Urgent! Wards Hawthorne project


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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
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Earlville, IL, United States
#1
This belongs to my 90 year old uncle who reluctantly agreed to allow me to refurbish it for him. He thinks he bought it in 1941 maybe, and stuck it in the rafters in his garage around 1956 possibly. I brought it down yesterday for the first time since then. It's completely original and I think it will clean up pretty good. I'd like to find out when it was actually made. Any help would be very appreciated. Here's a few pics.
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ivrjhnsn

I live for the CABE
Aug 27, 2013
1,304
2,391
Fitchburg ,MA
#4
Hopefully the battery trays are good, then the rest will be a piece of cake. Nice!
 

BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
244
59
Earlville, IL, United States
#7
Very nice! Yeah, looks to be a 1941 Snyder(Rollfast) built Wards Hawthorne. The fork is bent back pretty bad, but that can be remedied with a lil work by skilled hands.
I didn't notice the fork until you mentioned it. It's hard to really tell it's bent in person. I'm going to make some initial cleanup of the front end today and see what it looks like. It so full of saw dust and years of dust from the garage that it's hard to see all the details. As a whole, the bike doesn't look too bad. I know the paint on the headlight is shot, but I don't think there will be much painting to do.

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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
244
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Earlville, IL, United States
#8
I took off the front end with no problems at all. He must have it something pretty hard because the fins on the left side of the fork crown are slightly compressed. I may leave that all alone. He's never going to ride it. It's going to just be for show basically.
I opened the tank. Wiring is bad with rust in there. I did find the instructions for the Make A Lite generator tucked inside there.
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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
244
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Earlville, IL, United States
#13
I worked on the front hub today and did some polishing of the front wheel. The wheel is painted the same as the bike. The spokes cleaned up well too. This was my first time working with a front fork system like this. What did people do back then when they had to remove the tire? Everything has to come off just to remove the wheel. Is there a simpler method?
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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
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244
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Earlville, IL, United States
#14
What model Hawthorne is this bike, and where did it fit in the lineup for 1941?

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SKPC

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 2, 2018
998
5,616
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Utah - United States
#15
Looks like the front hub was adjusted too tight & damaged one cone. Easy fix. The fork is a conundrum and regardless is B.A. So complicated. Just be happy the linkage plates are still there. I need a pair for my Hawthorne tanker similar to your bike.:weary: As you strip it down and clean it, find some help for the fork and paint, it will be worth it. I would get a brass wire brush set and mineral spirits to clean the front and back hubs & spokes of debris and road dirt. Be careful with this solvent as the rims are painted. Just be ready with a soft cloth to clean any wayward solvent when cleaning the metal.
Treat the rims similar to the paint, however you decide to do that. Keep us posted. Will love to see it done...:D
 

TieDye

I live for the CABE
Aug 24, 2015
1,003
919
Henderson, MI, United States
#16
This belongs to my 90 year old uncle who reluctantly agreed to allow me to refurbish it for him. He thinks he bought it in 1941 maybe, and stuck it in the rafters in his garage around 1956 possibly. I brought it down yesterday for the first time since then. It's completely original and I think it will clean up pretty good. I'd like to find out when it was actually made. Any help would be very appreciated. Here's a few pics.
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Here's the 41 catalog page.
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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
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Earlville, IL, United States
#17
The paint on the headlight was shot but I could tell it was white so I repainted it today. The holder for the green reflector didn't appear to have been painted unless it all completely wore off. Were those painted? The original lens is kind of yellowed from age.
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CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
615
1,292
60
Pacific Northwest , United States
#19
very nice bike.
experience is telling me to strongly advise against repainting anything else or doing any touch-ups whatsoever
I Agree with rustjunkie , Non invasive and mild cleaning is where I'd start. The headlight lense may clean up with a little warm water a a small drop of dishwashing liquid. ( inside and outside ) The yellowish color will look great if ever lit up. That's such a cool bike . Be as gentle as possible. It will be a learning experience for sure. With old bikes , you get lots of challenges. Take it slow . Learn from each step. I commend you for asking questions , and providing the pictures. What a cool bike , with a cool story . Please continue with the updates . :rolleyes:
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,217
34,900
East Los
#20
Just leave it be! Bike really just needs a light cleaning, a full service, fork straightening and worn pieces replaced. The bike has such a nice mellowed patina to it that harsh chemicals, metal brushes and paint are not needed. Now that beautiful worn light that matched the rest of the bike will stick out like a sore thumb and be it's main focus rather than the beauty of the bike as a whole. In the end, the bike is yours to do as you wish...but I would step back to do research, ask questions and really think about it before doing something that cannot be easliy undone...
 

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