New to thecabe, I recently picked up an old Rollfast bike but can't find the serial#?

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Dmack33

On Training Wheels
Mar 2, 2014
4
North Carolina
Forgive me, I have no idea how to post pictures, but the Craigslist add is still up:

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/bik/4369085971.html


I stripped it down and inspected it thoroughly, but can NOT find a serial number anywhere. There IS green ?Housepaint? on it, so perhaps it's just covered, but I tried under the BB and no luck there. The only hint I have is on the crank there's a K A2 at opposite ends of the middle section??

Any ideas what year this bike is or where a serial number might be?

https://drive.google.com/?tab=mo&authuser=0#my-drive

rollfast crank.jpg
 

Buster1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 23, 2011
856
Las Vegas
Do you have a few more pics? I would think it MUST be on the BB, or maybe the chain stay perhaps.
 

mike j

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 3, 2013
3,214
Tuxedo Park, United States
I've had two Rollfasts, a 48 & a 55. Neither had serial # s, however both had the last two #s of the year reversed w/ SN after it, stamped under the crank housing.
 

Dmack33

On Training Wheels
Mar 2, 2014
4
North Carolina
Thanks guys, I'll try peeling some more paint to see if I can find it. I just wanted to make sure I was looking in the right place before I scraped too deep.

Dave
 

Dmack33

On Training Wheels
Mar 2, 2014
4
North Carolina
Ladies don't like to reveal their age...

In regards to my mystery Rollfast (CraigsList find in NC):

BeforePic1.jpg


Thanks again for the assist, as suggested above the serial number was under the crank housing (and 3 coats of paint). Apparently this old gal started out blue, not red, or green as the outer peeling paint had suggested (I don't believe I mentioned I'm new to this, so it hadn't occurred to me that paint would completely fill in the frame stamped numbers?).

20140321_212702.jpg


SO, finally after some picking scratching and acetone help, I find the serial #: Y 26 526 !!! Yey! Now armed with "knowledge", I googled... and googled, aaaand googled, I tried Bing, even Jeeves. I'm coming up with nothing on the serial number.


The hubs are: New Departure, rear coaster model D.
The Rear dropouts are backward facing, and It has what I assume to be the holders for the old style bracket drop stand (not a regular kickstand, which was DIY welded on afterwords).
The Drive train is 1" (skiptooth), and the crank is stamped (above).
26" wheels.
Odd stem, split down the middle & a plug instead of the 1/2 circle slider thingy.

Any ideas on this old gal? I don't think it really matters at this point, I'm just curious, about age and of course value, but mainly age. 1930's?
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,280
Evans, GA
I'm sure a more knowledgeable member will weigh in but looks late '30s early 40s to me. As far as value not too much there-maybe $50 whole and a few more $$ if you parted. V/r Shawn
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,844
Western North carolina
The reversed year coding starts around 1940. I suspect this bike is a couple years before that.
 

Dmack33

On Training Wheels
Mar 2, 2014
4
North Carolina
Close enough. Finish?

The reversed year coding starts around 1940. I suspect this bike is a couple years before that.
That's close enough to consensus for me... 1938-ish it is.


Follow up question: To strip & Paint or not? Generally I lean heavily toward not, but given it's been painted an exceptionally sh*(&y house paint green I'm considering it.


Thanks guys,
Dave
 
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