1915 to 1919 Sears Chief - Documentation & Bike Thread

Discussion in 'Antique Bicycles Pre-1933' started by Gary Mc, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. #41 Posted Oct 5, 2013

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    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.
     
  2. #42 Posted Nov 2, 2013

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    1915 Sears Catalog #130 Spring & Summer Chief pages

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

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  3. #43 Posted Nov 2, 2013

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    Just noticed the Chief text page is not legible, I'll take a better pic & repost later today.
     
  4. #44 Posted Nov 3, 2013

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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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  5. #45 Posted Nov 3, 2013

    Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird

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    lucky man! nice finds!

    Nick,

     
  6. #46 Posted Nov 3, 2013

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    Yea, some great finds there!!!!!
     
  7. #47 Posted Nov 3, 2013

    I live for the CABE

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    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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  8. #48 Posted Nov 7, 2013

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    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.
     
  9. #49 Posted Nov 7, 2013

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    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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  10. #50 Posted Nov 7, 2013

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    chief project

    Great info Gary, thank you.
     
  11. #51 Posted Nov 9, 2013

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    Just got a line on this one and hope it comes home soon.
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  12. #52 Posted Nov 9, 2013

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    Looks like a 1915-16. Good luck, hope you get it, looks pretty complete except wheels & the always missing pedals.
     
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    Looks like the deal will happen but I think I will build this one into a rider.
     
  14. #54 Posted Nov 9, 2013

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    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
     
  15. #55 Posted Nov 28, 2013

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    Gary,
    Do you have the lighting accessories page also that you can post? Thank you.
     
  16. #56 Posted Nov 29, 2013

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    More on this bicycle soon, notice the fenders all Red.
     
  17. #57 Posted Nov 29, 2013

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    ...reminds me of "Hemi under Glass"....
     
  18. #58 Posted Dec 11, 2013

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  20. #60 Posted Dec 11, 2013

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    it does seem high,its a 3-speed missing the shifter.i think it will still sell.