Trailblazer, let's see how this develops.

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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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It is starting with this. (more to come)
circa 1927 Hawthorne Trailblazer.
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needs serious cleaning, a bit of metal fill on the chain stays, see how it looks after cleaning it, may just shoot a clear matte over what is left of the paint.

I have a set of mud guards to use on it, probably use a Westfield chain wheel that I have. It will be a franken bike, time will tell.
 
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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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So I started cleaning the lichens and crud off the frame, still have to do some repairs on the chain stays.

The Hawthorne has a 1927 Westfield serial number on it. Surprisingly, the bottom bracket, stays, rear fork, heck the entire frame except the top and mid tube are identical to my 1929 Westfield.

So that all leads me to believe, that Westfield manufactured the machine for Wards.

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It's going to take some work.
I do have a junk 1930 Westfield that I will use for donor parts. Crank set, chainring, headset bearings and cups. Seat tube binder.

The fun has begun.
 

SKPC

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Great frame Pierce. It will ride nice when you get it all greased up and rolling!
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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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Built the rear hub.

Nos cog, discs, axle, driver, clutch assembly, transfer spring and bearings.
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Had to clean the original packing oil off of the discs, for some reason over the last 70 years +/-, the discs were solidly stuck together, which would not lead to a good riding experience.
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Did a repair on the chain stay also, did my best to make that look old
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Need to get the wheels trued soon also.
 
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Balloonoob

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if you were wondering.

I used the same spokes I took off of the wheels when I broke them down. 11-5/8" front and rear.
Nice. I'm glad they worked for you. I think the 286mm (11.26 inches) are gonna work for the model d / 28 inch wheels setup that i have. Nice repair on the chain stay.
 
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Archie Sturmer

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Jun 13, 2018
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Nice; Franken-bike looks like it has a Snyder frame and fork; does not look much like my 1927-E or 1930-H Westfield motorbikes; nor does the serial number which may just happen to have a letter “E”. Not all “E-bikes” are Westfields.

The odd straight (rod) seat stay bridge looks early or a MW Hawthorne feature; maybe similar to the exclusive 1932 (non-super) 26” balloon tire model(?). Maybe from the then newly acquired Excelsior plant nearer to MW Chicago.

Not sure if the M. Wards building in Chicago also had a statue or relief of a Greek/Roman-like diety (god/goddess) for “Progress” or “Commerce” or if that was just the slogan or buzzword of the day.
 
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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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Haven't had time to even look at this for a few weeks.

I had the wheels trued, they will work well.

Did a repair on the fork this afternoon, set a stud in it for the truss brace to bolt to (and maybe the fender), the original was sheared off.

While the fork repair is cooling, I did a mockup, with a different fork, to see what it might look like. Not really fond of the tires, I think I will use a different set. Anyway, it has potential.

All the bearings and cups are soaking in cleaner, maybe I will get time this weekend to assemble it.
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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
2,239
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Sanger, TX
Had a little more time tonight.

Swapped out the tires for some 28x1-5/8×1-1/2, donated by a china schwinn.

The headset cups that were in it are too narrow, I had a wider diameter pair, but no bearings for them. I am just going to use free bearings like in my Pierce Racer, just need some more time to assemble it all. This is the original fork, when I get the headset in, I will install the trusses and tie it all together.

Here's a better idea where it's going.

I am not going to use mudguards on it at this time, the set I have doesn't look right. Honestly, I kinda like it without them.

Really enjoying this tire color, they originally were a tan/beige, but look mostly gray now.

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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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Sanger, TX
Got the new headset bearings in the mail today. Also got a late 20's Troxel for it, need to recover it before it goes on.

Slapped the front end together, it looks okay as far as this will go. Just a crusty old rat motorbike.

Did the strider ride on it, coasted down the driveway, about 75 feet up the street turned a circle and rolled back to the driveway. It coasts very well, I think that it will roll sweetly when I decide which crank to use. Probably the one on the racer, as I have a Pierce crankset for it now.
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