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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

WANTED:   coaster hubs posted by: Gus Ruhnke on 2/3/2002 at 4:28:09 AM
Thank for the reply. The car - restoration - new construction was an alley find. Some fifty years old it was based on a 1903 Ford. Angle iron and plywood no motor but the drive went through belts gears and large link impliment chain to turn bike wheels crudely attched to a pipe axel. The front axel is a narrowed Ford model T unit. These large inside diameter hubs will hold sealed bearings on the soon to be modified spindles and the two new hubs willhold the drive axel which is now diferentaled. the buggy is now on springs modified from leafs off of a 56 Thunderbird. Power will be 5hp Briggs+Stratton. All on a new frame. Todays creation was taking the orig. steering wheel(from a treadle sewing machine)cuting the inner drive belt ring off and three of six spokes off to make a three spoked steering wheel. I have yet to make the new body, hope watching New Yankee Workshop taught me something. I have no digital pictures for now , so your imagination like radio will probably be more flattering than pile of parts I have . Thanks for the intrest and help. Gus

   RE:WANTED:   coaster hubs posted by Joel on 2/7/2002 at 9:17:38 PM
Sounds very heavy. The motor will come in handy. I may have a Morrow hub shell or 2 if you are still in need.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   coaster hubs posted by Gus on 2/9/2002 at 3:50:04 AM
What is a Morrow hub? The main reason for the eclipse is that it has a one and one half inch diameter inside,and matches the fronts. Ive Go-Kart hubs that fit inside. Yes, weight is a concern. I now have a list of four or five local people who collect and deal parts. So maybe Ill get lucky.

WANTED:   chrome Shelby tank posted by: Charlie on 2/2/2002 at 1:28:15 PM
I am looking for a chrome tank for a 1952 Shelby model 52a men's frame.

BALLOON:   Pathfinder tank detailing posted by: Charlie on 2/2/2002 at 1:19:26 PM
Anybody know what the tank detailing is like on a late 1920's Mead Pathfinder? I've seen Ranger tank decals, but never Pathfinder. Thanks.

BALLOON:   What kind of frame do I have? posted by: Michael on 2/1/2002 at 10:22:41 PM
I have pictures of the bycycle that I can forward to anyone who can identify. The serial number on the bottom of the crank case reads, "SC 42944". IT has black 26 x 2.125 tires. The wheel slides out of the rear axle from front to back (horizontally). The features of the rear axle look unique. Each sides is bowed outward resembling wings. At a side view of of these "wings" looks like an upside down sharks fin. The bike has a torpedo styled Delta headlight on the fender. The tank goes two or three inches past the seat seat tube. The tank also has a door on it. I think it is called a tool box. There is nothing fancy about the tank other than this little door. The bike also has a carrier which can be seen in my pictures. It also has U shaped handlebars. The bike was originally royal blue with a white creme color pattern on the fenders and headset (the usual triangular pattern).

I need to know what I have so that I can restore it to what it originally looked like at the time of sale.

Thank you

   RE:BALLOON:   What kind of frame do I have? posted by Joel on 2/1/2002 at 10:51:34 PM
Just a guess but from your discription of the tank it sounds like a Mercury built bike. (Maybe Elgin,Hiawatha??)

   Its a Murray? posted by Gary M on 2/2/2002 at 5:50:02 AM
wing tip rear stays are a trademark of Murray. Bet its got a manhole cover sprocket too.

   RE:BALLOON:   What kind of frame do I have? posted by Gordon on 2/5/2002 at 4:10:04 AM
The upside down shark fins are the stops for the rear "motorcycle" type kickstand. This indicates that your bike is prewar (WWII). I agree with Joel that your bike might be an Elgin or Hiawatha.

AGE / VALUE:   firestone model 500 posted by: jerry ford on 2/1/2002 at 3:40:38 AM
i am trying to find out information about the firestone model 500 serial # H119546 bicycle. i would like to know the manufacturer, year and approximate value. the bicycle is in original above average condition. thank you for any help you can give.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   firestone model 500 posted by Robert on 2/12/2002 at 2:38:39 AM
I beleive that Monark made them in the early to mid 1950's.
I've seen them go for anywhere from $500-$1000 in condition 6-7. Hope this helps.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   firestone model 500 posted by jerry ford on 2/20/2002 at 5:28:40 AM
i have pictures available if it will help anyone identify this bicycle. please email me and i will email the pictures.

AGE / VALUE:   crescent 238 posted by: Rick Brunelle on 1/31/2002 at 6:45:41 PM
i have a crescent238 female wooden wheel bicycle that im interested in selling because i have no use for it ,it was left in the estate with other stuff if any body is interested in this or knows what it might be worth please email me thanx Rick rickm@together.net

WANTED:   Coaster Hubs posted by: Gus Ruhnke on 1/31/2002 at 2:53:06 AM
I need two hubs marked ECLIPSE MACHINE DIVISION--ELMIRA N.Y.---P3---36--13 One with a J4 instead of P3 is the same part I believe. The part has 36 holes, The condition can be rusty, and I need no internal Parts. I already have two,and I want four. I will confess that makes my project a car. Guess I need to reinvent the horseless carriage. Any help apreciated thanks. Gus

   RE:WANTED:   Coaster Hubs posted by Stacey on 1/31/2002 at 11:10:55 AM
Sorry Gus, no help on the hubs. But I'd love to see/hear more about your project. I'm facinated by the creative process of reconfiguring bicycles in to alternately styled vehicles. Got pics or a web site?

In the wind,

   RE:WANTED:   Coaster Hubs posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 1/31/2002 at 8:02:00 PM
Sure, make me go back there and look around. Why not? Do you know what I'm gonna do? Bring back those milk crates full of junk I mean, vintage parts. All of them!
Keep looking as I doubt I'll find it, but if I do, I'll let you know.

FOR SALE:   seats recovered with leather posted by: terry on 1/28/2002 at 3:23:59 AM
I recover balloon tire bicycle seats. I use full grain leather, color of your choice, $50.00 plus shipping.
please e-mail any questions. Thanks,Terry

AGE / VALUE:   How old is my Schwinn balloon? posted by: Erik Andal on 1/27/2002 at 6:45:35 PM
I am restoring my late grandmother's Schwinn balloon bicycle.
I am having trouble determining the age. There is no serial number
below the crankshaft housing so I assume it is pre 1953.
On the crankshaft axis the following numbers appear:
23 (upside down), AS & CO, 50. On the other side is 8000.
Does this indicate anything?
How else might I determine the year?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   How old is my Schwinn balloon? posted by Wings on 1/29/2002 at 4:31:23 AM
Check the left rear fork! Perhaps it will be there.

BALLOON:   1952 Roadmaster? posted by: Allen on 1/25/2002 at 11:40:56 PM
I was called to look at a bike that a man said he won as a
boy at a drug store Christmas drawing in 1952. He said it
was a new bike then. When I looked at it, it had the prewar
chain tightner on it.Did Roadmaster use these later.It has a
three fin tank on it. On the headbadge it says Roadmaster
and AMF on it. I bought the bike but not sure of the age of
it. Can anybody help?

   RE:BALLOON:   1952 Roadmaster? posted by Gordon on 1/26/2002 at 5:30:41 AM
Go to the picture database and look at the 1953 Hawthorne. Should be the same bike. Also has rear facing dropouts.

   RE:BALLOON:   1952 Roadmaster? posted by Charlie on 2/2/2002 at 1:27:25 PM
I have a Shelby that I believe is from 1952 and it has the rear facing drop-outs.

AGE / VALUE:   Hawthorne posted by: JohnB. on 1/25/2002 at 6:30:03 PM
Have Hawthorne mens mid-weight. SN 30610R. can anyone help with a date???

FOR SALE:   ROLLING ROCK BEER BIKE posted by: MIKE on 1/24/2002 at 1:04:35 PM

AGE / VALUE:   Need year and worth posted by: Don Mowery on 1/23/2002 at 1:42:25 PM
Ihave a j c higgins that is black and has factory pinstriping put on befor the decals were, has no tank or springer in very nice shape , most everthing has jc higgins in it IC, sprocket,hubs,fender brace ETC has orig grease in handelbar and not even dirty I think the titre are orig , coaster brake, Also another one that has a gear box 3 speed in place of a sprocket, some rost but rides and workes good and all the parts are there . Hope some one can help and ask me the questions you need to help me . Thanks a lot

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need year and worth posted by Don Mowery on 1/23/2002 at 2:30:33 PM
More info on above after wading through I got to make some changes before you think im nuts , On the JC Higgins it does not have coaster brakes it has calaper on both wheels , has a kick stand that is aluminum and made in austra, tires are Semplix,26 by 1 3/8 and says fits EA-3 rim, Ser number 173898 hope this helps you help me, also its a ladies bike and the back fender is white for about 6 or 7 in on rear tip Thanks Don

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need year and worth posted by sam on 1/23/2002 at 2:44:06 PM
This is an English import bike sold by Sears , maybe 50s or 60s.Take a look on the rear hub it will be stamped with the date(could be hard to see but you will find it)Learn more at the English roadester group---sam

AGE / VALUE:   Gambles Hiawatha posted by: Larry on 1/22/2002 at 2:47:32 PM
Gambels Hiawatha 26inch boys with chrome tank,luggage rack,reflectors on back fender and rack,skip tooth crank,and truss rods. Restorable with surface rust. Serial # C 79048. Any information would be grately appreciated

MISC:   Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles posted by: Robert on 1/22/2002 at 3:07:48 AM
This guy has a web site. I have been to to shop in San Diego, Ca. This guy "Dave" has a ton of old bikes and parts for sale. I have bought a variety of parts off him, for a decent price. He even has an original Harley Davidson Bicycle from the late teens or early twenties. If you get a chance to stop by, check him out.