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Old 02-28-09, 04:59 PM   #1
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My Rat Rod Bike Build - For those who were interested...

There were a few of you who were interested in seeing my latest Rat bike build. Well, here she is:

-Sears Spaceliner Frame (made by Murray Bicycle Co.)
-JC Higgins Colorflow Beehive Fork
-Custom Rattle Can Painted and Pin Striped Tank
-Big Headlight powered by 4 D-Cell Batteries
-Troxel Style Saddle with Custom Covering

She is vintage afterall... Just not what we're used to.









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Old 02-28-09, 05:08 PM   #2
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looks good. is the frame just raw steel? is the headlight functional?
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Old 02-28-09, 05:10 PM   #3
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Thanks guys,
The headlight is functional. It has a Krypton bulb poered by 4 D-cell batteries. I will eventually gut a LED flashlight and stick the LED's into the housing.

The frame is chromed.
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Old 02-28-09, 05:22 PM   #6
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whens the motor being installed?
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Old 02-28-09, 05:24 PM   #7
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That bike is super sweet! You have good taste my friend What kind of tires are those?
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Old 02-28-09, 05:24 PM   #8
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whens the motor being installed?
Maybe in a few months. Trying to buy a house right now so it's gonna have to wait for a garage.
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Old 02-28-09, 05:27 PM   #9
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Here are some pre build pics:
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**650c wheels are used for mock up only (AND to make "Zipp-crazed-roadies" mad - lol)
**I'm thinking of using 24" wheels instead of 26" since I kinda like the look of the bike with these smaller wheels. Feel free to give your opinion on this matter.
** Although I would love to keep the red, the final color scheme will not be red and chrome since I do not wish to further steal from JoeyMac's DevilWing
** For now I am experimenting with Boneshaker's fork invert trick. Whether I keep it this way or not will depend on how stable it is when ridden





The seat was a $25.00 ebay purchase that was listed under "Antique Motorcycle Seat". It had some very rusty hardware and leather that was so dry that it literally crumbled in my hands.

Seat when purchased:


Seat after cleanup:


The fork was another Ebay purchase. For some reason the previous owner thought it would be a good idea to paint the hardware on this for silver. Scraping off the ugly paint revelaed some decent chrome:



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Tank after rattle can paint and pinstriping:


The headlight power source - 4 D-cell batteries:
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looks cool but i bet its horrific to ride any distance on.
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Old 02-28-09, 06:07 PM   #11
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looks cool but i bet its horrific to ride any distance on.
true... but then again it's not made to be a distance runner by any stretch.
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Old 02-28-09, 06:58 PM   #12
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That bike is super sweet! You have good taste my friend What kind of tires are those?
Thanks man... The tires are cheap Heng Shin tires in 2"x1.25". They were the widest cheap tires in the shop.
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I love it! But don't call it a rat bike. rat bikes are supposed to look like they're held together by rust and dirt. this is a shiny beauty.
enjoy it and be sure to lock it up well...where I'm from, this is the kind of bike that teenagers like to lift.
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Old 02-28-09, 11:18 PM   #14
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JEEZ this is the coolest bike I've seen on the site yet, but then again I was a cutter and welder rat rod cycle guy before I came to pedalbikes, so 2wheelers like you built really speak to me. Gorgeous
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looks cool but i bet its horrific to ride any distance on.
I'll bet you anything that it's no worse then most singlespeeds with the seatpost and saddle kicked up a bit.

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Damn, that's one NICE ride. You have inspired me sir! I've always wanted to put together a fun bike, and you've certainly given me some ideas.

Gorgeous!!!
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That's not a cinelli stem is it? If yes are you using a shim? I vote for some flipped cruiser bars with some sweep back.
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Old 02-28-09, 11:59 PM   #18
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That's not a cinelli stem is it? If yes are you using a shim? I vote for some flipped cruiser bars with some sweep back.
lol... Nice catch.
I'm actually embarassed to say that it is a Cinelli stem with a slight negative rise on a regular road bike. I think they're pretty rare and possibly desireable.

I used a 7/8" to 13/16" seat post shim to get it to work. For some reason the math doesn't work out but it actually comes out to be a perfect fit. I use this technique on two of my bikes now.
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The hits just keep on comin' with you eh?

Goddam I love your bikes. Build more, I wanna see 'em!
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Very cool.

With a bit more brass and/or wood, it'd be more steampunk than rat.
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Hahaha super awesome.

Is the big gold thing on the fork the battery pack for the headlamp?
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I love the way the tank is laced onto the frame.

Beautiful, and steampunkish, too .

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Suh-weet. What's the headlight housing/lens?
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I love it. Here is my ratrod. I actually ride it a lot.
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