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tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
Ive gotta say, its just when you think bikes like this arent around laying unfound anymore, they pop up in your own town!!
Found today after church, been hanging in a dusty cluttered garage for many years upside down above a survivor 69 Camaro buried in boxes (NFS)! Couldnt believe what rolled out of that garage and it was better than i expected!
Prewar Shelby Traveler, chrome rear rack, nice old brass horn and amazingly dry! Im used to rust and popped spokes and repaints but this thing is killer! Last pic shows 5 minutes of chrome polish!
Obviously the “sweetheart” sprocket, Schwinn grips and pedals are wrong.....but it makes up for that in the solidity of it! I may only correct the pedals and leave it as is, (minus a hub cleaning, new tubes and tires or course)
Pic time!

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tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
Cool Shelby. Sweetheart sprocket may be correct. Better pic? Crank arms may not be Shelby unless stamped "SMB", nor is the guard or rack or bars, but so what right? Clean it up and ride it!
Figures....i cant find a complete original bike to save my life. If its all mismatched then its been like that for a looooong time and im just gonna leave it like that. Already too busy trying to build some other projects....
 

CURTIS L LINDGREN

I live for the CABE
I think MOST all the bikes of this vintage will have been changed one way or another. That's why Original and Unmolested is becoming so pricey . :poutingcat: Don't get frustrated ........There out there..............You just gotta be at the right place at the right time ! :) Have fun with your "New" Bike . Thanks for sharing it ;)
 

tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
I think MOST all the bikes of this vintage will have been changed one way or another. That's why Original and Unmolested is becoming so pricey . :poutingcat: Don't get frustrated ........There out there..............You just gotta be at the right place at the right time ! :) Have fun with your "New" Bike . Thanks for sharing it ;)
I get really obsessed with originality but with this bike im just gonna change the 70’s pedals and leave it as is....kinda tells a story and its changed in a good way honestly. Lol
I own a handful of complete original survivor bikes but most are in forlorn “as found” condition. Ive found in alot of cases, originality usually happens when a bike is broken or damaged early on and then never touched again. Lol.
 

Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
I get really obsessed with originality but with this bike im just gonna change the 70’s pedals and leave it as is....kinda tells a story and its changed in a good way honestly. Lol
I own a handful of complete original survivor bikes but most are in forlorn “as found” condition. Ive found in alot of cases, originality usually happens when a bike is broken or damaged early on and then never touched again. Lol.
Heck yeah I agree - I have seen a few bikes with easily fixed bent forks that got put away for years and therefore stayed in fantastic condition.
 

SKPC

I live for the CABE
TC. This is a really cool Shelby you found. Seems in the late 30's there were some strange low-volume bikes made like this one, not sporting the typical Shelby frame designs you usually see, and it sports the swoopy truss rod setup. Seldom seen frame & I like it alot!! It would be fun to find some advertising for it. Looking forward to you cleaning it up.skpc
 

tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
Just to update you guys i have some more pics....mostly some detail shots and the serial number. Also the rear hub is New Departure Model D.
First pic is the serial which is V 764903.
Other pics are the wicked cool riveted fender braces and the killer brass horn....
Also I thought the rack mount warranted a pic because it seemed uncommon to me.

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tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
Thought i would update this thread.
I decided it was finally time to blow this beauty apart and rebuild the mechanics and shine up that paint.
As you can see, alot of elbow grease later and this sucker shined up slicker than a used car salesman!
im got a set of clay red tires ive been dying to use on something and this is the one!
Stay tuned...

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Ernbar

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nice score, I love it. Amazing what is still buried in garages and basements under tons of junk.
Last year I saw a couple of tank bikes partially covered by tarps and boxes in a garage having a yard sale. I asked the old guy about the bikes and told me his Phantoms were not for sale.
 

tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nice score, I love it. Amazing what is still buried in garages and basements under tons of junk.
Last year I saw a couple of tank bikes partially covered by tarps and boxes in a garage having a yard sale. I asked the old guy about the bikes and told me his Phantoms were not for sale.
I find them all the time....whether I get them or not is another story. Lol! I personally know of a handful of hidden bikes around my town Im just hoping to one day get the "the call" on....
 

SKPC

I live for the CABE
Looks great. Thinking now that maybe the rack and guard could have been added close to the time it was bought? 37-39.
Stem is similar to the one on my 37-ish Shelby. Maybe just peds, grips and rear wheel are replacements.
 
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tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
Looks great. Thinking now that maybe the rack and guard could have been added close to the time it was bought? 37-39.
Stem is similar to the one on my 37-ish Shelby. Maybe just peds, grips and rear wheel are replacements.
According to the one-owner family, the bike has looked like this (except for the tires) as long as they can remember and they were older than me. The pedals, grips and tires were added later on by a well-meaning (but not mechanical) family member. The drop center wheels are both exactly the same and the rear hub is an early New Departure oiler type pre-39 “small brake arm” style, so i believe these to be original as far as i can tell. Turns out the bars are Torrington as well....

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