Huffman serial number project


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Hey Scott, serial number for my twin flex, fork has 4 8 on it. No badge on bike, if it had been a Firestone do you think it would have fah on it? Thanks
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The serial number on a 1940 Huffman/Firestone Bigtank Airflex:

The serial number is a bit odd, there may possibly be a small w to the left of the grease zerk and a ghost stamp of a 6, to the right of the fitting: a small sideways "H" then 6FBH_5708 (the 5708 being below the zerk).
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37fleetwood

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Hey Scott, serial number for my twin flex, fork has 4 8 on it. No badge on bike, if it had been a Firestone do you think it would have fah on it? Thanks View attachment 483590
I'm going to guess it's a 1938. that said, there's no knowing what badge it would have had. FAH started in 1939. from there FBH is 1940 and FCH is 1941
 
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TurninTubes

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Looks like a 47 Huffman special
Missing truss and headlamp, front fender has mounting slot.
Could it be wrong badge?

Thanks for your help.
Tim
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37fleetwood

Riding a '37 Fleetwood
May 22, 2006
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Lancaster, Ca.
9m36297 ..
Looks like a 47 Huffman special
Missing truss and headlamp, front fender has mounting slot.
Could it be wrong badge?

Thanks for your help.
Tim
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the slot is where the fender attaches to the fork. please post a photo of the seat post binder and a better shot of the rear drop outs.
 

37fleetwood

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Your right, the front fender rotated forward and I thought the slot was for a missing headlight. Thx!
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ok, those dropouts indicate post war, as does the clamp. the serial however is impossible. what I mean is that a serial starting with a 9 should indicate a 1949 date of manufacture. the problem is that frame was discontinued at the end of the 1947 model year. to me, your bike is either a 1946 or 1947, based on it's features and equipment.
one last photo request. there should be numbers on the back of the fork crown. they may indicate month and year.
 

partsguy

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ok, those dropouts indicate post war, as does the clamp. the serial however is impossible. what I mean is that a serial starting with a 9 should indicate a 1949 date of manufacture. the problem is that frame was discontinued at the end of the 1947 model year. to me, your bike is either a 1946 or 1947, based on it's features and equipment.
one last photo request. there should be numbers on the back of the fork crown. they may indicate month and year.
Could be a "straggler", made with left over parts?
 
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TurninTubes

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ok, those dropouts indicate post war, as does the clamp. the serial however is impossible. what I mean is that a serial starting with a 9 should indicate a 1949 date of manufacture. the problem is that frame was discontinued at the end of the 1947 model year. to me, your bike is either a 1946 or 1947, based on it's features and equipment.
one last photo request. there should be numbers on the back of the fork crown. they may indicate month and year.
Removed the paint from the fork crown tonight, no sign of a date stamp. Do you think the headbadge is correct?

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partsguy

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I'm not too knowledgeable on these early odd-ball badges, but that looks like a small store brand that Huffman built bikes for at one point. It's been there for a long time, and shows no signs of recent tampering.
 
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