Tonight is the scheduled day for completion of fabrication, so yesterday I popped by the PG space to check on how it's coming along.
Erik had spent the day polishing the dropouts and fork crown, and was in the process of mitering the tubeset.
as you can see in these pictures he removed the rack and fender mounts and polished away the casting marks. The result is a lovely mirror finish. The plan is to mask the clamping face and the "tip" and paint the area in between that is still visibly rough. As you'll see in the following pictures, this treatment and scheme has been carried through to the rear dropouts and fork crown.
The dropouts have already been brazed onto the stays, check the before and after modification. Ladies and gentleman, that's called custom.
And the crown jewel (the centerpiece of the gruppo, so to speak)
before and after polishing
Mitering the downtube
Playing with the tubeset
Admiring the Croll
I just put the Croll back together and this was the first ride since Stupor Bowl. Notice Erik's posture, this is the unmistakable pose of a man admiring his own handiwork.
So in conclusion, holy fucking shit. It looks like this baby's going to get done on time, despite the delay caused by the wait for the BB shell and the polishing.
I can't wait to see the frame tonight!
As far as paint goes, I'm still on the fence. The Mobil Oil scheme is appealing, but with everything that's going on with the stainless accents, I'm thinking that a dark color would be best. Maybe something that looks black but has a hint of color in direct sunlight.
Fork and Dropouts
The Clock Starts Ticking
Dropouts, Chainstays, Fork Crown