Need a value if possible and someone to tell me if this is all original as I was told not

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Jamie Brown

On Training Wheels
So I just acquired a 1947 JC Higgins 26-in cruiser was told it was completely original it seems to be completely original it's not in great shape but supposedly it has even the original tires in the front is actually still aired up it also has a small placard on the inside of the frame it says Pinkerton was wondering if you could help me out on the value and if it really is original as much as you can by the pictures I'm attaching you if you need specific pictures let me know and I will get them

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HEMI426

I live for the CABE
Welcome to the Cabe, looks OG to me but not much value. Girls bike, bad pedals and seat. Not sure about the paint. Would be a nice rider tho.
 

Robert Troub

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Value for resale? These are a tough sell ....more value in the parts...as is? $75.00 if you're lucky ....
 

jimbo53

I live for the CABE
If this is your first vintage bike, it will give you lots of opportunity to learn the basic overhauling skills like tearing down, cleaning and repacking all bearing surfaces (both wheels, headset and bottom bracket), clean and re-lube the chain, how to overhaul a coaster brake [not as hard as it sounds], reguvenating dead, tired paint, and getting it back in riding condition. Unfortunately, this learning experience is the most valuable part of this bike. It is a basic, girls entry level (no light or rear carrier and VERY basic saddle in pretty rough shape) bike that is nothing special. Hard facts, dude...we've all been there.
I would not put another dime into it, because you will never get any value out of it-sad but true....
That being said, I would be very careful using OG tires and tubes. While they look nice, they WILL fail on you with an inopportune blowout, just because they're old. Tires and tubes will set you back $60-75.
Collecting, restoring and riding old bikes is a very fun hobby, but do your homework on what era, style and manufacturer is calling your name. Be patient, get educated and buy the best condition bike you can afford.
Oh....and ditch the rack
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
That may be what’s left of original paint although I do question the painted braces but that maybe how they did the early post war bikes. Other than the grips the rest looks like original parts. Unfortunately, like has been said, not much value. I see a $40 swap meet bike. V/r Shawn
 

rustyjones

Finally riding a big boys bike
Is that a bike shop sticker/water transfer on the fender behind the seat mast? If so, probably original paint.
 

Jamie Brown

On Training Wheels
If this is your first vintage bike, it will give you lots of opportunity to learn the basic overhauling skills like tearing down, cleaning and repacking all bearing surfaces (both wheels, headset and bottom bracket), clean and re-lube the chain, how to overhaul a coaster brake [not as hard as it sounds], reguvenating dead, tired paint, and getting it back in riding condition. Unfortunately, this learning experience is the most valuable part of this bike. It is a basic, girls entry level (no light or rear carrier and VERY basic saddle in pretty rough shape) bike that is nothing special. Hard facts, dude...we've all been there.
I would not put another dime into it, because you will never get any value out of it-sad but true....
That being said, I would be very careful using OG tires and tubes. While they look nice, they WILL fail on you with an inopportune blowout, just because they're old. Tires and tubes will set you back $60-75.
Collecting, restoring and riding old bikes is a very fun hobby, but do your homework on what era, style and manufacturer is calling your name. Be patient, get educated and buy the best condition bike you can afford.
Oh....and ditch the rack
I got it free and the old man I got it from was riding it up until the back tire got flat a week or so ago. What does the Pinkerton placard mean?
 

jimbo53

I live for the CABE
I got it free and the old man I got it from was riding it up until the back tire got flat a week or so ago. What does the Pinkerton placard mean?
It was supposed to be a theft deterrent. The sticker said the bike is registered with Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, at the time a well known security firm.
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I got it free and the old man I got it from was riding it up until the back tire got flat a week or so ago. What does the Pinkerton placard mean?
The Pinkerton sticker was a deal through Sears, that the bicycle was registered by the Pinkertons, to avert theft.
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
That may be what’s left of original paint although I do question the painted braces but that maybe how they did the early post war bikes. Other than the grips the rest looks like original parts. Unfortunately, like has been said, not much value. I see a $40 swap meet bike. V/r Shawn
Indeed, early JC Higgins bikes did have painted fender braces.

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