Cool project, and thx for posting the restoration story for us!
I still dream of a late '30s chief, but I need to focus on the house restoration and build a proper garage first:)
And the late '30s chiefs are priced quite high here in Europe.
The late '30s chiefs are definitely the "sport" chiefs. I've ridden at least 6 different rigid chiefs from '37-'39, and they are soooo much fun to ride! I like the reinforced steering head and the wheel/hub design from '37 and up...
When I was in SF in february I saw a picture from the 50th(?) anniversary of the Golden Gate featuring Hap Jones on a '37 chief I believe, and RedFred and Rick(?) from SF on '37 chiefs as well. Hope you will get the bike done in time, judging from the pictures the bike will look fabulous when done!!
Borrowed these bikes when I was in Florida/ California in february, you may have seen them before..:
1938 chief with 84" and OD transmission, rode up to Alices and 35 (?) to the coast and then up to Pacifica and back to SF
One of Francis Cliffords builds, this one is fast!!! Too bad Florida is so flat..would be fun to ride this in the mountains:
I ended up with a '47 chief chassis "by coincidence" a couple years ago, and I'm trying to piece that together now. Since I have a '44 chief I already have a pile of spare parts that I can use for the '47. I will try to get a late '30s chief later, I can wait until there are more bikes available..
the '47 project: