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Old 12-30-11, 11:47 PM   #1
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<----------------The 1950 J.C. Higgins Restoration Thread---====<<<<<<

The first installment of the restoration.

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Why do you repaint your bikes when they really don't need it? If a bike has even half decent paint try a really good cleaning and waxing, you'll be surprised at how good it will look. Cudak888 said it best: "Don't repaint it. "Restore" it by refurbishing it, and removing any unnecessary grime that does not deserve to be called "patina." Remember, they're only orig once."
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Well you and I have not the same definition of restoration. To me a restoration is trying to make it look as close to new as one can. What you propose is what I would call refurbishment. Also the main reason is the tank and chain guard are not original to this particular bike and are not a match in colour. Thus a candidate for what I call a restoration.
Also this bikes paint is not in as good a condition as you you may think from the photos. Most of the chrome plate is gone. much of the paint is gone and is surface rust.
I want it to look like it did when It was new. It's what I do in my line of work.
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Great video... nice editing job. (Oh, bike is neat too )
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Great job and great looking bike.

I had to look up JC Higgins. It sounded familar but I couldn't remember why until I found it was Sears house brand of sporting goods. I remember looking at that name in the old Sears catalogs.
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Spookeaybird, I support your choice to repaint. It's your bike, and I don't think restoring this particular bike will diminish its aesthetic or historical value.
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Well you and I have not the same definition of restoration. To me a restoration is trying to make it look as close to new as one can. What you propose is what I would call refurbishment. Also the main reason is the tank and chain guard are not original to this particular bike and are not a match in colour. Thus a candidate for what I call a restoration.
Also this bikes paint is not in as good a condition as you you may think from the photos. Most of the chrome plate is gone. much of the paint is gone and is surface rust.
I want it to look like it did when It was new. It's what I do in my line of work.
I should have been a little clearer. I was in no way telling you what to do, just my opinion is all. BTW, P.M. sent. Heres one of my bikes (Colsen Commander) that I eventually just cleaned up and ride "as-is." What think you?

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I like it!
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That's really cool, and I appreciate your effort documenting and sharing your procedures. I'm looking forward to the segment on the frame!
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Nice,

My first bike, at age 6, was a J.C. Higgins. I had the "Fall-apart" model. It seemed something was always rattling on it.

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Great job and great looking bike.

I had to look up JC Higgins. It sounded familar but I couldn't remember why until I found it was Sears house brand of sporting goods. I remember looking at that name in the old Sears catalogs.
Right alongside Ted Williams!
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I would have loved to leave it patina but as I said in my reply post, And I many not have said it well..............
To many parts on this bike had to be replaced from others. That would have always made it a Hinze 57..... To your credit.... If it had been all original....
I think I would have just cleaned it. You are dead right. They are only original once.
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hydrachloric acid ...yikes Glad to see you're well protected

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Yes, it can be very nasty and dangerous stuff. I would not recommend any one try this unless you know what your doing.
It has the advantage of being thorough and no labor involved. I have been doing this for years now......

But if you don't use the proper equipment.

IT WILL FREAKING KILL YOU, LEAVE YOU HORRIBLY DISFIGURED OR BADLY DAMAGE YOUR RESPIRATORY SYSTEM. There. that's my disclaimer.

On the cool side of chemical processes...... It's amazing how softly it works. Slowly pealing back layers one at a time to reveal every thing under them. This was under about 3 layers of paint. The original surface on the tank I got for it. I stopped the reaction and photographed it before it was gone forever.

Original lettering.
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Yeah nasty stuff! I've used muriatic acid on some rusted parts in the past. I have the acid for my pool, it's 30% HCl and 70% water. What concentration are you using?
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Sulfuric acid and table salt giving me a 60-40 of HCl but It's not exact.... Just ball park. the main thing is to only etch the un-oxidized steel rather than burn it up and also to brake the bond of the paint of the steel.
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Great update! Wow, the cost for chroming sure has gone up!!
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Well it depends on where you are, How many are close by and if there is a big hot rod community.
I am just guessing the worst.
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And by the way. I have a farm. That is a rooster and turkey you hear in the video.
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That's a classic example of American Baroque. Cruisers may not be great bikes to ride, but they can be so perty as to make up for it.
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Great videos. Can't wait to see the next ones.
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Well thanks, I woke up today to find broken water lines at my motherin-laws house so it's plumbers hat on for a few days.
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