1939 Bare Metal Colson


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tjkajecj

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 13, 2012
316
718
Belleville, Il
#1
My tastes have changed over the years from restoration... to whatever I could get (cheap)... to currently...original.
But, I always wanted to try a bare metal project.
Started this a while back, but life got in the way.

1939 Colson out of Kansas, I got a kick out of the sellers remark about there being something wrong with the front wheel.

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Had it setup as a rider at work with a 3 speed Nexus for a while till I got the wheel and fenders done.

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Finally had some time this past week to get everything back on.
The frame, fork and sheet metal parts have a coat of clear paint in order to keep the rust at bay. (I know...sacrilegious to some)
I still have to do the fender braces, but these aftermarkets will have to do for now.
Added a rack and chain guard I had leftover.
As always, still more to do, but it's satisfying to be close to the finish line.

Tim

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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,047
34,114
East Los
#11
Installed backward, although it did take a hit at some point in its life.
The bend was minor.

Tim
Yeah, I noticed it was flipped. It's just those forged blade style Colson forks are almost bulletproof. I've heard they were swapped in on Schwinn bombers during the early Mountain bike days due to their strength.
 

gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
566
1,120
Alameda, CA
#12
Very inspirational! Your making me think about a bare metal 54 Monark frame I have, springer fork and white tires with polished steel, hmmmm...
 
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tjkajecj

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 13, 2012
316
718
Belleville, Il
#13
I had parts that I could not paint match to other bikes I have, and this was not a valuable bike.
So I did not feel to bad about experimenting with it.

Just a warning, I have a girls bike I may do to match.
But, like I said earlier, I am in more of an original phase now.
Not going to make a habit of this.

Tim
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,047
34,114
East Los
#14
I had parts that I could not paint match to other bikes I have, and this was not a valuable bike.
So I did not feel to bad about experimenting with it.

Just a warning, I have a girls bike I may do to match.
But, like I said earlier, I am in more of an original phase now.
Not going to make a habit of this.

Tim
I think it looks pretty cool :cool:
 

tjkajecj

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 13, 2012
316
718
Belleville, Il
#16
Rob,

I swear, I wan't copying your bare metal project.

I already have a full truck load, '39 Monark, 28" Colson, '35 American Flyer, '41 his and her Colson snap tanks
A tricycle or two, if they will fit

Going to be hot.

Tim
 
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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Ol' st. Lou
#17
Rob,

I swear, I wan't copying your bare metal project.

I already have a full truck load, '39 Monark, 28" Colson, '35 American Flyer, '41 his and her Colson snap tanks
A tricycle or two, if they will fit

Going to be hot.

Tim
Oh I know that, I love it. Glad your coming. Yeah I’m not looking forward to the boiling ass heat but it’s what we do. See you there!
 
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