Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jason's 40's barn find cruiser...

Okay folks, just a quick photo post to show you Jason's cruiser 29er single speed.  Jay requested a retro cruiser that typified the colors of the 40's and looked like it just was pulled out of a barn with a nice discolored patina on it.  So here we go...

We start off with a cruiser frame that utilizes my standard stays, but keeps the curved theme going with some Black Cat Dropouts made by Todd that he hooked me up with for this project...
A couple layers of sanded primer to set a good base...
Then I laid down a nice olive green from the Ford color charts from the era...this was an accent color on a few of the cars...
Then some time masking to prepare for the next round of color, a light vanilla cream base coat...

Just like Christmas morning, only a LOT slower, let's unwrap the frame and see what we've got...
With the base colors and shapes down, we've got a good base to work from.  Normally, I'd lay down an intercoat clear before doing any airbrush work, so if there are mistakes than need to be corrected, I can do so without getting into the base coat.  As I'm going for the old patina look, I did my detail work directly on the base as I was using some abrasive techniques that needed to blend with the underlying colors.

Five shades of dirt and rust, some WW2 rising suns, a pretty lady and a whole lot of time behind the brush and the frame is starting to come together...

Given the choice of Blonde, Brunette, or Redhead, you can see what Jay choose to go with...

I'll work the clear in the later layers to dull it out some to match the image we're going for, but for now, she's a looker...
Jason is going to build it up as a dedicated single speed with a Titanium Luv, Groovy Ti Unicrown fork, White Industry wheels and cranks, and a nice Brooks saddle.  Should be sweet to behold.

cheers,

rody

6 comments:

dRjON said...

amazing job!

Craig Ryan said...

Very nice work Rody! He's going to love that bike.

laffeaux said...

Really really cool!!

Jon said...

Jay chose right! And you nailed the 40's look. You have an eye.

Rody said...

Thanks for the kind words guys. Jay came by the shop last night to get a up close look...he just kept saying Wow. I hope it was the fact that he was pleased with the frame and not just the post race beers making him all emotional :)

rody

Sabrosa Cycles said...

holy crap. drop dead gorgeous.