1942 G519 Huffman Bike project

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johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
Here's my my latest project which is a 1942 Huffman US Army issue bike.

I purchased this off another member several months ago...

The original finish is still there and I intent to semi-restore this bike keeping as much of the original finish as possible, and replacing broken or missing parts wherever necessary... In the past few months I have gathered most of the parts to complete it, but I still lack a rear fender, reflector, chainguard and kickstand...

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partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,879
The Land of Oz
I can't wait to see this one when it is done!
 

johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
Thanks! This will be a project for next winter and should be finished by June 2014 so I can take it to Normandy for the 70th D-Day Commemorations...
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,879
The Land of Oz
Oh wow! I just noticed your location! I'm shocked that any of the American military stuff is left there intact form that era. I hear stories of WWII tanks and planes being recovered but they are usually in very bad shape and the restorations really take my breathe away.

It must be very difficult to find ANY classic American bikes or parts there.
 
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Euphman06

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 17, 2011
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VERY nice build you have going on and I love those old photos. Don't you wish bikes could talk?
 

johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
Time for an update...

Over the past few months, I have been gathering parts needed to complete this one...

Rims have been found, a crank with correct chainring, Torrington #8 pedals with rubber block and a chainguard...
Still looking for a serviceable rear fender...

Meanwhile everything was taken apart and cleaned... some parts need more than just TLC and I have ordered new roller bearings for both headset and crankset...

The frame seems to be high quality chrome like metal underneath the OD....

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A lemon green like primer is found under OD...

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Also on the Torrington marked handlebars..

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johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
Same primer is found on handlebar stem... Note the small washer on the stem bolt...

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Typical early Huffman curved saddle post with traces of blue and OD paint..

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Special bolts on the truss rods...

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johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
Replacement crank and chainring...

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Next will be assembling the hubs and spokes on the NOS rims, trueing and fitting new tubes and tires. Then assembling the frame and forks and getting it on its wheels again...
Need to pick up a chain and attach crank and pedals and handlebars, so I can testride before working on the small parts (fenders, chainguard, light, etc...) Also still looking for a kickstand...
 

johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
Some updates....

The front hub was clearly made of chrome steel... the hub and spokes were primed with zinc chromate, and then painted OD....
I painted the hub and spokes again and fitted an NOS rim....

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