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We took Stacy's Savage over to her moms and I could tell she mighta been a little jealous... Haha! She even took it for a spin and seemed to enjoy it. On the drive home it was decided that I'd build up another old ladies bike for her mom. The more I got to thinking about it, the more I liked the idea of finding another Savage (or identical HP Snyder frame) so they'd have almost the same bike. So the search was on!!
I found a frame on eBay, however it wasnt listed as a Savage. It didn't have the cool Savage head badge, but everything about the frame was identical to Stacy's Savage. Even the mark from where the head badge had been was the same diameter. When I first got Stacy's Savage, it was about 75% complete bike and all the little parts were there. This frame did come with a complete skip-tooth sprocket/dog-leg crank and bottom bracket, so I'm thankful for that. But NOTHIG else... Once again, the search is on. I've been collecting parts now for a few weeks and I'm getting there:
- Unknown model chainguard
- Early Hawthorne forks (with the long steer tube... so it'll have to be shortened)
- Sweetheart sprocket
- 1930's Troxel
- Some cool bow pedals off an older build
- Fenders off a 53 Roadmaster (thanks to Npence)
- New Nirve aluminum creme painted aluminum rims already built. I learned my lesson on Stacy's Savage... Building a set of wheels is too pricey for me
- Creme Quick Bricks
- Hmmm, what's the old dinner fork for??
The bike will be painted "Guards Red" (Porsche color). Its a gorgeous bright red. With the creme wheels and some creme accents, it'll be real nice. Now I need to get to stripping, sand blasting and mocking it up. The chain guard and fenders will need some love to fit nicely to this frame.
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The frame came with only one head tube bearing cup ... If anyone has a set of bearing cups with bearings, please let me know. I have about five spare cups, but not two are alike, so I can't make a set.
The serial number on this one is far different from Stacy's. I was told Stacy's is most likely a 1940... So should I assume this one is either 1943 or 1934? Hope rms37 chimes in here
OK, so she's a quilt maker in her spare time. She makes some very beautiful quilts. After seeing the amazing head tube badges that "jezusjones" was creating, I thought I'd enlist him to do a custom badge for this build. Its not like Savage head badges are stocked at my LBS either.....
She takes trips with her friends who also quilt, and they always call it "Stitch & Bxtch" (you get it.. the forum wont accept that word ). So anyway, I couldn't be more impressed with the badge we came up with. Here it is:
thats going to be a cool project, i cant wait to see the progress.
if the sprocket has an even number of teeth then you can grind down every other one and make it look like a skiptooth to match the last build you did.
also did you paint the headbadge? if you did, how did you do it so perfectly?
But then again, I could be totally wrong.
I'm going to use a regular chain on this one. The sweetheart sprocket is 46 teeth, and the Nirve wheels I got already have a regular 22 teeth cog on the hub, so I guess I could grind off every other one. Maybe on another build...
Terry aka "jezusjones" painted the badge for me. He's on this site. Heres a thread:
Hey Skills, do you have a barber shop in Sac?
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from what they say in this thread you can use a normal chain and rear sprocket, it dosent affect the ride, just looks cool.
But then again, I could be totally wrong.
Hi, Snyder began using the two line pattern of serial numbers in 1940. Earlier bikes have serial numbers that follow several different patterns and have not lent themselves to any obvious decoding. The frame style like this bike and your Savage was introduced at about the end of 1937. Earlier versions were similar except they used straight seat stays instead of arched ones. Based on those two facts I would peg the bike as a 1938 or 1939 Snyder built girl’s bike. Most of the Snyder/Harris bikes used the same oval badge blank with different etched graphics so this bike may have originally been any one of those, possibly a Savage but more likely given the odds, something else.
Got the new Nirve front rim delivered to my doorstep last night. It has the larger diameter axle bolt. Not a big deal... I'lll just open up the fork slots to accomidate that.
Heres the other issue... The hub is obviously wider than hubs were back in the 30's. I had to spread the forks out about 1/4" to clear the hub. My concern is, that pressure may cause the forks to bend in one direction or possibly crack or break. I could shave off 1/16" or so on the insides of the fork "dropout" to free up some clearance. I wouldn't want to go to much with that though.
I'm sure someone here has ran into this same issue. What was the resolve for you??
Sorry no pics...
I need headset cups for this frame. I only have one!!! The seller shipped only one with the frame. Now he's not responding to my emails to get the other cup. It was there in the pics before I bought the frame. Now I have to get this thing going. I have a Christmas deadline. I don't know the differences between head tube sizes through the years. ??? If anyone can help, I really could use it.
I've switched out some wider than old style locknuts for old rear wheel skinny ones on newer front wheels. May be it's the actual hub in your case, but it's worth a look.
it's all about the bikes, man. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50053
I was going to update my sig line, but I'm not seein' anything worth plagiarizing right now.
Good idea. I have a few older rear hubs. I'll see what works. Thanks!
Had some time to work on this thing. Strippin the old paint off was a bear!! Although, under the red house paint, there was some cool original blue enamel with white scallops. I should've taken pics, but I was knee deep in paint stripper and had sand blasting on my mind!! The bare metal revealed a lifetime of wear and tear to this old frame. Both side seat stays were cracked and the lower frame tube was split. The drop outs were the worst. I cut the upper portion almost all the way through and tapped it back down into position, then filled the pie shaped opening with weld. When it all looked good, I fit the new rim in there and there was way too much slop up and down with the axle in the drop out. Ended up building it up with weld and smoothing it out so the axle only had very little play. I'm happy with it.
Had to fit the head badge!! Looks too cool!!