Originally Posted by Allen_Wrench
I think I'm like a lot of others in this thread: I'm a blend of both. For my current ride I started with an engine and an old WWII-era cruiser that was very much the worse for wear, but structurally sound.
I fabricated the mock carbide headlamp and its tank, also the custom gas tank, the little "oil tank" that hold batteries for the tail lights, the vintage-looking ignition housing, and probably other stuff that wasn't on the top of my head. Additionally, I restored the whole bike frame right up to the new coat of red paint.
I think if I learn to weld, I would likely start doing serious frame fabricating.
Allen, even I can hear the voice in your head whispering " get the welder , get the welder ".