1915 to 1919 Sears Chief - Documentation & Bike Thread


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Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
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#41
1917 Locking Stand?

1917 spring summer catalog

This description clip is opposite the full page color Chief ad. The Master bike also shows this locking drop stand in the B&W description photo opposite of it's color ad page.
 

Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 5, 2011
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Buford GA
#42
1915 Sears Catalog #130 Spring & Summer Chief pages

1915 Sears Catalog #130 Spring & Summer Chief pages from my collection.

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dmk441

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 30, 2006
495
109
Wisconsin
#44
Sears Chief and Master project bikes

Just picked up these two bikes this weekend. One Chief and one Master, they need some TLC, but should be fun riders eventually. Over the winter I'll look at repainting them. Anyone have a good image of the Master bikes paint schemes or color options? I also need a badge for the Chief, Thanks.

Chief has the coaster brake corbin rear hub.

Dave

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Nickinator

Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird
Jul 21, 2011
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#45
lucky man! nice finds!

Nick,

Just picked up these two bikes this weekend. One Chief and one Master, they need some TLC, but should be fun riders eventually. Over the winter I'll look at repainting them. Anyone have a good image of the Master bikes paint schemes or color options? I also need a badge for the Chief, Thanks.

Chief has the coaster brake corbin rear hub.

Dave
 

dave the wave

I live for the CABE
May 22, 2006
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planet earth
#47
great score dave,but the master looks different than other masters i've seen.it looks to be davis built with the lugs on the frame.it should look like the bike below.but it still could be a master of a different year.the headbadge looks to be original to the bike.
 

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dmk441

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 30, 2006
495
109
Wisconsin
#48
Sears Chief and Master project bikes

Thanks guys, these are definitely fun bikes. The chief is getting disassembled tonight to get ready to paint. I've seen a couple of restored bikes, but the yellow seems to vary among them, anyone have any insight on the correct shade of yellow? Someone also mentioned the spear length varied on the years, I wonder what year my chief would be...

I'm still trying to figure out more on the Master bike. I wonder if it would have a similar paint and spear pattern to a chief, just with black and green as the color combination?

Also, I'm still looking for a Chief badge, have a few good trade options for people.
 

Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 5, 2011
2,297
107
Buford GA
#49
Thanks guys, these are definitely fun bikes. The chief is getting disassembled tonight to get ready to paint. I've seen a couple of restored bikes, but the yellow seems to vary among them, anyone have any insight on the correct shade of yellow? Someone also mentioned the spear length varied on the years, I wonder what year my chief would be...

I'm still trying to figure out more on the Master bike. I wonder if it would have a similar paint and spear pattern to a chief, just with black and green as the color combination?

Also, I'm still looking for a Chief badge, have a few good trade options for people.
Original colors for the Chief were ivory & rich cherry red only for all years. The yellow color you commonly see on these is yellowing from almost 100 years of oxidation of what was originally ivory in color, almost white in color. Same with the brownish red. When I removed the orange house paint from parts of mine it revealed fairly good original color that had obviously been painted on long ago before the yellowing/aging you commonly see could occur. Yellow would be incorrect if you are looking to go back original.

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thehugheseum

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 5, 2011
993
573
Wilsonville, United States
#54
nice! i hope that wheel we traded was right for that.......remember i found a matched front too if you need i can get you with the cat who had it
 

Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
4,370
2,403
Bismarck, United States
#56
Does anyone have a photo or the Chief bicycle with the bars close on the seat post tube like the 1915 add?
I have a 1916 and the bars are farther apart,pulley between.Just a thought but maybe add drawing does not match the actual bicycle,that happened a lot, and used same add for 1916
To my knowledge, they were always like the 1917 ad, never almost touching.
More on this bicycle soon, notice the fenders all Red.
 

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