The frame is a Western Flyer. The chainguard off of a different Western Flyer. The fork a Schwinn. Fenders and rear rack off of I don’t know what. The rear hub a bendix automatic 2 speed “kickback”. Rusty handlebars and the gooseneck has a $5 sticker on it.
After my Daughter recently took home a bike her boyfriend expressed interest in one and of course I was more than happy to throw something together for him too.
I started with this frame which was from a late model Schwinn that I got through a productivity rewards program at my former employer several years ago. I had used most of the parts on other projects.
The paint had been damaged in shipping so I crudely removed most of the finish and the decals and shot it with primer to give it a rat-rod look. I scrounged up some new and old parts that I had on hand built it up.
This is a Murray cruiser frame that I’ve chopped a little.
I cut out the top tube and seat tube. I then used the top tube as the seat tube and positioned it farther back than the original. I replaced the top tube with Conduit I bent with a higher arc. I originally built this bike in 2006. I decided to give it a make-over and to try a faux patina finish on it using what paints I had on hand. Also changed out the bars, seat, sprocket and pedals, fenders. It’s been through several re-incarnations.
Middleweight Western Flyer for one of my Grand-Sons. Removed fenders, new wheel set, balloon tires and a few kustom touches.
24″ Roadmaster Grandson Ethan and I built for him.
Two years ago I hurriedly built up this Schwinn American for our Patriotic Ride but wasn’t real pleased with it. A couple days ago I went and got the frame out of storage to hurriedly build it up again for this year’s Patriotic ride. I repainted the frame in a darker, flat blue. Put on different bars that I painted off white. Reupholstered some leopard grips with red material. Put on a different seat and made the tank plate. To quote myself from last time “I’d like to have done more but ran out of time. Maybe next year.”
Different versions of my “Christmas Cruiser” that I build up each year for our Christmas Lights Cruise.