Looking for help via a 1953 CWC Roadmaster Catalog


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TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
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Henderson, MI, United States
#1
I would appreciate pictures and specifications from a 1953 CWC Roadmaster catalog. Of interest is the Pleasure Liner series, both in men's and woman's. Specifications, color charts, catalog pages, etc. If you have anything like this, please post it here. And, if anyone can get ahold of
RMS37 that would be helpful because I was told he has all of that. Thanks!!!
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
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#2
I haven't heard from Phil/rms 37 in years, I'm not sure of he's passed on, or just left the net. But yes, he was the expert! I think there's a cwc/roadmaster book, check in the cabe bookstore, or ask Scott about it.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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Evans, GA
#3
Phil is still kick’n. The book is pre war only. Phil had talked about doing a book and I sure wish he would. I’m certain it would be the definitive word on the subject. V/r Shawn
 
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TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
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#4
I haven't heard from Phil/rms 37 in years, I'm not sure of he's passed on, or just left the net. But yes, he was the expert! I think there's a cwc/roadmaster book, check in the cabe bookstore, or ask Scott about it.
I bought a CWC Roadmaster book from Scott. 1936 to 1941. Awesome book, but I need postwar catalog pics and specs. Anyone got any?
 
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CWCMAN

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Mar 2, 2014
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#6
Most likely Phil and Leon Dixon but to my knowledge neither visit this site.
 

TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
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Henderson, MI, United States
#9
Phill is doing fine but but won’t participate on this site...due to some members on here
That's a shame. If anyone has a way of contacting him for me, I'd appreciate it very much.
 

CWCMAN

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Mar 2, 2014
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#10
You can just convo him at RMS37 or Blue Tarp and hope that he responds. Good luck.

I’d like to tap into his CWC knowledge as well.
 

TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
647
536
Henderson, MI, United States
#11
You can just convo him at RMS37 or Blue Tarp and hope that he responds. Good luck.

I’d like to tap into his CWC knowledge as well.
I've tried to message him here as RMS37 and it does not go through. What do you mean about Blue Tarp?
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
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Concord NC
#13
@TieDye, I went by the library to try to scan that catalog, but they've got a new printer/scanner and they're still trying to get it set up, so it's probably going to be next week before I can get something done. I don't know if this helps, but here's a section from a brochure I have. Like the catalog, it doesn't show the year, but all the model numbers start with "F", which seems to have been AMF's code for 1956, (starting with "A" for 1951, when they bought Roadmaster, as noted in Phil Marshall's serial number list). And the bikes look right for that year, so that's my theory until a better one comes along. The only problem is this Pleasure Liner is a middleweight, while the one in the 1953 catalog has balloon tires. With any luck I'll get the other catalog scanned sometime next week.

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1956 Pleasure Liner 2.PNG
 
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TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
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Henderson, MI, United States
#14
@TieDye, I went by the library to try to scan that catalog, but they've got a new printer/scanner and they're still trying to get it set up, so it's probably going to be next week before I can get something done. I don't know if this helps, but here's a section from a brochure I have. Like the catalog, it doesn't show the year, but all the model numbers start with "F", which seems to have been AMF's code for 1956, (starting with "A" for 1951, when they bought Roadmaster, as noted in Phil Marshall's serial number list). And the bikes look right for that year, so that's my theory until a better one comes along. The only problem is this Pleasure Liner is a middleweight, while the one in the 1953 catalog has balloon tires. With any luck I'll get the other catalog scanned sometime next week.

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Cool info! I look forward to the 1953 catalog. Thank you!!
 

TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
647
536
Henderson, MI, United States
#16
53 Pleasure Liner
I have the actual bikes, both boy's, and girl's View attachment 928502
These bikes are the late 1953/54 models. And the badge would have the AMF logo. The early '53 did not have AMF on the badge, and has a different paint layout on the tank. Like this:

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szathmarig

I live for the CABE
Nov 20, 2014
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Mine is not AMF, and looks just like the advertisement I posted. Same color all around, and has a 53 stamping on the serial #
 

szathmarig

I live for the CABE
Nov 20, 2014
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#18
Mine is Model C-1614. If you look at the add, there were different models, and even metallic green color.
 

TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
647
536
Henderson, MI, United States
#19
Mine is not AMF, and looks just like the advertisement I posted. Same color all around, and has a 53 stamping on the serial #
We have 2 1953s, both serial number 53Cw. They both have original tanks. The black and white one is E799&& 53Cw. The metallic green one is all original except the luxury liner light. The serial number on that is G917&& 53Cw. They both have Roadmaster badges, and CWC muscle man seat tube decals. When I bought the metallic green one, they had an identical one there, serial number was J773%% 53Cw. That had an AMF seat tube decal, and the very different AMF Roadmaster badge. So, somewhere between G and J in 1953 they began LABELING them as AMF bikes. I have pictures of the AMF one on my computer, I believe I still do, that I can post later.

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