Shenandoah Speedster - 37 Colson LWB

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KurseD

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 18, 2012
59
41
Staunton, VA
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.
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rick whitehurst

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 8, 2017
118
62
Walla Walla Wa.
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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KurseD

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 18, 2012
59
41
Staunton, VA
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?
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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KurseD

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 18, 2012
59
41
Staunton, VA
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.
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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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
20,915
East Los
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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KurseD

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 18, 2012
59
41
Staunton, VA
Looks like a '36 going by the lack of a date code, Lobdell straightside rims & fenders. Cool project. Wouldn't mind finding one myself.
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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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
20,915
East Los
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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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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KurseD

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 18, 2012
59
41
Staunton, VA
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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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
20,915
East Los
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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If chrome, then most likely off a Shelby or other deluxe 36-ish bike. Front is probably correct.
 
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Hammerhead

I live for the CABE
Oct 5, 2018
1,020
Franklin,NH
Cool project. It’s nice that your daughters are interested and helping you get it back on the road. Keep posting your progress please and thank you.
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