I Never Promised You A Rose Garden 2017...A Huffy Tale

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  1. #1 Posted Mar 18, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    The title is in honor of partsguy telling me he was thinking of making this bike YARD ART when I offered to buy it from him. This is what it was like before parts were stripped for his other projects. There were no fenders, chain or rims and no seat left and the basket is not part of the deal. I'm also unsure it the rack had arms once or was supposed to hold the center of the fender. There was a problem though...the rack and seat tube collar were put together wrong by the previous owner (who apparently had NO CLUE how to go to the hardware store and do it right) so the whole affair if in need of a saw and the collar got torn off when partsguy tried to get it out...oh well...I can get one like it with arms if needed and start over.

    So from now on until completion I will simply call the project Holly Huffy (I won a karaoke competition on New Years Eve 2000 singing Holly Holy, thank you Neil), Holly for short. When I finish I hope to simply GIVE HER AWAY.

    The Huffy.jpg
     
  2. #2 Posted Mar 18, 2017

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    Put the basket on blow up the tires and ride it may be my old eyes but it looks like the forks are bent forward,Probley just the way its leaning against the building
     
  3. #3 Posted Mar 18, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Bent out not in like some one did commander lander....:eek: Mad rake now she'd be stable at high speed!!:D
     
  4. #4 Posted Mar 20, 2017

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    You didn't red the first post. It was partially parted so PG could fix another Huffy or two (maybe the SILVER ONE he posted and sold to a lady). The fork WAS curved. Rosa's old fork is going on in it's place, there are no wheels yet.

    That could well be why it's posted in PROJECT bikes?
     
  5. #5 Posted Mar 24, 2017

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    By the way, the seat wasn't part of that but I'm planned to buy one like it that the LBS has one just like it that I'm going to take off his hands. I'm going to get the proper bearing grease as well and learn to install all my bearings on both bikes this year.
     
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    I'll be sending off for the rest of Holly Monday that partsguy had and I'm working on getting the wheelset together.
     
  7. #7 Posted Apr 1, 2017

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    That will be in the mail in the morning...and I went to the NAPA auto parts store and got a can of a nice blue...can't really find an exact match so I may just document the graphics, send tom on to Bruce Crawford and give Holly a new kind of blue.
     
  8. #8 Posted Apr 4, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    The seat and rear fender went to the '69 Camaro I sold
    The fork and headset went to a '63 Silver Jet that is under full restoration
    The front fender went to a '63 Avanti that will be mildly restored (hopefully by the winter I'll start on it)
    The rear and front wheels were set aside as spare parts...that will likely be used quickly come summer.

    I am glad to see the remains go to a worthy cause.
     
  9. #9 Posted Apr 4, 2017

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    Yard art in itself is not a bad thing...for the truly rusted hulks, it is a peaceful grave.
     
  10. #10 Posted Apr 4, 2017

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    Also, the forks are not bent. It's my camera angle. Not much room between the building and the fence. I used to have a whole mess of junk out there...I've been selling, giving away, and scrapping things slowly for quite sometime. All I have left in the side yard is a 1984 Columbia Charger that i will rebuild to go with my 1984 Santa Fe Blue Dodge Charger Shelby when it is done. Same year, same colors :D

    I have some old allow wheels for my Stratus back there too, some bike wheels, and a big brake fluid drain pan.

    I have the garage cleaned out pretty well too. I have sold three bicycles in the last couple of weeks. I have one other for sale currently, and another one almost wrapped up and will be for sale also. More to come in the following weeks.
     
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  11. #11 Posted Apr 8, 2017

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    I have saved much worse that that one.

    Got the headbadge decal from Bruce Crawford today! I should retake the picture later.
    I'm also going to try and clean the top of the chainguard up and save the main painting for the replacement rack. That would mean all I need to do it reproduce the H logo and twin stripes on the rack, paint and stripe the tank, find a bezel and get a seat and I'm about there.
     
  12. #12 Posted Apr 9, 2017

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    If I come across I spare headlight assembly for the Camaro tank I sent, I'll let you know. I thought I have a spare tank bracket for it but I did not. Let me know if the Camaro tank even fits this. It was a freebie so no harm no foul if it doesn't, it was worth a try.
     
  13. #13 Posted Apr 11, 2017

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    hawthornehuffy rack 004.JPG hawthornehuffy rack 001.JPG

    Thank you, zedsn!
     
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    1964-67 Silver Jet rack. I don't have any spare bits for it, but you can make a bar to go over that shaft and have yourself a springer rack. If you don't have the tail light, you can fill in the mounting holes for a smooth finish when re-painted. :)

    You might be able to make the basket legs in the pic work as legs for it.
     
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    The spring is underneath tho...I assume that it helps to hold the taillight assembly in. Ed said it's from a Hawthorne and yes, I taillight will go there, no sense in messing around.
     
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    Remember, I own four Silver Jets, and have bought and parted out three others. These racks COULD fit other bikes, so it is possible that it came off a Hawthorne. This will mate right up to any 26" Huffy rear fender from about 1959-1970 (assuming it has the bracket on top of the fender). The spring is for a bar that would clamp down on your cargo. A thin metal washer went on both sides of the bar, on each end. Then you had chrome metal legs that went from the small fender mounting holes to the shaft. The tail light tray screws into the two holes on top. The tight-fitting trim bezel that went over it screws into the u-clips on the sides.
     
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    The spring is on the bottom because as you pull up on that chrome bar over the top, the spring is pushing against the backside of the rack to maintain tension. The bar has square holes in it so it fits firmly around the square rod. This allows it to grab and turn the spring.
     
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    Don't have that part anyhow, the bar is for attaching the arms to as well.