60ish Flightliner


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wheelbender6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 23, 2018
20
19
Houston area
#1
Bought this frame/fork on FleaBay. Seller thought it was a Sears Spyder but it is a 24 inch Flightliner.
-Rat trap fork has apparently been welded multiple times, but it is still fragile.
-Frame was originally chrome, but the previous owner painted it purple.
I gotta long way to go.
flightliner.jpg
 

Sven

I live for the CABE
Dec 24, 2017
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2,101
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#4
Welcome to the CABE.
I'm working on a ('59) Flightliner project myself. The weather here has brought the paintingpart of the project to a halt for the past months. Either it rains or the temps don't go above 50. Anyway....Have fun and post pix of your progress.
 

wheelbender6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 23, 2018
20
19
Houston area
#5
Welcome to the CABE.
I'm working on a ('59) Flightliner project myself. The weather here has brought the paintingpart of the project to a halt for the past months. Either it rains or the temps don't go above 50. Anyway....Have fun and post pix of your progress.
-Sven - How did you determine the production year of your Flightliner? I have a legible serial no but I have not been able to decode the production year. Your flightliner is really complete.
 

Sven

I live for the CABE
Dec 24, 2017
1,044
2,101
54
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#6
AndyA and BrentP answered my thread "Need help identifying Flightliner" in the Middleweight section
Also the 1959 Sears catalog helped as well
 
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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,475
504
Western North carolina
#7
-Sven - How did you determine the production year of your Flightliner? I have a legible serial no but I have not been able to decode the production year. Your flightliner is really complete.
The chrome frame was only available '61-'63. The middle # in the serial, usually in the 46000 47000 range, is the Sears catalog #. These changed yearly, so the best year indicator.
 
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wheelbender6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 23, 2018
20
19
Houston area
#8
Thanks Adamtinkerer. I checked the sears online parts site but my model number wasn't found. Looks like I will have to download some sears catalogs to narrow down the individual year.
 

wheelbender6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 23, 2018
20
19
Houston area
#9
The purple paint was not too difficult to strip away.
-I can't weld so I bolted the rat trap moving parts to a slightly newer Spaceliner fork.
-Finally got some 24" wheels on it. I bought a 24" donor bike for a quick source of cheap parts.
I will need to grind the front dropouts a bit before the wheel fits correctly.
flt liner wheels.jpg


flt liner wheels 1.jpg
 

wheelbender6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 23, 2018
20
19
Houston area
#11
I was advised to grind the front axle instead of the front dropouts in order to fit. It was great advice. The dropouts in that rat trap fork are really tough. Like battleship armor.
 

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