Colson Pair....Last Tweaks


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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
394
744
Fort Recovery, United States
#1
I've posted this pair of his and hers Colsons on here but these were my final tweaks. I think. I replaced the boys fork, truss rods, grips and seat plus added a few pieces of bling, even though it didn't need anymore bling. Unless I find a correct rack for the boys or maroon tank for the girls, these are done.

BTW, can anyone please help with my serial number conundrum for the boys frame? I've added a photo at the end of the numbers/letter. I know the letter should come first (month) followed by a number for the year BUT I swear that is a "1 B". Take a look and please lend me your expertise. Thanks!
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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
394
744
Fort Recovery, United States
#2
Also, this was too funny not to share - my wife patiently listens to me rattle on about bikes and parts. I said to her I didn't know if this bike needed a rack because sometimes bikes look leaner and meaner without one. She responded, and I quote: "A rack says, I'm a cool bike rider but I also have to carry &#!^ because I'm an adult".
 

tjkajecj

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 13, 2012
320
770
Belleville, Il
#3
Sure looks like 1 B, but could it be I 8, Sept '38.
I have a number of bikes that had over-strikes in the serial numbers.
The fenders look to be '38 if they are peaked.
Frame looks to be '38 or '39, if there is not a shim for the seat post.
Not and expert, but throwing out ideas.

Tim
 
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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
394
744
Fort Recovery, United States
#5
Sure looks like 1 B, but could it be I 8, Sept '38.
I have a number of bikes that had over-strikes in the serial numbers.
The fenders look to be '38 if they are peaked.
Frame looks to be '38 or '39, if there is not a shim for the seat post.
Not and expert, but throwing out ideas.

Tim
That is the same theory fordmike had. I just swear that looks exactly like a "B" and not an "8". I can take a better image of it tomorrow in the sun and with a much better camera (you'd think a photographer with a studio would have provided you a much better image rather than one with his cellphone, huh?).

As far as the other parts, don't go so much by those. I can't vouch for the other parts having begun on this frame and I added some of them myself. I am of the mind that the tank and frame have always been together. That's really about it. In the bright sun, I think the fenders (which look to be original paint) MAY have a red tint to them and the frame and tank (which also look like original paint) look to have an original blue tint in there. Not sure, just a guess. The guard is not from this bike.

Honestly, though, thanks for the input. We'll figure it out.
 

hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
394
744
Fort Recovery, United States
#6
Awesome pair. What kind of gooseneck on the boy’s bike, it’s killer!
Isn't that thing cool? I can't claim any part of making it, I just bought it. It was at a Memory lane show on a table that had very few things on it. I think I paid $25 for it. It's a very well made custom that someone fabricated somewhere along the line.
 

rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
1,830
3,505
church point, la.
#7
Isn't that thing cool? I can't claim any part of making it, I just bought it. It was at a Memory lane show on a table that had very few things on it. I think I paid $25 for it. It's a very well made custom that someone fabricated somewhere along the line.
Definitely one of a kind.
 
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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
394
744
Fort Recovery, United States
#8
Just for the record - other than the parts like the stem, seat, etc., that are obviously not original to this bike - the fork, truss rods, chainguard, and wheels were not purchased with the frame, tank, bottom bracket/sprocket/crank, fenders and badge.
 

hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
394
744
Fort Recovery, United States
#9
Sure looks like 1 B, but could it be I 8, Sept '38.
I have a number of bikes that had over-strikes in the serial numbers.
The fenders look to be '38 if they are peaked.
Frame looks to be '38 or '39, if there is not a shim for the seat post.
Not and expert, but throwing out ideas.

Tim
And, yes, the fenders are peaked.
 

hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
394
744
Fort Recovery, United States
#10
Here's a couple of closer, clearer views of that serial number. Anyone care to weigh in please? Were all Colson serial numbers from this time range letter/number? This sure looks like a "1 B".
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,082
34,418
East Los
#12
Looks like a 1B to me as well, but I'd bet it's a '38 anyway. Flat braced peaked fenders were only used 37-38, tho there were slight differences. I've heard where similar stamps were used in place of the correct one in the production line. Maybe the "8" broke? No idea, but it is possible a "B" was used in place of an "8".
 

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