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Betty's bike.

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    I picked up some nice cream colored balloon tires and black fenders with the little kick out on the rear.
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    I started working on the wheels tonight at work. The plan for them is to be stripped, powdercoated, and get new spokes. I probably wont use either of the hubs on the bike. The rear is a cool new departure brand, but it has an oil cap and needs to be oiled occasionally. That's not good on a modern bike because it makes a mess of the wheel all the time. I have a new shimano coaster brake hub I may use. I'm looking for a large flange hub for the front just for looks because this is a custom build.
    The wheels, painted Schwinn S2 rims, very desireable.
    20190116_180423.jpg The spokes where so rusty I just cut them out. I'll be needing custom spokes for these anyway.
    20190116_182442.jpg tagged and bagged the old hubs. I'll either sell them, part them out, or use them for a future restoration on something.
    20190116_185222.jpg The rims where remarkably straight. But the rear has a dent in it that needs to be repaired before it goes to powdercoat. These rims are double wall steel and very tough. Dented on the outside but not on the inside.
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    Finally picked the parts up from the powdercoater. It will be awhile until I can get back to work on this one as I have to get at least 8 bikes done for a bicycle swap meet I am doing at the end of April. But here's a little teaser of what it's going to look like.
    The color is grape ape.
    20190312_141700.jpg Box o parts.
    20190312_141709.jpg The rims, fenders, and chainguard are black.
    20190312_141730.jpg powdercoated the spring on the Springer fork to tie it in.
    20190312_170503.jpg I had to put the new decal on the chaingaurd.
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    coming along nice. My sister had one. I think 63 - 64
     
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    I have a few that are stock originals and just for my collection. But I also like to build these trick totally custom bikes. I like to use vintage Schwinn frames because they are so well made, but remember heavy duty means heavy in weight too. My personal cruiser is very heavy, lol. The Betty is going to be a very nice looking bike. And we ride them!
     
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    I have to get 4 more bikes done for the swap meet and then I can work on the Betty. :cool:
     
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    I know what you mean about heavy in weight, my personal cruiser is kind of heavy 20190111_104115.jpg
     
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    Yeah but it's a beauty!
    Mines not quite as heavy as yours:nodice::sarcastic:
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    Feeling little better today so I just had to play and lace up one of the wheels. Heavy duty 11 gage spokes.
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    It's not true yet but it's on the stand!
     
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    How do you figure out where all the spokes go?
     
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    I would love to relace a pair of my vintage Gold Wing wheels. Rims are in good shape, but this one set of spokes (front and back) are horrible. My other set aren't bad. Love the "Betty"...my wife loves purple, she might even get out and ride if I did this for her!!!
     
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    It's a standard 3 cross pattern for a 36 hole wheel.
     
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    Before I can do the rear wheel I have to clean and repack the rear 2 speed kickback hub.
     
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    Just to refresh what the wheels looked like before.
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    I just looked that up. Very cool.
     
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    Well after realizing that I was exactly 1 hole off I took it all apart and re laced it, lol. Call it practice. I trued it up and then had to mount up a new cream colored tire to see how it looked against the black rim.
    20190406_133527.jpg This is a serious wheel, spokes are approaching motorcycle gage, lol. Nice big fat ballon tire. Its gonna look great with the wide black fenders.
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    I'm done with working on the bikes for the spring swapmeet so it's time to get back on the Betty. Got it on the work stand.
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    First part is on, vintage Arnold Schwinn century headbadge with new screws.
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    Working on the Betty again.
    First I had to make a bearing race driver to install the lower race on the fork.
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    Then I still needed to remove some material from the inside of the race, a dremel did the trick. When your mixing old with new and American with Chinese you have to get creative sometimes, it's all just part of the custom build process.
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    Cleaned the powdercoat out of the frame tube and installed the front fork bearing cups.
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    With a lot of fiddling I finally got the Springer fork on.
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    I powdercoated the spring to match the frame.
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    Pretty cool thread! Nice job.
     
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