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blackcat

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 4, 2017
223
55
Le Raincy, France
Hello Chris;
Sorry for the delay, i forgot you; your pedals are roman style and are those of your HUFFMAN.
Regards;
Serge
 

Fred Green

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 7, 2019
160
60
Sparta, Wi
Hello All,

I got her home and she is getting a bath in wd-40. There hasn't been a drop of lube on this bike in quite a while. The back rim is rusted through but almost everything else looks pretty good. Time will tell when I get it apart!!

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Fred Green

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 7, 2019
160
60
Sparta, Wi
Hello,

Starting to disassemble the G519. It has been sitting someplace for quite some time. The back rim is rusted through. It appears that the front one can probably be saved. The front axle threads on one side are pretty much gone. The seat needs to be rebuilt......... a ton of work in which I will enjoy. I got it about half disassembled. I had to cut the small bolts for the chain guard, and rear fender. The were so rusted they had become 1 piece with the nuts. The goose neck is still tight as is the head set. I am letting them set for another day before I try anything else. It appears that it had at least 3 coats of paint. I can see the light green/yellow primer and an additional 2-3 coats. The last coat might have been gloss from the paint behind the chain guard. The civilian plate was for Des Moines Iowa good till 1953. I haven't cleaned the hubs and wheels but I did get behind the forks and it appears to be a number 22 on the back side. There are 2 locks locked on the bike. Are either of these issue locks? Thanks again.

Fred
Sparta

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johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
IMO the locks are not Army issue.... Most riders would have locked their bikes with US Army issued padlocks and a piece of chain...
There were some specific bicycle locks available in the 40s, but they would have been purchased outside the Armed Forces…

Both above are shown on this page of my website: http://www.theliberator.be/militarybicycles.htm

Enjoy the build of your bike, it is very close to my 1942 Huffman featured on this board too
 
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Fred Green

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 7, 2019
160
60
Sparta, Wi
Hello Johan,

Thanks for the info. I have a couple of newer Brass US marked locks that I will probably use. Was there a standard Rear reflector that came on this bike?? Thanks.

Fred
 

Fred Green

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 7, 2019
160
60
Sparta, Wi
Here are some newer Army marked locks that I have. They will have to do until I find a nice period one.

Fred
Sparta

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Fred Green

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 7, 2019
160
60
Sparta, Wi
Hello,

Thanks for the fast reply. This is interesting!! I am going to have to do some serious searching for one of these!!

Fred
 

DaGasMan

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 16, 2019
118
52
Long Island
I thought the rear fender reflector should be the small (about 1.25”)
raspberry type . Sorry, no photos to post, but they’re here on this site.

And I gotta say, your project Huffman G-519 is amazing. Bring that
baby back to life!
 
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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
661
53
France
Hi Fred,

Were you able to determine the date code on the Morrow hub, likely L1 to 4 or M1 to 4?.

Thanks,

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Fred Green

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 7, 2019
160
60
Sparta, Wi
Hello Adrian,
Not yet. Once I get the rear wheel disassembled I will find out. It have a heavy coat of paint on it.

Fred
 
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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
661
53
France
Thanks Fred.

No worries, no hurry.

Best Regards,

Adriab
 

Fred Green

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 7, 2019
160
60
Sparta, Wi
Hello,

The bike is coming along. I have still been unable to remove the headset from the bike so it is still getting soaked. Both rims are shot I am still soaking the rear rim and hopefully will be able to save some spokes. I saved 33 out of 36 on the front wheel. I felt good about that. The chain adjusters were rusted into place. I actually got one out and the other broke on me. It is now re moved and I have replacements. I straightened out the chain guard and am getting the fenders rolled. From the pictures that I have seen they look great! The original pedals were shot. The bearing races had grow into the cups It took 2 full days of soaking in evapo-rust just to get them where I could chisel them out.

I now have replacement rims and correct spokes and nipples are coming. I get to learn how to lace and true a wheel now!!!! I have not taken the rear wheel apart yet so I cannot tell you the hub numbers. Some of the insides of the hub were marked and that will be a later post

I have been picking up accessories for the bike in the mean time. I have original grips, light, reflector, bell , repop pump clip and pedals. I am working on an original pump and clip. When I get my tool pouch, I have an oiler, adjustable an air pressure gauge and Morrow tool. The morrow tool is a repop.

Hopefully I can start on the wheels next week.

Fred
Sparta

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