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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Just about finished the clean up and service.on this heavy duty 1963 Columbia Newsboy Special.
Some paint damage but, finding one of these utilitarian used bikes in showroom paint condition I think is impossible. But, I'm sure there is one hidden in an attic or barn somewhere.
Had to hive the heavily rusted rims an acid bath, then Boiled Linseed Oil applied to keep the corrosion at bay.
Had to replace one of the "Davis" Western Auto "puncture proof" tires on the front wheel with a "pay it forward" Davis replacement.
I think it looks just right with the scratches and some pitting. It rides smooth as expected.

As I found it
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A little elbow grease brings it to this
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It's all about the Tanklights!!

How did I run out of room so fast?
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
J.D. Dont know where you live but I like the spot you take your photos in as much as your bikes. Sure looks peacefull. Is that your back yard? River, pond, lake? Some catfish lurking in there?:)
 

jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Thanks for the compliment Tinker.
It is my backyard.
For living in the city of Norfolk Va. it is our own little oasis. I have about a 25 x 15' front yard but 110 feet of lakeside waterfront on about a 1/3 of an acre. 42 trees...we'll it used to be that many. I have taken down a few tress to make room for the bike shop.
Still plenty of shade too.

Freshwater fishing to include, Largemouth Bass, Mud cats (a few Channel cats), Bream, Crappie, Bowfin, and lots of 15 - 25 lb Carp. Our own little park. Great for cookouts too.
Fishing is my other passion. It's the reason I bought the place. Then I started finding rusty bikes.

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It's all about the Tanklights!!

How did I run out of room so fast?
 
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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
1951 Color Flow. This was one of Steve Kiener's bikes. Steve talked me into buying it a couple of years ago at a Eden NC swap.
Steve always had a way to show you what a classic should be and he was one that treated you right on the price. Let's just he was persuasive. I'm glad I pulled the trigger on it.
Since I brought it home, it had been broken down for cleaning and ended up hanging in parts from my rafters as one that would be next on the stand.
Did some thorough cleaning, waxing and some rust removal. Working on the wheels right now but, she's coming along nicely. Soon to be ready for a ride.

After I got it and before I put it away

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And now just about all back together.
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It's all about the Tanklights!!

How did I run out of room so fast?
 
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Current project

John you do some great work, bike looks great. I'm working on this 57 Hawthorne and it's really not cleaning up very well. The whole bike was covered in hard rust. It's a damn shame because the bike is 100 percent bone stock. I started with a simple green soak and then wd40/ steel wool and got the paint to pop a bit. But the real problem is much of the bike is badly pitted. I thought of doing a OA bath but I don't think it's going to solve that problem. It will be a decent little rider though, not pretty but solid. Rob.
 

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Thanks Rob. Your Hawthorne might fare well it with the acid bath. It will remove the rust.
Then if you go bare metal then the bath really isn't as good as a stripper.

Here is pretty much the finished Color Flow. Added a little bling as well with the Batwing.

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It's all about the Tanklights!!

How did I run out of room so fast?
 
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Project bike

John you do some great work, bike looks great. I'm working on this 57 Hawthorne and it's really not cleaning up very well. The whole bike was covered in hard rust. It's a damn shame because the bike is 100 percent bone stock. I started with a simple green soak and then wd40/ steel wool and got the paint to pop a bit. But the real problem is much of the bike is badly pitted. I thought of doing a OA bath but I don't think it's going to solve that problem. It will be a decent little rider though, not pretty but solid. Rob.
. It's done for now, still disappointed with the pitting but it's a goo rider. Rob.
 

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Nice Rob.
The thing about pits...you never have to worry about damaging the bike if it ever falls.

It's all about the Tanklights!!

How did I run out of room so fast?
 
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