1929 Westfield Boy's juvenile model GJ-1


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piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
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#1
I got this bike recently, saw it and really liked it, had no idea on what it was or the age, just knew I wanted it.

Traded 3 bikes for it, 2 modern and a 49' CWC built Western Flyer girl's 24".

Anyway, through Mr. Columbia's help, I found out that it is a 1929 Westfield Boy's juvenile model GJ-1

It has layers and layers, upon layers of paint, the wooden wheels were roached when the guy that I got it from got it, the current 700's work well, it has the original Morrow hub laced in the rear.

I rebuilt the headset, bb and rear hub, it rides like a dream. I am pretty sure I will do a resto-mod to it, go back to the original Carmine Red/White scheme on it, or the berkshire blue, I like the red better.

The saddle was redone by the guy who had it, at first I kind of hated it, but I think it needs to stay the way it is, part of it's story.

Anyway, it is a keeper. I have a drop stand coming for it, and the ears also.

Just a thought, the juveniles of the 20's were pretty tall, this bike has a stand over of 32"
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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
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#2
I like the look of those fat rivets on the top of the saddle, interesting look, the carvings into them are nice.
not a fan of the leather top with the big lettering
And you managed to take the pictures with 2 flies on the seat ..... impressed. ;)
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piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
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#3
I like the look of those fat rivets on the top of the saddle, interesting look, the carvings into them are nice.
not a fan of the leather top with the big lettering
And you managed to take the pictures with 2 flies on the seat ..... impressed. ;)
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the big letters are actually the brand from the cow's hide.

the guy used this section because of the brand.

the rivets are some kind of indian head / buffalo nickles.
 
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piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
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#5
So, I have been slowly working on this, different tires, started to remove a section of the layers of black paint, it was slow and painful.

Today, as the weather was awesome - 70 degrees f here, I decided to say what the hell and go for it.

I had a couple of glimpses of original color in areas, so I got rid of most of the black. It is actually pretty sweet looking. I am going to stop on the paint removal as it is and wax it up to preserve what is left.


Next step is rebuild the Morrow and then ride the heck out of it.


Overall, the original paint scheme looks pretty nice, I just wish it had never been painted over, with 7 layers of black.


Also, unless a nice skirted troxel falls into my lap, I am just going to sport this recovered one and enjoy it.



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gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
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#6
Great job! Great seat, love those nickel 'conchos' on there. Perfect for a bike to ride western trails. I'd think my great grandfather who was the town blacksmith in Cody Wyoming at the turn of the century would have appreciated a wheel like that. Ride it into a fine desert sunset whistling a tune to the doggies! ;)
 
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piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
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#7
Well, the Morrow was only missing a couple of parts, and the brake arm side bearings were all in the brake shoes. New brake unit, all new bearings, pretty much everything but the hub is nos now. The locking washer on the brake arm was missing the cog was toast, so that got replaced also. I should take photos of rebuilding brakes, but the grease and oil isn't good for the camera. :) At least I know why the hub was growling.

Rides really nice.
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Archie Sturmer

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 13, 2018
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I believe that Westfield had 2 camel back models.
The "Junior Roadster" with 28" wheels; basically a double drop bar 19" (nominal) frame motorbike, less the double part.
the current 700's work well
The "Juvenile" model may have had 26" wheels, and a shorter 17" (nominal) frame.
 
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