Westfield Elgin Rustoration/Resurrection

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  1. #1 Posted Jan 13, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    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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  2. #2 Posted Jan 13, 2018

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Looks the same to me. :p

    Just kidding, it looks great job! I know that the red paint would come right off and make a huge difference
     
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  3. #3 Posted Jan 13, 2018

    I live for the CABE

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    Nice transformation, came out really nice.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Funny! Yes, the graffiti remover worked out nicely–thanks!
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I replaced the Torrington Deco stem with another Torrington Deco stem too. The original was broken when I got it.
     
  6. #6 Posted Jan 13, 2018

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Cleaned up real nice!
     
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  7. #7 Posted Jan 13, 2018

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    That looks great! And that @fboggs1986 is a great guy as well!
     
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  8. #8 Posted Jan 14, 2018

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Looking good!
     
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  9. #9 Posted Jan 14, 2018

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Wow, nice! Great job.
    Question: what's the difference between a Schwinn hockey stick and the chain guard you have in your Elgin?
     
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  10. #10 Posted Jan 16, 2018 at 7:36 AM

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    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." photo-1-2-jpg.jpg
     
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  11. #11 Posted Jan 16, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Oops! My mistake. #learningcurve
     
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