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Old 12-24-19, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by gster
We Three Speeds....
Old Faithful helps me again

Wheeled it home from the tree lot up the street.
Happy Holidays to all!
I love it. I can hear my wife. You arenít taking the bike to get the tree???

Merry Christmas.
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Originally Posted by bluesteak
I love it. I can hear my wife. You arenít taking the bike to get the tree???

Merry Christmas.
With a trailer you could. Merry Christmas back at ya.
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Originally Posted by bluesteak
I love it. I can hear my wife. You arenít taking the bike to get the tree???

Merry Christmas.
When I first saw it the first thing that came to mind was how was it going to shift...
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Originally Posted by curbtender
When I first saw it the first thing that came to mind was how was it going to shift...
Isn't it obvious?
Three on the tree....
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Originally Posted by gster
Isn't it obvious?
Three on the tree....
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Originally Posted by gster
Isn't it obvious?
Three on the tree....
You are talking about my '59 Chevy Biscayne that served me for 150,002 miles and still running when I sold it for $300 in 1968. It had the inline six that couldn't die, and oh did I neglect it.
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Originally Posted by dweenk
You are talking about my '59 Chevy Biscayne that served me for 150,002 miles and still running when I sold it for $300 in 1968. It had the inline six that couldn't die, and oh did I neglect it.
The stem shifters of the automotive world. Pickup trucks should have nothing else.
Nostalgia is a b---h!
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1961 Biscayne OMG, three on the tree, smooth and quiet 6. Young people would get in and thought it was an electric car cause it was so quiet. They also questioned where the gear indicator is. It was the Police car in John Waters' movie Hair Spray.

Multiple children put an end to my fleet of vintage cars.
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I learned to drive in my fathers Willys Overland. I think it was a 51. 3 on the tree. I remember that the windshield wipers ran off the intake vacuum. They would barely move at idle.
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I started out a bit earlier than you guys. 1937 Buick Special two door sedan. Three on the floor. They didn't go to the steering column until 1940.
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Originally Posted by mirfi
1961 Biscayne OMG, three on the tree, smooth and quiet 6.
Had a 1963 Biscayne, 283, 3 on the floor. It was actually a pretty good running car.
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Back in the 80's I had a 64 Chevelle (2 speed Powerglide)
I played in a band and we could fit all of our gear and 4 guys in the car.
The drivers door was permanently shut as the wind had caught it
one day and ripped it off it's hinges.
Bench seat, no seat belts, no radio.
It was a putty colour.
No matter how dirty it was, it always looked the same.
It was stolen some years later but I still have the ownership and the keys.....
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Originally Posted by gster
Back in the 80's I had a 64 Chevelle (2 speed Powerglide)
I played in a band and we could fit all of our gear and 4 guys in the car.
The drivers door was permanently shut as the wind had caught it
one day and ripped it off it's hinges.
Bench seat, no seat belts, no radio.
It was a putty colour.
No matter how dirty it was, it always looked the same.
It was stolen some years later but I still have the ownership and the keys.....
Ah, you're a musician too? I knew I felt a kinsman-ship. I'm mostly retired now, but I spent many years traveling around in rickety vehicles playing bars. I still play, but arthritis keeps me from selling myself as a pro player. That's me on the left. This photo is almost 10 years old now.


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Ah, you're a musician too? I knew I felt a kinsman-ship. I'm mostly retired now, but I spent many years traveling around in rickety vehicles playing bars. I still play, but arthritis keeps me from selling myself as a pro player. That's me on the left. This photo is almost 10 years old now.


Nice!
I was the bass player

I've got a black band on my right wrist as I'd broken my hand the week before and
thought I'd "jazz up" the cast with electrical tape....
That's a 1978 Musicman Stingray bass.
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Elswick




Just took the Elswick for a shakedown ride. Here are some photos.
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Originally Posted by bluesteak



Just took the Elswick for a shakedown ride. Here are some photos.
I'd like to get one of those triggers.
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1954 Mystery Club Bike

I've posted about this hybrid before.
Appears English with a made in Canada sticker...
Found this catalogue page from Sunshine Bicycles 1953

Chainring and stem look good.
That red/burgandy was a Sunshine colour.

Sunshine Bicycles came out of Waterloo, Ontario and were mostly known for balloon tire style bicycles.
Despite the made in Canada sticker I think this bike was assembled from mostly British parts.
I can't imagine the company investing in new tooling for a limited line of 3 speed bikes.


Similar paint scheme....

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Originally Posted by bluesteak



Just took the Elswick for a shakedown ride. Here are some photos.
Very interesting bike. I don't know anything about the brand, but there looks to be a lot of original features intact. These older roadsters are getting harder to find all the time. I love the classy little touches like the painted rim centers with pinstripes.
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What's missing?



I decided to service the headset today and found a washer missing and the top nut unable to make up properly. Maybe it had a headlight bracket on there at one time. Anyway, I probably have a suitable washer that will fit if I dig through a bin. Threads and races cleaned up nicely and no need to push out the cups IMO, so some fresh bearings should make it good for another half century or so.

And as far as three in the trees go, the first one for me was a '47 Chevy that jumped out of gear every other time you drove it so you had to pull over and physically push the shift fingers under the hood back together before you could continue. I gave that thing away and even paid the tow truck

Edit: Would a Sports have had one of these on it on the seventies?

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Tragic?

Looks like not one, but two different kickstands have been molesting my chainstays. I can't stress about it too much though, I'll probably cover that up with yet another two legged version.


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Originally Posted by FBOATSB


I decided to service the headset today and found a washer missing and the top nut unable to make up properly. Maybe it had a headlight bracket on there at one time. Anyway, I probably have a suitable washer that will fit if I dig through a bin. Threads and races cleaned up nicely and no need to push out the cups IMO, so some fresh bearings should make it good for another half century or so.

And as far as three in the trees go, the first one for me was a '47 Chevy that jumped out of gear every other time you drove it so you had to pull over and physically push the shift fingers under the hood back together before you could continue. I gave that thing away and even paid the tow truck

Edit: Would a Sports have had one of these on it on the seventies?
Sure. That would work until you find the washer. It's somewhat specific w/ a small tab that fits the groove on the threaded tube.
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB
Looks like not one, but two different kickstands have been molesting my chainstays. I can't stress about it too much though, I'll probably cover that up with yet another two legged version.

Quite common. Rare to find a bike intact.
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB


I decided to service the headset today and found a washer missing and the top nut unable to make up properly. Maybe it had a headlight bracket on there at one time. Anyway, I probably have a suitable washer that will fit if I dig through a bin. Threads and races cleaned up nicely and no need to push out the cups IMO, so some fresh bearings should make it good for another half century or so.

And as far as three in the trees go, the first one for me was a '47 Chevy that jumped out of gear every other time you drove it so you had to pull over and physically push the shift fingers under the hood back together before you could continue. I gave that thing away and even paid the tow truck

Edit: Would a Sports have had one of these on it on the seventies?
On lesser models, a washer was used in place of the lamp bracket. A Raleigh badged Sports should have the heron bracket. It wasn't until late in the 70s the lamp bracket got replaced with a reflector. Another nail in the coffin IMO.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
On lesser models, a washer was used in place of the lamp bracket. A Raleigh badged Sports should have the heron bracket. It wasn't until late in the 70s the lamp bracket got replaced with a reflector. Another nail in the coffin IMO.
I found a chrome headset washer that fits nicely but discovered I don't have quite enough bearings to fill it back up. Had to order some in.
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