1950 or 1951 (?) CWC Roadmaster (?)



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Picked up my first (and VERY crusty) CWC frame earlier this Fall for $30. Came with a set of 20-gauge wheels, a straight-trussed Shockmaster fork, and a coat of (lo-and-behold) spray undercoating over everything, but no badge (see 2nd photo).

Stripping this "finish" away reveals a pitted but rat-worthy project, and its serial number: "B28168" followed by an "A" and the "Cw." From what I can find online, this possibly means the frame is a 1950 or 1951, and most likely the former ('50). Is this correct?

Also, is there any possible way to determine what "model" this CWC started life as: a Roadmaster, Hiawatha, All-American, Speed King, etc.?

Thanks!

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That's what I was thinking too. Time to get your rat on! This would be a wonderful frame to re-imagine!
 
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If you can reveal an outline of the head badge, that would be the way to name it.




 
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The "ghost" of the original badge looks closest to Roadmaster to me. I considered the one for WF, but the lower hole just seemed too far from the edge to be a match. The CWC/Roadmaster badge has the little bump at the bottom that makes me think it's the right one.
 
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I agree, but maybe a little more old paint removal might show more.

1950 Roadmaster: looks like a different headbadge?
 
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True. I think that Luxury Liner sported a different, unique badge that was rectangular, but the familiar CWC badge was also used during those years on various models.

Strangely enough, some AMF Roadmasters of the era came with yet another headbadge of identical shape, but inverted.

 
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True. I think that Luxury Liner sported a different, unique badge that was rectangular, but the familiar CWC badge was also used during those years on various models.

Strangely enough, some AMF Roadmasters of the era came with yet another headbadge of identical shape, but inverted.

I've never seen that badge before. Probably the few years after they bought CWC and before they went to Arkansas. 54-56 is my guess.
 
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Thanks for all the great input!

Inspired by both the mention of the W.F. "Super" and '50 Roadmaster. I was able to work at stripping parts of the frame and look a bit further into possibly identifying the badge. The photos below might help in confirming this (as I'm still not at all certain). You can also see the brazing which appeared in particular areas, under the layers of previous green and red paint, and just how pitted and rusty this ol' CWC really is.

The "Shockmaster" fork is now completely free-moving, and cleaning up nicely.

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That pitting looks great! I wouldn't cover it, I would wire brush it and polish it up to shine almost as good as chrome. The brazing is almost the same as
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In my current spare time, I'm working to polish the remaining paint and metal underneath to a nice shine. Plan in to spray clear and get this CWC back on the road in the form of a well-built rat. As this is turning from an I.D. question to the actual build, be looking for a build thread soon.

In the meantime, if anyone has a reasonably priced CWC badge they would be willing to part ways with, message me or respond to this thread. Thanks again!

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