1950 Bare Metal Beauty J.C Higgins

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  1. #1 Posted Nov 9, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I bought this bike as a parts donor for my 52 J.C Higgins colorflow project. When I first got it had a whole bunch of color flow Parts on it, it went through quite a few changes since I first got it.
    The guy I bought it from I thought it was a 1949 J.C Higgins colorflow, ended up being a 1950 J.C Higgins Special Line. With extra parts added on.
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    Here's a Special Line ad



    This is what it looked like minus the blade fork and truss rods when I first got it.
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    Then I redid it to be able to flip it on Craigslist. Ended up not getting any attention, and I got tired of looking at it like this. And decided I would build it the way I originally envisioned the build before deciding I need to sell it.


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    So now it's back in pieces and bare metal. Stay tuned for more.

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    I started reassembling the bike, already coated the bare steel in Lin seed oil.
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    I reattach a Higgins badge, not original for the model of this bike but still super cool.
    I used E6000 which is an industrial grade adhesive the tape is just holding it on till it dries.
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    Rear fender has the reflector, but the front Tombstone reflector didn't have the actual reflector. so I crammed in a vintage japanese-made spark plug box. Which turned out way cooler than I thought it would.
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  2. #2 Posted Nov 9, 2017

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    Reposting this here.
     
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  3. #3 Posted Nov 13, 2017

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    I slapped it together so I could ride it around on my day off, still not done though few things that need to be done. I have a original JC Higgins wheelset and I'm going to play around with. And now that it's bare metal I'm thinking Black Walls would look better than the cream tires.
     
  4. #4 Posted Nov 15, 2017

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    Took the bike back down, and started stripping the house paint off the original J.C Higgins wheels.
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  5. #5 Posted Nov 17, 2017

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    Took the Schwinn sprocket off, and put this Higgins sprocket on. I buffed it to bare metal so it would match the frame.
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    Disassembled the pedals and cleaned them. Really turned out great.
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    Before and after on the rims, yes I'm that crazy. believe me my hands are messed up from doing this.
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  6. #6 Posted Nov 18, 2017

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  7. #7 Posted Nov 18, 2017

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    Awesome effort on your part.....I like it with the creme tires!
     
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  8. #8 Posted Nov 18, 2017

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    You've really got some elbow grease into this one!
     
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  9. #9 Posted Nov 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Bare-metal Beast looks damn good.......!!!
    I think the black walls might look better........almost have to try it to see.
    Maybe black grips if you do the blackwalls......??
     
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  10. #10 Posted Nov 19, 2017

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    I finally get to use this awesome Coast King tire set.
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    One of the tires it's practically brand new.
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    This stuff right here, say no to slime say yes to stans. I only use this stuff in my tubes, basically makes them goat head proof.
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    Super Cool J.C Higgins rear hub, as I was taking it apart. It seems to be a muscle man hub branded as a J.C Higgins hub.
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    The front hub seems to be a Schwinn script hub, you can barely tell the difference in the drop center rims.
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    This is one sweet wheel set.
     
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  11. #11 Posted Nov 23, 2017

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    Mocked it up and took it for a ride. I'm really digging the black walls as well, still needs something though. Maybe flipping the bars upside down for more of a moto look I don't know. Let me know what you guys are thinking.
     
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  12. #12 Posted Nov 25, 2017

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    I highlighted the cool graphics on the coast King tires, I just use silver Sharpie to achieve this look.
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    I'm somewhat on the fence about switching the bars out. Simply because the Torrington bars are original to the bike, but here are some options.
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    I'm also toying with the idea of using this original paint Higgins rear rack. Kind of matches the original paint fork.
     
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  13. #13 Posted Nov 28, 2017

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    Thanks for everyone that watched this build, it was super fun to bring this classic back to a sweet rider.
     
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