1965 Sting-Ray Resurrection

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RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
Picked this one up at a swap meet about a month ago. No idea as to why it’s in the shape it’s in, but I saw potential. I was intrigued by the blue band two speed and front brake. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but I knew I couldn’t let it just sit there...

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First order of business.... What year is this thing??? Took a bit of work and time to get the crank out... dated ‘64.
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Ahhhhh so that’s what color it was!

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I don’t see any letters???


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That’ll buff out!


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RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
So after asking around, and finally uncovering the whole serial number, turns out its a 1965!

My goal was to get it riding with as many of the parts it came with as possible. The two speed spun, but was stuck together pretty well. It sat for a few weeks while I made a game plan and gathered some parts.
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Parts bike gonna give up some bearing cups, races, and some hardware.

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Rebuilding the blue band time.

Both wheels were completely shot. Rear hub is the only thing that was salvageable between all of it...

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The only s2 I had was a painted one that came off a 50’s bike. I had already blasted it for another project but found a nicer one for that, so this one got painted silver and used for this project.
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Picked up a repop slick

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RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
The neck was stuck really bad... Worse than I’ve ever experienced before and I really didn’t want to damage it trying to get it out. Had a fork off a cheap bmx bike that just so happened to be the perfect size. Decided it would be the sacrificial piece... Took lots of hammering and heat, but it came out!

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Starting to bolt pieces back on!!
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Just so happened to have the perfect seat for it. A smooth white Persons.

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tacochris

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Man after my own heart....That thing looks killer and the lichen still on it is freakin awesome I love it. These kinds of bikes are a good representation of life to me. Life isnt shiny and perfect and untouched, life is rough and sharp and tough most of the time.
 
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