Started my new Worksman build

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by RedBaronX, May 6, 2011.

  1. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I joined the forum last August with my first build-- a Micargi type cruiser with a military flare. After about 300 miles of riding, the aluminum frame cracked. There was no point in trying to repair the frame-- it was too likely to crack again-- so I am starting over with a Worksman.

    I'm going for "generic vintage" but not specifically BTR or anything. Now that I have the frame and fork painted, once the paint hardens, I'll be able to start building. If my skills match my vision, it will have some decent vintage-inspired graphics on the tank and fenders.


    the build is going to include a full electrical system-- brake, tail, and turn signal lights, headlight, and horn, run off a rechargeable 12v battery. At this point, I'll just be recharging the battery in the house as opposed to from a dynamo.

    Since I have to do my painting outside, it's been a challenge to make time on sunny days to get anything done.

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    That looks like a good frame for the job. I'll bet you'll be happy with it.

    I know what you mean about trying to paint when you don't have a good, indoor, place for it. Makes it a lot harder. Good luck.
  3. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    why didn't you remove the cranks, sprocket and seat post clamp before you sprayed it?
    I think it would have been easier to remove them than to spend all that time taping everything up.
    and then you risk the chance of the paint bleeding under the paint, which would mean more time to clean it off.
    I'm guessing that this is just gray primer and not the actual paint?
  4. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I couldn't get the seat post clamp off, and I don't have a wrench big enough to get the crank off. I've already taken the tape off, and everything is fine.

    the color is satin "Oregano", and it's a grayish green to emulate the really early Harleys. In the sun, it's more green.
  5. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    Wow! That color sounds great!
    Did you say what brand paint that was, and your source?
  6. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    Primer: Rustoleum Auto primer. Two coats, sanded between.
    Color: Rustoleum American Accents Oregano (satin). Three coats, steel wool between
    Clear coat: Rustoleum Painters touch Ultra Coverage Semi Gloss. Three coats.

    I couldn't find the color at any of the local hardware stores, so I ended up buying through The Big Paint Store. It's been hanging up for a little less than a week now, and I think it is close to cured-- I was thumping my tungsten ring on a section of painted metal along the steering tube of the fork (where chips wouldn't matter) and I couldn't get it to chip or scratch.
  7. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    Tnx RBX !
    Really appreciate the specifics. (I wouldn't copy-cat exactly, but would perhaps tone the paint a bit different.

    Looks to be in ur living room... I dun that before !
    HAD to paint a hi-dollar door with a cherrywood stain, it HAD to come out well, and I had NO place to do it that was dust controlled.

    SO, I got out the roll of painter's plastic and made a tunnel in the front room of our apartment. One end open to the balcony and the other to the kitchen where a small fan was placed to keep the plastic away from the project and force the overspray outside.
    Fired up the HVLP and blasted away. It came out very well !
    Cleanup was one armload of plastic headed to the dumpster. :)

  8. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I have to paint outdoors, but it's hanging to cure in the living room. My "workshop" is the dining room. It's definitely not "dust controlled", but it's safer than leaving everything outside, and it's a better environment than the basement.
  9. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    Painting tip-- I didn't buy enough paint. To paint EVERYTHING, it's going to take-- three cans primer, four cans color, three cans clear coat (and that's with the stuff that says it's double coverage). Actually, the clear coat I have MIGHT finish my project, but I don't know.

    I bought: 3 cans color, 2 cans primer, 2 cans clear coat (double coverage clear coat). This much will cover the frame, fork, rear fender, and tank.

    I haven't decided if I'm going to use the front fender, but I will use the chain guard.
  10. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    the fender needs some touch up where the red bled under the masking tape, but this shows the color scheme:

  11. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    Did you buy just the frame or the whole worksman bike?

    Where did you buy it from?

    Nice work so far I say...
  12. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I bought the Pirate Worksman special. It's a very good value for everything you get
  13. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    Are you going with an in frame HT setup?

    Specs on that site say the frame WILL NOT fit an engine... am I wrong???
  14. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    they have photos of HTs in a Worksman frame. Someone local to me recently built a Worksman/HT bike. They have a Worksman motor mount for the HT (though they are out of stock right now)

    It's a tight squeeze, but it will fit. You need to go with a smaller pedal crank though-- one that is provided with the Pirate Worksman Special.
  15. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    Just curious where your aluminum frame had cracked?
  16. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    on the down tube about a half inch away from the head tube. That means that vibration was a huge factor in the crack, but now that I've been taking the bike apart to remove the motor kit pieces for the new bike, I am finding broken spokes (broken where the drive sprocket attaches to the rear wheel) and other small cracks in the frame and fenders.
  17. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    Thanks for the info. I just swapped my aluminum frame with a cromoly frame on 1 of my 2 MB's.
    I just took a few pics & will create a new thread in the pictures section.
  18. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    Red, your work is great!
    Are you ready for the next step? :devilish:

    Perhaps you could swing by harborfreight and have a look at:

    Deluxe airbrush $15
    10ft nylon braid hose $7
    3gal pancake compressor $60
    25ft x 3/8 pvc air hose $6

    and you could probably get a crescent wrench to fit that crank nut, too !
    All shipped to your door for $125 :grin5:

    Even with these low dollar tools you will be very happy with results as opposed to the rattle cans, AND be even more creative!

    With an airbrush, you could paint indoors, next to an open slider, or even a large window, with a fan there, exhausting the small amount of overspray created.

    Will you send me an autographed copy when you make a magazine cover? :jester:
  19. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    while I would love a better paint system, my budget restricts me to rattle cans for now.

    Today I will be cutting out the stencil for the tank graphic.


    it says "Prussian Iron"
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011
  20. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member


    Do you have your suggested paint kit?

    Would the deluxe airbrush kit be adequate enough to paint an entire bicycle?

    If you do have this setup, please tell me/ us more.