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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:20 am 
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I have always wanted one of these but they are hard to find at a decent price. This frame came to me when another MTBR forum member sent me a link to the craigslist ad and offered to go get the bike for me and send it to me and the price was very fair. I love polishing aluminum and I have gotten pretty good at it. I did a test polish on one fork leg and it came out like a mirror. Working the tight areas is going to be a pain and the fork has part of a stem stuck in the steerer so it may not be usable.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:33 am 
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Any decent small engineering firm should be able to ream out the steerer for you at a not too expensive price.

1936 Aliuminium, wow must have cost a packet in it's day!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:02 am 
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That's a beautiful frame! Hope you still love polishing alu after you finished this bike :lol: :lol: :lol:
Any ideas on the parts you are going to use?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:23 pm 
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wow,i like that a LOT!!

excuse my ignorance but what bottom bracket will go in there? bmx?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:23 pm 
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It uses a bmx style bottom bracket. There are adaptors available that will convert it to english but I doubt I will go that route. I intend to use the parts off my 41 Elgin and sell the Elgin frame. I can't justify having more than one beach cruiser.

Possible build spec:
Araya 7x rims polished to a mirror finish.
Morrow rear coaster hub with fresh chrome.
Polished Sachs front drum.
Brooks b-72 saddle.
re-chromed cranks and front skip tooth sprocket.

The original cost for this bike in 1936 was $77 dollars.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:34 pm 
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Looking forward to the evolution of this :wink:.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:44 pm 
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$77 in 1936? how much of a months wage would that have been? quite a lot i bet.
will be very interesting to see when done and out in the sun.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:16 am 
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MCsanandreas wrote:
$77 in 1936? how much of a months wage would that have been? quite a lot i bet.
will be very interesting to see when done and out in the sun.

average yearly wage in 1936 was around $1700. A new house cost $4000. You could buy a Studebaker car for $665. Basically is was like spending $5000 for a bike today.


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Fantastic. I really want one of those too.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:16 am 
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who wouldn't??

really looking forward to seeing this one finished, and making me want a cruiser even more


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