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#1 2017-11-07 8:01am

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80's U-HAUL 26" Rent-A-Cruiser Winter Build Project

Wanted to start an official build thread to share and have some assistance in this journey...

I was looking to build a custom multi-speed 26" cruiser for a winter project this year that I could paint orange. So I went to a dark basement where two frames were for sale, this orange one with a FBC headtube decal and a Campus Green 1968 Schwinn Panther. At first I thought it was Fit Bike Company due to the FBC head tube decal, but they didn't start making bikes until 1999. (didn't know it was UHAUL at that time) It was obviously a lesser quality frame compared to the Schwinn, and since I was painting it anyways I chose to take the better Schwinn home.

But then a few days later the image of that FBC head badge was haunting my mind. Curiosity got the best of me so I went back and bought it. After I got home and under closer examination that's when I saw the UHAUL stamping on the BB, the Made in Taiwan gold decal, and the FBC stamp on the rear dropout. With a little research and help from forum members it was determined that its an early to mid 80's Taiwanese built bicycle specifically for UHAUL. (Fxxxxxx Bicycle Company)

There was only one photo found on the internet of these UHAUL bikes complete (thanks to Rat Rod Bikes) and that is the photo I will use for reference in choosing parts to build up this frame. Going by the low-res photo it appears to have been equipped with a Shimano 3-speed internal hub, bear trap style pedals, MX caliper brakes front and rear, 7X rims, snakebelly like tires, chrome cruiser bars, and a comfortable spring seat. I plan on restoring it 90% to the photo, but will tweak a few areas to make it more aesthetically pleasing...

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/26uh15a01d89a2a.jpg

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/uhaul15a8d6c08d5.jpg

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#2 2017-11-07 8:23am

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Re: 80's U-HAUL 26" Rent-A-Cruiser Winter Build Project

Very cool idea, let me know if you need help with any U-Haul decals and might be able to get some for you!

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#3 2017-11-07 8:34am

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Thanks for the offer, I planned on recreating the white U-HAUL seat tube decal using the internet photo, but if you have that exact decal that would be even better...

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/uhaultwinsreference5a8d6c6d2b.jpg

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#4 2017-11-07 9:04am

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I work for the company, let me see what we have around here.

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#5 2017-11-07 10:59am

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Is the sticker flat white or glossy/reflective?  Also, do you have the dimensions?  If we don't have one, we can make one for you (or let me know if you have it taken care of and I'm being too much of a busybody....j/k)

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#6 2017-11-07 2:58pm

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Re: 80's U-HAUL 26" Rent-A-Cruiser Winter Build Project

glossy reflective would be sick!

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#7 2017-11-07 3:54pm

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Re: 80's U-HAUL 26" Rent-A-Cruiser Winter Build Project

Damn, this is gonna be a cool build!


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#8 2017-11-07 4:16pm

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jberg27 wrote:

Is the sticker flat white or glossy/reflective?  Also, do you have the dimensions?  If we don't have one, we can make one for you (or let me know if you have it taken care of and I'm being too much of a busybody....j/k)

Well, I only have a frame, the complete bike photo was found on the internet, its the only guide I have. I'm on Step 1 and that decal is Step 99, so I have a while to kick it around, but basically I'm going to guesstimate it on the actual frame and that will give me approximate dimensions using internet photo as a guide.

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#9 2017-11-07 4:17pm

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rcsnipe2000 wrote:

glossy reflective would be sick!

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Good suggestion, I like it.


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#10 2017-11-07 4:26pm

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perront wrote:

Damn, this is gonna be a cool build!

Going to need some help, like for starters... the cheap knock-off MX calipers in the photo look like rusted silver. Even if they were yellow/gold anodized like the pedals I'm not going that route, going with silver calipers/pedals to keep it clean. Question... the modern retro MX1000 brakes in silver, do they look good or bad? I have them in black and they look great, but I've never seen the silver ones in-person.


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#11 2017-11-07 5:37pm

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Love it,  keep the details comong, this is gonna be a fun build.


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#12 2017-11-14 11:10am

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Re: 80's U-HAUL 26" Rent-A-Cruiser Winter Build Project

Had some extra time today so I tackled the forks, upon closer inspection they were rougher than I thought they were, lol...

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/1forkscopy5a0b3f5592.jpg

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#13 2017-11-14 11:11am

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Spent about 90 minutes on them, they still have some issues, but its going to be a driver and not a museum piece, so its good enough...

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/5forkscopy5a0b3feeaa.jpg

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/6forkscopy5a0b4019bd.jpg

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#14 2017-11-14 11:51am

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They came out pretty clean!!


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#15 2017-11-14 12:17pm

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Thanks, they actually look better in-person than they do in the photos, the lighting isn't very good...

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/7forks9copy5a0b51c9e1.jpg

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#16 2017-11-14 12:19pm

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Nice work man. Like this bike. We used to sell bikes like this when I worked at the shop. Used to love riding them up and down the street haha, so comfy !


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#17 2017-11-14 1:48pm

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Can't wait to see this one finished up.  I had no idea they did rental bikes.  Looks like you're off to a great start. cool

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#18 2017-11-16 10:18am

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Re: 80's U-HAUL 26" Rent-A-Cruiser Winter Build Project

A few parts started arriving today, nothing spectacular, but the NOS levers were a nice find and good match...

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/newparts5a0dd676f0.jpg


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#19 2017-11-16 2:33pm

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Was successful at removing and preserving the head tube decal...

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/badge-copy5a0e121978.jpg


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#20 2017-11-16 4:45pm

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Glad you found those brake levers.  They’re perfect.


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#21 2017-11-16 5:30pm

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#22 2017-11-16 5:40pm

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Interested to see where this is going smile


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#23 2017-11-17 5:07am

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Interested to see where this is going smile

Me too! lol


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#24 2017-11-18 6:21pm

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http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/20171118_180323_resized5a10ea8aa9.jpg

Found this old NOS 333 hub at my local bike shop today, perfect for this build because original probably had same hub going by reference photo.

Using stock 46T sprocket and a 22T puts me at the BMX ratio in direct-drive while not exceeding the 2:1 ratio limits (over torque harmful to hub)...

Option 1:
HIGH (1.333) 72.3 Gear Inches (flying)
- N -  (1.000) 54.2 Gear Inches (cruising)
LOW  (0.750) 40.7 Gear Inches (climbing)


Or I could use a 20T and go with this...

Option 2:
HIGH (1.333) 79.5 Gear Inches (high flying)
- N -  (1.000) 59.7 Gear Inches (cruising)
LOW  (0.750) 44.7 Gear Inches (climbing)

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#25 2017-11-26 12:28pm

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Not much to report this week with the holiday, but the NOS shifter I ordered did arrive this weekend, so today I was able to test fit everything and survey the cable routing. It originally had a trigger shifter on the handlebars but I decided to increase the fun factor. That means I'll be removing the cable guides along the downtube and chain stay, then drilling holes and running the shift cable through the seat stay. I will just have to re-weld the final cable stopper to the seat stay, the same distance from the axle as it was on the chain stay, and have the cable pop out just before it.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/shifter15a1b236040.jpg

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/239430/shifter25a1b236bc4.jpg

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