Shenandoah Speedster - 37 Colson LWB

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  1. #1 Posted Aug 7, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Grandpa bought this one at an estate auction around 25 years ago. He found me drooling over it and gifted it to me. I thought it was a 35ish Hawthorne at first, but it appears it may just have a Hawthorne sprocket as the frame, forks, and bar stem resemble the 37 Colson lwb.

    Serial is 7872 E, meaning May 1937 ???

    Anyone have a picture of the proper head badge for one of these? I'm guessing the vertical "Flyer" badge, but that's a total guess as I'm a rookie to all of this.

    No real plans just yet. Would like to build her to resemble the 20s era board track racers, but we will just decide things as we go. My daughters (11 & 12) are pitching in also.

    We stripped it down and scrubbed the frame last week. Can't wait to get it finished up. Here are some pics for now, hope you enjoy. 8905353ca37b157ac66e2bff094fbaeb.jpg a3feb8630e02e903aaf46c9bc7196903.jpg 3facff71d0921413b1b08e0908c6e8fa.jpg 0583ed5b2b6b14f36066bd811d6be93a.jpg f3101f799496fc4ca6e062dea32031e9.jpg de2e05edd84b3993fab3f6b6d913496d.jpg d50c9f04c45e58d6ecdf69b755b1a35d.jpg d162c4c4a327aad39581cd119dab4b29.jpg 39ffe4e0e6bf1505ab0eee73542a6be9.jpg 0f73b512a1bbdc098145f521673b7581.jpg 7ba3738ae421bfbd46cbf3c0416b21d4.jpg 3a4b78f59c19ca549071dcee98dd348d.jpg

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  2. #2 Posted Aug 7, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I like those handlebars. Let me know if you decide to part with them. And that's a fairly difficult to find gooseneck. Is it pitted much?
     
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  3. #3 Posted Aug 7, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Have fun with this project. It's cool that your daughters are helping out. My 12-year-old son Phin has been helping me with a couple projects and he's loving it.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Aug 7, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Quite a lot of pitting, but I've seen worse. It's been sitting out enjoying the weather for quite a lot of years. Keeping the bars for now, but I'll let you know if that changes.

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Will do. We work on all sorts of things together. I love having them around and soak it all in while I still have them.

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  6. #6 Posted Aug 7, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Looks like a '36 going by the lack of a date code, Lobdell straightside rims & fenders. Cool project. Wouldn't mind finding one myself.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thanks! Very possible, I thought they changed serial style mid year 37.

    So those rims and fenders are stock for a Colson?

    I can tell you all sorts of differences in antique cars and trucks, bicycles are a new game to me. I really enjoy learning anything I can though.

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  8. #8 Posted Aug 7, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Kinda strange that the bike almost looks like it has a lower model shallow Colson front fender, while the rear is the deeper style. I have two '36 double bars. The crusty one has the shallow fenders, while the black one came equipped with deep ones.

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    It's hard to tell where the pieces and parts came from. The rear fender is chrome and the front was painted. I'm such a rookie, I have no idea what was original or not. Very interesting though.

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    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    If chrome, then most likely off a Shelby or other deluxe 36-ish bike. Front is probably correct.
     
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