AMF Roadmaster Jet Pilot


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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
125
70
Minnesota, United States
#1
The seller, a younger man in his twenties, asked if I planned on using this as a garden feature. He was shocked when I said I'd get her running again. Maybe even by the end of Summer. I just hope it doesn't nickel and dime me to death.

She isn't the prettiest I've seen but if you clean her up, put some whitewalls and chrome rims she'll look real good. It needs grease bad! Everything creaks. Heavy as hell. I can't wait to see the headlights glow.

One question: how do you preserve the decals if I decide to repaint it? From what I've seen so far they have to be replaced.
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,061
14,776
Evans, GA
#2
Clean, service, ride. There is no upside to repainting this bike.The original paint is way too nice and you would kill the value of this bike which is about $75-100. It would cost about ten times that to truly restore this bike. My 2c. V/r Shawn
 
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jacob9795

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 21, 2014
722
1,389
Central Valley, CA, United States
#7
It’ll clean up nice. You need a matching set of rims though. The rear rim is period correct (Komet Super). I have a set taking up space in my shop. HMU if you want them, just pay shipping. People usually airbrush or spray paint the front light cover as a cheap fix. To have it rechromed can be expensive.
 

twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
125
70
Minnesota, United States
#8
It’ll clean up nice. You need a matching set of rims though. The rear rim is period correct (Komet Super). I have a set taking up space in my shop. HMU if you want them, just pay shipping. People usually airbrush or spray paint the front light cover as a cheap fix. To have it rechromed can be expensive.
I picked up tubes and an old Schwinn chrome rim from the LBS. White walls are ordered.
How easy is it going to be to find replacement lights? Anything special or can pickup from a local hardware store?
 

jacob9795

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 21, 2014
722
1,389
Central Valley, CA, United States
#9
They’re probably flash light bulbs, not hard to find, it probably will work with two D batteries BUT check out LED lamps first. LED lights are much brighter and safer. I don’t use the lamps on any of my bikes, I use quick release cheap LED front and rear lights on my rides; spend like $25 and put them on at night. Mike Burden might have the lenses (eBay seller: cindivette. I’m not sure if he’s on this site).
 
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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
125
70
Minnesota, United States
#10
They’re probably flash light bulbs, not hard to find, it probably will work with two D batteries BUT check out LED lamps first. LED lights are much brighter and safer. I don’t use the lamps on any of my bikes, I use quick release cheap LED front and rear lights on my rides; spend like $25 and put them on at night. Mike Burden might have the lenses (eBay seller: cindivette. I’m not sure if he’s on this site).
Where would you get these LEDs?
 

twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
125
70
Minnesota, United States
#11
She’s finally naked. I’m liking it.
The tear-down was pretty straightforward. Taking pictures of every nut and bolt easily tripled the time. The hard part will be washing and restoring each part. Bearings are dry. The rear coaster hub scares me. The headlight will be equally challenging. That’s what a hobby is for, right? Can’t wait to put on the new whitewalls!
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