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Fred Green

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 7, 2019
61
60
Sparta, Wi
Hello All,

I just picked up this Hiawatha at a local antique shop. The front light has been removed and the wrong tires were put on it. The paint is solid and original besides some serious sun fade on the rear fender. I am not familiar with Hiawathas and would like to know how to date it. It had the prewar style rear wheel slots but no skip tooth sprocket. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Fred
Sparta

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
18,226
Evans, GA
I agree it looks faint but after the serial number look to see for two numbers something like “54” followed by “ACw”. This would make it a 1954. The chainring and wheels have been replaced. V/r Shawn
 

Fred Green

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 7, 2019
61
60
Sparta, Wi
Freqman1,

Thanks for that info. Are chain rings for this model hard to find?

Fred
Sparta
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
18,226
Evans, GA
Freqman1,

Thanks for that info. Are chain rings for this model hard to find?

Fred
Sparta
No but I caution you against spending any money on this bike unless it is something you intend to keep. The chainguard, which is not correct, may be worth more than the entire bike and I'm only talking about $50 or so. In order to change out to the correct chain ring, which is a 1" pitch (skip tooth), you will have to change the sprocket as well. V/r Shawn
 

Fred Green

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 7, 2019
61
60
Sparta, Wi
Thanks again for all the info. I will be putting on new tires and tubes and riding her for a while. Thanks again.

Fred
Sparta.
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
836
Concord NC
Thanks again for all the info. I will be putting on new tires and tubes and riding her for a while. Thanks again.

Fred
Sparta.
I'm not sure but it looks like yours has the "ACw" stamp after the serial number. For a number starting with "H", I believe that makes your bike a 1951, if I'm reading Phil Marshall's chart right. The letters are small, and my eyes aren't what they used to be.
https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/cleveland-welding-s-n-project.2705/page-22
 

Fred Green

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 7, 2019
61
60
Sparta, Wi
Oilit,

Thanks for the additional info. New tires go on today and we take her out for a ride.

Fred
Sparta
 
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