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Discussion in 'Project Rides' started by rickyd, May 17, 2017.
Long long long term project at least it's rolling
Nice bones, looks like the hard part is done.
Looking good in the early stages.
That's a dream bike right there !!
That is awesome looking ride!
One of My Favorite Ballooners!
Congrats, You have a great start on this. Please post your progress.
A few pics of Ty's awesome TF for inspiration! V/r Shawn
Made a trade
Nice! I might have the chain ring in case you need it.
That seat seat is real cool. Nice ride!
Are you going to keep it fenderless? These bicycles bottom out every time you hit a pot hole. You will have to replace the springs or use tension washers in key spots to stop that annoying occurrence. It is starting to look very nice. I see you found that elusive and expensive tank. Congrats!
I suppose it depends on how much you weigh. I have three TFs and have never bottomed out. I have a set of John's springs and if you are above 200lbs you may want to contact him for a set otherwise you should be fine unless they are just wore out. V/r Shawn
John's springs are definitely the way to go.
Bought John's springs couple weeks ago. Hoping to find a Huffman sweetheart sprocket before going forward, fenders maybe, the guard seems to be the big ticket item at this time. long term project no hurry here.
Catfish had a Huffman aluminum guard for sale. First though was this originally badged as a Huffman brand or a Firestone? What is the serial number? What numbers are stamped on the back of the fork crown? V/r Shawn
Serial number, I see nothing that would denote a firestone badged bike. Of course badge was robbed. Two inch spacing on badge screws or rivets. ps back of fork stamped 4 8
Early '38 bike--this actually surprises me to see one this early. I don't believe the Firestone specific numbers weren't used until '39 on these so you could badge this one either way safely. @37fleetwood may be able to shed more light on this one but those are my thoughts. V/r Shawn
You could try posting a pic of the head tube and maybe there is a slight outline from the badge it had.
Shawn - great looking ride!!