Colson Rear Steer

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Will be starting on this project soon.
Haven't determined the year yet, my guess is 1938-1940.

As found
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Ready for packing...thanks XBPete for the help.

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The one issue that needs repair
The front fork is caddywampused
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keith kodish

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2016
2,129
57
oxnard shores,ca.
Nice ride,JD,you're right bout the guestimate on the year,too. Fork ain't nothing,you got skills!

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
It finally arrived and the revival begins.
Sending the fork out today to be straightened.
Working on getting replacement fenders.
But, started a little bit of cleaning.
Turns out the bike was/is maroon with white and black pinstripping.
Lots of years of faded and penetrated patina.
Not sure I'll get the color popping or even resurface again.
But, I'll attempt a crack at it.

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
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Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Been working on reviving the OG paint on this and have found little to save.
Even went to the trusty 3M heavy rubbing compound.
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Was wondering...did Colson primed their frames before paint?
And if so, did they use gray primer?
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Burned the paint here it looks like.
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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,712
Portland, OR 97206
JD- Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. But the kind of finish that you're getting has it's own kind of beauty too, don't you think?
 

jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
JD- Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. But the kind of finish that you're getting has it's own kind of beauty too, don't you think?
It does, high expectations, we all get pulled down occasionally.

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
That paint's the least of my worries on this revival.
I had the rear steer handlebar stem stuck and thought my talents using a deadblow could get it out with a few whacks, well I egged the daggum sleeve.
Must have gotten the stem angled some how.
Hurrying can be detrimental. Not like I can go find another replacement. Pisses me off.

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CrazyDave

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Feb 4, 2016
2,231
44
I hate agreeing with Dave, but I gotta on the paint, certainly has it's appeal! Man that sucks about rear umm headtube?...I am looking forward to seeing what you do with that. I hope the rest of this bike goes well for ya man, may the bike gods smile upon you :D
 
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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Had 2 of these Kept one.I was told it was a 38.Dont know.
Mike said, the flat braces were 38 and this had curved fender braces making it a 39.

I still haven't mastered deciphering of these serial numbers but, here's the serial.
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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,712
Portland, OR 97206
Serial number is the bottom letter and number in most cases. In this case B=February being the second month of the year. And 9=1939. If it was a 0 it would be 1940 etc. Very easy.
 
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tanksalot

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 22, 2011
945
Hingham, United States
Try to wet sand the frame 1000-1200 grit auto body grade sand paper. Lots of water & a bit or dawn dish soap keep checking progress.
 
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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Sure is a lot of bike for one bike stand
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So here's the issue with the rear steer tube.
Any idea how to get this sleeve round again?
Can't get the top race off or thread on the top nut now.
Bummmmer
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CrazyDave

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Feb 4, 2016
2,231
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Im a stupid bass turd, but I would try to find some thing that fit the i.d. of the headset and pound it in.....beautiful bike you have no matter how "perfect" it come out....a rear steer tandem is on my short list, so this is educational to me man.....great save on a old rust pile, much respect just for that.
 
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