Possibe Huffman Built Western Flyer ...

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  1. Carbon

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    Got a great deal at a local thrift shop on this Western Flyer. From what I can find it appears to be a 40's Huffman built Western Flyer as it is sporting the OG WF headbadge, complete deluxe model with both fenders, guard, tank and rear rack. I have a pic here of the stamped serial number on the rear drop, would really appreciate any info on this from some of you guru's, thanks in advance.:thumbsup:
     

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    Definitely Huffy/Huffman built with that frame, guard, and rack.
     
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    Based on the numbering scheme and general shape, I'm going to predict this is '56 (but might be '46 with parts swapped). Can we get a gander at the headbadge? The various badge shapes are distinctive depending on the era.
     
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    Most likely a '56 as the 'fit-sooner' frame didn't come out until '49...and I assume out of production by '66.

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    Ahh ok, I was thinking with those prewar looking drops it was older. I'll post up a pic of the headbadge here shortly, thanks fellas.
     
  7. Carbon

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    Here is the headbadge.
     

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  8. RustySprockets

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    Well, perhaps that badge won't be as definitive as I had hoped. I was expecting one more like that pictured below. I guess those didn't kick-in until about 1960.

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    I still have my strong suspicions that this bike is from '56. Just don't ask me to prove it. The frame doesn't look all the different from a Radiobike--it just doesn't have all the goodies.
     
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    This is what a '56 Radiobike looks like with the tins pulled off. Does your bike's construction look that much different? Photos reveal those bikes also had rear-facing dropouts.

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  10. RustyGold

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    Here is a '55 ad showing the same head badge and axle adjusters...

    ad-1955-Western-Auto-x-53.jpg

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    Schwinn has a definitive pre/post war cut off on the rear/front facing dropouts...but, other manufacturer's don't necessarily have that clear cut dividing line, and, like Huffman, it can vary between models.

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