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01-16-19, 12:39 PM
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Posted By 56ford

A couple vintage 3 speeds on CL here locally (St....

A couple vintage 3 speeds on CL here locally (St. Louis, MO)
https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/d/saint-louis-the-aberdale-feather/6778432576.html
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12-30-18, 02:51 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Thatís a great buy. Iím a fan of Birmingham...

Thatís a great buy. Iím a fan of Birmingham Hercules bikes myself. I have one that has been cleaned and mechanically restored and one in pieces. Most on here tend to lean to leave as is. My one in...
12-29-18, 01:05 AM
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Posted By 56ford

I have a 1953 Hercules as well. I would love to...

I have a 1953 Hercules as well. I would love to see a picture of yours.
12-28-18, 09:40 AM
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Posted By 56ford

Thanks for that information. I was curious about...

Thanks for that information. I was curious about both gumwall and skinwall. I was thinking skinwalls were about that time.
12-27-18, 10:39 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Anyone know about what year the gumwalls...

Anyone know about what year the gumwalls appeared? Blackwalls would be appropriate on say pre 1960 bikes? I have a couple 1950s Hercules that I want to find tires for that look the most period...
12-27-18, 07:03 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Iím looking at a Grand Mesa for a possible single...

Iím looking at a Grand Mesa for a possible single speed conversion. Anyone know if these are overly heavy bikes?
12-10-18, 07:55 AM
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Posted By 56ford

In the thread ďFor love of English 3 speedsĒ I...

In the thread ďFor love of English 3 speedsĒ I wrote how I think itís a 1953. The hub is a 1953 and the paint scheme matches what was done in 53. The mudguards sure look original to the bike but I...
12-09-18, 09:55 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Here's my head badge... ...

Here's my head badge...
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12-09-18, 06:46 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Interesting thing I found on another forum....

Interesting thing I found on another forum. Apparently the white spires paint scheme by the head tube and on the fork with the 5 color seat tube chevrons was a one year only scheme for 1953. It was...
12-09-18, 04:57 PM
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Posted By 56ford

I was just looking at the rear hub of my new...

I was just looking at the rear hub of my new Hercules and I think it says "B Type 3". The B is unfortunately pretty lightly impressed in the hub but the 3 is very strong. Does this make it a 1953?...
12-09-18, 04:36 PM
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Posted By 56ford

The fenders do appear to be original. I kinda...

The fenders do appear to be original. I kinda like the red too. I'll make a decision on the grips when the Brooks saddle arrives.
12-09-18, 12:07 PM
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Posted By 56ford

I posted this on my project bike thread but...

I posted this on my project bike thread but figured I would post here too. I picked up this 1951 Hercules yesterday. The bike was completely cleaned and mechanically restored so its ready to ride....
12-09-18, 11:45 AM
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Posted By 56ford

I was searching for a women's parts bike this...

I was searching for a women's parts bike this week for my project bike when I found a completely mechanically restored 1951 Hercules! Of course I had to buy it! It was almost completely original when...
11-27-18, 08:59 PM
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Posted By 56ford

I apologize in advance if this question has been...

I apologize in advance if this question has been asked and answered but Iím curious about wheels. Can I run an alloy wheel on the front and keep the original steel on the rear? Thanks!
11-19-18, 02:11 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Thatís some great ideas. The popsicle stick...

Thatís some great ideas. The popsicle stick should be hard enough to pry and peel yet not get into the paint.

Yeah itís going to be a decision. I suppose I need to find the stem first then figure...
11-19-18, 08:01 AM
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Posted By 56ford

Thatís a sweet looking ride!

Thatís a sweet looking ride!
11-18-18, 08:20 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Good news. Picked the bike up from my LBS today....

Good news. Picked the bike up from my LBS today. They got the fork straightened and while there I had them take the bottom bracket apart. I need to either find a good used stem or Iíll need to...
11-16-18, 10:18 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Both appeared set up pretty high. I was going to...

Both appeared set up pretty high. I was going to lower it also. Iím guessing someone taller tried making it work for them.
11-16-18, 10:16 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Iíll check it but itís getting lowered...

Iíll check it but itís getting lowered regardless. Iím not a tall guy.
11-16-18, 01:11 PM
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Posted By 56ford

I thought I might finally share a pic of my '67...

I thought I might finally share a pic of my '67 Raleigh Sports I picked up last year. It appears to be very original aside from the saddle and because it is I think I'm going to keep it that way. I'm...
11-13-18, 08:38 AM
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Posted By 56ford

I like DQRiderís methodology. A multi step...

I like DQRiderís methodology. A multi step approach over a one spray fix all makes more sense. I canít wait to do it to my Hercules.
11-13-18, 07:54 AM
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Posted By 56ford

I read in a thread somewhere that someone used...

I read in a thread somewhere that someone used Eastwood Patina Preserver. Itís essentially a clear coat intended for this very use. It says it stops the rust and further corrosion so it must have...
11-12-18, 07:55 AM
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Posted By 56ford

Thanks DQRider!

Thanks DQRider!
11-11-18, 08:25 PM
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Posted By 56ford

DQRider - Iím very interested in the specific...

DQRider - Iím very interested in the specific steps you are taking to preserve the existing finish. I have a thread ďLate 50s Hercules TouristĒ where Iím trying to figure out what to do with my...
11-11-18, 04:49 PM
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Posted By 56ford

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/74335788_0a75_45b5_a01a_bf3ea615aa4b_f307df4bca623b834958de0c4c842d87f16a9b18.jpeg
11-11-18, 04:47 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Also! Anyone know a good way to remove these...

Also! Anyone know a good way to remove these reflective stickers without removing the paint?...
11-11-18, 04:14 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Took some pics to show some representative areas...

Took some pics to show some representative areas of the paint. Looks like I need a stem (see pic below) so I may as well get a handlebar (pic below)...
11-11-18, 03:56 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Well I just finished taking most of the component...

Well I just finished taking most of the component items off the bike. All thatís still on the frame is the whole crank assembly and the handlebar to fork assembly. Iím leaving all that intact until...
11-10-18, 05:04 PM
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Posted By 56ford

If the original pedals are savable Iíll try...

If the original pedals are savable Iíll try saving them. They do say Hercules on them.
11-09-18, 01:49 PM
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Posted By 56ford

I donít believe it to be original as I think...

I donít believe it to be original as I think originals had markings that indicate the year on them.
11-09-18, 11:45 AM
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Posted By 56ford

The pedals are in pretty bad shape actually. Not...

The pedals are in pretty bad shape actually. Not sure what I should do. They are Hercules rubber blocks.
11-09-18, 11:42 AM
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Posted By 56ford

I abandoned the 700c idea. The front was a...

I abandoned the 700c idea. The front was a Schwinn wheel not sure about the rear but both are in bad shape so they are going regardless. Iíll go with the made wheels that Harris sells most likely.
11-09-18, 11:27 AM
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Posted By 56ford

Thank you. Iím not really concerned with cost...

Thank you. Iím not really concerned with cost actually but I do want to do it right. The rear part of the frame is pretty close to the chain which Iím not sure if itís a little bend or the wrong hub....
11-09-18, 06:46 AM
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Posted By 56ford

I was thinking it might be bent in a few places...

I was thinking it might be bent in a few places so my intention was to find an LBS that can do that work. As for my lightweight intention I know itís never going to be that. The more proper term /...
11-08-18, 07:39 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Late 50s Hercules Tourist

Hi there. I'm a newbie and I'm looking for advice on a bike build I want to do. I bought this late 50's (pre-Raleigh) Hercules Tourist last week. Someone in the past put some Schwinn parts on it so...
11-08-18, 04:22 PM
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Posted By 56ford

I figured that was going to be the case.

I figured that was going to be the case.
11-08-18, 02:09 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Does anyone know how to take a vintage cottered...

Does anyone know how to take a vintage cottered crank chain ring and use it with a cotter less 3 piece setup?
11-08-18, 08:55 AM
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Posted By 56ford

Good morning. I have a question... The 3 speed...

Good morning. I have a question... The 3 speed hub on my late 50's Hercules says "3 Speed Model NO14522 HUB" on it and I don't see any other markings on it. I cannot seem to find any information on...
Forum: Introductions
11-07-18, 12:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 520
Posted By 56ford

I was a lurker too and I finally signed up....

I was a lurker too and I finally signed up. Welcome!
Forum: Introductions
11-07-18, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By 56ford

Thanks! Iíll be posting pics of my 50s Hercules...

Thanks! Iíll be posting pics of my 50s Hercules project and 67 Raleigh Sports in the ďFor the Love of English 3 SpeedsĒ as soon as I can.
11-07-18, 07:43 AM
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Posted By 56ford

Nice... Iíll post pics of my 67 Raleigh Sports...

Nice... Iíll post pics of my 67 Raleigh Sports also. That one Iím going to keep as original as possible as it is pretty much completely original except for the saddle which is vinyl mattress.
11-06-18, 09:35 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Hi all. I need to get up to 10 posts to post...

Hi all. I need to get up to 10 posts to post pictures but I bought a project bike last week. I plan to do a build thread on it and I'll be asking a bunch of questions. I don't know exact year but I...
Forum: Introductions
11-06-18, 07:11 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Thanks LAJ! Itís a 56 Ford Victoria 2dr hardtop....

Thanks LAJ! Itís a 56 Ford Victoria 2dr hardtop. One of my Ford favorites. My other favorite is the 36 3w coupe that Iím working on now.
Forum: Introductions
11-05-18, 03:08 PM
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Posted By 56ford

Thank you! Iím excited to start this project!

Thank you! Iím excited to start this project!
Forum: Introductions
11-04-18, 10:41 PM
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Views: 268
Posted By 56ford

Yes I have. Iím looking forward to putting my...

Yes I have. Iím looking forward to putting my purchase this week on there and ask for assistance.
Forum: Introductions
11-04-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By 56ford

New guy from St. Louis, MO

Hi all. I joined primarily to get some pointers on a vintage bike build. Looking forward to asking for your advice!
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