1939 Shelby Airflow restoration update part 1

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  1. #1 Posted Jul 16, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    The first photo is of the bike from the auctioneers website. When we took off the tank the original Eveready battery was still inside. The date on it was to be used by 1942. Really cool find! The bike and pedals have been taken off and the rust has been removed as much as possible. When looking at the underside of the seat, the original Lobdell-Emery sticker is still intact. The Torrington year drop pedals were a bitch to clean, but have shined up well. The bike was washed but the yellow paint was stained from 78 years of dirt. I used Meguire's compound to restore the clarity and remove some of the rust. The white wall tires were yellow when I got the bike home. They now look like they were intended. There is still a lot to do, but this progress was made a lot faster than I thought. Last photo is how it looks this evening. I am pretty happy with the results! 023676ed06083e9372aceccdda4f3479.jpg ae67c7fdaf31a255755710901ca6cfe6.jpg 2c978de3b7ad64d403ca398e5d694b50.jpg ad6eaaab9e9636770c1d8f90886efc3a.jpg 5658b1e46d25d615066928cd13e0a3ca.jpg 7df6def346b572e3609c680bac08b9af.jpg 020989906f8ddac09e660843cf10850e.jpg a0e464a11a5eba9737bd351a4617ebb7.jpg

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  2. #2 Posted Jul 16, 2017

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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  3. #3 Posted Jul 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Looking good!
     
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  4. #4 Posted Jul 16, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    You scared me at first when you said restoration. Cleaning up very nicely.
     
  5. #5 Posted Jul 16, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    See now, already you are adding good info to the CABE knowledge base. I'm talking about your photo of the Torrington #7 pedals. I'm going to turn two others onto your post... tell me please, in a follow-up post, the measure on your pedal blocks. Are they ~3 1/2" long and ~3/4" wide?
    @morton ; @rustjunkie . Really GREAT job on the clean-up!

    Another suggestion, rustjunkie has much experience with seat preservation. You might message him and ask how he would preserve the underside of your seat pan....
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Actually, I believe the pedals to be Torrington 17.
    Chad img-311110947-0001.jpg
     
  7. #7 Posted Jul 16, 2017

    Flying on my Aerocycle

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    Nice bike. What type of reflector goes on these things can you take. Pic of yours ?
     
  8. #8 Posted Jul 17, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thank you. The blocks are 3 1/4 and slightly less than an inch wide.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thank you. Here is a photo of the reflector. a7a00dab4c59a57669af1a98dde2ff96.jpg

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  10. #10 Posted Jul 17, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Think it's a Persons reflector, but not sure the number @catfish.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    It is a Person's #219

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  12. #12 Posted Jul 17, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Thank YOU! One more question... As you read the number in the center of the pedal face plate: Is that number a '7' or '17'?
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    It is a 17.

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    She's BEAUTIFUL!
     
  15. #15 Posted Jul 17, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    A beauty!
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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  17. #17 Posted Jul 17, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Really Nice!!
     
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  18. #18 Posted Jul 18, 2017 at 5:51 AM

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I don't know how many times I can say "WOW.....but..."WOW"!!!!
     
  19. #19 Posted Jul 18, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    IMG_0431.JPG Not the deluxe version but here's our '40
     
  20. #20 Posted Jul 18, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Nice Shelby's. All 3!
     
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