I will try to keep up with editing this post and updating the list. Hopefully this will help develop a basis for dating these bikes where none has existed before. The second post will have the list please feel free to post your numbers and a photo if you can or e-mail them to me and I will add them to the list.
Check back often and feel free to copy this information. Please don't mis-use it or I'll hunt you down and Scott. Ok, I updated again! There's good news and bad news. Some problems are showing up prewar, either the numbers are crazy from the factory or some of the guesses are wrong. Jun 22, To date Huffy bicycles, first, you must find the serial number. The first digit in the number is the last digit in the year it was built.
Second, you must look for. First production bike was serial number A low number bike would be early By the range somewhere begin. Model and Serial Numbers - Huffy. Number or serial number. This digit code provides information about when, where. This is where photos would help if you have them. I got a photo for what was thought to be a which has the same seat binder clamp, and rear drop outs as the war time and later bikes Also numbers for bikes with straight down tubes which is usually though not always and the numbers fit more with the known bikes hard to miss a Twin-Flex as being though the bikes have curved fender mounts.
We're getting good results don't stop now, we're just getting started!! Good news for post war stuff, it seems that the first number, the one before the letter is indicative of the year.
We don't have any later bikes to know when this numbering changes. The decade is usually easy enough to figure out by just looking at the bike itself. Also all of these so far have the letter 'H'. I added Mikes Flying Ace which poses an interesting theory. In aparently Firestone bikes have FAH after the four digit serial numberfollowed by a number underneath.
Which brings up an interesting question about Marc's Twin-Flex. Marc's bike is also a Marc's bike doesn't have FAH, and Marc's bike has a different numbering sequence than the other Firestones! Marc's bike wasn't originally a Firestone. My guess is that somewhere along the way Marc's bike had a headbadge swap and isn't a Firestone which probably raises it's value a miniscule amount as most of the others seem to be Firestones thanks for looking!
Keep sending in numbers Scott. Ok I would say W for Western that's simple enough, frame characteristics such as dropouts with dropstand tabs which stopped in with the arrival of the kick stand, the straight down tube, the early Western badge puts it at So I am going with Just kidding I'm going with I saw that frame, it was listed with a slightly earlier Fleetwood frame of a very similar style.
Did you buy both? When done it should look basically like most Huffmans of that vintage. Some parts will be slightly different but overall they are very similar. Here's the page from the National catalog. Again due to the National being a top level bike and the Western being a Huffman level bike it will only be similar, the paint patterns will definitely be different and some parts will be upgraded on the National.
I have the paint pattern for the Westerns if you want to go original. Need I ask, do you want it added? Actually they were made in like the Firestones with the straight stays. Reliable sources have it that there are only around around.
There are probably a bit more but still very hard to find. Here are some poor photos of the 'bottle cap' style badges. The National is the only one I have a photo of the back of the badge and even then the crimp is missing, but you can see the outline of where it used to be.
Yes i would think it is a It has the new postwar serial sequence and cannot be a since the rear drop outs though still rear facing are very different on the '50's bikes. This indeed leaves As to the chainring it may be a late bike or the ring may have come out slightly earlier than you think. I have a photo of another with the same ring. The other bike is a boys Western Flyer.
I'll add both bikes Scott.