1939 ELGIN bicycle 70 YEAR STORAGE SCARY PIC Its all done !

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  1. tanksalot

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    Well this isnt super rare & its a girls bike.. But its nice & crispy out of a lengthly storage `from the origial owners family. I added the tail light lens to the rack . `Other than that its how I got the bike . Im wondering if this bike had truss rods or just never came with them ?? Ive seen a lot with out them & some with them .. Ive also seen two types of truss rods on this style bike .. I have a set of what I believe are correct truss rods of one of the types used on these bikes .I will likely start a build thread on this one if I decide to build it up..

    Update its done !! Its has a few add on parts a little touch up & a lot of elbow grease.. But it rides like a dream .

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  2. ratina

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    Nice, the paint looks pretty good
     
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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    I like how the fender goes over the fork crown. I'd just clean it and service it. And add the truss rods.
     
  4. tanksalot

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    I agree . I may touch up the rack a bit & blend the lower bar on the frame ( I have a dead on color match for this color :D .) I respect patina but then theres just plain yucky.. :lol:
    I will likely use a nos light & Rims set That I have saved depending on how nice it cleans up.
    I have already found a correct crank & sproket Im looking to see if I have better bars .
    The chrome on this bike is pretty shot. :(
    But the paint is decent with a few exceptions..
    I had a green one of these a few years back & I missed it so I was happy to find this one.
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  5. Alienbaby17

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    Those are beautiful bikes. There is a basket-case version of one of those for sale locally that I've had my eye on.
    I would be interested in reading your build thread on this one.

    Jay
     
  6. Aunt C

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    Those are very nice. I would love to find a skirt guard, it really makes a difference in the over all appearance.
     
  7. tanksalot

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    I agree The skirts are why I decided to build another one of these ... :D I started a build thread on this bike & my other Elgin . I have both of them apart now ...
     
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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    Great find looks like a set of tires and a wax job and your ready to go, i have a 40's JC Higgins with the same skirts love em
     
  9. tanksalot

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    I agree but Im doing a bit more than that .. :D
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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    Nice seat condition. Love the solid sprocket. Those sprockets were the same for Elgin twin bars.


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  11. tanksalot

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE ..

    I had to change the solid sprocket to the sold sloted sprocket (Its on the bike in the bottom photo.) The solid one was just to ulgy for the bike in its current condition..Ive seen both types of sprockets on these bikes. It drives me Crazy 6 months ago I had a solid one in nice condition & I sold it . Isnt that always the way :?
     
  12. tanksalot

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    Re: 1939 ELGIN bicycle FRESH OUT OF 70 YEAR STORAGE Its all done

    Its all done ... It has a few add on parts a little touch up paint & a little elbow grease.. :mrgreen:
    But it rides so well.
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    I think Im Done with a few small details to change or do :?:
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  13. NICK1985

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    i have a mens Elgin that im wanting to restore to this color. what paint did you use to re touch it with?

    thanks
     

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