1946 WESTFIELD QUESTIONS

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all riders

Finally riding a big boys bike
So I just picked up this frameset(and fenders) from a fellow CABEr and it is cleaning up quite nicely. I am not going to try and build it as an original, but I still have some questions as to what would have been right/wrong. your help is appreciated.
#1 would this '46 have had truss rods? when searching '46, I see a lot of pictures of this type of bike without them. If it would have had them, would they have been painted?
#2 Tank: I have a 46 CWC as well and, for cwc, tanks and racks were not offered in 46(metal sill being used for more important things?).
Would a '46 Columbia have a tank?
#3 Westfield/Columbia tanks: I don't really know my Westfield tanks, but I've noticed two that seem like they might go on this bike. One has no flange and one type has a flange that, I guess, more completely fills the space between bars--I have included a pic, of the flanged type.
Even if a '46 had no tank, would one of these types be a more appropriate fit? (I'm fond of the flanged one but would like to know if it came later, or earlier or just won't fit). Thanks in advance for any education you provide.
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Image of was tank stolen by me from CABE member mrg
 

tryder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I have an all original complete black one.
It does not have truss rods or a horn tank but it does have a beautiful white chainguard & fender light.
These bikes look great without tanks.
 
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all riders

Finally riding a big boys bike
I have an all original complete black one.
It does not have truss rods or a horn tank but it does have a beautiful white chainguard & fender light.
These bikes look great without tanks.
Thank you. I agree they do look great tankless--I doubt I'll put one on, but I still would like t figure out the progression of the tank and this basic frame
 

Mountain Trail Andy

Finally riding a big boys bike
So I just picked up this frameset(and fenders) from a fellow CABEr and it is cleaning up quite nicely. I am not going to try and build it as an original, but I still have some questions as to what would have been right/wrong. your help is appreciated.
#1 would this '46 have had truss rods? when searching '46, I see a lot of pictures of this type of bike without them. If it would have had them, would they have been painted?
#2 Tank: I have a 46 CWC as well and, for cwc, tanks and racks were not offered in 46(metal sill being used for more important things?).
Would a '46 Columbia have a tank?
#3 Westfield/Columbia tanks: I don't really know my Westfield tanks, but I've noticed two that seem like they might go on this bike. One has no flange and one type has a flange that, I guess, more completely fills the space between bars--I have included a pic, of the flanged type.
Even if a '46 had no tank, would one of these types be a more appropriate fit? (I'm fond of the flanged one but would like to know if it came later, or earlier or just won't fit). Thanks in advance for any education you provide. View attachment 1426869

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Image of was tank stolen by me from CABE member mrg

Here are a couple of pics of my 1945 men's and my 1946 women's. Both are original except for the Childs seat on the women's bike. Headlights on both, no truss rods on either bike. Also a pic of the men's bike with a re-pop Westfield tank from another of my Westfields. Hope this helps!


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