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bluesteak 12-24-19 06:10 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21255837)
We Three Speeds....
Old Faithful helps me again
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...32a4180ca8.jpg
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.

Ballenxj 12-24-19 08:37 AM


Originally Posted by bluesteak (Post 21256668)
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. :)

curbtender 12-24-19 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by bluesteak (Post 21256668)
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...

gster 12-26-19 03:02 PM


Originally Posted by curbtender (Post 21256942)
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....

Commando 12-26-19 03:34 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21259225)
Isn't it obvious?
Three on the tree....

:roflmao:

dweenk 12-26-19 03:48 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21259225)
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.

clubman 12-26-19 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by dweenk (Post 21259262)
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!

mirfi 12-26-19 05:02 PM

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.

BigChief 12-26-19 07:06 PM

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.

sykerocker 12-26-19 07:42 PM

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.

Ballenxj 12-26-19 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by mirfi (Post 21259327)
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.

thumpism 12-26-19 10:07 PM

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gster 12-27-19 04:49 AM

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.....

BigChief 12-27-19 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21259690)
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.:eek:


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7ef5f59756.jpg

gster 12-27-19 10:21 AM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 21259712)
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.:eek:


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7ef5f59756.jpg

Nice!
I was the bass player
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1bd5c64a58.jpg
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.

bluesteak 12-27-19 01:24 PM

Elswick
 
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...66e4e39199.jpg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7ed5b2dd37.jpg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a7358428d7.jpg
Just took the Elswick for a shakedown ride. Here are some photos.

gster 12-27-19 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by bluesteak (Post 21260113)

I'd like to get one of those triggers.

gster 12-27-19 03:03 PM

1954 Mystery Club Bike
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d54cb43f9f.jpg
I've posted about this hybrid before.
Appears English with a made in Canada sticker...
Found this catalogue page from Sunshine Bicycles 1953
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c75c5de65c.jpg
Chainring and stem look good.
That red/burgandy was a Sunshine colour.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7fa8419b06.jpg
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.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...baf9eba951.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...de93bbc0e2.jpg
Similar paint scheme....

BigChief 12-27-19 05:57 PM


Originally Posted by bluesteak (Post 21260113)

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.

FBOATSB 12-28-19 01:18 PM

What's missing?
 
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...046e9d4246.jpg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1910eb7e9d.jpg
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:eek:

Edit: Would a Sports have had one of these on it on the seventies?
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...83698a80a.jpeg

FBOATSB 12-28-19 01:24 PM

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.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fb326abecd.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2da568dd81.jpg

gster 12-28-19 02:02 PM


Originally Posted by FBOATSB (Post 21261046)
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...046e9d4246.jpg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1910eb7e9d.jpg
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:eek:

Edit: Would a Sports have had one of these on it on the seventies?
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...83698a80a.jpeg

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.

gster 12-28-19 02:03 PM


Originally Posted by FBOATSB (Post 21261053)
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.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fb326abecd.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2da568dd81.jpg

Quite common. Rare to find a bike intact.

BigChief 12-28-19 08:25 PM


Originally Posted by FBOATSB (Post 21261046)
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...046e9d4246.jpg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1910eb7e9d.jpg
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:eek:

Edit: Would a Sports have had one of these on it on the seventies?
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...83698a80a.jpeg

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.

FBOATSB 12-29-19 03:57 AM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 21261368)
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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