Gambles Hiawatha Skiptooth i.d.?

Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by CapitalT, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. #1 Posted Aug 24, 2010

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    I picked up this Gambles Hiawatha and I'm looking for any information regarding the year, model and originality.

    I believe it was originally red, but it has silver\grey paint over it. I really like the rust colored racing stripes. Hats off to whatever 9 year old came up with brush painted scheme.

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    Serial Number G28202 and the Cleveland Welding mark
    Hiawatha head badge is intact
    The chainguard is missing, would this have had a feather type guard or other?
    The truss rods are missing
    The front and rear rims do not match, I assume the rear is probably the original?
    New Departure coaster brake hub
    The rear fender has been modified (via tin snips) to be a "shorty"

    Based on this information, I'm debating between leaving it rough or stripping it and restoring it.
     
  2. #2 Posted Aug 24, 2010

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    I borrowed this pic from Nostalgic Dave's site. It's a 49 Western Flyer Super, but is essentially the same as your Hiawatha. The WF guard says 'super', while yours would say Hiawatha on it, and there was a Hawthorne version also. 1949westernflyersuper-1.jpg
     
  3. #3 Posted Aug 25, 2010

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    Perfect match. Thank you!
     
  4. #4 Posted Aug 25, 2010

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    I believe this is what the chain guard looks like. This is available but it too would need restoration. v/r Shawn
     

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  5. #5 Posted Aug 25, 2010
    I sold mine in a tag sale almost two years ago. If I can find my photos of the Hiawatha (Cleveland Welding) I didnt keep the serial number handy but the paint was original and near perfect. I was told my bike dated to the late 1950's never consulted an expert though to make sure what year my bike was from. If you are interested I will look for my photo, The tank, fenders, sprocket, frame, handlebars and rims were original. Someone put on red grips and put a dished rim on the front wheel and an aftermarket luggage wrack on it. Send me a note if you want me to look.
     
  6. #6 Posted Aug 27, 2010
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    This was a '55 Apache I had a few years ago. It started my craving for the old ballooners.
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  7. #7 Posted Aug 27, 2010

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    I believe this is what the chain guard looks like. This is available but it too would need restoration. v/r Shawn I sold mine in a tag sale almost two years ago. If I can find my photos of the Hiawatha (Cleveland Welding) I didnt keep the serial number handy but the paint was original and near perfect. I was told my bike dated to the late 1950's never consulted an expert though to make sure what year my bike was from. If you are interested I will look for my photo, The tank, fenders, sprocket, frame, handlebars and rims were original. Someone put on red grips and put a dished rim on the front wheel and an aftermarket luggage wrack on it. Send me a note if you want me to look.
     
  8. #8 Posted Dec 29, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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