Colson project, show me your Colson Project!!!


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fatbike

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2009
1,665
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Portland Oregon
#1
Seriously this has been a project for about 5yrs now. Ive collected deluxe parts for it the best I could. I have grill that is in the hands of professional who has been slowly welding the breaks and cracks. A very delicate procedure... one bad mistake or the wrong environment... "poof" no more grill and there is not enough of them to go around or to even find. So anyways I ve posted this bike a few times and it has over time transformed with different parts and always trying to decide what route to take... I will probably never restore this bike and most likely keep this rough. So finding the right patina to fit the bike is a slow process. I have toyed with aluminum fenders which I have but they are not quite right meaning not 39 there from an earlier Colson. So today I just put steel fenders and finally mounted the NOS rear Delta Guard rear light... Now this light even though it was in a box all of its life has its fair share of issues, for some reason the plastic has somewhat melted and warped and the box just smells like glues from another era. Not much I can do about nor anyone else who happens to have one a these NOS in the box lights is in the same situation, there all like this from what I understand, so why not use it on a unrestored bike. Plus I really didn't want to ruin a really really nice set of alum fenders if aim not sure they going to stay on this bike by drilling holes for the light. This will give you an idea what this model could or should look like. 1939 Colson Imperial deluxe, there are so little or few of these models out there. Feel really lucky to have this one and all the rare Colsons i have had and still have. Which are all in project land it seems forever... I have a ways to go with this one. Eventually I will find a nice worn patinad wheels set with a front ND break and peel this restore with front NOS brake off for another project. The last photo is with the alum fenders and original guard. I would love to find a pair of somewhat beat up 1939 deluxe Alum for a Colson mud guards with the correct braces and front headlight stamp. Someday unless you have a set;) Thanks for looking and reading.

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fatbike

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2009
1,665
212
Portland Oregon
#2
1937 Colson Imperial another project

Man I really not sure when this will be done. It's been at the painters for a year but patience is a virtue and it will be great, I have more than enough confidence in the restorer. Bike hobby, everything takes patience or years right? This bike is one of my favorite Colson deluxe models. Luckly acquired this real deal Imperial with of course some missing parts and since I ve had I have been fortunate to accumulate whats needed. Still looking for an excellent Twinkie rear light but the from Delta torpedo light was a great acquire in itself besides breaking the bank, just glad it was available.

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Boris

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Feb 16, 2008
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Portland, OR 97206
#3
You know I love your bikes Derek, and I'm grateful just to have the opportunity to see them in real life. I'll do what I can to represent the lower end of the Colson line, HA HA!
 

fatbike

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2009
1,665
212
Portland Oregon
#5
Why thank you...


Alright... You need to trade me my 28" really cool 20s stuff for your super rare 37 SS Dayton stuff!!! What do your think... Mark? AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
 

fatbike

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2009
1,665
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Portland Oregon
#11
1936 Colson flyer. I've had it about three years now, one of my favorite bicycles to ride and Colson's. When I got and the parts located after. The handlebar is not necessary Colson issued but indeed an early 36ish texashorn one which I really enjoy, has a very good feel when riding. The front fender had it original horn light hole patched up so I finally drilled it out and added the lite and added the long feather which is appropriate for a deluxe tall frame but it was from a girls bicycle so I had to drill the right additional ones as it is on a boys. Tough guard to come across. The rack however which is also a 35-36 tubular issued one for high end Colson in those years is nearly impossible to locate. It is missing a brace. Still a project in the works.

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fatbike

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2009
1,665
212
Portland Oregon
#15
Really nice! Although the tires are not looking vintage. maybe a thinner idea can give it a more vintage looks. What do you think?

What do you mean? Are you talking about the red 36 Flyer tires? The tires on it are practically NOS Davis Deluxe that are original to bike I have to guess wrapping the original tripple step wheel-set which is waht Colson offered in 36. The fenders are Wald very deep and the biggest that was offered in balloon style so any smaller of a tire would be to small or nonappropiate.

Someone did recover the red paint with another red at some point. I have to guess the tires are originally put on the bike, the rear hub, crank, chain are hardly used.

From what I was told the bike sat in the attic from the 40s or 50s until a nephew discoverd it , not sure when that was. Sure there was parts missing, the tank, handle bars and pedals. I added the tank, the bars, pedals and rack.
 
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
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East Los
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What do you mean? Are you talking about the red 36 Flyer tires? The tires on it are practically NOS Davis Deluxe that are original to bike I have to guess wrapping the original tripple step wheel-set which is waht Colson offered in 36. The fenders are Wald very deep and the biggest that was offered in balloon style so any smaller of a tire would be to small or nonappropiate.

Someone did recover the red paint with another red at some point. I have to guess the tires are originally put on the bike, the rear hub, crank, chain are hardly used.

From what I was told the bike sat in the attic from the 40s or 50s until a nephew discoverd it , not sure when that was. Sure there was parts missing, the tank, handle bars and pedals. I added the tank, the bars, pedals and rack.
I think you're arguing with a crafty spammer Derek
 

Boris

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Feb 16, 2008
10,847
4,860
Portland, OR 97206
#20
Good job getting all the pieces together! I'm wondering if the 1/2" pitch sprocket is correct for a 1938 model though. I don't see a picture of it on any 1938 bikes in my Colson book. I do see it on some postwar bikes however. I'm just wondering, and I'm no expert. Maybe Derek knows. Need an expensive Deltaflex firefly reflector? It's correct for a 1938 Colson only.
 
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