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Posted by: James TITLE: BALLOON:   I need some parts for a 1935 Hawthorne 
I have most of a 1935 Wards Hawthorne Duralium aluminum frame bike that I found in my attic. I just mainly want to get it to a rideable condition so I can enjoy it this summer. I need a seatpost and seat, a rear and front wheel set and a chain. I want to try to stay with original parts though so I can maintain its integrity. This bike is like the Monark Silver King, so would parts from a Silver King still be considered original? And lastly, where do I find these parts?
by: 64.28.51.237
Posted by James
Thanks for the info Sam, that will help in locating parts. Gordon, I~m debating right now whether or not to just put it on ebay and sell what I have as is. I have so many things I should be doing I don~t know if I~ll have the time.
by: 64.28.54.69
Posted by Gordon
I thought I had the expander seatpost here somewhere, but now I can~t locate it - I~ll keep looking. The decent seats I have aren~t that early, the best I could do would be a pan and frame that would need to be restored and recovered.
by: 67.72.98.45
Posted by sam
For the record,yes SilverKing did make the wards Hawthorn Duralium bikes.So silverking parts are original.---sam
by: 68.89.129.142
Posted by James
Thank you for your reply Gordon. Yes, the bike does need 24 x 2.125, I have one of the original tires from it.Its nice to know that wheel sets are hard to find because I do have the front wheel at least. It is rusty and would need to be sandblasted and re-chromed, but it is original. Do you have a seat and seatpost that would be considered original? As I~m sure you know the seatpost needs to be an expander, since there is no way to tighten a post otherwise.
by: 64.28.52.129
Posted by Gordon
First you need to determine what size wheelset you need. I believe these bikes were designed for 24 inch x 2.125 tires. You should be able to measure from the axle slot to the top of the fork and figure it out. If it is about 13 inches, that would be for 24 inch. If it is about 14 inches that would be for 26 inch wheels. Unfortunately finding an original 24 inch wheelset is next to impossible. When a set does show up on ebay, they generally bring $150 or more. I could probably help you with a non-correct wheelset and some of the other parts.
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