Hawthorne/ Orange is the new Red.

Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by rustyspoke66, May 14, 2017.

  1. #21 Posted May 18, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    That is crazy. Why do you suppose they went to the trouble to do that?
     
  2. #22 Posted May 19, 2017

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    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?
     
  3. #23 Posted Jun 11, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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  4. #24 Posted Jun 11, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    WOW! How did you get the house paint off
     
  5. #25 Posted Jun 12, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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  6. #26 Posted Jun 12, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    lacquer thinner, gotta try that i never knew it worked
     
  7. #27 Posted Jun 17, 2017

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    Just be careful and try it somewhere inconspicuous.
     
  8. #28 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    What a transformation! Awesome job!
     
  9. #29 Posted Jun 20, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    That is a great looking bike. Very nice job on the save.
     
  10. #30 Posted Jun 21, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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?
     
  11. #31 Posted Aug 12, 2017

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    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?
     
  12. #32 Posted Aug 12, 2017

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    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.
     
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