1937 Colson Hi Lo

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  1. #1 Posted Oct 22, 2017

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Many of you have already seen this bike that I picked up yesterday. People throw the term 'rare' around so much that it has pretty much lost meaning. These bikes I believe truly deserve that moniker. So far these are my observations: The serial number is 4E2805 which would lead me to believe it is a '34. The rear hub however (Morrow) has a "G3" which indicates 3rd quarter of '37.

    Reading the scant literature available it appears the Hi Los were offered from '34 - '37 pretty much unchanged from year-to-year. Initially I thought maybe some things had been changed on this bike to include the seat and tank from a different bike. I have collected all the photos I could find of Hi Los and found another very similarly equipped except it has the correct rack and different fenders.

    I posit that there were slight changes from year-to-year and that the frame was only made one or two years and the left over frames were built and sold over the next couple of years. I'd be interested in seeing serial numbers from other Hi Lo owners. V/r Shawn

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  2. #2 Posted Oct 22, 2017

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Here is the other bike with the silver tank and Troxel "Aerocycle" style seat. I would like to know who owns this bike. V/r Shawn

    P.S. If anyone has this rack I would be very interested!

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  3. #3 Posted Oct 22, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Very cool bike Shawn!


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  4. #4 Posted Oct 22, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    18DCC708-B4D4-48EA-BA25-70F82BF0FF50.jpeg Nice... I would have bought it.... but I have other fish on the pan....:0
     
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  5. #5 Posted Oct 22, 2017

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Nice fish! V/r Shawn
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    So is that the same rack that is found on the 34 Huffman? The Hercules tubular?
     
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    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    I believe it is a variation of that rack. I think the front mounting piece may be a little different. Here is a better shot of what I'm looking for. V/r Shawn

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  8. #8 Posted Oct 23, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    What a great bike! I've been drooling over it since I first saw it posted for sale. Glad to see it went to a good home!
     
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  9. #9 Posted Oct 23, 2017

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    I'll trade this rack for the one I need. @John V/r Shawn

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  10. #10 Posted Oct 23, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Check with John.
    He had been working with a couple of these.
     
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    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    WILCO-Thanks Marty
     
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    Great bike Shawn!
    I had a few of these in various stages of completeness. One was a balloon with those same rims, the others were 26" high-pressure.
    Observation: as the wheels on this one have been respoked and the front looks like it's a New Departure, I'd say there's a likelihood that the hubs aren't original to this bike.
    And wasn't 1933 the first year for the Hi-Lo Drive?
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Cool bike Shawn! How's she ride? Shift?

    Thanks
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Super kool bike..........Shaker Heights.............Cleveland ???
    My Dad grew up there.
     
  15. #15 Posted Oct 23, 2017

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Hey Chad I need to do some fine tuning on the rims but it rides pretty good. As long as you aren't putting a load on it e.g. trying to shift while going up hill it shifts surprisingly smooth. V/r Shawn
     
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    Hey Scott,
    Yea I noticed that it had been re-spoked as well but my gut says this bike is a little later than the '34 serial. The only reference I have for the Hi Los is the one page in the Colson book. I believe it does indicate '33 as the first year. Funny thing is I don't believe you see a mention of the Hi Lo from '35 on? I'd be interested in seeing any literature concerning these bikes. I'd also be very interested in any serial number info. V/r Shawn
     
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    Just noticed the "Scout" badge: from what I've seen of Scout badged bikes it was probably not equipped with a tank and carrier.
     
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    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    You could very well be right about that. The problem is that so little I known about these that I would hesitate to state that definitively. Whether it did or didn't originally really doesn't bother me. These items are easily removed but I'm going to leave it decked out as long as I own it--which, hopefully, will be a really long time! V/r Shawn
     
  19. #19 Posted Oct 23, 2017

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    I think the tank is an aftermarket from the Sears catalog.
     
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  20. #20 Posted Oct 23, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    AC054267-FE5A-48F5-87E6-B9560458809B.jpeg 84898B0D-62CD-471A-A052-F3C88AB2E6C2.jpeg 541BFCBF-F588-4343-9FC2-991111FD3904.jpeg Yep I do own it .....Rustjunkie I’m sure your right it didn’t come with a tank mine is flyer I know it came with the tank...the #’s are 4D8xxx. The d in my numbers might stand for deluxe (tank) with flyer being the delux model.
     
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