1939 28 inch iver original nickel plated special racer project

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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,335
Seattle, United States
Been awhile ...so I thought I’d post my original iver Johnson special racer in it original fully nickel plated form project. It’s a 28 inch rim bike... this bike was painted completely in blue. I discovered something different when I cleaned it fully nickel frame preserved by the paint! . I had the crank setup and decided to put it in place for the moment then I’ll clean it up later. The parts on it are iver parts...I still don’t know why it’s fully nickeled ....I’m guessing it’s a worlds fair or a Olympic thing Just don’t know but it looks hot... anyway here are some pics for those who care...
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gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
667
Alameda, CA
Wowsaa! That was very nice of someone to throw that blue paint on and protect the nickle all those years. Great save!
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,335
Seattle, United States
Thanks ...Who’d have known it was there ....hidden gold!
 

DonChristie

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 4, 2009
3,622
Waxhaw, N. Carolina
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Oh, we care! She is beautiful! I wonder if someone along the way, just didnt like nickel? Was the blue the iver pharoah blue over top of it?
 
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Handyman

I live for the CABE
Oct 23, 2009
1,319
Fitchburg, MA
redline1968,
Is there any evidence of pinstriping, trust the truss decal, or the Iver Johnson script on the nickel plating? Could these features be seen on the blue paint that you removed? Pete in Fitchburg
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,335
Seattle, United States
redline1968,
Is there any evidence of pinstriping, trust the truss decal, or the Iver Johnson script on the nickel plating? Could these features be seen on the blue paint that you removed? Pete in Fitchburg
None. When I cleaned it there was nothing to indicate pins on it nor a decal.i.d. say pin stripes would be cool but nope never seen them.
 

sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,476
San Antonio, United States
Nickel Plating must have been an eye catching kind of thing. I've seen a lot of nickel or chrome bikes in many different brands. I have a pierce nickel racer of about 1936.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,335
Seattle, United States
After thinking about it....I’m wondering if I put the wrong type of rims on.. would they be 1930’s steel 28’s in clincher type with inner tubes instead of wood glue on tires?
 
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Handyman

I live for the CABE
Oct 23, 2009
1,319
Fitchburg, MA
I picked up this Model 90 Iver tall frame truss racer some years back and it has always puzzled me. This bike, like redline68's, shows no sign of any pinstriping, trust the truss decal, or Iver Johnson script on the downtube. My best guess is that some previous owner had the bike plated at some point in time, but I really don't know the answer. Pete in Fitchburg

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dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 1, 2016
2,022
53
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
It may have been part paint over nickel in places perhaps. Popular over here around that time period, don't know on your side of the pond.
I recently stripped the very poor paint off my 70's Romani track bike to discover it is full chrome-plated underneath.
Prior to that, the only chromium visible was on the rear dropouts.
One other thing, would nickel plating not be outdated by 1939 (chrome came in around 10 years prior to that) other than its use as an under layer to the finished chrome?
Perhaps your machine is a little earlier than you think?
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,335
Seattle, United States
Nope it dates to 39 by the serial numbers I thought earlier too... You would think it would be Crome but dealing with polishing nickel in the past I know the difference. I had a 46 schwinns rims where the base for Crome was present no Crome ...it doesn’t polish like nickel plate.... or look the same ...it is strange bike. Also I notice the rake of the fork seems lower but that could be me..
It may have been part paint over nickel in places perhaps. Popular over here around that time period, don't know on your side of the pond.
I recently stripped the very poor paint off my 70's Romani track bike to discover it is full chrome-plated underneath.
Prior to that, the only chromium visible was on the rear dropouts.
One other thing, would nickel plating not be outdated by 1939 (chrome came in around 10 years prior to that) other than its use as an under layer to the finished chrome?
Perhaps your machine is a little earlier than you think?
 
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