mr.charlie here!

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  1. mr.charlie

    mr.charlie New Member

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    ok i've been lurkin' an flirtin' with this for quite some time....im hooked!..last saturday went to a garage sale an picked up a Huffy "good vibrations" deluxe, 26" single speed, dark blue with gold pinstripe...rusted chrome, wide whites..but overall in great shape, complete, original condition...6 bucks!...told the wife, "here we go!"....took it home an started cleaning, adjusting, cleaned up well...........but, not enough for me!...let me explain.... im a "50 yo teen-ager",the neighborhood go to fixit guy, hence the kids call me "mr.charlie"....i work out of a 18x18 theme garage that is modeled after an early 1960's Texaco station, neon green/chrome ceiling fans, red neon texaco clock, 32"' flatscreen with 300watt surround sound system,and wall to wall Craftsman red and black cabinets, tall lockers, 4 roller boxes, 2 red and black benches, grey rubber floor mat, and sliding screen panels across the front, **** i even made a small kitchen aid refrigerator look like a gas pump, complete with stickers!...needless to say everyone in the development calls me the Craftsman guy....i never turn anyone away if they need help.....it is very satisfying....ok back to the bike....i decided to make it a "Craftsman-cruiser"....i stripped it down and sanded all the pieces, hung them all up in my makeshift paint booth....Sunday,went to home-depot and got 2 cans of rustoleum safety red appliance paint as well as metallic silver, and some gloss black...then Monday, i went to the local "mom an pop" bike shop...got a set of "ape's" new head stock, new crank/gear/bearings. rearveiw mirrors, foam grips,xtra long seat post (im 6'2 with 36" inseam) all new reflectors..and started re-assembling....it came out way better than i expected, i "bobbed" the rear fender (and flaired the end) so it sits at 12o'clock, and i split the springer seat pan an re-foamed/covered it with red vinyl came out great!...i will post pictures later today....but the "killer" was yesterday!....i found a kid on craigslist 40 miles from me with a complete un used 80cc zoom bike engine kit for 130 bucks!.....flat black...goin to get it after work....so i think i qualify for the low budget amatuer build contest i read about on here?......

    bike=$6
    paint=$20
    parts=$85
    engine kit=$130

    total fun=$241......thanx for the disease guy's!.wee.
     
  2. hurricane

    hurricane New Member

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    Now we need pictures, your garage or mancave sounds really cool.
    good luck with the build Mr. Charlie
     
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    mr.charlie New Member

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    hey hurricane i migrated down here from brodheadsville 2 yrs ago!....did the martz bus for 15 yrs!....now im retarted er retired.....nuttin like fun in the sun!....pics to come later...thanx....
     
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    hurricane New Member

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    We have alot of snow birds in this area in the summer, and florida is usually where they all go for winter. you sound like you are enjoying retirement? I have several decades before I make it and with this economy it could be longer. lol

    But if you get the chance, a few pics would be nice of your build and the mancave :)
     
  5. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Welcome to the forum, Mr. Charlie. I have one of those made in America "good vibrations Huffy bikes with the cantilever frame. Seems like a solid enough frame to me, unlike the more recent Huffy bikes coming out of China.
    SB
     

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