Welding Hawthorne duralium

Discussion in 'Bicycle Restoration Tips' started by 99 bikes, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. #1 Posted Apr 29, 2018

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Hello Cabe'rs.

    While at a very cool garage sale yesterday that had many tank bikes, cruisers, and hot rod parts I spotted and brought home a Hawthorne duralium frameset. In my enthusiasm I didn't quite look the frame over as closely as I should have and only noticed the broken rear drop when I got home. Bummer but I hope to fix and make it a functional bike once again.

    Has anybody had repair work done on these frames, are they weldable? I assume they are 6000 series alloy? I have a friend that is a very competent welder and before I contact him about repair I thought i'd ask the pros for guidance first. I sure hope to proceed on this build.

    Thanks!

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  2. #2 Posted May 14, 2018

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Just a quick update for those with interest.

    Welder did a fantastic job, no issues so far.

    I will post repair photos when I receive them.

    Cheers.
     
  3. #3 Posted May 14, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    It’s good to have friends with skills.
     
  4. #4 Posted May 18, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    It truly is!

    The frame is currently being heat treated and should be back in my hands very soon, I hope today.

    I'll post photos and build as it progresses.
     
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