1946 Cadillac Autocycle Deluxe


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10~18kustoms

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 25, 2009
218
280
South of Kansas City area
#1
I picked up this '46 serial # I47083 Autocycle from my friend Pappy last week. It was pretty much a crusty barn find with a few missing and incorrect parts but the basics are there. Missing tank (but you can see the scratches on the frame where it was) & 6 hole rear rack. Rear fender was replaced with a stainless
steel fender, missed matched pedals, & and wrong grips. On the good side, the seat top is great thanks to a aftermarket seat cover that was on it most of its life, and the original Maroon color has faded to a real nice chocolate brown.

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10~18kustoms

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 25, 2009
218
280
South of Kansas City area
#2
First step was to dissemble and clean everything and check bearings and new lube. I had a correct rear fender I was saving for another '46 project that was pretty rough and looked like it spent a lot of time in a chicken coop, but it happened to be the same color so I rolled out the dents and cleaned off the droppings. Also rolled the front fender, and straightened a few dings in the chainguard. to my surprise the cleaned up rear fender was a perfect match.

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Liking the way it was turning out I made an executive decision to continue on with this bike and abandon the other '46 project that had been poorly amateur restored/butchered by previous old farmer owner and devote the OG '46 tank to this project. I also pulled the trigger on a very close patina matching 6 hole rear rack I had seen offered by another CABE'er.

Strip and Faux paint to match started on the tank while I awaited the arrival of the rack.

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Sven

I live for the CABE
Dec 24, 2017
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#4
Looking good! Keep us posted.
Isn't it amazing how many times that one project you are working on, ends up feeding a new one.
 

SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
4,989
1,580
Hollister CA
#6
its looking real good!! you wont regret it...original paint bikes have charm...patina rocks!
 

oldfart36

I live for the CABE
May 2, 2012
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3,580
62
Parsons, United States
#12
Great project coverage! Great Job! You know how I feel!
Sometimes even though a bike has been worked on, if done right, it's wonderful! You hit it Marty!
 

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