Sold 1940 Huffman Big Lit Tank Airflyte~ Original Paint


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Nickinator

Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird
Jul 21, 2011
5,399
2,215
Mpls, MN
#1
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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Nickinator

Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird
Jul 21, 2011
5,399
2,215
Mpls, MN
#15
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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STRADALITE

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 5, 2008
819
839
San Diego
#16
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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That is a Troxel Airtex.
 

bobcycles

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 30, 2006
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3,553
12
so cal beaches
#18
That is a Troxel Airtex.

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
 

Nickinator

Riding my '38 Deluxe Bluebird
Jul 21, 2011
5,399
2,215
Mpls, MN
#19
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
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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