1943 Huffman military bike?


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bobcycles

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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#21
Neat old military bike with a long family history. If the orig paint under yellow brush stuff is impossible to revive..
and you are willing to invest in restoring the bike to former glory, there is nothing wrong with that approach...you're
golden with most of the bike intact.
Original unrestored NICE examples have earned the most respect in the collector realm... that being said...
this would be an ideal candidate for restoration as original and the value would jump considerably tho you
will most likely spend more doing it right than end value is worth.
Restored bikes have taken a hit in popularity recently for 2 main reasons..
A large % of restored bikes are poorly executed hack jobs
and many new collectors are unwilling to spend the $ to do quality work...
end up being happy with shabby original bikes that should have been restored.
And there is a long list of bicycles that aren't worth restoring period.

If money is not an issue... do some research...there are extremely well qualified restorers
around the country and even here on the CABE who are willing to ship across country.
Pretty simple to pack a bike like yours for shipping anywhere.

Whatever you do ...make sure it suits the sentimental value you have for the machine!

Good luck!
 

Euphman06

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#22
Sent you a pm. I doubt you want to sell it, but I'm in eastern PA and would love this one in my collection:) Just don't paint it red!! lol.
 

Greeced lightning

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 26, 2018
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#23
Awesome piece of history. Don’t touch it. The original military bikes are so much more valuable if left alone. Take the time to clean it not to change a thing. And!! Leave the yellow paint on it. Although I can’t be 100% it looks to be the same paint they was used on the vietnam era flight line vehicles. Here is a military Columbia bike that I have. Came out of Tinker AFB. Made during WWII used thru 1971 with the Military airlift squadron. Still has the inventory tag on it.
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This reminded me of an old Army quote, “If it moves, salute it, if it doesn’t, paint it”. Good luck with it, however you go.
 
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Abby

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Feb 16, 2019
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#24
This reminded me of an old Army quote, “If it moves, salute it, if it doesn’t, paint it”. Good luck with it, however you go.
I haven't ruled out not painting it...but your yellow looks in much better shape than mine. What condition was your bike in before you cleaned it up? This bike is peeling and rusting everywhere. I can appreciate the yellow hisorically and even more for my personal memories but I'm struggling with the whole cleaning it up process. There is a lot of rust.
 

fat tire trader

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#25
It seems that a lot of the military bikes were sold off as surplus after the war. It also seems that when these bikes were prepped for sale they were painted red, yellow and maybe some other colors. My bike was completely painted over with red and silver. I have seen others in the same red. I'm assuming that some bases painted their bikes red, while others, yellow...I am still working on my bike, this is a preliminary photo, I have left some of the red paint on to give it the wounded warrior look and to preserve part of its story.

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Abby

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Feb 16, 2019
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#27
It seems that a lot of the military bikes were sold off as surplus after the war. It also seems that when these bikes were prepped for sale they were painted red, yellow and maybe some other colors. My bike was completely painted over with red and silver. I have seen others in the same red. I'm assuming that some bases painted their bikes red, while others, yellow...I am still working on my bike, this is a preliminary photo, I have left some of the red paint on to give it the wounded warrior look and to preserve part of its story.

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Very cool!! I love the "warrior" look!
 
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Euphman06

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You might get a different crowd of opinions if you post this in the military forums on here. Some very knowledgable people in there with these bikes.

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Mercian

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 1, 2016
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#31
Some of the Military crowd have been wandering in and admiring it too. (-: There's a lot to admire, including your reasons for keeping and preserving the bike.

If it were mine, I'd look to keeping it yellow, simply because I have several green military bikes, and there is the thought that original in-service paint schemes should be retained. Though I appreciate that it is difficult to know if the yellow paint is from its military service, it wouldn't surprise me, especially on a flightline.

Personally, on a wet weekend years ago when learning to fly gliders with the Royal Air Force, I and my colleagues spent the time painting flight line green landrovers yellow. When we tried to get the paint from the vehicle stores, they told us to go to the local decorating shop, Texas Homecare, and buy Sweetcorn Yellow paint!

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Scout Evans

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I would keep the yellow paint if it was as izee2 mentioned. One way to tell would be when you grandpa got the bike and if it was yellow when he got it. I would guess they were painted yellow for safety on the flight line during the Vietnam war. I would even keep the rat trap pedals from the 60's or 70's on there, as they were probably installed while the bike was in service to the country.

If you have it restored, make sure they know exactly what you want and get everything listed on a estimate.

That bike is a piece of WW2 history and also may have seen service during Korea and Vietnam, depending on when your grandpa received it.
 
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