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1966 Rat Ray - Coppertone Deluxe Stingray

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sworley

Wore out three sets of tires already!
As I posted before, the seller of my '67 Violet Deluxe also mentioned that his girlfriend had a Coppertone Stingray in their storage unit. It was another reason I was inclined to pay as much as I did for the '67, knowing this info. Well, about a week ago I received some texts with this critter's photos. I couldn't surmise all the details but the glaring issue was the broken frame. Initially, it was priced at "make offer", so I proposed a number. Then suddenly they had a number in mind and it was more than I wanted to pay. No problem, I politely declined and even gave them some tips on selling elsewhere. But late last week, out of the blue, they said they'd take my offer if I drove out to get it.

Yesterday was a fine day to take a Sunday drive east of here an hour and make the deal. Upon seeing it in person there weren't many more takeaways aside from a missing long Q bolt on one side. Dang. After the cash was in her hand, she mentioned that she pulled it from the county dump pile! Oh well, good on her and great to see this saved. Entrepreneuring young gal. Also, the bike's name is Goldie.

Upon getting it home, I shot some pictures to my friend who's a master welder to see if he was up to the task. He feels confident he can sleeve it and weld it but it won't be pretty. Worth a shot!

So we'll see what results he can get. I'd like to make a ratty custom rider out of it - ditch the fenders, keep the old, fat blackwalls and incorrect solo polo and have one mean-looking ray. If someone has an original "standard" Coppertone chainguard they'd like to trade this deluxe one for, I'd be open to talking!

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sworley

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Tear down went pretty well tonight. 66 frame, 64 crank and 65 fork, just as mismatched as all the nuts and bolts on the bike, haha. Also, the rear wheel is a 28 spoke center stamped S2, does that mean some girls bike donated the rear wheel?

I am unsure how my buddy will repair this but I guess nothing to lose. The frame seems bowed out, too like someone was riding it while it was broken.

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coasterbrakejunkie1969

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Tear down went pretty well tonight. 66 frame, 64 crank and 65 fork, just as mismatched as all the nuts and bolts on the bike, haha. Also, the rear wheel is a 28 spoke center stamped S2, does that mean some girls bike donated the rear wheel?

I am unsure how my buddy will repair this but I guess nothing to lose. The frame seems bowed out, too like someone was riding it while it was broken.

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ODDER

Finally riding a big boys bike
36 spoke was used on early bikes 63 into 64. Then again for a short period on 3 speeds but I can’t remember what year. 28 spoke for blue band 2 speed and red band single speed after the 36 spoke stopped. I’m sure there is someone who knows the exact time it changed. Hope this helps some. Only girls stingray that had an s2 rear wheel was the early slik chiks. Otherwise the girls bikes had the same s7 front and rear like the typhoon and the junior models.
 

razinhellcustomz

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
As I posted before, the seller of my '67 Violet Deluxe also mentioned that his girlfriend had a Coppertone Stingray in their storage unit. It was another reason I was inclined to pay as much as I did for the '67, knowing this info. Well, about a week ago I received some texts with this critter's photos. I couldn't surmise all the details but the glaring issue was the broken frame. Initially, it was priced at "make offer", so I proposed a number. Then suddenly they had a number in mind and it was more than I wanted to pay. No problem, I politely declined and even gave them some tips on selling elsewhere. But late last week, out of the blue, they said they'd take my offer if I drove out to get it.

Yesterday was a fine day to take a Sunday drive east of here an hour and make the deal. Upon seeing it in person there weren't many more takeaways aside from a missing long Q bolt on one side. Dang. After the cash was in her hand, she mentioned that she pulled it from the county dump pile! Oh well, good on her and great to see this saved. Entrepreneuring young gal. Also, the bike's name is Goldie.

Upon getting it home, I shot some pictures to my friend who's a master welder to see if he was up to the task. He feels confident he can sleeve it and weld it but it won't be pretty. Worth a shot!

So we'll see what results he can get. I'd like to make a ratty custom rider out of it - ditch the fenders, keep the old, fat blackwalls and incorrect solo polo and have one mean-looking ray. If someone has an original "standard" Coppertone chainguard they'd like to trade this deluxe one for, I'd be open to talking!

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I have a white standard guard I could trade you...
 
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