1953 Ladies Trojan Super Refresh

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Superman1984

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I like to see ladies bikes saved.
Me too for the simple fact If nobody does they'll end up being none left.

It's like some 4dr cars; some are just so cool because it says Family man cruiser during the week but can be a Hot Rod or undercover Sleeper! I love the old station wagons 'cause their all around haulers; 3 deep in the front seat, 3 deep in the backseat & room for a cooler, tools or parts/projects in the wagon. I miss an old Ford LTD Country Squire I had with a True 400 that had original 11,500 when I got it for $409. Sold it at 14,500. Was a '70s typical creme faux wood grained exterior with the '70s brown interior but it was a unique beast
 

PLERR

Finally riding a big boys bike
Okay, time for an update. I got the bottom bracket / crank / chain ring done between last night and this morning. I have about 2 hrs into it. The chrome is still a little pitted, but overall it's pretty good.

Lesson learned on this one. I went at the chrome on the chain ring a little too hard with the 0000 steel wool and left some scratches. I need to concentrate on having a lighter touch. Barely noticeable, but they're there.

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Some markings to report. The bearing races are marked NATL. S.A. 99. The only marking on the crank is what appears to be a W.

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Also, check out my "soaker." It's a 1/9 size 6" deep food pan from a restaurant. The base is exactly the right size for two BB bearing cups to sit side by side. Perfect for soaking and using the minimum amount of material, in this case Purple Power. I can soak all the BB parts in about 1.5" of liquid.

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After soaking overnight I gave the bearings a quick brush in the nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush, returned them to the soaker, and using two fingers quickly agitated the bearings back and forth for about 20 seconds. They came out like new with very little effort and the minimum of material used.

Products and materials used were nitrile gloves, an old toothbrush, a brass brush, 0000 steel wool, Purple Power, WD-40, and Turtle Wax Chrome Polish.

E=-)
 
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PLERR

Finally riding a big boys bike
Got the BB assembled (30 min). I used Timken Automotive Wheel Bearing Grease. Judging by the color & consistency I think it's the same / similar product as Lucas Red "N" Tacky. I have a Lisle bearing packer I use on automotive wheel bearings and it worked just as well on the cycle bearings.

The chain ring has a very slight wobble to it. Not sure if I should attempt to straighten it... Leaving it for now. Also, the pin on the washer was worn to the point where it rotated with the nut. I borrowed one from my '50 Mercury G-41.

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These updates are kinda wonky and mundane, I know. It's as much a journal for me as it is something to share with everyone else. Still hoping someone, somewhere gets something out of it.

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PLERR

Finally riding a big boys bike
Questions!

Here are some tank questions I was hoping someone could answer. The two screws and clip-on receivers that hold the tank halves together don't match. Can anyone share a pic of the correct screws and receivers for a '53+/- CWC tank?

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The tank graphics are rough, especially on the left side. Somehow the "S" separated from the "uper" and slid to the left. Can those graphics be removed without harming the paint?

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The left half also has the common truss rod dent. Any tips on how to roll that out?

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Now the fork. The receivers that sit in the top and bottom of each fork spring don't match. the pair from the right side have round flanges while the pair from the left have flats on two sides. Any thoughts?

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Here's where we are at the moment.

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Thanks,
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coasterbrakejunkie1969

I live for the CABE
Nice work buddy, the screw on the bottom should be the one, the top screw looks like a wood screw that they used as a replacement. I haven’t had much experience with dent removal just now looking into ways to do at home. Someone mentioned a bodywork nylon hammer and a sandbag. These items are easily available l have yet to give it a try. You may get the majority out with some thumb work. Hopefully someone has better answers. Really looks great love that Kirk Thomas. looking forward to seeing her all done.
 

ricobike

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Questions!

Now the fork. The receivers that sit in the top and bottom of each fork spring don't match. the pair from the right side have round flanges while the pair from the left have flats on two sides. Any thoughts?
I just saw this and I'm not sure if you figured it out but I thought I'd answer this question. The receivers that are round go on the top of the spring where the one with the flats go on the bottom. So you have the right stuff, they just need to be swapped from side to side.
 

Superman1984

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Rubber or Nylon mallet, rolled up towel, sand bag & remember dents are removed the same they're made. I have gently tapped them out with anything firm from screw driver handles to blocks of wood to even using my knuckles to tap them firmly against a flat surface. Even compressed air when turned upside down and then suddenly a hot burst of air from a heat gun at max temp on thin body panels.

Sometimes you just have to be brave and or fearless 😎

You're already making it better than it was & doing a Good Job out of kindness/Love ....
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
I believe I used the same screws that are used in the Schwinn tanks with no problem. V/r Shawn
 
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