Finally got the opportunity to build the first frame into a rideable bike. Used predominantly scrap and used parts to get it rolling. The wheels are temporary and will be replaced with something more "classic" looking and the rear wheel will have a coaster brake hub.
Considering it's my first frame, built entirely without professional help or advice, I'm quite happy with the result. It rides surprisingly well and it's now my designated pub bike.
Time for paint.
Before and after cleanup of seatstay/seattube fillet braze.
Mocking up the bike with parts found at work.
Frame now in one piece.
Got a bit messy.
First ever 'live' fillet braze.
Caps are on.
Brazing seat stay end caps.
Seatstay miters. Nice and symmetric.
Front triangle done.
Hot, hot, hot.
Testing the braze strength.
Trying some fillet brazing on offcuts before putting the torch to the actual frame.
All tubes mitered and in place in the jig.
Lug prep is time consuming.
First mitered tube.
BB shell prep. This frame does not need cable guides.
Here's where it starts - a box of tubes and steel bits.