1951 J.C. Higgins

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Till now, most of the bikes I've rescued were from the '60s and '70s. I have been on the lookout for a balloon-tire tank bike, and so a friend with too many projects just sold me this:
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The wheels (especially the rear) had enough loose spokes that you could feel them wobble. So just to get it rideable, I robbed a set of wheels off a Target-grade Schwinn. I also tried on a seat from a Trek I've been cannibalizing (and which may also donate its fenders) just for looks; not sure I'm sold on it.

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The guard is barely hanging on there and needs some attention, and I'm not a fan of the front sprocket. Also looking to put a rack and fenders on it.

LOVE the way this thing rides. Yet another reason I can't wait for spring.
 
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Till now, most of the bikes I've rescued were from the '60s and '70s. I have been on the lookout for a balloon-tire tank bike, and so a friend with too many projects just sold me this:
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The wheels (especially the rear) had enough loose spokes that you could feel them wobble. So just to get it rideable, I robbed a set of wheels off a Target-grade Schwinn. I also tried on a seat from a Trek I've been cannibalizing (and which may also donate its fenders) just for looks; not sure I'm sold on it.

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The guard is barely hanging on there and needs some attention, and I'm not a fan of the front sprocket. Also looking to put a rack and fenders on it.

LOVE the way this thing rides. Yet another reason I can't wait for spring.
I quite like the spiral front sprocket actually! I don't see many like this one.
Nice project! Same year as mine CWC bike :) Good luck with it!
 
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I bought this Trek last year to use the wheels on an old Schwinn middleweight frame, and I've been trying to find uses for the rest of it ever since.
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And when i got this Schwinn Windwood on FB Marketplace to use the wheels on this project, I also had an eye on the rack.
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So this is where I'm at now.
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The rear fender needs a little work on the bottom mount, and the rack is pretty much just balanced there for the pic. I need to come up with a way to get the front of the rack mounted. (Or get a proper rack that mounts to the seat clamp, of course... but I had this one sitting here, so I figured why not see if it'd work?)

I think I'll be picking away at this one for a long time. A big part of the fun is going to be finding and upgrading parts as i come across them.
 
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Interesting find...
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I left it in there. Who knows how many years ago some kid stuffed it in one of the portholes (or maybe the horn button opening).

Also, this is what's left of the guard.
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I am going to try to use some of the existing pieces to lash it all back together a little better than it was when I got it.
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I'm also betting this tab was tack welded on by a previous owner. Other guards like this that I've seen online dont have it.
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Edit: it actually kills me that I missed out on this one, which was sold here in Swap & Sell shortly before I picked this bike up. I don't remember by who... kingfish, maybe? All I know is the first time I saw it in the thread it said SOLD above it.
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A 2 hole pipe strap would probably work to hold the rack
Hmmm. That might have been easier and sturdier than what I ended up doing. I got to tinkering the other night and used one of the brackets that held the fender to the bike it was on before. Had to drill on it a little to use a decent size bolt.
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So now, from a distance, it kinda looks like the rack is floating.
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If the rack seems wobbly once I start riding this thing, I might revisit the pipe strap idea...
 
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except for the seat, this bike is fantastic. I really like all the parts you chose/made.
Yeah, I have a love/hate thing going on with the seat. At the moment i don't have anything really perfect for this bike, but I am thinking of just going back to the black one I got it with. I also kinda want a layback seatpost for it.
 
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