1955 BLUE Radiobike Restoration

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 27, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Well, it seems I have secured a parts bike with a very elusive part. I shall be receiving the bike tomorrow. That said, I will now begin the MILD restoration of my 1955 Radiobike, one of a handful in blue. I have had a DISASTEROUS week in my personal life and finding these parts has really brightened my spirits. I would like to thank my CABE FAMILY for hooking me up.

    The goal is to have all of the work DONE by September 1st. Why? It must be done in time for the town cruise-in, the 2017 Mum Festival show. There is a local AM station that plays oldies, the bike will be on display playing the music. I also have an idea on how to get it to play a broader range of 50s and 60s music without molesting the tube radio, and using my truck to do it.

    By DONE, I mean this to do list:

    1) Get the chrome cleaned up and polished as best as possible. There are rust spots, I hope to remedy them or upgrade parts if necessary. Fork cap and bars are the worst.

    2) Find a Bendix Aviation 2-speed drivetrain w/ nice original wheels. I would like to track down the past collector-type owners of this bike to see if anyone has the exact parts out of this bike. Between the time it was discovered on RRB and sold to me, someone took the Aviation 2-speed setup out. Thank God pics from it's discovery are still online and I can see the paint lines on the frame from the missing cable guides. Worst case scenario, I buy all the bits and pieces and assemble and chrome it all myself.

    3) Full mechanical overhaul. All hubs and bearings dismantled completely, cleaned, and re-lubed.

    4) Attempt to bring out the paint better on the frame and fork. Dulled finish and surface rust throughout. Thy will be done.

    5) Fix a broken weld on the carrier rack and tack weld the correct mounting bracket back on to the chainguard

    6) Repair the light

    7) Mill-out a new aluminum knob for the tuner (I'll need to borrow an original knob for this. Anyone willing to help?)

    8) Last, but most importantly, REPAIR THE RADIO! A buddy of mine actually makes A-B battery packs for his portable radios and I have the number of a gentleman who can do the chassis work. Having the antenna now makes that possible!

    Progress pics to come Friday night and as time allows....

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    Still got this song running through my head. It's a good one! There will be lots of music in this thread.

     
  2. #2 Posted Apr 27, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Love the bike and wish you the best on the restoration! It was a lucky kid who got this back and the day and could ride around listening to some tunes!
     
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  3. #3 Posted Apr 27, 2017

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  4. #4 Posted Apr 28, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Nice!

    Subscribed and looking forward to seeing your project.
     
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  5. #5 Posted Apr 28, 2017

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    Thank you all! I can't wait 'til 5 o'clock and can head back home!
     
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  6. #6 Posted Apr 28, 2017

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    Lay me down in sheets of linen....;)

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  7. #7 Posted Apr 29, 2017

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    This morning, I picked this up. I thought I bought a parts bike! Ended up with one that was complete instead. Sweet! The more the merrier! It has the parts I need, which I'll dismantle and study to make reproductions. I cannot part this, too rare and too intact. I have my dream bike, I would like to start making parts for these also - hopefully others who share in the dream can complete their bikes as well. The inside tank label was mint, and the antenna in excellent condition.


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  8. #8 Posted Apr 29, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    These bikes are sooo coool
     
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  9. #9 Posted Apr 30, 2017

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    Put me on the key and antenna list...
     
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  10. #10 Posted Apr 30, 2017

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    This weekend has been very busy! I have been trying to bring back the paint on the frame and fork, with little effect. So, I have broken the tires and put the wheels in the garage, they have no purpose to me anymore. I am moving on to the parts. I have made a post about my paint problem in the "Restoration Tips" forum, awaiting any replies. Paradise, for some a land of milk and honey, is being by yourself with old metal and your tools ;):cool:



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  11. #11 Posted May 1, 2017

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    After some debate last night, there is only one method I can try on this frame and fork. Otherwise, it's in for a repaint!

    Time for Evapo-Rust.


    THE DIP!!

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  12. #12 Posted May 1, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    did they all come with a manual 2 speed?
     
  13. #13 Posted May 1, 2017

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    No, not all. Many who do own Radiobikes restore them as two-speeds, I have yet to see a restored single-speed bike. the red one I picked up over the weekend is a single-speed model. It shows no signs of ever having the cable guides installed.
     
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  14. #14 Posted May 3, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Let us know how the Evap dip goes. Question. Can you tell me what Huffy's paint practices were during this time? I see blue and gray or maybe a silver underneath but no primer. Was the candy's base coat a primer?
     
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    The radio chassis will be dropped off to have the radio inspected and repaired as necessary on Sunday morning. The battery pack will br made Saturday. The antenna from the red bike will be borrowed for the work.

    I may have the radio from the other bike checked out too while I'm at it.

    "Daddy won a radio. He tuned it to a country show. I was rocking in the craddle to the sound of a steel guitar"



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  16. #16 Posted May 4, 2017

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    I sure will! I'll test it on a small area first.

    To answer your question...

    A silver undercoat was sprayed. This was essentially a primer, but it has a high lead content. It allowed the candy paint to have the shine that it did. I hope this helps, and I could very well be wrong. Just my observations!

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  17. #17 Posted May 8, 2017

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    UPDATE!

    The radio for this bike and the red one were dropped off in the care of a gentleman, who, for decades refurbished old radios. I got his number from a close friend of mine and I trust this person to do his duty to this beauties. Until yesterday morning, he had never heard of a Huffy Radiobike. The neat thing about old radios is, no two models look alike!

    Rock and roll is here to stay, indeed....

     
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  18. #18 Posted May 12, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    what tool did you use to take off the tank- it would take a special slotted tool.
     
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    If the screws are indeed original, you need a "clutch bit". Dayton Tool Crib off Needmore Rd. is the only local place that has them. I bought three, and they're only a buck or two! Someone swapped all of the mounting screws on my blue bike with grade 8 Phillips screws. I'll be swapping those out, and I'll bet Au-Ve-Co or McMaster Carr will have them.

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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