A special project, a prewar Rollfast…

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Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
Done removing the paint from the rims. I went back to buying Goof Off paint/graffiti remover. Not only did it do a better job removing the paint, it was cleaner, and faster when it came to applying. Works a lot better for this type of application. Some 000 steel wool with WD40, I was able to remove all the paint. Lesson learned and two days lost, stay with what you know works.

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And since we were still working on the wheels, my granddaughter helped with cleaning the spokes and nibs using 0000 steel wool and WD40. I spent some time beforehand removing the thick layer of dirt and grease from the hubs. I think Bluey’s wheels turned out great for what we were trying to accomplish, and that was to match the wheels on Levi. It’s better than I expected, and by far a better look than painted.

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stezell

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Thanks Sean @stezell. Appreciate it. Being one of my first prewar bikes, I am a fan of these as well. I do find the flat fender braces on yours interesting for a 46 though. Nice bike Sean.
Thanks Eddie it also has several wartime parts, I'm thinking they were using up parts they had left over.
 

Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
For as long as I’ve owned Levi, she has always had white walls. I’ve placed a wanted ad looking for vintage 20” balloon tires for Bluey with no avail. So shopping online, I decided to purchase new white wall tires with Goodyear tread design. At the Rolling Relics Alameda ride end of August, I picked up some really cool white walls from a friend, that classic aged yellowing of the white wall, Allstate Safety Tread tires, in pretty decent shape very subtle rubber condition. He said these tires came originally from his 30s Columbia, which he brought to the SF ride. I thought maybe we could use these on Levi replacing the current white wall tires. After install, they are definitely larger than most filling in the fender opening nicely. These tires are awesome and rode comfortably well too, not to mention they have great aged appeal.

Then recently, I had a few of my old bikes with drop stands lined up (no picture unfortunately), and other than Levi, the rest of the bikes wore vintage black wall tires. Levi seemed out of place, so I asked myself, “How would Levi look with blackwall tires since I’ve never seen her otherwise?” And since I’m more of a blackwall tire fan anyway, I went ahead and replaced them with same brand and model tires, Allstate Safety Tread, but in blackwall. Ah man, I love the look even more. Gives her more of an attitude I thought, so blackwall tires stays.

Now that Levi has blackwall tires, the new whitewall 20” tires are no longer needed. Back online and found these blackwall tires, slick design but with 2 grooves, one on the each side, not quite the same as the 4 grooves on the Allstate Safety Tread, but close enough. “This would work,” I told myself. So I ordered them. Well they arrived. Excited to see what they look like, opened the package and so far so good. But once I put my hand on the tires, I had a funny feeling something wasn’t right. These seem smaller than the standard balloon sized tires. Double checked and they do read 20 x 2.125 on the sidewall. Went ahead and installed the new tires, and I felt this wasn’t what I had hoped, felt like a middle weight. Mocked the rear wheel just hanging in place since the rear hub didn’t have the guts setup yet, and I can see so much space within the fender opening and tires. Didn’t like it. So disappointed, these new tires will not cut it for me. I thought now, I really need to find original vintage Made in the USA 20” balloon tires for Bluey.

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Look how much more these tires fill in the fender opening.

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These white wall Allstate Safety tires do look pretty cool on Levi...

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...but the black wall Allstate tires gives her more attitude IMO.

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Vintage Allstate Safety tread pattern

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New slicks that supposedly are 20 x 2.125. Not so

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I inquired last week with @my560sec. Ed knew I was looking for 20” balloon tires, and on the last day he was at ML, he found an NOS set for me. I’ll take anything vintage 20” balloons at this point. Already on its way, and hoping they will arrive by this weekend.

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These NOS 20" tires are going to look great on Bluey. Can't wait to get them. Thanks much Ed.
 
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Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
I am trying to get Bluey done by this weekend's local gathering, C.O.B.O.A's Folsom Ride organized by @The Hat. Granted if the tires will arrive in time, I will prepare just in case. I only have my granddaughter, if I'm lucky, a few hours this week between after school activities and possibly Saturday afternoon. Of course I'm not going to miss Jim's @JAF/CO swap Saturday morning. Got a few things up my sleeve for this project, so we will see.

Now that the wheels are done, just a few images breaking down Bluey.

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Once I loosened the pedals, she did the rest

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Showed her the "just turn the crank and follow with the pedal wrench"

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removing the crank set
 
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Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
Not sure what these grips would have looked like in its original condition. Anyone? Anyway, wasn't easy to remove; really was on there pretty good. Interesting too how they extended the bars just a little. Keeping the home made extensions on.

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MrMonark13

Finally riding a big boys bike
Not sure what these grips would have looked like in its original condition. Anyone? Anyway, wasn't easy to remove; really was on there pretty good. Interesting too how they extended the bars just a little. Keeping the home made extensions on.

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This is a really cool project! I think my next build will be a rollfast. Another brand I don’t own! Just curious, what’s going to happen to the Allstate whitewalls (26”)?
 

Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
This is a really cool project! I think my next build will be a rollfast. Another brand I don’t own! Just curious, what’s going to happen to the Allstate whitewalls (26”)?
@MrMonark13 thanks. We are having fun with the project so far. Not sure on the Allstate white walls. But just in case I need some good looking aged whitewalls, I'll hold on to them for now.
 

Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
We did a lot yesterday afternoon again trying to get her done for the weekend’s ride. Picked her up from school, had a snack to eat, then went at it for a couple of hours before parents picked her up.

Instead of leaving the bike as is, I decided to go ahead and clean up Bluey. Plus, I’m trying to match the condition of Levi, and she presents a cleaner look. For the crankset, we just removed the surface rust with 000 steel wool and WD40. There was heavy rust on the bars, so I used the gel Metal Rescue. Did this twice, and we finished bars/stem and crankset at the same time. Happy with the results with missing chrome, not as much, on the crankset like Levi. The bars look nickel plated too, which is pretty cool.

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Covered bar with Saran wrap overnight after applying Metal Rescue Gel

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Results after two applications of Metal Gel, brass brush, rinse, and wipe

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Finishing up the crankset and bars with 000 steel wool and WD40

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Results. I dig the patina on the crankset.
 
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Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
This was mostly my doing since I didn’t want her around heavy solvents. There was brushed-on house paint here and there, especially at the tip of the front fender and tail of the rear fender. Just used acetone to remove being careful with the pins of course. With this bike though and a lot of missing paint, didn’t matter much. Though the finish is now a little brighter, happier with the results rather than seeing the brushed-on house paint.

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Some paint on the top tube near the headset

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After

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I know....pretty bad, but at least I straightened out the edges of the tail and front fender tip

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after

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Front fender

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brushed paint removed

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Before straightening of the braces

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ready for assembly

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I dig these braces for easy adjustability
 
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Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
Time to cleanup the bearings and races. I was talking with Steve @ballooney not too long ago, and he shared images of how super clean his Morrow parts came out. Tyler @mr.cycleplane mentioned it a while back, and he does the same thing when cleaning parts are needed. So I decided to finally buy myself an ultrasonic cleaner. Why did I wait so long? This thing is so awesome. It really does an incredible job without using any harsh chemicals, plus my granddaughter enjoys loading up the basket and putting it in the cleaner.

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I purposely did not use the ultrasonic cleaner on the items that were exposed, but only cleaned the insides on those parts. Wanted to keep the uncleaned look in the same area just like Levi. My granddaughter really like this process where it went in the cleaner black and dirty and comes out so clean. The heavy caked on old grease took a couple of sessions to get them totally cleaned.
 
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