1948 JC Higgins


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cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,153
6,531
Lacota, Mi
#21
A little more progress. The seat has been recovered. The horn and headlight are now working. I still have the chain soaking. The rear brake light assembly also needs some work. The switch is stuck and I need to find the clip for the hub that actuates the lights when braked. I'll probably have to fabricate one.
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A.S.BOLTNUT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 12, 2016
2,018
782
Corning Ca.
#24
Good save , I actually have the same bike in parts , yours gives me inspiration to do mine ..

Thank you
 

A.S.BOLTNUT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 12, 2016
2,018
782
Corning Ca.
#25
Fork has been straightened too. Has been in the OA bath also. I still have to use some WD-40 and steel wool on it. And then some compound to bring back the paint a little. I'm up in the air as to whether I'll respray the white stars and accent. I don't usually like to do any paint touch ups. The white didn't hold up to the cleaning but there wasn't much left anyway and the rust removal out weighed saving what little paint remained. View attachment 653402


Most people use a Lil Brute fork jack to straighten forks. I used what I guess some might call a Big Brute. It's a 4 foot tall 4660 lb Farm jack with a couple of steel plates bolted on. Makes quick work of it. Usually takes longer to set up than the actual straightening does. View attachment 653405

I kind of get the concept ,but can you place a fork on the jack to show how it works ?

Thank you again
Rafael
 

cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,153
6,531
Lacota, Mi
#29
Finally added the chain and took it riding last week. Also added a Higgins speedometer that was shown in the 48 Sears catalog. Will have to rebuild/lubricate it before I hook the cable to it and damage it. The cable does spin and the needle moves but it seems sticky and tight.

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FULLYLOADED

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 11, 2016
355
687
14
San Pedro, United States
#30
Finally added the chain and took it riding last week. Also added a Higgins speedometer that was shown in the 48 Sears catalog. Will have to rebuild/lubricate it before I hook the cable to it and damage it. The cable does spin and the needle moves but it seems sticky and tight.

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Soo Bad ass bro..love it

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Thads Skunk Works

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 22, 2017
277
311
78
Wichita, KS 67204, United States
#31
I have straightened forks by using my car trailer. It has a rail around the front. Strip the bike down to the frame & fork, locate the fork between the bed & rail on the trailer. You can align the fork by using the frame as leverage.
 

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