53' Western Flyer X53 clean up.

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  1. #1 Posted Oct 1, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I have had this bike over two years and finally started the clean up. Missing a couple of the acorn nuts and a pedal, but believe it is complete after that. Will need to replace the stem due to the wedge being broken off and will probably replace the bars too. Will post some updated pictures as I go.

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  2. #2 Posted Oct 1, 2017

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    Finally got the screw out of the chaingaurd so I was able to take it apart. Did a quick clean on the frame and the chaingaurd.

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  3. #3 Posted Oct 1, 2017

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    Pulled the little parts out of the Purple Power degreaser. Thank you @fboggs1986 for telling me about this stuff. The chrome and paint is cleaning up a lot better than I expected. All this is ready for a bath and some kind of wax. Now to clean up the little parts and finish the frame. Then the tank and wheels.

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  4. #4 Posted Oct 1, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    That's turning out great! Keep the pictures coming.
     
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  6. #6 Posted Oct 1, 2017

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    Hard work pays off, Keep after it. Looking very good.
     
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  7. #7 Posted Oct 2, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    I like the look of your Western and what you
    have done.
    I have a similar bike and I’m doing the same
    thing.
    Thanks for sharing and keep posting when
    possible.
     
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    Thank you for the compliments, it is cleaning up much nicer than expected. Especially the chrome. Have these tires, pedals and license plate to put on, thinking they will look good.

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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    I would rather have a bike like yours than one that has been re-chromed or painted again.
    The red tires and pedals will look great.
    That is one cool plate!
     
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    Finished up the wheels. The chrome surprised me again, not perfect but so much nicer than expected. Hubs were covered in grease so they came out very nice too. I will get some daylight pictures when I wash everything. Now on to all the small stuff and the tank.

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  12. #12 Posted Oct 3, 2017

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    Cleaned up the outside of the tank and it looks good. The right side of the bike definitely took the brunt of the elements in the shed it sat in. Now on to washing everything and waxing. Just want to seal up the paint and chrome what would like some opinions as to what would be the best product to use?

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    Nice work. What's your method? The red's coming back strong, can't wait to see it all done.
     
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    Thank you. Just using WD40 and #0000 steel wool on the paint, then using PB Blaster, #3 and #0000 steel wool on the chrome. I would like to get the red back a little closer to what is under the reflector but nervous about scrubbing anymore because of the striping. Hoping the wax will bring it back a little more. If the rain clears up it will all get a bath and waxing will start as soon as parts are dry.

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    Wow, your hard work is really making this bike 'pop'! I can't wait to see more pics as it comes back together. Keeps me hopeful that I might find a bike like this one day!
     
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    Got to wax all the parts yesterday afternoon. Started to assemble late last night.

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  17. #17 Posted Oct 7, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Lookin great.Will ya have it for sale at the shows??
     
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    One of my dream bikes :D
     
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    Thank you Vince. It may come to a show but probably won't be for sale.
     
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  20. #20 Posted Oct 11, 2017

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    Been busy so I haven't had the chance to finish getting it together. Did decide to clean up the og bars and use them. Had to replace the stem with the closest one I had. Also had to replace the crank, it was bent and rigged to make the bearing race work. Can't wait to finish and take it for a ride, of course it is supposed to rain the next couple days.

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