Prewar Hiawatha

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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
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Southern California
Well, I finally found my front fender with the curved brace. Looks Colson to me, but if it fits it stays! And the fender is decent enough to use as well. But now I’ll need to find a rear fender to match :sunglasses:
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Decided to use the peaked fenders instead of the Colson, so build is back on track. Not much new to report though. Work got busy and I’ve had no free time to paint the frame and fenders yet. Hoping to have some free time to get back on it soon
 
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Frame is in primer now. Found a couple more spots that need a little more work. But it’s close to being ready for paint.
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
But now I’m rethinking my color choice for the frame and fork. Decisions decisions
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Got the second color on the chainguard. Real happy with the way it turned out.

More work to be done on the fenders though. Bought some nice curved chrome fender braces, and curved rear rack legs for the bike this past weekend. Now I need to fit them properly and re-prime the fenders and get so paint on them. All in all, I’m very happy with how it’s coming out. Not restored, but it will be a nice rider for me. It will replace my regular rider when it’s done

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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Not Hiawatha related, but I found a replacement fork for my ‘36 Shelby. Tweaked all to heck, but the steering stem was in great shape. And the threaded section was perfect. So I’ll show some before and after straightening shots. Then it’s ready for paint to better match the Shelby.

Before pics...
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Sorry, no idea why the pictures posted twice. Double the fun I suppose ;)
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Still waiting on paint for the frame and fenders. But I did make some time to fix my damaged Shelby fork.
My 1936 Shelby came to me with a damaged steering stem on the fork. Really like the paint on it and didn’t want to replace it, but I temporarily did. With the fork in the pictures above. That gave me time to fix the one that matches my Shelby...
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Now I just need to make some time to paint my darn Hiawatha
 

Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
After looking at the parts I’ve already painted, I decided to do a better job repairing the frame. It had a lot of small dents in it. So, primer was stripped back off and more metal work was to be done. In the first pic you might be able to see some of the dents. I had filled them with putty, but I decided this was coming out nicer than I had intended it, so I went back and did some metal finishing instead. Second set of pics is after the metal finishing. And the last pic is frame with the first coat of heavy fill primer applied. Then it’s back to watching paint dry and repeating until it’s smooth and ready for its color.

So the project is back on track again!
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Just Jeff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2019
466
48
Southern California
Primer is dry and smoothed out on the frame. It’s ready for the first coat of color finally!
Also received this in the mail today. Gotta love nos nickel plating.
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