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  1. #1
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    Default Year of a Montgomery Ward Hawthorne?

    It is a Montgomery Ward Hawthorne "fat tire" bike but that's all I know. How do I figure out the year? Thanks.
    Sorry, I can't upload a pic for some reason.
    Last edited by jeep girl; 01-03-2010 at 03:06 PM.

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    Like other questions like this, we will need the serial number.

    As for pics, put them on a host website first (like for example, www.Photobucket.com). Then copy and paste the IMG code to your post. Submit and DONE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by classicfan1 View Post
    Like other questions like this, we will need the serial number.

    As for pics, put them on a host website first (like for example, www.Photobucket.com). Then copy and paste the IMG code to your post. Submit and DONE!
    Does 65EH sound like a serial # ?

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    Get a good shot of the chainguard side of the bike, and the head badge, as they changed every few years. We should be able to tell which co. built it for Wards', and get within a couple years. That # may be part of a serial #, the digits may be filled with paint. First place I would look is the bottom bracket (where the crank goes thru the frame.)
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    Default Serial #

    I got the 65EH off the area where the crank goes hrough the frame.
    I have another # from the rear drop out. 212925
    HEY, I got ONE pic to work! I'll try to get more!
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    Default More pics...

    I guess I need to make the pics real SMALL in order for them to work. I'll try to get the frame.
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    Default Frame

    This is the best I can do.
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    Looking at copies of original catalog pages, in the Elgin/JC Higgins/Hawthorne book, I'd say 1957-59. The red & blue crest badge satrted in 1950, skip tooth drives were gone after 55. The wishbone style rear frame stays, and the rows of connected holes in the rear dropouts show up in 57. The 1960 pages are the last in the book, and they don't show any frames with a second straight bar like yours. And it was made by the Snyder co., same as their house brand, Rollfast.
    Last edited by Adamtinkerer; 01-05-2010 at 05:17 PM. Reason: added info
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    Thank's Adam! I appreciate the info!

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