50's Worksman Trike w/JC Higgins Cooler. Custom Rat

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  1. #1 Posted Jun 17, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Selling a rare 1950's vintage Worksman rat style trike that has been customized with a period correct aluminum JC Higgins cooler. This trike, originally used as an industrial vehicle, has been completely torn down, cleaned, all bearing surfaces serviced and re-greased, rims painted black, 3 new cream colored 26x2.125 tires, tubes and rim strips. There has been some brazing repairs as shown in pictures, but only adds to the classic patina, which also reveals some of the original pinstriping.
    The springer front end is a re-chromed vintage Dayton bicycle springer, probably from the 40's or early 50's. The front hub is the original drum brake which has also been serviced and includes the unique parking brake lever to keep it from rolling away. Original chrome chain guard and smaller front chain ring which makes it surprisingly easy to pedal. Original pedals are cleaned and in good working shape.
    The cooler is completely removable and includes a removable compartment divider, bottle opener on the side and drain plug. There are a couple of minor dings as shown, but overall, this cooler is in very nice shape. Hinges, latch and lid gasket are all in great working condition. The saddle is the original industrial rubber coated Mesinger springer seat. The horn of the saddle is missing a little of the rubber covering, I had the custom Worksman license plate done online and put on the trike with a 1968 MG license plate frame. Retro all the way!
    Worksman has been continuously making bikes and trikes in the USA since 1898, mainly for industry, military and warehouse use. Here is a chance to get a one of a kind trike that has been carefully restored and appropriately customized to create a unique vehicle for your riding pleasure. $575 OBO. Will not ship. Pickup in Charlotte NC

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  2. #2 Posted Jun 18, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    That is one "cooler" bike..
     
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  3. #3 Posted Jun 18, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    True that-doesn't get any cooler than this! LOL