it is common to find the bike lock latched to the seat, I guess the question is, where else would you put it that it won't rattle around or damage the paint. And the two reflectors are filling the two extra holes for a dropstand clip…common Westfield thing to have a kickstand and holes for a clip but no dropstand.
As you may know, it's J90786, which is late 1945 (probably Nov-Dec). This is wrong, sorry about that. It should be L90786, 1947. Please see my next post below.
Stamping J on the bb was a real problem because the tail of the J would go missing. It is also stamped with a new stamping tool, in comparison to previous bikes. I think the problem with the curved surface and this tool is why they moved the numbers onto the flat area of the rear dropout shortly after this.
The bike at the bottom of this page is badged the same, and is a similar date, but has the red/white colour scheme instead.
Thanks for the update Adrian. It's all making more sense now . Bike manufacturing ,and Timelines are SOOOOOOOO Confusing . All the parts switching ,delays , using up old stock........Multiple brands/Names from the same Maker...........ALL OF IT..................I gotta tip my hat to EVERYONE who has spent the time to do this kind of research. it must have been exhausting ! Heck..................I'm exhausted just thinking about doin' that.
Alright !!!!!! You did it . Lucky no one snagged it while you were contemplating. That bike has a great look to it. Great Color Combo. Great all around. What Tires are on that ? ALSO I think you can get a lenze for your fender light from Cindi Vette or Cindy Vette ............can't remember ( ON Ebay) Ya Dunn Good !
Thanks!!! Yeah I'm really digging it haha. I was searching online to try to find a lense for the light just now actually. The front tire is "Allstate Crusader" and the rear tire is "Dave's Deluxe". Neither are in terrible condition, a few dry cracks here and there.
Sounds like you lucked out with the tires as well. No one ever seems to "Let on" about what tires are on a bike. They ARE important , for that Authentic Period Look . If they can be ridden.................YEE HAW !!!! Let's go ride ! Here's what came with mine. It's a PLUS your light works .
Haha yeah I hear that, It was a plus to find out the tires looked original as they should look. Your tires look nice and fitting.
Oh yeah, for the light, are there specific bulbs or volts/watts to be used with the D batteries? I think the one I have is a 4 watt light bulb. Would a 2 watt be brighter you think?