55 Spitfire

mrg

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Posting her but could be a patina story, I hate typing so will try to make this short, I can honestly say I did 99% of the patina on this 55 Spitfire, ( I've told some of these stores here before ), my cousin bought it new ( he put the bars/neck and front fender pin striping ) my dad ended up with it around 60, we beat it up ghost riding/jumping etc. in the mid 60's then robbed the bars/neck & seat to turn my StingRay to a dirt bike, it sat in the yard in the rain for a few yrs then resurrected in the 70's for beach cruise'n, jumping and a few daredevil feats ( like most bikes this bike has had a many lives but neat think is I know most owning it 67 yrs., could fill a few threads with its stories! ) the dents, scratches, rust is all me, this thread today started today because I want to it og as I can ( I replaced the stuff I robbed with the same so looks just like it did when my dad got it except the patina! ) but the spokes are pretty rusty & weak so bought some other rims but thought I'd still have to keep the og ones hanging in the garage, 1st picture is og rims, so decided to run new ones temporarily ( they look to nice! ) while I respoke my rims with OG used spokes.
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Cyclelogical

Look Ma, No Hands!
Wow that bike has lived a full life. Looks like there are many more miles to be had. Honestly the paint looks awesome for how well used it is. Seems like being used kept it better than if if sat. I recently inherited the ladies version of this (54), same color and everything and it sat for years and the paint is just flaking off of it or turning to powder. I wish mine had paint in similar condition as yours. Keep on rollin
 

mrg

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
As said I can fill many more threads on this bikes exploits, just remembered looking a that last pic that I replaced that badge about 25 yrs ago, og one turned powdery with aluminum rot but is sitting in my case, I guess I didn't deal with the 5-10 yrs out in the rain!, no seat or neck so got some water!, the broken fork is a great story but that's for another day or think I told it here before but finding it is another story!, somewhere I have some pics of me on the 55 jumping like this of me on a 79 Spitfire!, jumped over a chain & 5 surfboards under HB pier, caught the rear fender on the chain but still made the jump 🤪
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Junkman Bob

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
As said I can fill many more threads on this bikes exploits, just remembered looking a that last pic that I replaced that badge about 25 yrs ago, og one turned powdery with aluminum rot but is sitting in my case, I guess I didn't deal with the 5-10 yrs out in the rain!, no seat or neck so got some water!, the broken fork is a great story but that's for another day or think I told it here before but finding it is another story!, somewhere I have some pics of me on the 55 jumping like this of me on a 79 Spitfire!, jumped over a chain & 5 surfboards under HB pier, caught the rear fender on the chain but still made the jump 🤪View attachment 1614812View attachment 1614813
The shadow on road looks cool as well …
 
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