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  1. johan willaert

    Wanted for Columbia G519: Bevin Bell, Persons Tool Bag+Tolls, Pump,

    Thx all! Meanwhile here's a photo of an NOS kick stand that was on Ebay a couple of years ago. Gives you an idea... Also a photo of one of my toolbags with tools and accessories. The pump in the photo is a replica made by the late Ken Boice of Historical Reproductions back around 2004. I do...
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    Wanted for Columbia G519: Bevin Bell, Persons Tool Bag+Tolls, Pump,

    Original manuals are just about impossible to find. In over 30 years of researching and restoring G519s I had one! opportunity to buy originals about a year or so ago when someone sold his stock of spare parts and manuals,,, Needless to say I didnt hesitate for second…
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    Info needed

    Just checked again... The late 1942 T-O&E lists 81 bicycles for an Airborne Division... Below an excerpt from George Koskimaki's letter described above... It was dated October 1996, not 1995!
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    Info needed

    For what it's worth... Many, many years ago I corresponded with George Koskimaki who was an NCO in the 101st Airborne Signal Company and was actually General Taylor's radioman in Normandy, Holland and beyond. Koskimaki had authored several books on the 101st AB Div in WW2 and at that time he...
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    All original 1943 Westfield Columbia

    This bike has sold and is now in the good hands of a friend-collector in England… Will be cherished along with his other vehicles…
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    New B.S.A Mk.V

    You're welcome.... The ABL marking on the frame just indicates Post WW2 Belgian Army use.... A lot of the European based MkV came out of Belgium in the early 1990s Here's mine, from the same batch, restored, Ser# 136102 Also want to ad, the date on the luggage rack is the rack's date, not...
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    New B.S.A Mk.V

    The unrestored original paint MkV* featured in issue #212 of the French Militaria Magazine is shown in great detail on this page of a friend’s webpage http://www.abbl1940.be/FIETSEN/BSA%20MKV_ster.htm
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    G519 5 seat tandem

    Indeed, my January 42 Huffy has the long fender
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    G519 5 seat tandem

    Yes, correct, Serge.. I was especially looking at the fender and how the lower braces on the rear fender extend more or less horizontally in line with the frame
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    G519 5 seat tandem

    Front and rear appear to be Huffman
  11. johan willaert

    USMCWR use of Victory bicycles in WW2

    My all original G series Vg296
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    USMCWR use of Victory bicycles in WW2

    Here's a photo showing WAVES riding WW2 era Westfield Columbia Vg296 s
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    G519 5 seat tandem

    British style 1/2 inch chainrings and chain
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    M306 questions

    You may find this topic about the restoration of my M306 interesting... https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/womens-westfield-columbia-army-bicycle.66061/
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    Columbia G519 on Ebay

    Has been for sale here too
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