50's Columbia Torpedo Rescue

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  1. MojoK

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    Got this from the owners husband...the last chance to get it a home before it went to the dump, but she held out hope that someone might save her childhood ride. Wheels, cranks, and chain all spin freely, right down to the kick-shift hub. I always like a bike that comes with the story.
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  2. Brian macumber

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    What plans do you have for it?
     
  3. Flying Zombie

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    I'm really after the bars and rack to rebuild a Torpedo I have back to proper.
    I'm definitely ready to talk business if you decide to part.
     
  4. MojoK

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    Not realy any plan in place, and I never pick up a bike so that I can part it out. That said, Zombie, I’d like to see pictures of your bike. The project is more important than the price for me. That kind of happens when you get the story with the bike, right?
     
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  5. Flying Zombie

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    I can feel that! I never pick up bike with the intention of parting out myself, though that said, there have been a few over the years I had to get that had those parts to finish another, but I typically find a way to reuse the frame and fork and still make a rider out of what I have spare. The best of both, so to speak.

    I had a '64 Torpedo a handful of years ago I never should have let go, Original owner sold it over to me for a more than fair price. It was untouched down to tires. I didn't even know some Columbia came with bars like those until I landed this original, unmolested torpedo.
    I swapped out a completely roached saddle, polished the paint and gave it all the love I had for the Amazing chrome that came back on it from here surface rust.
    It had the deluxe wire rear rack.. two speed kickback hub that shifted like an egg over a well buttered pan.
    Delta Stem light on a pivot bracket I've never seen on another bike again, which upon all my searching, may end up being the hardest part to find despite it's general simplicity, but the bars have taken me this long.

    Long story not so short, I had to let the original Torpedo go under hard times. I was moving, I was flying solo and knew if I had to move on a dimes notice, I'd only be able to keep what I absolutely had to have and the bike was my smaller of two next to a '47 Snyder rat I could really load onto..

    I recently acquired another Torpedo. I couldn't believe it. Someone had it up on the Cabe for super fair,. All original and complete but it wasn't a deluxe model. Different bars.. Scheme's not quite the same.. but it's a Perfect candidate.

    The first picture here is the Original I had, and in this photo I framed my passion for it. I always take a LOT of pictures on nice rides.. progress with rebuilding.. parts I get for it.. even accessories. This was a photo that really encapsulated everything I loved about it.

    The second photo is the candidate I found to recreate it.

    It's far from the same condition and I think they're possibly two different years due to scheme difference from red and white to the red solid but they just Never come around. I couldn't let it pass and chose it to be the renewed bike I had. The Great White Buffalo. The one that got away.
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    Ive got the tank on temporarily, but it did come with it where the original I had never had a tank, it had a nose badge leading me to believe this one may be a later model than my previous. This one also has the original fender rocket, single speed as apposed to the other ones two speed kickback and so on. So it's a process ahead but great bones to start.

    FZ
     
  6. MojoK

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    So, Erin, where do you live? Any interest in taking the whole bike? I'm not invested yet except for 90 minutes in the car and the promise I made when I picked it up was only that it wouldn't get scrapped. Send me a PM.

    Ken
     
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    Some detail pic.s serial #k057404. The spokes show some corrosion, but no damage. The wheel spins freely enough to pendulum back and forth to let the valve stem set at the bottom. The rims show a lot of rust but no damage. My guess is that the bike was probably garaged until the last couple of years.

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