1930s Elgin

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Junkman Bob

I live for the CABE
Jan 2, 2018
1,468
Chicago, IL, United States
With the time passing slow i am going to start breaking down this Elgin for a cleaning and grease job ... obviously new tires and such but im going to see how a good cleaning turns out before thinking of OA bath ... i like the crusty look lol
Maybe someone out there could nail down the year and model Elgin this beauty is ?
Im gonna re install rear box as well ?

Thanks guys
Junkman
Bob

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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,292
36
Longmont Colorado
Sweet ride Bob - funny I looked at the pictures before reading your post and thought "wow - that looks like a good candidate for an OA bath".
Excited to see how the cleaning goes.
Hopefully the fork straightens out without issues.
Good luck!!
 

Shawn Michael

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 3, 2012
746
Keizer, OR
Cool project. What are you going to use for clean up before going with an OA bath?
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,385
Shawnee, United States
Looks like a mid 30s with an aftermarket chain guard and headlamp. I can't tell from the pictures but does it have the Alemite lubrication zerks?
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
2,236
59
Sanger, TX
Well, if you can get a photo of the serial number further below the frame code, you might narrow it down.


With that in mind, D3 would be March 1939 with the Westfield code from what I have learned.

I would expect the full serial to start with a D or an E.

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JLF

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 5, 2019
111
50
Pacific Northwest
Nice project! I'm really liking these 30's Elgin's more and more.
 
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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
657
53
France
Hi Robert, @Junkman Bob

(Sorry @piercer_99 ...)

D3 is a frame made in March 1937.

Piercer is right, there should be another number on the BB beginning with B and five or possibly six numbers following. Very occasionally there isn't one, and that indicates a replacement frame supplied new from the factory.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 
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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
657
53
France
As to the model, since it's an Elgin it was sold through the Sears catalogue. Here is a page from 1936, I imagine there's no material difference between your 37 and the one in the bottom left corner, so a 6DM5021.

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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,844
Western North carolina
I believe '37 was the last year for the teal background on the badges.
 

Junkman Bob

I live for the CABE
Jan 2, 2018
1,468
Chicago, IL, United States
Good observation.....

Im gonna mess with again tomorrow... not much progress today
 
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