Pre 1937 Colson serial number project

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tjkajecj

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 13, 2012
370
Belleville, Il
I got what I believe to be a '36 girls recently, sweet heart chain ring, smooth fork shoulder, rounded fenders with flat braces, triple step wheels, but no decernible month year code like the later bikes.

Wrong seat and stem, but most everything else seems appropriate.

Tim
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tjkajecj

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 13, 2012
370
Belleville, Il
Looks like the "36's may have been a sequential number, followed by a month letter code from what I see in this post.


Tim
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,739
East Los
1935 ladies Colson. E4 hub date. Selling some parts from it if anyone is interested. There is a Colson chart somewhere here or online that I found to confirm what the original owner's daughter told me.

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Thanks for the info. Can we get a pic of the entire bike? Or at least the frame? Thanks

I've never seen a chart, nor have any other the Colson guys I've spoken to. if you have a pic or link, please post here.
 

TieDye

I live for the CABE
Aug 24, 2015
1,086
Henderson, MI, United States
Thanks for the info. Can we get a pic of the entire bike? Or at least the frame? Thanks

I've never seen a chart, nor have any other the Colson guys I've spoken to. if you have a pic or link, please post here.
I have the link saved on one of my computers. I will find it as soon as I can. Here is a picture of the frame. It was originally green when it was new. The daughter painted it when her mom gave it to her 30 years ago.

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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,739
East Los
I have the link saved on one of my computers. I will find it as soon as I can. Here is a picture of the frame. It was originally green when it was new. The daughter painted it when her mom gave it to her 30 years ago.

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Thank you. 28" bike, correct?
 

TieDye

I live for the CABE
Aug 24, 2015
1,086
Henderson, MI, United States
Early single bar. Possibly '35??
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Nice bike!! The computer I saved the serial number information on is on my Vista machine and the video card is not wanting to work right this morning. But, I looked up the ladies bike I posted the pictures of, and this source told me that before 1937 their serial numbers were very easy to figure out. The 5 stood for 1935, and the L in mine stood for Ladies model, and then 2222 was the sequential serial number. So, I would agree that yours, as well, is a 1935. The next letter C in yours would be the model, but they made several men's models, so who knows? I'll keep trying to get this Vista machine to boot because I am pretty sure the link was saved there because it's not on my Win 7 computer. I'll check my phone too.
 
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SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,109
62
Utah - United States
The "L" may be December, not "ladies".....a previous post of a pre-36 ladies bike does not have the "L" as you state..(post#11) Show me an "M" on a colson and I may change my mind.
 
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,739
East Los
Nice bike!! The computer I saved the serial number information on is on my Vista machine and the video card is not wanting to work right this morning. But, I looked up the ladies bike I posted the pictures of, and this source told me that before 1937 their serial numbers were very easy to figure out. The 5 stood for 1935, and the L in mine stood for Ladies model, and then 2222 was the sequential serial number. So, I would agree that yours, as well, is a 1935. The next letter C in yours would be the model, but they made several men's models, so who knows? I'll keep trying to get this Vista machine to boot because I am pretty sure the link was saved there because it's not on my Win 7 computer. I'll check my phone too.
It's the 37-on serials that are easy to figure out due to the additional 2 digit date stamping. I am curious to see what you have to share tho. Thanks for the help.
 

tjkajecj

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 13, 2012
370
Belleville, Il
Sort of related, has anyone ever seen a "A" or "B' serial number on a prewar Colson bike?
I have seen everything from "C" to "L", but not the first two letters of the alphabet.
Just curious.

Tim
 
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SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,109
62
Utah - United States
The other interesting thing isthat pre-36 frames with the possible year/mo stamps are so far using only the numbers 1, 2, 3 & 6 after the letter(month) code. Looking forward to some more frames' serial numbers.... (@tripple3 )
 
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Archie Sturmer

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 13, 2018
960
Los Angeles, CA, USA
so far using only the numbers 1, 2, 3 &
So I wonder how often the sequence number was reset or started over, and from what first number, and what do the stamped serial numbers tell us about the production numbers, (if anything). Were the individual bikes stamped, or the lots of bottom brackets; i.e., stamped at what stage in the production process.
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Two (2) formerly badge-less 28" double drop bar frames, 3E1321, (May 1933); ?E0166, (May 193?).
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,739
East Los
So I wonder how often the sequence number was reset or started over, and from what first number, and what do the stamped serial numbers tell us about the production numbers, (if anything). Were the individual bikes stamped, or the lots of bottom brackets; i.e., stamped at what stage in the production process.
frame 10.jpg Elgin frame 4.jpg
Two (2) formerly badge-less 28" double drop bar frames, 3E1321, (May 1933); ?E0166, (May 193?).
Pics of the bikes? Or at least frames if possible.
 
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