A discussion in a previous thread between Elev12K and myself
prompted me to post up this thread. The question of quality of fabrication, what is hiding under your paint, is a story unique to each builder. The naked frame bluntly reveals the truth in quality and care the builder puts into a frame as well as his beliefs in fabrication techniques.
I've always found it fascinating to see the work of some of the most ballyhooed builders when all the fanciness of paint and decals are removed. Honestly, you would be surprised by some. In addition, as you would expect, most of the old school masters indeed are.
Here are a few pics of one of my frames, naked, blasted, and ready for paint. This frame is all 4130 aircraft chromoly with water jet cut drops, Tig welded at all structural joints, and hand brazed for the dropouts and fiddly bits. A frame like this takes about 40 hours to construct and passes only one set of hands.
Have resto pics of your favorite frame naked? Would love to see some Fats, Bontys, Goats, Kleins naked and strutting their stuff. Always nice to see craftmanship that sets these bikes apart from manufactured/production line frames.
keep it groovy,