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Old 09-30-14, 11:33 AM   #1
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My Ratcruiser build

Hello all! Name's Chris, I'm the owner of Cburke.Industries, a small fabrication and metal art business. I picked up this bike for free and wanted to play around with it. I'm super into rat rods, but without the money to build a car, I thought a bike would be the next best thing lol.

The only thing I need to do is order the front, but other then that I'll be making everything.
I like taking a lot of pictures as I go, hope you don't mind!

When I picked her up!


First thing was to flip the girl bar around.



Then I started cutting her up!



Building the extension




I love spider webs, well in metal not real life lol.


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Old 09-30-14, 11:33 AM   #2
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I cut the upper back off to flip it so I could maybe cut the seat bar to bring it down

I'll need to extend this as well


So that's all for now. I really need to order the front so I can see where the seat will sit before I weld that back piece back on. I want the back tire to sit just behind your back.
Oh and sorry for the crap cell pics, I post these to IG so I didn't break out the good camera! Maybe when it's all done!
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Old 09-30-14, 10:56 PM   #3
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looks like the webs could be really close to your chain line. hope it works out.
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I already want to ride it. Can't wait to see it finished, so I hope the rest goes smoothly.
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Old 10-01-14, 06:16 AM   #6
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Nope, already checked the chain. I had to check it anyway because of the upper back tail being flipped. It's close for sure!
Thanks guys, can't wait to get it done and painted.
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Good work and pictures are a big plus and lots of pictures is a BIG BIG plus!!! carry on,,, you're giving me ideas.....
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Keep up the good work
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Thanks guys! As soon as my front end gets here, I can get back to work!
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Got my bars and grips. Should be able to order the front end this month.
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keep us informed...peace
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Ok, got the front in so I installed it to see just how low it would sit. Well, It's lower then I thought so I'll either need to order a 3" crank or cut an inch out of the one I have. Any suggestion?


I also had to trim down the front a little at the top to get it closer to the head.














I'm happy with it! Just need to make sure I can ride it lol.
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Old 10-17-14, 03:02 PM   #13
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I went ahead and ordered a 3 1/2 inch crank, hope I can ride it like this.
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Working or not, it is a major improvement on a Huffy Cranbrook.
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Got my crank in 3 1/2
ZOMBIEHEARSEHEADBADGE by cburke.industries, on Flickr

Rear end is all welded up and done!
10710888_314711445374425_4321345389009455963_n by cburke.industries, on Flickr

And upper is flipped and welded on
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1779869_314711492041087_1951183253733496275_n by cburke.industries, on Flickr

Now, I slapped on the old front and I kind of like it! So now I'm not sure which one I like. LMK what you guys think.....
10632619_314711408707762_3492592946326338967_n by cburke.industries, on Flickr
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It's lower and longer lookin with the springer, go with that, see how you feel on it,,,
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I think that's the plan. So far everyone is saying springer. I think if I make a bent seat post I can take some of the weight off the front and that should help a little. If I need to I'll cut the lower bar off, make my own new bar and move the sprocket over....
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Looking real good can't wait to see it finish.What color are you thinking about?
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I'm doing the sea foam green with brown under it and sanding it down in places that would show rust. So fake rust is how it will be painted but with chrome accents.
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New grips in! Now need to find a seat to match... This this color will really set off the Rat Rod look!
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Nice It gives me inspiration to build a rat bike.
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That's great man!!!
Thank you!
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Taillight came in. Will need to build a bracket to hold it. Not sure how I'm going to get this light to work. I only has one wire....
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Taillight came in. Will need to build a bracket to hold it. Not sure how I'm going to get this light to work. I only has one wire....
Lights like that are made to ground to the frame. On a typical car or motorcycle, the negative lead from the battery connects directly to the frame and this effectively turns any metal part that touches it into a ground wire. What you need to do to make it work on your bike is either create a chassis ground like on a car, or open up the light and rewire it enough to run the ground to a second wire.
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Lights like that are made to ground to the frame. On a typical car or motorcycle, the negative lead from the battery connects directly to the frame and this effectively turns any metal part that touches it into a ground wire. What you need to do to make it work on your bike is either create a chassis ground like on a car, or open up the light and rewire it enough to run the ground to a second wire.
Thank you!
I'll give a try! I guess finding a nice place to put a battery would be the next problem. It really only needs to be on at shows and what not....
Thank you again!
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