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Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by rustyspoke66, May 14, 2017.
That is crazy. Why do you suppose they went to the trouble to do that?
Well as a kid I know of a few times I set out to improve on something and failed. Maybe someone was a big fan of the tin man?
Wow! Great clean up this one, Looks great!
WOW! How did you get the house paint off
lacquer thinner, gotta try that i never knew it worked
Just be careful and try it somewhere inconspicuous.
What a transformation! Awesome job!
That is a great looking bike. Very nice job on the save.
The more I look at those fork tips the more bepuzzled I get. As you say, it looks like someone did it who knew what they were doing, but that still doesn't explain WHY they did it. Have you got a close-up?
Just a guess....
Could it be the dropouts were a "closed circle" instead of being open at the bottom for easier wheel remover?
I know it would be easier to just cut a slot, but who knows with amateur mods?
These pre-war CWC springer fork legs were made of steel tubing that was a bit too thin. The dropouts were just the tubing crimped flat, with a hole or slot. They were prone to cracking, since the legs could actually flex independently from each other. Bad design! I've got a handful of these forks, some with the cracks and gobbled welding repairs.