Shelby Hiawatha Arrow 'Regrestoration'

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TRM

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 21, 2014
299
N.E. Alabama
This is a collaboration project between myself and Brant Mackley (@New Mexico Brant ). Brant pieced together all of the parts necessary to build a 1938 Hiawatha Arrow and passed off all of the painted parts to me to do what I call a 'regrestoration' on them.

All of the pieces will be media blasted down to bare metal, repairs made, and then individually prepared for paint. At that point the paint process will be a sort of regressive 'New Old Paint' meaning that despite being new, it will take on the characteristics and warmth of an 82 year old (used but not abused) survivor.

Along the way I will also take the opportunity to make molds from some of these rare sheet metal parts for future fiberglass reproductions!

Here is the starting point:
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TRM

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 21, 2014
299
N.E. Alabama
I actually started some of the work a while back after the parts first arrived. Some of you on facebook have already seen the tank but here is where it started.

The tank had some minor damage. You can see some of it here.
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The red insert had a dent that was 'oil canning' but I was able to hammer it out with a shrinking dolly and finish smoothing it with some filler.
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ZE52414

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 6, 2016
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Peoria, United States
New Mexico low rider! Lmao! It’s not funny at all. I think I would have got sick when I opened the box! It probably would’ve taken me 2 years to crack jokes about it too! What a shame, but I can’t wait to see how this one ends up! Good luck guys!
 

SteveF

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 14, 2019
217
40
Garland Texas
So here is part of the story, I bought the red and black Hiawatha Arrow in Switzerland in the fall of 2018. I believe Mike Spangler originally had it restored. It was a beauty only to arrive after shipping as a New Mexico low rider.

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What a heart breaker!
 
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1motime

I live for the CABE
Aug 7, 2019
1,320
WHERE I CHOOSE TO BE
I actually started some of the work a while back after the parts first arrived. Some of you on facebook have already seen the tank but here is where it started.

The tank had some minor damage. You can see some of it here.
1136649



The red insert had a dent that was 'oil canning' but I was able to hammer it out with a shrinking dolly and finish smoothing it with some filler.
1136653
Not going to strip it?
 

TRM

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 21, 2014
299
N.E. Alabama
To work on the tank halves and keep everything properly aligned I made a work surface that allowed the internal bracing to extend through and out of the way.
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This will come into play later when it comes time to make the molds.
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kreika

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 7, 2016
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Santa Cruz
So here is part of the story, I bought the red and black Hiawatha Arrow in Switzerland in the fall of 2018. I believe Mike Spangler originally had it restored. It was a beauty only to arrive after shipping as a New Mexico low rider.

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Wow that’s a cryin shame! Here is a perfect example why complete disassembly and excessive packing materials are required for safe shipments. What a waste of vintage metal. It’s a sad in the vintage bike world. :(
 
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