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#1 2011-02-15 4:44am

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Evel Knievel Tribute Bike... NEW SCHOOL STYLE!!

Since joining the Museum I've always loved seeing the rare Hoffman EK tribute bikes, and the even more rare mid-1970's AMF Evel Knievel Model. So after a recent visit to a NJ Skate/BMX park with fellow BMX Museum members, I was struck with inspiration... BUILD A New School Ride... & Pay TRIBUTE to the Biggest BADA$$ to ever do tricks on two wheels. I got some pretty good advice from museum members & a few guys I really trust @ my local bike shop on how to do a PROPER New School BUILD... EVERYONE I asked agreed on three things 1. Go with BIG HANDLEBARS, 2.Keep the back end SHORT & EASY, & 3. STAY LIGHT!!!!! So with all that in mind, and Evel Knievel as my INSPIRATION  A parts list would have to be made... what would EK do? I told myself, EK would go aggressive... so I did, for the frame I went with Skavenger BIKES, "Tunnel"  Vinnie Sammon's Sig. Model. I went with the 20.5 TT & it's got a pretty short rear triangle, she's SWEET & skinny, the TUNNEL weighs in @ a thin 4 pounds 10 ounces. SIDE NOTE: My girls the BEST she went with me to my local  shop helped pick out the frame then put it on her CC & said Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Awesome! So I get the frame home, take a few pic's in the driveway, & then begin prepping for the paint/powder coat strip down. My wife sees me setting up in my shop & asks so what are you doing? I reply, I'm gonna strip off the black powder coat, polish the frame & then do some custom paint. She SMILES, chuckles a little and says have fun... and she meant it... THE BEST!!!!
Stripping the frame the old school way with chem. stripper is NO FUN!!! I'LL post pic's as I progress: But as this build will be a complete custom it may take some time for me to purchase all the components & put all the personal touches on them, ALL MEMBERS should feel free to post any EK inspirational stuff, build ideas, components  & graphic ideas and whatever else ya can think of!!! Thanks for looking!!! Ok heres the frame pre strip...http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/prestrip.jpghttp://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/Headtube.jpghttp://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/nj.jpghttp://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/WISHBONE.jpg I should mention that Vinnie Sammon is a New Jersey Rider, so thats why the brake bridge has the NJ & the name of the frame is the TUNNEL. Mine in one of the first 25 production models more pics soon!


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#2 2011-02-15 5:11am

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cool i'm sure this will turn out great as all of your bikes do!!!! jersey style baby!!!

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#3 2011-02-15 7:22am

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I hate those internal clamping only seat tube frames, they don't make a single internal clamp that you can get outta the bottom bracket.  Makes barspins damn near impossible!  Other than that sounds like a cool idea!


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#4 2011-02-15 9:03am

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yeah, I know what your saying about the seat post, but i think I may make alterations to fix that!


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#5 2011-02-15 9:10am

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Oh boy,  I cant wait to see this one develop.    Vinny Sammon is a grinding maniac!


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#6 2011-02-15 9:28am

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#7 2011-02-15 3:16pm

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Re: Evel Knievel Tribute Bike... NEW SCHOOL STYLE!!

OK had some strip and pic time today, heres what's up... Set up my work table for a paint strip down, only to find it was a Powder Coat finish!! Most of us know there's a pretty big difference in this type of strip down... MAJOR BUMMER!!! Extra time needed. 2nd problem, I've read a bunch of forum stuff on paint & powder removal and decided to try Air Craft Stripper, as it has been very highly recommended on the site here...the temp. here in the North East, I live in NJ is still pretty cold... like freezing still & most chem strippers AKA, Air Craft & Zip Strip for example work best at like 85 to 95 degrees, & my shop is NO WAY that warm so the strippers both Air Craft & Zip Strip did very little stripping to a VERY IMPRESSIVE & TOUGH Satin Black Skavenger Powder Coat... So I went OLD SCHOOL, Palm Sander, Razor Blade, Sand Paper, Steel Wool, Wire Brushes...3 different sizes and about 3 hours today- Started with my heat gun & removed the Skavenger head badge... total time about 1 minute, everything else took FOREVER!!!http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/headbadgeremoval.jpgafter removing the badge I gave the frame an even coat of Air Craft Stripperhttp://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/headbadge.jpghttp://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/aiircraftremover.jpgwaited about 20-25 minutes & realized this wasn't gonna get it done, no bubbling cracking of paint at ALL!!!So I busted out the Zip Strip and tried the first step again, waited again about 25 minutes to similar resultshttp://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/zipstrip.jpghttp://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/TopTubeStrip.jpgand finally started to make some headway... I'm a real long way from being finished with the stripping process, I need to take extra care near all the welds... they are so PRETTY I don't want to take them down while trying to remove every speck of powder. More pic's as I progress further!!! Thanks for looking & remember don't be afraid to suggest!!!

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#8 2011-02-15 3:48pm

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http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/dropoutlookinggood.jpg took close to an hour to get this dropout powder free... Yeah it's worth it!!!

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#9 2011-02-15 4:17pm

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Re: Evel Knievel Tribute Bike... NEW SCHOOL STYLE!!

Wouldn't that nice strong powdercoat have stuck better to your new paint than bare metal? Or are you going for translucent paint on it?

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#10 2011-02-15 4:18pm

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Or a two-tone/shiny scheme?

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#11 2011-02-15 4:33pm

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Yeah I wish I could have left the powder for tack... but Evel's Motorcycle frames were polished metal for the most part, so I'm gonna try an incorporate some aspect of that into the frame finish... just not sure how much POLISHING & CLEAR COAT I really want to take on.


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#12 2011-02-15 5:30pm

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That's going to be cool.

I have loved Evil Knievel since I was a kid.

He is one of my all time heros.

I can't wait to see the progress.

A quick media blasting would have gotten all that powder off of there.

cool


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#13 2011-02-15 5:38pm

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Very awesome Dennis. Should be a great build. Keep us posted.

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#14 2011-02-15 5:39pm

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Re: Evel Knievel Tribute Bike... NEW SCHOOL STYLE!!

Grab a junk plastic spatchula.  Keep stripper on the frame keep coatin and scrapping. Did this to my buddies Ian Schwartz recently. Bastard of a coating ( ED black) . Keep it sharp and it shouldn't mess up the chromoly givin it that dark look still.

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#15 2011-02-15 5:47pm

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This is gonna be a cool project, I'll be watching it for sure. Long before I knew bmx existed I was trying to be Evel Kneivel on my Schwinn Stingray. My friends and I would set up sketchy wooden ramps and jump over each others bikes or garbage cans...and we all ate crap plenty of times.
Two tips that might help ya on the stripping...try warming the can of stripper in a pot of warm water, and only try to strip about 6 to 8 inches at a time, that way the stripper won't start drying as soon.

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#16 2011-02-15 5:59pm

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Thanks for the warm water tip... sounds good!!!


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#17 2011-02-15 6:01pm

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I cant wait to see this. The guy who painted evel's real bikes lives down the street from me smile


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#18 2011-02-15 6:13pm

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Re: Evel Knievel Tribute Bike... NEW SCHOOL STYLE!!

Flatlandfox wrote:

Yeah I wish I could have left the powder for tack... but Evel's Motorcycle frames were polished metal for the most part, so I'm gonna try an incorporate some aspect of that into the frame finish... just not sure how much POLISHING & CLEAR COAT I really want to take on.

sounds like a cool build but they do not allready sell this frame model in raw?


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#19 2011-02-15 6:14pm

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Re: Evel Knievel Tribute Bike... NEW SCHOOL STYLE!!

Flatlandfox wrote:

Yeah I wish I could have left the powder for tack... but Evel's Motorcycle frames were polished metal for the most part, so I'm gonna try an incorporate some aspect of that into the frame finish... just not sure how much POLISHING & CLEAR COAT I really want to take on.

sounds like a cool build but they do not allready sell this frame model in raw?


Kindness is like Manure does You No Good unless You spread It around
bikes were made to be pedalled if we don't ride them they get sad:(!
YES I RIDE A PINK BIKE!! WANT TO MAKE SOME THING OUT OF IT!

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#20 2011-02-15 6:21pm

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Nope Blue or Black Powder Coat... NO RAW!!!


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#21 2011-02-16 3:30am

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#22 2011-02-16 3:57am

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Looks like a cool project.  I want to see you jump that thing wearing a cape when it's finished.


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#23 2011-02-16 11:39pm

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Thanks guys... this one's gonna take a WHILE!!!!!


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#24 2011-02-17 5:18pm

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Finally removed about 99% of the powder coat... what a pain in the A$$!!! & now the real fun begins POLISHING!!!! more pics soon...http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab99/flatlandfox/Evel%20Knievel%20Tribute%20Bike/SkavTunnelDropOutpolished.jpg


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#25 2011-02-17 5:26pm

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pretty dropouts

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