Where to find?

Discussion in 'Military Bicycles' started by JimRoy, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. #1 Posted Apr 22, 2018

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I restore approx 10-12 prewar bicycles a year and a few weeks ago I started my first 1943 Huffman G519 restoration. I have quickly learned that the wheels are darn hard to find. I have everything else except for a correct Persons seat and a bag. The frame is currently at my frame builders getting some repairs. JimRoy
     
  2. #2 Posted Apr 23, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Yes, these are very hard to find. The only solution I have found is to build a set. You can find NOS military wheel. They are pricey. Expect between 2 to 300 for the pair. Get 10G spokes. Find some civilian hub and lace them up. Then keep looking for original military hubs. Last pair I saw sold for $900. I will have $500 into just a set of wheels once they are laced up. This using civilian prewar marrow hub drilled out for 10G spokes, and a Bendix heavy duty hub from a cycle truck or wizzer.
     
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  3. #3 Posted Apr 23, 2018

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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  4. #4 Posted Apr 23, 2018

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    Thanks. I should have listened to Mrs. JimRoy and kept walking when i saw the old military bike frame for $125 . I will have well over a grand in the restoration .
     
  5. #5 Posted Apr 23, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    How could you not buy it for that? I’d love to find a frame especially for that price.

     
  6. #6 Posted Apr 23, 2018

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    I couldn't walk by.
     
  7. #7 Posted Apr 24, 2018

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    A nicely restored 1943 G519 Huffman is easily worth 2 to 3K... So you're still good...

    Have sent you a message regarding the rims...
     
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  8. #8 Posted Apr 24, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    JimRoy -

    I do have a correct Eclipse 'M' 36-10 rear hub, 36-10 front hub, and proper rims. I also have the seat frame and possibly the seat pan.
     
  9. #9 Posted May 16, 2018

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    I should be done with my G519 tribute build in a couple of weeks. I completed the wheels today. The front wheel was easy to lace and true. Lacing the rear wheel Morrow hub was a beast. They are so nice I can't stop looking at them. I will mount the tires this weekend and post pictures. JimRoy
     
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  10. #10 Posted May 20, 2018 at 6:35 PM

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    Wheels are done and drap:)
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  11. #11 Posted May 20, 2018 at 9:38 PM

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Looks great. What front hub did you wind up going with? Where did you get your spokes?