1939 CWC Built Hawthorne Twin Bar

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,252
17,134
Evans, GA
#1
I posted this in this week's Show and Tell but since it IS a project thought I would post from beginning to end in a thread. There are threads that go into this model but the short story is that three manufacturers: Snyder, Monark, and CWC all built this model for Wards at the same time. From what I can tell none are very common and the CWC seems to be pretty scarce. That said rarity don't = $$$ so I couldn't see laying out big money for chrome, replacement headlight, etc... Velocipedist and TRM have set the bar on patina restorations well above my level but I'm going to give it a go on this one.

The first pic is how I got this bike at MLC earlier this year--a face only a mother could love! After ditching the basket I decided to give it a check ride and surprisingly everything worked except the rear dropouts were tweaked so bad the stand wouldn't catch to hold the bike upright. I found the only pic I could of an original paint CWC and replicated it best I could. Because everything was house painted I had to tear it completely down to include the wheels. Cleaning spokes and nipples is not my idea of fun--they seemed to keep multiplying! Stay tuned.... V/r Shawn
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56 Vette

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 21, 2014
647
754
Arcadia Ohio
#3
You are 100 percent right about TRM and Velocipedist setting the bar on patina builds, but it looks to me like you are on the right path for equal results. Best of luck, can't wait to see it finished! Joe
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,569
5,139
Planet Mongo
#4
These are really nice bikes. I picked up this one in the same shape, and decided to put no $$$ into it. Removed 80 years of rust and repaints. I talked to the fellow I got it from a couple of weeks ago and he said he got it at a garage sale for 30 bucks. I paid him a lot more......he made out good. This bike looks good and is a fine rider. It's Snyder built.
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
17,213
26,516
East Los
#5
These are really nice bikes. I picked up this one in the same shape, and decided to put no $$$ into it. Removed 80 years of rust and repaints. I talked to the fellow I got it from a couple of weeks ago and he said he got it at a garage sale for 30 bucks. I paid him a lot more......he made out good. This bike looks good and is a fine rider. It's Snyder built. View attachment 490393 View attachment 490394 View attachment 490395
Love that build Tink, but not quite the same bike. I believe yours in Snyder built, while the one Shawn is working on is CWC.
 

sludgeguy

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 8, 2015
153
186
New London, United States
#6
Very nice job. They are great riding bikes!
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I opted to leave the rust, and I have straightened the front fork since.
I am looking forward to seeing your bike completed.
 

bairdco

I live for the CABE
Dec 24, 2009
1,884
2,202
Midway
#12
They shoulda doubled the middle bar, too, for a "6 bar."

Hmmm. That gives me an idea.... ;)
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,252
17,134
Evans, GA
#13
So this is my first effort at a "patina restore". I got a few tips from others and have invented others as I've went along. I'm fairly pleased at the way it turned out but future efforts should be even better. Here are the during shots. V/r Shawn


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