Watch the soak time in vinegar, I put a very rusty chain in a plastic bucket and then promptly forgot about it. (Six months later!) I thought I should check on it. It was completely dissolved!A good soak in white vinegar, followed by another in ATF .
Fun frankenbike , should ride nice .
I am stoked! Mostly disassembled currently.A 40's Huffman. Wish I had one, even a bare frame would do.
The 40's cruisers all seem to have great profiles. However this build turns out, I'd like to end up with a look similar to "stock".
The only way to actually tell the year on Huffman's from the early 40's, until 48, was the date code on the original fork.I checked out "vintagesmericanbicycles.com". The example of the 42-44 sn is one from June '44. This ends in "6" which might designate "June". All the numbers add up to 22 which is half of 44. I applied this to my numbers and came up with "May '42". Any thoughts?
That's great info!The only way to actually tell the year on Huffman's from the early 40's, until 48, was the date code on the original fork.
Here is a July 1943 example
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My June of 1944 Huffman has this date code on the fork, and this serial on the hanger bracket.View attachment 130319View attachment 130318
Whereas in 1947, they started with the 7H*****, similar to this.
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Which was the last year for the frame style in the original post.
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that is a good estimate, however I would think it may be wrong.That's great info!
I have the fork ID info also but thought it wouldn't help because he hasn't got the original forks. But it could help ID the year.
Your build number is 308235 while a 1944 bike is 174066.
134,169 bikes were made between the two of them, if those numbers were kept in sequence at the factory. From June of 44, how long did it take them to produce 134,169 bikes?
About 65 working days if they made 2500 bikes a day. With 20 working days per month, late 1944 would be my guess as to when yours was built.