Westfield Elgin Rustoration/Resurrection


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jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
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Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#1
A month ago I bought this 1936(?) Westfield-built Elgin from an older gentleman with a cane. He'd had it for decades and never got around to fixing it up. Here are the before/afters of its rustoration. Everything is the same, with the exception of the drop stand, new grips and tires, and replacing the Torrington Deco Stem with another TDS since the original was broken. Thanks to Frank Boglioli for the helping hand.

Westfield Elgin Before After Driveway.jpg


Westfield Elgin Before After House Rev.jpg


Westfield Elgin Before After Badge.jpg


Westfield Elgin Before After Chainguard.jpg


Westfield Elgin Before After Seat.jpg


Westfield Elgin Before After House Frame.jpg
 
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jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
110
179
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#5
I replaced the Torrington Deco stem with another Torrington Deco stem too. The original was broken when I got it.
 

jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
110
179
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#10
Wow, nice! Great job.
Question: what's the difference between a Schwinn hockey stick and the chain guard you have in your Elgin?
Good question–they sure do look alike. Based on the original Elgin ads from the time period, the bike wasn't sold with a chain guard. Interestingly, here are pics of other Elgins from the time period with the same chain guard. (Link to original 2012 thread posted by @rustjunkie: https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/37-elgin-oriole-parts-needed.64879/)

"The bike shown in the op is a Murray built, here's a Westfield-built 1937 that I had, it was orig:

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"This picture was taken from the Nov/Dec issue of CBN 2012
Bike is said to be all original and it does have the rack in question and the one that I am seeking to buy. I guess both were available and offered through the Sears catalog during this era."
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Rides4Fun

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 19, 2017
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Front Royal, Virginia
#11
Awesome effort on your part in getting that bike back in order! I’m sure the previous owner would be smiling big if he saw it now.
 
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jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
110
179
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
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