Just finished, grocery getter!

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle Welding, Fabrication and Paintin' started by tinkerfinger, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. tinkerfinger

    tinkerfinger New Member

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    This is a 1980 cruiser i just finished overhauling. It has electra rims with flame pattern tires, 3 speed nexus hub, new basket and seat. I sand blasted the parts before shooting 1978 vw mars red. Kept it basic. the more i looked, the less I wanted to add. Just tank sticker on paint. The color reminds me of vintage coke machines and campbell tomato soup cans. Custom cut front chrome fender, and chopped rear painted fender give it a race look, and the rims being a little darker than the frame really gives it that old school look. rear sprocket opened up to 2in dia for nexus hub. needs mirrors and light
     

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    Looks good. Are you going to put a front brake on it? How did you cut out the sproket? My wife is looking for a bike to put her new motor on, and she would like to go retro.
     
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    I have yet to get it to run. No front brake. took sproket to machine shop.
     
  4. Dan

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    Looks great! I think your right, less is more. Really like the utilitarian, old school look. Muffler is kewl. What red paint works on hot surfices?
     
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    any high-heat or engine paint from an auto supply/hardware store
     
  6. Cookie

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    Looks nice(^) but unless you have used heat resistant paint on the muffler it is going to smell bad and burn :eek:.....you can use a matching engine paint for the muffler. You will be supprised how hot those things get. I painted mine once and after a short run took the muffler off striped the paint the rest of the way off put a couple of holes in the muffler so it would "Breath" better and improved the performance.

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  7. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Nice! What type of paint did you shoot it with?

    I have painted exhausts before with "regular" paint. It works, except the first 6" or so of the pipe. That will burn off and take on a grey color....you may like it.
     
  8. Gronkster

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    Nice looking bike, I'm in the process of building my second bike which very similar to yours. I'm using a mountain bike fork that fits the frame so I can use a front brake with the coaster back brake. I'm interested in the stopping power of just using a coaster brake. How did you paint the rims? Remove all the spokes?
     
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    I used a blue color and the burnt just did not look good maybe on the ornge it will look good .

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