Looking for advice on Wards Hawthorne project

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Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 23, 2018
Thank you everyone for all of your suggestions. I think I'll start with the OA bath (as soon as Wal-Mart stocks kiddie pools again). Where is the best place to get OA? Also, can someone tell me for sure what year/model this is? I'm thinking 40 or 41 but that's just a guess based on pics I've seen on the internet. Which grips, seat and tires should I get? Thanks again for all your help.
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Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 19, 2017
Pacific Northwest , United States
Hi SindeAnn, you asked a few questions. one was in regards to getting a lense for you light Cindi Vette on Ebay has them https://www.ebay.com/sch/cindi_vette/m.html?ssPageName=&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2654 She also has the rear rack lenses. You asked about year of bike. I think our bikes are at the end of CWC ( Cleveland Welding Co. ) and the start of The Snyder Built bikes ? Your Springer looks Snyder built, but I'm no expert. It's kinda like a grey area when companies merge and they "Share" Parts when building different year models. I have a hard time deciphering all I read, but it seems mine is a '41 Comet Yours is so close color/paint/parts wise I'd say yours is 1941 as well. Again, i'm no expert..................please correct me if i have some of this history incorrect. The guys are giving good advice. You have a great bike. I know you'll do it justice Here's the handlebar grips that I think they were tellin' me to put on my bike................ Front light lense. a new Amber rear reflector , a Bicycle licence ( Under Seat ) and ammo bags under handlebars. Those changes were made recently. See Photo's attached






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Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 4, 2017
With the Snyder springer and curved fender brace on the seat stays, I'll guess it's all Snyder. As for year, the serial number on the BB should show the year. My 42 Hawthorne (Snyder) looks like this, with the year digits reversed. (24EH)

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I live for the CABE
Oct 2, 2016
Winnipeg, Canada
FYI, Amazon..search it. Cheers. Do not eat this or tear off the label..lol.. ( as in mattress/pillow labels or packs of crystal moisture packs in electronics for those who don't get my sick memory/humour)

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juke joint johnny

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 2, 2016
West Covina, CA
I purchased this old girl a few months back and am just getting around to seeing what needs to be done with her. She rides great. I think she’s either a ‘40 or ’41 but I’m not sure. She's missing a headlight lens and as far as I can tell everything is original except the grips and maybe the tires and seat. I’d like to know which grips, seat and tires I need. She’s definitely got her share (and then some) of patina. There’s plenty of surface rust but everything is solid underneath. My problem is that I really don’t know what to do with her. I definitely don’t want to paint or do anything major. I’d like to bring out any original color that’s left. I’ve read about using oxalic acid but I don’t have any experience with that. I could learn. Also, I’ve read something about boiled linseed oil and turpentine. I would appreciate any suggestions any of you have on the best course of action. Thanks View attachment 931362

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Wards 1941 spring and summer catalog was the first time these skirts were featured... "New style for the modern miss. New design streamlined all-metal skirt guard." Also, in the 1942 spring and summer catalogs it shows the new ball shaped headlight and the "New design streamlined chain guards. Full length style. Covers both sides of sprocket." I'd say you've got a '41. I love it too!


Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
Alamo city
Nobody has mentioned Waxoyl.
I use it on all my bikes, especially the ones that have almost no pain left.
It’s expensive, but less so if you make your own. It is basically turpentine, light machine oil and beeswax.

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