I got interested in this after finding the Rat Rod Bikes Forum http://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php . They have a few build offs a year. I entered an old bike that was in my father-in-laws barn.
It started like this:
I stripped it down and tried some mock ups:
Finally decided on a "look" and sanded down and painted the frame:
Wheels are from a Wally World Donor Bike.
Adapted some Truss Rodsfrom an old Hawethorn Ladies to it (the model is my 6yo son):
Put the crank, pedals, and sprocket from an old Columbia 3-spd on it complete with rusty but good working chain:
Then I added a stainless steel frame insert:
Playing with headlight options:
So I still want to find a sissy bar and banana seat for it. I have friend welding me up a chain with a ball on the end for kickstand. The Name of this bike is "Escaped Convict" and as such it has a prison theme/paint job.