Prewar Hiawatha

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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
I bought this bike about 15 years ago for the lofty sum of 5 bucks! Threw some cheapo chrome fenders on it and rode it for a few years. Then it got put into storage. Fast forward to about 5 years ago when I pulled it out of storage and loaned it to a friend who wanted a bike to ride. Unfortunately, said friend left it outside. Didn’t tell me this, I found out when I went over to visit one day. Bikes paint was shot. Chrome was gone. Sad day for me.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I drug it out to start working on it. This is where I shall start the build. Frame is stripped to bare metal now. Need to fix a few dents before it gets some paint. Front forks are stripped and painted, ready to go. Chain guard is ready to be stripped. And I believe I found a correct rear rack for it.

What I know about it. Prewar Gambles Hiawatha. Shelby built. Original Shock ease springer fork. Original chain guard. Everything else I’ll be searching for...

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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Won’t be restored, I’m just building a new daily rider for myself. And I’ll be searching for any info I can get on it. Would love to track down a year on it too.
 

spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
5,422
Minneapolis, United States
i have the same bike with tank,mine is a 41,look at the rear hub date
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Original wheels were gone when I got the bike. It has Schwinn s2 from the ‘70’s on it
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Not a whole lot of progress today. But I did get my front fender dimpled to clear the fork legs, and got the new attachment point drilled. Still need to find my curved fender braces, but I think all the parts are now ready for minor bodywork and paint.
Getting busy at work so my progress may slow down, but I’ll post pics when I get more done
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Took a break from the Hiawatha today. Still need to get some brazing material together to fill the dents in the frame. Should be back to working on it next week though.

Did a little work on a JC Higgins that was given to me over the weekend. First pic is how I got it. Second pic is how it looks today.
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Got some supplies, so maybe I’ll have some time to get work done on the Hiawatha this weekend. Also need to get to the small bicycle swap on Saturday in Whittier. See if I can find a few things I need
 
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Not much new to report today. My wheels are laced up and ready to be trued. But I didn’t have time to grab photos. So, until I can, think black war time hubs with shiny stainless spokes in cream powder coated drop centers.
Still have some more filling to do on the frame dents, and some minor work to be done on my fenders. Then it’s paint time!
I’m looking forward to seeing some paint on this bike!
 
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Got a little cleaning done on the cranks and sprocket that were on the bike when I got it. And have a couple questions about them. Cranks look original, but is the sprocket correct for the bike? And if not, what chain ring would be correct?
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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,844
Western North carolina
Got a little cleaning done on the cranks and sprocket that were on the bike when I got it. And have a couple questions about them. Cranks look original, but is the sprocket correct for the bike? And if not, what chain ring would be correct?
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Shelby outsourced chain rings at times, I believe yours is original. They were made by Murray, but are slightly different, note the first row of cutouts on Scribble's all Murray built bike above, they're bigger and more oval shaped. Shelby more commonly used Wald 'swirl' rings on it's middle and lower end models.
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
Thank you for the info. I shall keep it on the bike. It cleaned up nice enough to leave it anyhow after I swapped sides anyhow ;)
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
375
48
Southern California
After building the cream wheels with the black war hubs I ran across a set of chrome drop centers with New Departure hubs.

So now I’m wondering if they would be correct for the Hiawatha or not? If so, I may just use them and save the powder coated wheels for a different project
 
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