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Posted by: Dave TITLE: BALLOON:   1940~s Columbia...?  Help
I just picked up a vintage Columbia... same one my dad had when he was a kid... used original photo as a guide when purchasing. Bike is missing name plate though... also missing rear carrier. I~d like to find these original parts... but step one would be to determine the exact year / model of the bike. My dad told me it was a Columbia... and from his age in the photo, I~d say the bike was from the early `40~s.... boy~s bike, skip-tooth chain, "Torpedo" fender headlight, no tank, solid front fork.... obviously not a "deluxe" model, but it did have a front headlight and rear carrier. Would also like to find out what the original tires were on this bike - I~d like to restore it to as original as possible. Original paint is good... maroon with cream accents. I can email photos of the bike. Any help greatly appreciated in terms of identifying the exact year and model, as well as determining what frame nameplate, rear carrier and tires should be on this bike... and how I can find these parts. My dad is old and not well and I~d like to fix up this bike and present it to him as soon as possible, hopefully it will bring back some good memories for him. Thank you (and I~m sure my dad thanks you too).


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Posted by brenda dula
looking for info on 1950 or 1960 ladies goodyear bicycle
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Posted by paul
to identify the year Columbia, Westfield, and Elgin cycles see letter number combo under bottom bracket: A = 1936, B=1937 and so forth, I have a 1942 Westfield Compax Traveller with serial number starting with letter "G" paul
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Posted by jr
Check the serial number list on this site for the year. The parts you seek are common, but you might be able to replace the bike for less $$ than restoration. There~s a nice one on Ebay now.
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Posted by Dave
I just wanted to add: I just did some further research and found a picture of a "1950~s Goodyear" bicycle that looks very much like the bike I am trying to restore... it is indeed a Westfield (Columbia) bike... same frame, chainguard, sprocket, etc. I also found a 1948 Columbia catalog that shows a bike almost exactly like the one I have here... so it appears that my bike here is probably closer to late `40~s than early `40~s... and does appear to be one of the most stripped down models offered. I~d still appreciate and help in determining what type of badge, carrier and tires were on this bike, and how to find. Thank you


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