Bluebird Technical Discussion 1935-1937

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,251
Evans, GA
My intent for the thread was to inform and educate. There are a lot of bikes I will never own but that doesn't mean I don't want to learn about them. Unfortunately many of these threads become cluttered with stuff that does not contribute to the body of knowledge. Let's try to keep this one on track so that it can serve as a reference for those that want to study and learn about these beautiful bikes. V/r Shawn
 

Robertriley

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Apr 15, 2010
8,221
Riverside, Ca
I just noticed that I haven't seen many original dark gray early Bluebirds. If I'm not mistaken, it was a one year only color in 1937. Do you guys have any insight on this?
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,251
Evans, GA
Correct one year only. There is a member here who has an outstanding original example in that color. I have seen at least one other pretty nice one as well and have a friend with a Strucel restored gray bird that is gorgeous. V/r Shawn
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,251
Evans, GA
I'll post some photos up tonight of the tank door on my original bird. The question was brought up by Cliff M. whether maybe there aren't two styles of doors on these. My original bird has a recess where the knob sits. My restored bird has a repo door but there is no recess. Does anyone have an original door that is just flat under the knob? It seem virtually every restored bike I've seen does not have the recess. I suspect this is because they are all repos. Because the door was not attached via a hinge or any other means it seems many of the original doors are lost to time. Thoughts? V/r Shawn
 
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JAF/CO

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2008
1,424
Stockton ,CA 95212
In regards to the door
I believe the nob is back from the edge more on the 35 models


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azbug-i

I live for the CABE
Oct 23, 2011
1,665
Tucson, AZ
hello everyone! I'm going to scour this page but i want to ask you bluebird buffs, do any of your early bluebirds (pre '38) have markings on it indicating made in USA? Im working on getting one through customs and the two ways to prove it was made here and to avoid paying duties, i need to show a marking on the bike saying made in USA, or have a legal document from the manufacturer. Im working on contacting sears and trying to get ahold of archives. but if these bikes have a stamp, some pictures of the whole bike and a stamp, to compare mine too, would be worth a shot to me! thanks in advance i will appreciate any and all help i get.

@Robertriley
@Joe Buffardi
@Freqman1
@bikewhorder
@npence
 
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azbug-i

I live for the CABE
Oct 23, 2011
1,665
Tucson, AZ
im a BB Newbie, how do you i.d. years? I don't have a catalog of my own yet.

These are the pics I got. Im super excited. Im just working so hard to get this thing here with as few problems with customs as possible. can anyone help me i.d. year pretty please. I don't have a serial number handy.


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Robertriley

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Apr 15, 2010
8,221
Riverside, Ca
hello everyone! I'm going to scour this page but i want to ask you bluebird buffs, do any of your early bluebirds (pre '38) have markings on it indicating made in USA? Im working on getting one through customs and the two ways to prove it was made here and to avoid paying duties, i need to show a marking on the bike saying made in USA, or have a legal document from the manufacturer. Im working on contacting sears and trying to get ahold of archives. but if these bikes have a stamp, some pictures of the whole bike and a stamp, to compare mine too, would be worth a shot to me! thanks in advance i will appreciate any and all help i get.

@Robertriley
@Joe Buffardi
@Freqman1
@bikewhorder
@npence
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,251
Evans, GA
The U.S. Patent decal is the only thing that says U.S. on these bikes and it doesn't look like the one you are getting from Marc has that decal. The bike should have a '37 serial number (start with a "B") since its painted gray. V/r Shawn
 
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