So who prefers to "Preserve the Crust"?

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Kickstand3

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2014
2,587
Grapevine Tx
Reminds me of my Grandad's lunch box!
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This was his backup. He was a sheet metal guy and typical Depression era type. He just repaired the one he used every day and never needed this one. Same handle and all. Is yours made by Aladdin Industries, Inc. in Nashville, TN USA?

Yours has great paint!! ;)
Not sure probably 70s found it at a swap meet a few years back
 
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
20,905
East Los
A big part of keeping crusty bikes crusty is the low cost of satisfaction. When a bike's paint and chrome are too far gone why not leave it as-is and enjoy instead of spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars "restoring" it? Leave it be, chalk it up to the bike's history and add to it instead of wiping it away by sand blasting and stripping. These crusty bikes still have a lot of life in them. All it takes is a bit of elbow grease, tires/tubes and any other worn parts to keep them rolling.

If just isn't your thing, odds are someone else will dig it.
 
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Phattiremike

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2016
2,081
Dahlonega Ga.
Rust and patina are not my thing but I went out of my way to preserve the rust and patina on this 1932-33 Colson tandem only because of the advertising signs. It's on it's way to a new local transportation/car museum for display along w/ some other bikes. Added a rough looking Klaxton and will add a few more accessories before dropping it off. Boiled linseed oil really helped to bring out the various colors and made it pop!

-Mike

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