1899 Columbia chainless


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Marty Potts

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 26, 2014
15
10
#1
Dear velocipedist,
I'm trying to reassemble my 1899 Columbia men's chainless #59 and can't get the rear hub placed correctly. I have a 1900 chainless manual but it seems different than my 1899 bike. I printed the pics and directions you posted June 7, 2017, but do you still have the copy of the original 1899 service manual you got from Jesse McCauley? You said it was "Very helpful but the illustrations had me guessing as to which parts were being referenced." Would you please email or fax a copy to me? Maybe the 2 sets combined will make me successful.
Thanks in advance,
Marty Potts
martyp21@att.net
309-698-0034 landline
East Peoria, IL
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
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crown point<indiana
#2
Its too late now but in the future do what this old man does.Take pictures with you phone. Sometimes just having a washer on the wrong side can stop all the assembly.Hope someone here can help
 
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GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
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Alameda, California
#3
Like Vince said. You can also have someone make a video of the disassembly and post it on the CABE. Make sure you use lots of lighting, with closeups....
 

ZE52414

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 6, 2016
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Peoria, United States
#4
Dear velocipedist,
I'm trying to reassemble my 1899 Columbia men's chainless #59 and can't get the rear hub placed correctly. I have a 1900 chainless manual but it seems different than my 1899 bike. I printed the pics and directions you posted June 7, 2017, but do you still have the copy of the original 1899 service manual you got from Jesse McCauley? You said it was "Very helpful but the illustrations had me guessing as to which parts were being referenced." Would you please email or fax a copy to me? Maybe the 2 sets combined will make me successful.
Thanks in advance,
Marty Potts
martyp21@att.net
309-698-0034 landline
East Peoria, IL
East Peoria! Dang your about 15 min from me!
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
18,808
32,972
East Los
#5
Dear velocipedist,
I'm trying to reassemble my 1899 Columbia men's chainless #59 and can't get the rear hub placed correctly. I have a 1900 chainless manual but it seems different than my 1899 bike. I printed the pics and directions you posted June 7, 2017, but do you still have the copy of the original 1899 service manual you got from Jesse McCauley? You said it was "Very helpful but the illustrations had me guessing as to which parts were being referenced." Would you please email or fax a copy to me? Maybe the 2 sets combined will make me successful.
Thanks in advance,
Marty Potts
martyp21@att.net
309-698-0034 landline
East Peoria, IL
I just texted him your information. I know he's out of town for a vintage car race this weekend, so he may not get back to you for a couple days.
 
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Marty Potts

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 26, 2014
15
10
#6
Dear velocipedist,
I'm trying to reassemble my 1899 Columbia men's chainless #59 and can't get the rear hub placed correctly. I have a 1900 chainless manual but it seems different than my 1899 bike. I printed the pics and directions you posted June 7, 2017, but do you still have the copy of the original 1899 service manual you got from Jesse McCauley? You said it was "Very helpful but the illustrations had me guessing as to which parts were being referenced." Would you please email or fax a copy to me? Maybe the 2 sets combined will make me successful.
Thanks in advance,
Marty Potts
martyp21@att.net
309-698-0034 landline
East Peoria, IL

Dear Velocipedist, I have one question for you. In the pic of the bottom bracket you said "So I started my rebuild by tightening this square retaining nut pictured at the front end of the drive shaft." By tightening that nut does it force the pinion to be in direct contact with the beveled ring welded to the shaft? ie there is no adjustment of the pinion position on the length of the shaft. Is that correct? Thanks for your time. Marty Potts
 

Marty Potts

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 26, 2014
15
10
#9
Finally after 16 yrs I completed restoration of the 1899 Mens Columbia shaft-drive model 59, size 24"!!! View attachment 974013 Thanks to all who helped with their comments and especially Velocipedest Co. with all of his assembly pics from 2 yrs ago. Sincerely, Marty Potts, East Peoria, IL
Guess I should show a BEFORE pic from 2003 when I bot the bike:
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