Barn Find - Mercury Pacemaker

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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
406
Fort Recovery, United States
Hey, everybody! Looking for any help you kind ladies and gentlemen can give me to finish my barn find Pacemaker properly. I bought this from a guy's scrap metal pile this past fall after he had pulled it from his barn along with 2 other bikes. He knew this bike wasn't necessarily scrap but he just wanted to get rid of the whole trailer. I was happy to oblige him. At some point, it looks as though this man's son had perhaps mixed some parts between the bikes.

When we had the warm snap this week, I finished disassembling the entire bike. I did my usual rehab which is to leave the patina, straighten mechanical parts, remove surface rust but not disturb paint, put a nice even coating of linseed on the painted parts, grease everything properly, and then reassemble it to ride like new. It's a peach that rides like a champ now. I will redo things in the future as I see fit but I'm loving the results so far.

Here are my questions and sorry for the novel beforehand....

- I've done some extensive research to try and pin down the exact year. Most of my info was gathered from great threads on The CABE but I'm still unsure. The man I purchased this from said it was a "World's Fair" bike but I'm not too sure after all I've read. This has the pinched fenders, the seat post collar is part of the frame, etc. I'm thinking this is not a 1939 so any help identifying the year would be appreciated.

- from the dozens of images and ads I've found online in the past few months, I can't decide about a few parts. I've seen Pacemakers with Torrington 8's and Persons teardrops. This one had the 8's on it when I purchased it but the other 2 bikes had teardrops and Person's Supreme pedals respectively. Any help knowing which of these 3 sets belonged on this Pacemaker is appreciated.

- I saw two examples of the Pacemakers with art deco goosenecks on them. This one had a Snyder art deco stem when I purchased it. Is that the correct stem? Also, this has Torrington bars but I don't think these are the correct shape. Another of the bikes has what I would guess are the correct bars but they're jacked a bit on one side. Any insight on whether my handlebars are original? This had the correct grips which I kept but they are a trainwreck with the points gone off both ends. I'm undecided whether I should put them back on at some point but can decide on that later. The right side shroud is also cracked and missing a bit of the bottom but I can handle that unless someone has a right side lying around somewhere!
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- the holes drilled into my fender look to be factory BUT they are completely offline with the center strip in the fender. Does this make sense to anyone? I would guess this had the Pacemaker fender ornament originally but are those off center a bit for some reason? Are the fender ornaments made that way? A little off center? I know that sounds naive but just a guess. No matter what I try putting on this fender it is whopper jawed and annoying. I may have to re-drill these holes or my OCD won't be able to stand what I eventually install on my fender whether it be a light or an ornament.

- finally, I am looking for the parts I need. If anyone has an ornament, grips, handlebars, or other correct parts I need, I would be highly interested.

I'm not going for pristine and I would never restore this since the original paint has such a beautiful patina but I would eventually like to get it to factory correct parts for my particular year. Thanks soooo very much for any help and insight. Have a great week!

Wade
 
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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
406
Fort Recovery, United States
Oh yeah - I also need the proper drop stand, obviously! Looking for that as well.
 
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ZE52414

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 6, 2016
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What a killer bike hawkster!! I believe I seen a fender ornament on eBay couple days ago. Did you by Chance see it as well? Good luck with your search and great job man. It looks killer!!
 

Robertriley

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Apr 15, 2010
7,944
Riverside, Ca

bikemonkey

I live for the CABE
Jun 25, 2016
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What brand tires are those? Looks killer on that bike.
 
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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
406
Fort Recovery, United States
What a killer bike hawkster!! I believe I seen a fender ornament on eBay couple days ago. Did you by Chance see it as well? Good luck with your search and great job man. It looks killer!!
Thanks for the heads up and the kind words. I did see that ornament on eBay this week. I think a shiny ornament will just look so odd on that bike, lol. I considered buying it and aging it to match the patina but I may just have a friend of mine do a metal facsimile. He's pretty amazing with a chunk of metal. I also have a Western Flyer fender ornament I have had for years just waiting for the right bike. Depending on this bike's year, that may be the way to go.
 
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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
406
Fort Recovery, United States
What brand tires are those? Looks killer on that bike.
They're Carlisle Lightnings. They were on a trashed girls bike I bought but they looked near NOS under 10 layers of dirt. They have the flashing down the center and could not have seen the road very much at all although they do have some light cracking from age. I wouldn't be afraid to ride these tires daily, though. How they survived that many years on that twisted mess of a bike without aging more than they did is mind boggling.
 
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Robertriley

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Apr 15, 2010
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Riverside, Ca
Thanks for the heads up and the kind words. I did see that ornament on eBay this week. I think a shiny ornament will just look so odd on that bike, lol. I considered buying it and aging it to match the patina but I may just have a friend of mine do a metal facsimile. He's pretty amazing with a chunk of metal. I also have a Western Flyer fender ornament I have had for years just waiting for the right bike. Depending on this bike's year, that may be the way to go.
Just sand it down and let it rust a bit
 

hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
406
Fort Recovery, United States
And for reference, I did pull the other two bikes out and snap a shot of both of them. I haven't touched anything on these except to pull off a gorgeous pair of reflector grips, just to keep them safe. Even the pigeon poo is still intact.
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If you see anything on these that you're for sure should go on the Mercury, please speak up. I think the correct gooseneck and handlebars for the Mercury are in there.
 
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stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
3,507
65
Fuquay Varina, NC, United States
Great pick off the scrap pile. Congrats
 

stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
3,507
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Fuquay Varina, NC, United States
They're Carlisle Lightnings. They were on a trashed girls bike I bought but they looked near NOS under 10 layers of dirt. They have the flashing down the center and could not have seen the road very much at all although they do have some light cracking from age. I wouldn't be afraid to ride these tires daily, though. How they survived that many years on that twisted mess of a bike without aging more than they did is mind boggling.
They looked to me like "snake bellies"
 
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