Colson project, show me your Colson Project!!!

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  1. #261 Posted Jun 11, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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  2. #262 Posted Jul 31, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Old red repaint with scratches so I sanded it down some exposing some primer, some brown, now adding some rust...love these deep round fenders and they are very straight. 1501545671303-1875803739.jpg
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  3. #263 Posted Aug 1, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Colson framed rat. Still messing with different ideas on this one. Once I think I have this rat bike laid out in a way that appeals to me, I will begin paint and try to pull it together with paint, aging and pinstripes. No rechroming. It'll be a weird one. I kinda hate to do this to the 36 Colson, but I cannot afford to go original looking for stock parts for it at this time.... Maybe one day... They come apart again just as fast as they are put together. If one day by chance I stumble across fenders, chainguard, rack, and more... The rat will quickly disappear.

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  4. #264 Posted Aug 25, 2017

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    So JLB started complaining on the hill, creaking out a cry for help with each pedal stroke. Checked the frame and the right chainstay had come loose from the bottom bracket shell. The left had been repaired already, so a buddy performed the surgery:

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    A little file work and some primer, ready for paint:

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    Back on the road!

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  6. #266 Posted Aug 25, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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  8. #268 Posted Aug 28, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    A Caber traded me this 1940 Colson for recovering a couple of seats. I was glad to do it... He also threw in some other parts. Many of the parts are incorrect, but I'm happy with the frame, fork and crank I've restored much worse. Jim

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  9. #269 Posted Aug 28, 2017

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    Is the spring original to that bike?
     
  10. #270 Posted Aug 28, 2017

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    Two questions. 1) What can you tell me about the feather chain guards on Colson bikes? Did they come on a particular year or model. The Colson experts tell me my snap tank was built in June 1940
    2) Did Colson's come with springer forks like the one on Rick Whitehurst bike? See his post above.
     
  11. #271 Posted Aug 28, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    That bike is a mix of parts, a custom "rat" build. I believe Colson first came out with a "cushioner" fork in'41 offered on their new looptail frames.
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  12. #272 Posted Aug 28, 2017

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    I believe that the last year of the feather chain guard was 1937, your bike should have a turkey wing. The "cushioner", Colson's version of the springer, was introduced in 1941 on their new loop tail frame model. Here is a photo that shows the proper guard for your bike & what the Colson cushioner looks like. Do not use this example for any other comparisons of correctness.

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  13. #273 Posted Aug 28, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Tho most 38's came with the new "turkey wing" or "eyebrow" guard, I have seen several originally equipped with the older feather guard.

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  15. #275 Posted Aug 28, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Thanks Mike. I will order the book. Now I need to find someone to trade my feather guard for a turkey wing guard. Thanks, Jim
     
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    IMG_8231.JPG What is the correct front stem for my 40 Colson snap tank? The Caber that traded me the bike gave me a couple of different ones.
     
  18. #278 Posted Aug 28, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Pretty sure Colson had fazed out their own stem by then. Most likely yours came equipped with a WALD #3 reverse knuckle stem. I have one for sale if you're interested. I'll resend pics of those other items as soon as I get home.
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  19. #279 Posted Aug 28, 2017

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  20. #280 Posted Aug 28, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    IMG_3433.JPG IMG_3168.JPG IMG_3301.JPG IMG_3120.JPG IMG_3167.JPG I've been collecting these parts for about two years. All I'm missing now is a guard and front light.