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From This...To This...My First Bicycle Restore...

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by Diamond Dogg, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Diamond Dogg

    Diamond Dogg

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    Whew, this took about 2 months to do. It's a 1955 Columbia Westfield. The only thing that's not original w/ the bike is the tires, which were shot. It does have the original rims. Banged out all the dents on the fenders. There was a lot of time spend w/ a wire wheel. :eek:) When I got down to the color after hours of a wire wheel, I realized it was a royal blue, which I kept true to the game for the repaint. I even got every nut and bolt rust free. Patina Central !! I was able to get a Columbia chain guard and headbage from RRB. Love the site !! Thank you to all that assisted, including a shout out to KickBackBicycles for the good deal and quick delivery on the chainguard. Got the chainguard from Kansas to Harrisburg, PA ! I also got the seat professionally reupholstered, which looks great. It all came together nicely. I probably have more into the bike than it's worth, but I had sooooooooooo much fun doing it as it was my first restore. Ready for the next one. Comments/criticism welcome. Thank you...!!

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  2. ED-PV

    ED-PV

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    Very nice job! Paint looks GREAT!
     
  3. Xcruiser

    Xcruiser

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    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Classy!! Diggin the blue/white scheme.
     
  4. MplsCoaster

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    Nice Job. Glad you had fun!
     
  5. mmcdaniel69

    mmcdaniel69

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    Beautiful bike, I really dig the paint scheme. What year/make is it?
     
  6. scott brownsey

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  7. Diamond Dogg

    Diamond Dogg

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    Thanks all for the praise. It's a 1955 Columbia Westfield...
     
  8. KickBackCycles

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    Nice job on the paint!
    Glad you like the chainguard, it looks good on the build!
     
  9. RollinStyle

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    I really liked the way it turned out....Well done 8)
     
  10. Bicycle808

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    The bike looks great. It's nice to see that you tried to keep it true to the original form of the bike. One criticism: either get some brown grips, or a black saddle. (probably the latter would look better.) As it sits now, the brown saddle looks out-of-place without any other brown to balance it. That's just me, though.

    Love the paint work, and I wish i had your fender restoration skills....

    -rob
     
  11. Diamond Dogg

    Diamond Dogg

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    Thanks Rob. You know I never even noticed that. The grips are original. Appreciate it, but I think I'll keep them as is. I wanted to keep the bike "classy" looking w/ that antique feel. Nothing bold, mild, but elegant not to sound too weird. Thanks again...
     

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