71 Manta Ray

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 8, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    IMG_6015.PNG IMG_6017.PNG IMG_6018.PNG Hey there everyone. I am going to look at this Manta Ray after work today. These are the only pictures I got of it. Is it a total basket case? (I have not seen too many 3 speed Manta Rays (guessing this shifter is wrong too) and am having a hard time finding a black one for compassion as well.) He said he has had the bike since 1980 and that everything works as it should. Any info on what is wrong/missing, and an approximate value or fair price to pay would be much appreciated. Thanks all!
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Note that the Manta-Ray was available only in a 5-speed model for '71, and only as a coaster brake or 5-speed in '72. There were no 3-speed Mantas and It was never available in black.

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  3. #3 Posted Dec 8, 2017

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    And the seat looks like the Walmart black Friday Black Sting Ray piece.
     
  4. #4 Posted Dec 9, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    It's likely a Racer or Speedster that's been converted. Cool, but not big money cool!
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 9, 2017

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    I believe a Speedster or other camel back frame has straight bars for the seat stay, where as a Manta Ray's is curved (as in the black bike photo). Same goes for a 20" Speedster vs. Fastback.
     
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    Good catch. Someone had told me both frames were the same, but I think the speedster has a longer wheelbase too. I have this one and had to go check it. s-l1600D9THFG5H.jpg
     
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    To the OP, the value is up to you in a way, how bad do you want a Manta ray? As we've discussed its probably a real 'Ray but has been redone and has some new parts. Its a cool bike regardless but if you're just looking for a 24" cruiser to bop around, a Speedster would likely be a less expensive starting point.
     
  8. #8 Posted Dec 10, 2017

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    If the price is right and you just want a cool easy riding Schwinn ,go for it . But if you are looking for authentic Manta Ray keep looking. The bars, brake handles, stem, calipers, fenders,chainguard and frame appear to be from a Manta (the later repainted black) the rest of it will need to be sourced at considerable expense.
     
  9. #9 Posted Dec 11, 2017

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    Thanks everyone for the info. I ended up getting the bike (at a wonderful price! i ended up knowing the seller, and we agreed it was a clone.....buuuuut after further inspection...). After bringing it home, I have noticed some intriguing things. 1. The paint is original (has the original stickers from where it was purchased in Savannah Georgia in 1972. 2. The serial number dates it to January, 1972. 3. After reviewing many of the parts, they appear to be original Manta Ray parts as well (sissy bar, even the white knobs on the bottom of bar, Schwinn approved brake, grips are Schwinn approved, . Could this have been a factory Black custom Manta Ray coaster brake (and someone later added the Bendix 3 speed?). Here are a couple more photos...(ps: I have the original fenders, just haven't put them back on yet). I didn't really understand the above comment about the speedster frame similarities/differences. Thanks again for all of the input and help. Cheers!
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    Hey there Metacortex. Please peep the info I just included when you get a chance. Let me know your thoughts. Peace!
     
  11. #11 Posted Dec 11, 2017

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    Hey there 383camino. If you get a chance, please peep the info I shared when you get a chance. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
     
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    Looks likea really nice find! I like it; ride or display as is or keep an eye for the "right" parts.
     
  13. #13 Posted Dec 11, 2017

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    The bike is a repaint. Those Clyde Dunaway decals are sold on Ebay. V/r Shawn
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    You can use this as a reference to how you may/may not want to make it to close as original...

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    And I never would have guessed that. Thanks for the info Shawn (even if it did burst my bubble a bit). If anyone knows, the Georgia guy should! Thanks again sir. Peace!
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thanks for the photo and info. I actually have a shifter (would need the rear hub of course) but plan on putting it on there eventually. And yes, the seat seems to be ghostly (aka hard as heck to find and quite costly). At any rate, this is a super cool clone, I enjoy it, and I suppose in the grand scheme of things, all that matters. Cheers and happy riding!
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I concur with the repaint assessment. Also note that the chainguard appears to have a decal while an original would have been screened.
     
  18. #18 Posted Dec 11, 2017

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    Doesn't it say "5 speed" on the chain guard?
     
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    About a year ago I met a co worker who collects balloners. When I told him I have a 24" Speedster he told me I could convert this to a Manta. Its been over 40 years since I owned one but told him I think the speedster is stretched/longer. Then saw the post here ... thought maybe it could be. 383camino pointed out the rear struts have a radius, while the speedsters are straight. So I looked at the picture of mine and sure enough. Something else, the mantas end parallel with the top bar the speedsters don't. Can you tell us what the wheelbase is? Its 39" on a speedster 24 Speedster.jpg
     
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    I can't speak to the wheelbases; the curved tubes were something I caught on to from endless shopping and surfing looking at old bikes. :)