Monday, November 15, 2010
I finally found a cheap krate bike! My best find from the weekends carshows was this Dec 1968 Schwinn Orange Krate with 5 speed top tube shifter. It is very complete and original with lots of patina. I plan on cleaning it up as best as I can and making it a rider with new tires/tubes and cables.
UPDATE: Half a day of tear down and clean up of the frame. The majority of the chrome parts will take a few evenings to make nice but at least the frame is ready.
Got more done on the krate bike. It's starting to look like a bike again. I still have a bunch to do but I am happy with the results of just a cleaning/preservation effort.
The krate is now rolling again!! Only a few more parts to clean and install and it will be a rider. I'm very happy with how it's coming out so far.
The Orange Krate is finally finished!!! I completed it just over a week ago in time to bring it to a VW show as my cruising bike. It got tons of attention and I met some very cool "bike" people because of it. Overall it got new tires, tubes, brake pads, cables/housings and all the chrome has been cleaned and clear coated to prevent rust from coming back. All the frame paint is polished and waxed. I may redo the seat sometime in the future but for now I like that the bike is as original as possible plus it rides great. I plan on holding on to this one for a long time.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Freebie bike from original family owner. Late 40's early 50's, skip tooth girls cruiser bicycle. It's a BF Goodrich built Schwinn in very original condition. Tons of patina and only missing a few original parts. Will clean up and be a rider asap........
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Sweet pair of vintage trunks covered in travel decals (second one is hiding in background). I nabbed these at a local thrift store. One has more decals on it than the other but both are very similar. Look to be from around the 1940's or so. Better close-up pics to come soon.
UPDATE: Trunks are SOLD!!!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Score of the day!! I got a great deal on this Eames style lounger chair at a yard sale today (only $15!!!!!). The wood is nice but the leather is torn and dry. It has a made in Sweden sticker on the base but I can't find any other maker marks or stickers. Could be a Selig? I plan on reupholstering it so I may find other hints under the pads. Add this one to the "to do" list.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Picked up these NOS parts at a yard sale today. FoMoCo 15v/30a regulator number 2700015 and a Stoprite brake lining set sold through Western Auto Supply Co. The brake set fits late 30's early 40's Fords and Mercurys and is complete with new rivets and instruction booklet for mounting.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Very cool original vintage car club jacket from the 1970's or 80's. Says "American Auto Club N.W." on the back and "Trans-Am" running down each arm. Red, white and blue colors are bright and overall in great condition. It is made from polyester and nylon, size is Medium. Made in England by Top Shot Promotions. Found it at a thrift store last week.
Monday, June 7, 2010
I found this chair the other weekend at a thrift store. It is a Herman Miller padded fiberglass arm shell chair with a date stamp of 1969. I believe this was the "La Fonda" model. It is in pretty good shape with only one rip in it and a bit of the vinyl is separating from the foam.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Yard sale finds from today. Nothing too great but still good stuff. Early 1970's Daiwa 7600H fishing reel that has never been used and is in perfect shape. Also got the old Lions Club license plate. UPDATE: The reel is SOLD.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Neat vintage 3 ring binder I found at a thrift store today. Looks to be from the 1970's. It is covered in great images of dirtbike riders, a guy and lady having a picknik and other random fun. Has no makers marks on it so I can't really find any more info on when it was made, but it does say "Turn On" down the spine.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Stopped at a few yard sales this morning and found this old barometer. It is made from molded plastic with an antelope head on top. Says "Made in France" on the back. I can find similar ones online but with a deer head, not an antelope. Gotta find a place to hang it up inside the house.
UPDATE: Barometer is SOLD!!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Found this one at a thrift store today. It's supposed to be rare to find after doing a bit of research online. 1987 album of the band Doggie Style called "The Last Laugh". Skate-Punk music outta Cali, still has the original photo insert with lyrics.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Found this old beast at a yard sale today. It is 6' 9" with lots of dings and open wounds. Looks like it has not seen the water in a long time. No brand logo or writting on it other than "D. Cook" near the leash plug. Could be home-made?
UPDATE: Board is SOLD!!!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Another FREE craigslist find. The ad popped up late last night and I saw it this morning for FREE chairs. I went to see if they were still sitting in front of the dumpster where the poster said they would be and they were still there. Not sure yet of the maker since I can't find any stamps, only 1021(7?) written on the bottoms. I plan on giving them a complete make over.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Found these at a yard sale today. The tool box was painted blue sometime in the past and is missing a latch but it is still useful. The Thermos brand thermos is a neat old one. It has an aluminum screw on cup top and a real cork stopper that says "thermos" on it. I've never found one that had a cork, only seen rubber or plastic stoppers before. UPDATE: Tool box is sold!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Found this old board at a local thrift store today. It's a 1986 Valterra Skate Zombie skateboard in near perfect condition. All I did was wipe some dust off it. The graphic on the bottom is a zombie doing a hand plant over a grave stone but it has been covered over with great period skate, surf and rock stickers. The best ones are the old Guns n Roses and Def Leppard stickers. One of the nicest old skateboards I've come across although it's not a very collectable name.
UPDATE: Board is sold!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Antique wooden dough bowl that is around 4 foot long. Found this one at a yard sale today while I was driving around looking for stuff before trash day. I got it for a great price along with a neat old aluminum sign that says "The Hydes".
UPDATE: Bowl is sold!