Since I already own a NOS Hikari frame I decided to build my own Hikari. However, trying to find parts made over 55 years ago is not easy. Trying to find specific parts by a specific manufacturer for a specific model is nearly impossible. But, I managed to use genuine parts from the same period, early to mid-1950's, some genuine Hikari and some made by other manufacturers.
Original Hikari Parts:
Leather saddle (Sorry link is in Japanese only)
Has the logo on both sides of the saddle.
Genuine Hikari saddle badge on the rear of the saddle.
For the non-original parts I used parts from around the same period. The non-original parts are: the fenders, chaincase, fender stays, pedals, rear reflector, tires, tubes, rims, mudflap.
A few examples:
Daido Kogyo Roller Chain.
Ebisu freewheel.(Sorry Ebisu HP is Japanese only)
This is a nice chaincase from the 1950's.
Note the hinge just below the crankwheel cover at 6 o'clock, and, the screw at 12 o'clock. The design enables the front portion to be opened which comes in handy when attaching the chain to the crankwheel.
Tires are Japan Riken Rubber Company
In the next English post we will take a look at the completed project.