Goodbye Elvis, Hello John Wayne!


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Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
105
80
54
Spokane, WA, United States
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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
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Now when we put JW together with what was left of Elvis....
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hopefully someday we will have this
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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
 

johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
257
119
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
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Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
105
80
54
Spokane, WA, United States
#3
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
 
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Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
105
80
54
Spokane, WA, United States
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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!
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Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
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Spokane, WA, United States
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View attachment 757501 Not much Green on top. Pretty much bare metal. Bummer. If there is a better way to do this let me know. Totally winging it.....
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?
 

johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
257
119
Bruges, Belgium
www.theliberator.be
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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...
 

Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
105
80
54
Spokane, WA, United States
#10
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
 

Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
105
80
54
Spokane, WA, United States
#13
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?
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Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
105
80
54
Spokane, WA, United States
#17
Coming together. New US Royal Chain tires along with fenders stripped and left with the remaining od green. Haven’t decided whether or not to redo these or leave this way.
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Tomato John

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 8, 2017
105
80
54
Spokane, WA, United States
#19
looking good, rims were green too
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. :grinning: Besides I love the blue. Makes it look more beastly.
 
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Krakatoa

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 12, 2016
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Warren, RI, United States
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Looking great John!!!

Beastly!

All your efforts are really starting to show! I like leaving the rims and saddle alone at least for now!

Nate
 

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