time before politically correct terms like “mentally handicapped” will come to be derogatory themselves.

Why the nastiness?
 

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