Sold 1940 Huffman Big Lit Tank Airflyte~ Original Paint

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  1. #1 Posted Nov 13, 2017

    Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird

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    Came from the original owner's widow, right out of their barn in West Virginia.
    One of the nicest and most original Big Tanks you'll find. This is the Firestone one.

    Appears all original except: tires, which we replaced with nice vintage style w/w's from Atkinson; grips which were were missing, but we had another '40 Huffman set and replaced those; also, 1940 was the only year that had a welded-on kickstand, they often broke off, and this one's original stand is off too, it has a period correct bolt on style replacement- likely done in the 40's by the original owner.

    One lens is misshapen from heat. Missing a lower rear fender reflector, has two period correct ones added by orig owner we're guessing. Lights untested. Does still have the small switch/rod off the back of the rack, which is always missing (see pics of it in the original "Farm Fresh" thread noted below by Fordmike).

    This has been one of the crown jewels in Nick's collection for years, and has won many trophies, including "Best Unrestored" bike at Ann Arbor show in April- but he's selling off a few bikes for a special car. :hearteyes:
    (And no, the Black Beauty isn't for sale, sorry! :D)

    *Posted more pics of seat and taillight switch further down in thread.

    SOLD
    Message if interested or need more info/pics.
    Darcie/Nick
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  2. #2 Posted Nov 13, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Sweet bike Nick! Good luck with your sale.
     
  3. #3 Posted Nov 13, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Nice bike!
     
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  4. #4 Posted Nov 13, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    LOVE IT!
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  5. #5 Posted Nov 13, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Just curious, what part of West Virginia? City?
     
  6. #6 Posted Nov 14, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Killer!
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Great score and a super job cleaning it up, GLWTS !
     
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    I live for the CABE

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    Can you post a link to more pics of the bike?
     
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  9. #9 Posted Nov 14, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Great hat Nick!...the bike ain’t bad neither ...Pappy


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    I live for the CABE

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  12. #12 Posted Nov 14, 2017

    Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird

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    Will try to get more close ups, but check our FB page for more pics.
    Darcie
     
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    I live for the CABE

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    Thank you Darcie! Unfortunately I’m Facebookless at this point. I’ll check to see if it’ll let me take a gander.
     
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  14. #14 Posted Nov 15, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird

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    Just added 5 more pics to top post. :) Still raining here today...
    Darcie
     
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  15. #15 Posted Nov 17, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird

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    Been asked some questions about the seat, it is an uncommon one, very fat and padded, reddish brown leather. Must've been a deluxe Firestone option 'cause they didn't come on the Daytons. A few close ups of seat, and switch on taillight that is usually missing.
    FYI- had 2 good offers on ebay that would've sold the bike had they been made here.....
    Darcie
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  16. #16 Posted Nov 17, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    That is a Troxel Airtex.
     
  17. #17 Posted Nov 18, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird

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    Thank you Josh!
     
  18. #18 Posted Nov 20, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    If any one is looking for an AirTex pan...I have one with very rough original cover 'hangin in there'
    chassis is nothing unusual...nor is pan really, just the way they were padded extra 'poof'
    150 shipped on my As-Is pan only (no chassis) with original rough cover.
    Might throw in a chassis for a bit more that would be correct.

    Seat on Nicks bike looks to be an old/vintage recover. They were stamped and only black as
    far as all examples I've seen. Plus binding stitched to edge
     
  19. #19 Posted Nov 21, 2017 at 5:59 AM

    Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird

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    Seat is original, and condition matches rest of bike. According to widow it sat in that barn for 70 years.
    I believe the black ones were used on Daytons, we've seen one Firestone with same seat.
    Darcie
     
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  20. #20 Posted Nov 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Congratulations to the new owner! Nice bike !!!
     
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