My 38-39 ish Huffman with g519 parts nicknamed Elvis. Worked out a deal with Krakatoa and Elvis left the building and was replaced with what I’m calling John Wayne
Now when we put JW together with what was left of Elvis....
hopefully someday we will have this
looking forward to getting started on this project and am open to any and all suggestions or advice. Should I leave it?Strip it? Carefully remove paint layers to find original od green? I’m all ears. Thanks. J
Hi Johan, Your website and CABE posts are what persuaded me to pursue this project. i really enjoy all the information that you have made available and it has been very helpful for me. Going to be fun putting this bike together. Keep up the good work and thank you. JR
Now beginning to try to remove layers of old paint to see how much OD Green was left underneath. Began with carb cleaner- no luck. Tried a heat gun but was worried that it would work too well. Using a chem stripper which is working but is pretty harsh. Working through a layer of red, blue, and possibly black and finding some green but is in rough condition. It’s really slow going but kind of satisfying as well. I kind of like the look- well worn and salty!
Paint removal is tedious and it looks like i’m removing the original paint in places as well. Contemplating whether or not to remove it all and repaint. Is it better to leave it like it is with bare patches or completely repaint?
Seems you're experiencing the same trouble I had with the Women's Columbia...
Once all paint removed there were so many bare metal spots it wasn't even clear anymore just what color the frame originally was.
I do ride my restored bikes, so with that in mind I decided to strip the frame completely and repaint it the correct shade OD.
Had better luck on the Huffman; the original OD had never been covered and over 80% of the original finish, although quite worn, was still present. So I kept it that way...
I was really hoping i wouldn't have to repaint. Some of the other parts have a really nice original patina and would love to keep that look. will have to wait and see what it looks like after removing the rest of the top layers. You wouldn't happen to know where there is a torrington 8 left with wood blocks laying around? I think I have pretty much everything except that and bell, pump and rear reflector. Let me know if you happen to know where to find one of these. Thanks, J
Picked up this the other day. Trying to figure out what year and hoping to use fender braces to replace broken and aftermarket braces on 43. These are still riveted to the fender - considering just using these on 43 if they are the same style. Bad idea?
Yes. But these rims were on a army air corps bicycle of a family member who was in the air corps during the war, along with the saddle and tool bag when the Air Force was formed and all the od green was painted over with blue. Original bike has a sordid and undocumented past that may or may not be based in reality So I thought I would leave it for now. That’s the story from our family historian anyways. Besides I love the blue. Makes it look more beastly.