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Goldenindian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 31, 2014
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Marinette, Wisconsin
#41
Thanks for sharing the pictures of that beautiful HD!! Glad it got out to see the light of day. The heavy duty fork is a special bit on that machine, not to many Harley’s have the heavy duty fork. Which also points to an earlier model like 1918. Would love to see more pictures....please add to the https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/show-your-davis-built-bicycles.20560/page-36#post-1026433 thread when you get a chance. Thanks for sharing with the cabe community.
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
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4,151
Seattle, United States
#42
Wow nice.. those repairs are knarly I’d leave it alone. Repairs might not be a possibility but who knows...
 
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New Mexico Brant

I live for the CABE
Jul 6, 2016
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#43
Thanks for the pictures and scans of the manual. Will be helpful n deciding how to approach this and what to do.
It is your bicycle and you can do with it what you wish but please don't restore/repaint it! Even with the fug'ly frame repairs, overall the bicycle still retains much of the original paint which makes it very valuable. If you have those frame breaks repaired and then completely repaint the bike it'll be worth only a fraction of what it would sell for as it now sits. The best solution would be to have someone experience with period bicycles repair the frame areas and have a paint conservation person in-paint the affected areas to match the original paint.
Another option would be to keep this as a show piece and built a tribute Harley to ride in honor of your grandfather.
 

Canuck

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 28, 2019
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#44
We have a shop up here in Ottawa that specializes in retro rides. I have heard a lot of good things about them so I may stop in and have a chat with them. However I suspect this is a little more retro than they are used to.

I don’t want to repaint. I want it to stay looking how it does. I would be curious if that repair could be undone, and then Redone properly, with only the repaired area subject to paint.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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Evans, GA
#46
We have a shop up here in Ottawa that specializes in retro rides. I have heard a lot of good things about them so I may stop in and have a chat with them. However I suspect this is a little more retro than they are used to.

I don’t want to repaint. I want it to stay looking how it does. I would be curious if that repair could be undone, and then Redone properly, with only the repaired area subject to paint.
It can but needs to be someone that specializes in this kind of work. It probably won't be cheap but then again a machine like this only deserves the best. I would ask for references and examples of past work because if someone screws this up there is no going back. Congrats on a fantastic piece of history. V/r Shawn
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
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4,151
Seattle, United States
#47
Might as well restore it ....it will never be the same after you try to fix it...value will always be at a “ repaired restored bike” mind set...
 

stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
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#49
Thanks for the pics and GREAT find, congrats. Don't think of those repairs as bad or crap repairs. Think of them as good repairs, that someone way back when thought enough of the bike to do the repairs and save it. Rather than to the trash pile with it. I would leave them, as many say, they are part of the bikes history. If that were mine I would not be selling it and I pretty sell anything. Again, congratulations.
 

Goldenindian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 31, 2014
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Marinette, Wisconsin
#50
Question for the experts. This Harley looks exactly like the same frame and forks as my 1918 Elgin -

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I was led to believe my Elgin was an Excelsior built bike so the question I have is did Harley build bikes from Excelsior sourced frames ?
Tho small...there is one difference that never crosses manufactures. The Michigan city (excelsior) built bicycles have a “volcano” joint.. the bar comes out of a hole. NO Davis built bicycle has this feature. The Davis has a “fish mouth” joint. Tho the “tank space” is visionally the same the frame are not(in construction)
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Canuck

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 28, 2019
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#51
Okay, if I leave the repair as is, is it a bad idea to try to remove the black spray paint? On the head tube one would think there is still olive green paint u see the black spray paint.
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
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Costa Mesa, California. United States
#52
There’s a guy named Dave Stromberger that would be your man on this dilemma.
He knows what to do and how to only remove what’s needed, and to only replace what’s needed.
He can be contacted here at The Cabe.
I can’t say, whether he would want to take this project on, but my gut feeling, is that he would be a good place to start.
Your local retro shop sounds like a bad idea.
They don’t have any experience with this type of heirloom.
Dave has the background and experience, this wouldn’t be his first rodeo.
@Dave Stromberger
You would not regret this route.
 
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ThegoodThebad&Therusty

I live for the CABE
Feb 18, 2012
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In exile
#53
Okay, if I leave the repair as is, is it a bad idea to try to remove the black spray paint? On the head tube one would think there is still olive green paint u see the black spray paint.
Honestly if you're leaning towards leaving the repairs as is, I wouldn't worry about the black paint right now. Break the bike all the way down, clean all the bearings and inspect the hubs/bottom bracket bearing cups and cones for damage then re-grease and reassemble. From the images you provided the chain looks good. While you're going through the bike figure out what you're going to do regarding tires and rims. By then the bike will have grown on you and those cosmetic issues may not seem so important. You can always deal with the cosmetics later.
 

piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
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#56
your bike is pretty sweet just as it is.

I am with the ones saying that the repair may be ugly, but they have lasted through time. For what it is worth, I would just clean it up, service it and ride it as is, it is all part of the bikes story and history. I have a bike with a wicked repair at the head from the bottom tube, it rides great and I am not going to change it.

Your Grandfather left you part of his memories to treasure. Enjoy them and someday pass them on to your grandkids.

congratulations.
 

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