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1938 IVER JOHNSON
MODEL 76M STREAMLINE DELUX
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    This is a 1938 Iver Johnson Model 76M, Men's Streamline Delux in Iver Johnson blue paint with a hand striped spear point white
head.  This bike is in untouched as found original condition, with no restoration by me.  I was lucky enough to purchase this bike from
a collector at the Copake swap.  This collector was able to get a tip from a friend that this bike was hanging in a Kingston, NY garage
where it had spent most of its life. Arriving at the Copake swap quite early in the morning, I was quite close to the collector when he
rolled this bike out of his van.  Needless to say, it lasted about 30 seconds before I was the new owner. Serial # 580215 is stamped on
the seat tube of this 18" Men's steel frame Streamline.  The original 26" x 2 1/8" natural grain steel wheels are in decent shape and the
26" x 2 1/8" balloon tires still hold air.  The rear wheel still has the original New Departure style "D" coaster brake hub while the front
wheel is laced to the original Iver Johnson hub.   The 1" pitch chainring has 26 teeth and is mated to a 10 tooth rear sprocket.  The
original Iver Johnson braced #102 handlebars with forward extension stem and comfort grips are still in place, as is the Messinger
Delux saddle (recovered at one point in time) and the Men's Person's Supreme ball bearing rubber pedals.  This bike also retains its
original chrome fenders which have aged evenly with the rest of the bike.  The original dropstand with fender clip, reflector,
chainguard, and truss rods are all intact.   All in all, a nicely preserved  example of a true "garage find" Iver Johnson that I probably
will never restore.  There is just something uniquely interesting about a bike that is found in this condition, it's a
true survivor.  One
can only imagine
the stories it could tell and the sights it has seen, and that is something you just hate to mess with!
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