Western Flyer Bomber

this is a 50s western flyer for sure.

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I wonder if the stem is original? I have taken many of these stems of later bikes but I don't know when they started making them. It's crusty enough to be original but I have never seen one on a bike this old. It should make a wonderful clunker. Anyone know if this bike came with this stem?
Jan 7, 2015
Upper Michigan
I would like to cleanup and try out the old wheels that came with.

The front looks good. Clean, grease, paint, tire.

The back has a bendix but sort of a mess. Rust and rubber needs stripped off. Anyone has suggestions to 60 year old glued rubber or electrical tape off?
I am thinking a heat gun and adhesive remover after.
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