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    Might be biting off more than I can chew...

    So, I brought my mom's old bike home for a restoration. My biggest concern here is how to bang out the dents in fenders. Any other things I should lookout for?
    Its a White's Auto bike of some kind... Weighs at least 40lbs


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    Do any of the dents interfere with function? If they don't, could you just leave them? Patina definitely grows on you the more you have to fix it .
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    You can push them out by hand from the inside with a baseball or large wooden spoon with minimal effort. Looks like a great project.
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    No, they don't interfere with function, just a cosmetic thing. The metal is pretty thick, but I like the idea of wood - maybe in combination with a leather mallet? Going to need lots of sandpaper and steel wool I think...

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    Yep, that's a project. Get a tetanus shot..

    I think it's great that you are fixing up your mom's bike. I just got an old Schwinn of similar vintage up and running. I tell you what, those old bikes ride really well. You forget how solid a bike can feel when they are made like the old ones.

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    Progress??

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    Yeah, that's beautiful.
    I vote for Rustoleum "Royal Blue". I've always wanted to paint a tanker that color.
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    It something. And welcome Pallen (cusco-awd) from DI.

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    Are you serious about getting them out? Do you have a Harbor Freight near by? They sell a body hammer kit with a few dollies. also a bean bag kit..... Just peck them out and get some lead sticks. and you can make that thing so pretty.

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    A set pf automotive bodwork dolly and hammer would work for fender dent removal.

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    Bend a bar of solder to the right curve and whale on it for a bit with the piece resting on a bag full of sand. They made those fenders pretty stout; expect to work up a sweat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by that_guy_zach View Post
    It something. And welcome Pallen (cusco-awd) from DI.
    Oh hi! didnt know you were on here.

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    Thanks for the tips on the dents - I may check out what Harbor Freight has. I'm pretty new to body work type stuff.

    A friend that does a lot of work with old bikes is helping with the mechanicals. He disassembled everything and had some spare parts from other bikes to donate. Huge thanks to him, I wouldnt begin to know where to go for a new crank and stem.
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    Do you have a body shop near by? See if they will give you a couple old body panels to
    practice on. Some cheap hammers, dollies and a bean bag are all you need to get started.
    Some 80 grit paper to check it as you go.

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    The color turned out a bit more purple than I expected, and if I had it to do over, I would not have done metallic, but its painted.

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    that colour looks pretty sweet to me! how's the de-rusting of the cranks etc.? Do you have to respoke the wheels? Good luck with the project and keep us posted!
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    The guy helping me with the mechanicals has a bunch of old bikes and parts. He found a clean shiny crank that is very similar. It has a smaller paisley pattern instead of the large paisley this one came with. He also has a set of wheels with new rims that uses the same New Departure hub. Its cheating a bit, I guess, but I'm pretty happy with the arrangement.

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    Nice progress on the project pallen! Even if you're cheating a little bit, it's no biggie, especially if you're trying to hit a deadline for getting it in the road.
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    Got home and this was on the back porch. My friend thats been helping me with this had everything assembled and ready to go. Very nice work cleaning the bars and grips, saddle, even head badge!

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    nice work. looks like brand new.

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    I got to see the painted parts before pallen assembled the bike. Really nice work, especially on the fender dents. Hope to see the whole bike soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pallen View Post
    That looks amazing. Great work man. Are you going to give that back to your mother?

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    He better give it back, if he doesn't want to get grounded!!!

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    I hope your mom loves it. Great job!



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    Great looking bike!
    I'm sure your mum will be over the moon about it.

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