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LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

always be closing posted:

Great stuff, I think i recognize that other coupe from instagram. Gave it up for lent but ill hook up with you on there once i get back on.

e- good luck with the baby, its a game changer!

thanks! I'm @supercruiserstudios

yeah, im psyched about baby boy - the timing of all of this crap makes me nervous.


Krakkles posted:

Did this guy drive up to the event last year (~late october, I think you said you were going?)

I'm like 99% sure this is the car we saw on the 5N while we were heading to Redding to get our puppy.

These model a's arent really freeway cars, the coupe has a banger too- so if you saw it, it was probably being towed. As far as power - I blow the doors off of him, I probably shouldn't say this because he's not here to defend himself, but he's having issues keeping that car running tops.

I'm really starting to consider building another one of these with a more modern (1950's) V8 and a 32 frame

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LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

well, what do you do when you have a ton of old crap sitting around, well, you start restoring them.. and writing long winded history posts to automotive forums...




This is a 1937-8 Mercury "Pod Bike" -

In original condition it might look something like this:



note the dashboard pod - hence the name pod bike!

the late 30s as a time of incredible industrial design - seeing the way the wind was blowing, companies scrambled to hire designers that could bring the modernity of design to common products for consumers. The Murray company, which I believe is now owned in name only by Briggs & Stratton, was a manufacturing company that mostly did bicycles, kids ride on toys like wagons, pedal cars and trikes - I believe they also had some other things that they made too, but I can remeber as a kid watching nick game shows where the prizes were a new Murray bicycle...

anyway, in late 36 they hired a prolithic designer with probably one of the coolest names ever - Viktor Schreckengost

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Schreckengost

Bicycle companies were oddly structured - nothing like the car industry. Murray made their own line of bikes, plus bikes sold by sears under the name Elgin - but sears sold other bikes branded Elgin that were made by other companies.. and so on and so forth - so many companies all with unique attributes

Many people default and immediately think of Schwinn when it comes to old bicycles - while schwinn was essentially the most popular of bicycle, there were so many other companies out there making, IMHO cooler bikes than schwinn

some of the major players in vintage bicycles:
Schwinn
Murray
Cleveland Welding co (CWC)
Westfield
Shelby
Monark

just to name a few..

When I began collecting bikes I got in to it because I was in my early 20s, I had a job at Disney making way too much money, living at home and I was completely manic about cars and vintage crap - every weekend id dig thru estate sales, swap meets - I was totally insane. I had 6 cars stashed throughout the neighborhood and I was streched really thin - when I was in high school I was really big in to mountain biking, so I loved riding, and I figured my bike should match my cars, so I started looking for late 50s bikes, and I was surprised to see that the giant deluxe bikes that I wanted were all but history by the late 50s - the hayday for that was late 30s to the mid 50s. - my first bike was one of these:



i believe mine was a 59 - I hated the red so I stripped it and painted it sea foam green - I went to a bike shop and overpaid for new set of chinese wheels with a coaster brake - crumby whitewall tires and some repop green grips. I put it together and rode the crap out of it. I replaced the old flashlight bulb with an LED light that I wired to a switch on the tank - I'd take it inside the house every night, I loved the thing, but I wanted the bigger, older bikes.

my next bike was the black bike with red fenders that was pictured in the background of the first pic... its a 1938 Hawthorne - made by CWC - the bug was planted... many followed... at one point I had 65 bicycles. in 2012 my mom moved to a new place. By then I had my own place that didn't have enough room for my collection so I began selling them off. I finally got down to about 14, then completely bowed out of the hobby - there are more than a few that I really regret selling, but I kept the ones with original nice paint, or the ones that were really special. - full circle to this...


you can see some of them here in this pic...



Id use them at halloween:





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this was the last vintage i bought about 5 years ago -



1940 Western Flyer - sold at the Western Auto stores! I bought it for 100 bucks at a garage sale - its probably worth about 5-600 now - if it had a springer fork, it would probably push it to 800-1000

then there's this!



woah its the bike in the first pic! but complete - I uploaded this pic 6 years ago! I built this thing as a klunker - a Klunker is one of the earliest forms of mountain biking - in the late 60s and 70s guys would take heavy duty vintage bike frames, upgrade the brakes, add gears, pull all the crap off them and bomb hills in Marin county! they were big, cumbersome and klunky - hence the name. My friends and I were doing pretty well at adulting so we started taking weekend trips with our wives to a lovely coastal spot where we could ride, and the women would bask on the beach while we rode the trails. my bike was kind of a hybrid, it had a 4 linked girder style fork that came from a 90s mountain bike called a Girvin ProFlex - which was an extremely high end boutique mountain bike built in the USA, they were one of the very first full suspension bikes. I bought the fork on ebay for nothing and adapted it in to this late 30s frame. I had some 26" BMX rims with heavy spokes laced to a sealed bearing front hub, a new 2 speed kickback hub - it had a sealed bearing bottom bracket and more high end shimano 90s cranks!

I thrashed the gently caress out of this thing for a year or two and as our rides kept getting more intense, I decied it was time to get a modern bike that may be a bit easier to ride. wrong! I spent a ton of money on a modern cannondale bike that was totally awful. I couldn't get used to it, so I sold it - in the meanwhile I had dismantled my klunker to improve it.. I wanted to chrome the whole thing, find some other cool 90s parts for it and just turn it in to a super slick neighborhood cruiser with some BMX heritage - so now this bike was in a million peices, and I had a modern bike I hated.. so I kinda bowed out of our rides, other friends had kids, so that took them out of it too, but for a brief moment we were getting back to some seriously fun riding.

a few years later these bad motherfuckers came out and basically checked everything off my list.



gears, disc brakes, giant wheels - this thing feels like your first bike - its the best modern bike I've ever had, I love it, ill probably have it forever.

ok so! the husk of my original klunker has been sitting behind my garage for 6 years! time to do it - chrome shops are closed so.. lets paint it

first off, stripping the thing was a nightmare, there was 4 layers of old paint on this thing - paint stripper, wire brushes and wheels on drills, sand paper, evaporust... stripping just the frame took me about a day and a half!



then primed





ok, so now what paint do I have? Oh - buick and cadillac engine enamel!

first the buick - I couldn't contain myself after I painted it, so I put it all back together and mocked it up - - The bars and stem I got at a bike shop going out of business sale - the bars alone are like 70 bucks, I got both for 20!

I cleaned up the girvin fork, lubed it up and tightened down the spring.. put these cool street tires in cream on it - and of course my brooks grips and saddle which were a gift from the wife!





cool, so the chain guard is era correct aftermarket I like it - the chain that was on it was rusted and stuck, I have it soaking it the evaporust right now, then it moves to a wd40 bath, then motor oil bath - we clean that up and put dry motorcycle chain lube on it, shockingly I still have a can of that from my days with old mc's

So Ive been staring at it and it just looked cheap to me the single color just wasn't going to do it - so i broke out the masking tape and really really took my time with it:





haven't got any good glamour shots of it, but I started putting it back together today



So tomorrow I'll finalize the tank and get it in to primer and probably start laying out my design for the paint - I'm also scouring ebay for some fenders.. In the meantime, fueled by my success in creating a nice bike, I decided to wheel out this beast





oh boy.. this one is pretty complete but there's so much more to it than my slick 37 - this is actually a 39 Mercury Pacemaker - which was debuted and dedicated to the 1939 Worlds fair

anyway, this is missing a few things, but noting detrimental to me beginning a rattle can restoration of this thing. The head shroud, tank and fender ornament are all reproductions of the orignal, the tank is fiberglass and the other parts are plastic, so me stripping this bike to bare metal, priming and painting it do not detract from its value, it needs a lot of work, but my plan is to move slowly, one part at a time from start to finish, as in, pull the fork, strip, repair paint, fender, strip repair paint... and on and on and on.. I'm working up a color scheme right now, but im leaning towards 1949-1960 Cadillac engine enamel blue, with off white accents with a few splashes of red.

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed reading my ramblings about bikes!

extreme_accordion
Apr 9, 2009


TIL that a staple of my childhood that I took for granted and only as local is in fact "Coast-to-Coast."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_John%27s

Boris the Sprinkler - West of the East
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5jKJBlA0yM

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

extreme_accordion posted:

TIL that a staple of my childhood that I took for granted and only as local is in fact "Coast-to-Coast."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_John%27s

Boris the Sprinkler - West of the East
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5jKJBlA0yM

How is it? Apparently your chili john's tried to sue our chili john's - so our chili johns had to add "of california" on the back..

extreme_accordion
Apr 9, 2009


Greasy spoon at it's finest. Nothing I'd say out of this world gotta have it all the time - but if you know what you are in for, then you know what you are after when you walk in that door.

Chili John's - depends on the 'heat' level you get it at.
As the 'heat' goes up you get darker ground beef = more grease and chili powder thrown at it.
You can get it with or without spaghetti noodles.

Is yours like this?

Krakkles
May 5, 2003

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Sounds exactly like it.

I like spicy food, and it’s on of the few places I’ve been to that can actually hit me hard enough to slow me down.

edit: They also have rice as an option for underpinning.

Krakkles fucked around with this message at 17:46 on May 19, 2020

snugglz
Nov 12, 2004
moist sod for your hogan

cool post — I worked in shops for years, haven’t seen a Girvin Proflex fork since... 1996? that headset setup seems a bit off; is it frankensteined from the 1” cups that were already in the frame? I think I have the original manual for that fork filed away if you want a copy, iirc the top spacing has to be very specific for the shock to behave proper. how does it ride with the slacker head tube of that bike? I think one of my favorite riding characteristics of klunkers, or just old bikes in general, is the slack-rear end head tubes and tons of fork trail. they’re just so sleepy while still being carve-y. I think my ‘55 DL-1 is something crazy like 67°. it rides the way old cars drive.

the rest of those bikes are amazing, great collection. I’ll have to snap some pics of mine someday, I have a few weird things you might be interested in... though I mostly geek out on the 1930s -> post-war British stuff personally. just picked up this ‘61 Raleigh Supurbe a few weeks ago to add to the fleet, it has every option you could get at the time, like a weird locking fork crown

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LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

snugglz posted:

cool post — I worked in shops for years, haven’t seen a Girvin Proflex fork since... 1996? that headset setup seems a bit off; is it frankensteined from the 1” cups that were already in the frame? I think I have the original manual for that fork filed away if you want a copy, iirc the top spacing has to be very specific for the shock to behave proper. how does it ride with the slacker head tube of that bike? I think one of my favorite riding characteristics of klunkers, or just old bikes in general, is the slack-rear end head tubes and tons of fork trail. they’re just so sleepy while still being carve-y. I think my ‘55 DL-1 is something crazy like 67°. it rides the way old cars drive.

the rest of those bikes are amazing, great collection. I’ll have to snap some pics of mine someday, I have a few weird things you might be interested in... though I mostly geek out on the 1930s -> post-war British stuff personally. just picked up this ‘61 Raleigh Supurbe a few weeks ago to add to the fleet, it has every option you could get at the time, like a weird locking fork crown



Good eye on that fork - yes, its completely jerry rigged in there, the girvin headtube was much taller so I had to put a spacer between the race and stem and im using the og 30s cups. - I'd love to see some original setup info on it. all the bushings on this thing are... 20+ years old so they don't do much I have the thing super tight and im seeing maybe in inch of travel.. When I had the original 30's fork on this thing it was pretty sketchy even with some tall bmx style bars, it was like riding a rickety rollercoaster with no brakes.

the fun thing about putting this fork on this bike, is that it unlocked some weird super responsive geometry - it also tracks dead straight, if you want to turn, you have to really turn the bars. the first time i rode it around the neighborhood after the repaint was no hands most of the way. these wacky bars really make things fun too.

as far as the british stuff, ive never quite got in to it, the closest I got was almost buying a BSA paratrooper bike, but we just couldn't get close enough on price! that thing is super clean tho, i love the chain guards!

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