(Topic ID: 255470)

Vintage Bicycle Restoration


By pinster68

6 months ago



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  • Latest reply 6 months ago by jrpinball
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#1 6 months ago

Taking a break from pinball shop jobs to work on a family heirloom of sorts. The bicycle below was the delivery bicycle for Trossback’s in Hackensack, NJ. Trossback’s was a butcher shop & market owned by my wife’s grandfather Nick. Shop closed in 1985. Nick passed away about a decade ago at the ripe old age of 96. His wife Italia who worked by his side at the shop passed away 20 years before.

The bike, a J.C. Higgins, has been in storage for decades. Last bike registration plate says 1961. I’m not sure of the bike’s vintage. Estimating 1948-52. Still researching.

J.C. Higgins were German-made, and sold through Sears Roebuck & Co.. The bike is solid, and well made.

Anyhow, I’m planning to preserve much of the original patina and wear on the bike. There will be no painting, or high buff polishing. Rusted parts, including all the wheel spokes, will get a bath in EvapoRust, and scrubbed a bit. The only coating will be clearcoat, and likely a matt finish, or satin. Will be doing some research on this. Otherwise everything will get a full cleaning and it will be mechanically as perfect as I can make it.

Here’s a pic of Nick at his shop. Going to estimate late 1970’s.
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And now the bike. Front fork is bent in, and will be repaired. Bike is complete, minus the headlight that was removed for the basket. Will need to track one down.
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#2 6 months ago

A few assessment/tear down pics...

Hoisted it up with some small pulleys. Need a better solution if bike resto work becomes my next hobby.
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Love the “tank”
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Badge on the neck... and Sears Roebuck & Co. stamped at the very bottom.
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Mostly stripped down. Cotter pins in cranks needed a bit of soaking before freeing them.
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#3 6 months ago

It will look great , good luck with the project .
This was my 1979 mongoose motomag unfortunately I had to sell it to get The Hobbit .

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#4 6 months ago
Quoted from screaminr:

It will look great , good luck with the project .
This was my 1979 mongoose motomag unfortunately I had to sell it to get The Hobbit .[quoted image][quoted image]

Classic BMX, nice!

Just posted this one on another thread. Here’s me with my PK Ripper, circa 1981.

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#5 6 months ago

PK ripper awesome . It was in my top 3 , Mongoose , Redline , PK Ripper in no particular order

#6 6 months ago

I learned some good tip for restoring pinball legs and wire forms from my old neighbor was was into restoring old Schwinns.

#7 6 months ago

Work continues with disassembly of the spokes and wheels. Hubs had ~60 years of gunk to contend with...
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A toothbrush and some acetone cleaned things up super nice. And this was only first pass.
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A vanity shot as I sat with a good drink in front of the fire with my pup... a pile of rusty spokes and the other hub in the background await my attention.
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#8 6 months ago

Following, nice work on hub!

#9 6 months ago

That's a cool old bike. I remember one of my friends having a green J.C. Higgins bike back in the '60s.
It must be worth some bucks, I'd imagine.

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