Hiawatha Silver Jet

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  1. #1 Posted Feb 20, 2016

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    Just purchased this middleweight, and it's on the way. I'm seeking any information other collectors may have on this model, mostly the year. I know the Hiawatha was sold by Gamble's Department Stores. A thorough google search turned up next to nothing. If anybody has some 1960's Gamble's catalogs to look through, I'd be very grateful. All my bikes have license plates, so determining the year of this oddball is important to me. I bought a 64 chrome plated Sears Spaceliner Deluxe a couple months ago, and so this chrome plated Silver Jet will look good next to it, and on rides. There can't be too many of these floating around, and I appreciate any thoughts and opinions from others! s-l1600 (3).jpg
     
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  2. #2 Posted Feb 21, 2016

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  3. #3 Posted Feb 21, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    There is one of those rack's on eBay right now. Very cool looking rack. Nice bike too. Have fun with it.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Feb 22, 2016

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    That is bad-ass!
     
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  5. #5 Posted Feb 25, 2016

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    AND the black trim on that action figure would definitely match your bike at a show!
     
  9. #9 Posted Feb 29, 2016

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    HEY HEY THIS IS HENRY FROM HENDERSON....I USED TO BUY MY SPORTING EQUIPMENT FROM A GAMBLES IN VILLA PARK ILL. BACK IN THE 50'S...THEY CARRIED A FEW BIKES THEN BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS ONE OF YOURS...THE PROBLEM THEN AND NOW IS TO KNOW WHO ACTUALY MANUFACTURED THE BIKE...I HAVE A NICE CRUISER WITH THE HIAWATHA EMBLEM ON THE FRONT OF A TRAIN FROM BACK IN THE DAY...FROM THE 1930'S TILL THE 60'S SOME BIKES WERE MADE BY CHICAGO WELDING, SHELBY,MURRAY,HUFFMAN, AND CLEVELAND WELDING.....GOOD LUCK AND LET THE WORLD KNOW WHICH IS WHICH...
     
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    Hi Henry. This bike came from Minnesota, which is also the state where Gambles was headquartered. It has a Gambles decal on the seat tube, along with a model number starting with WG6. The serial number on the left dropout starts with "N". But I haven't been able to I.D. the manufacturer. Leon Dixon of the NBHAA says it's a 1962-63 top of the line Hiawatha. I haven't opted yet for his Official NBHAA Detailed Report yet, but probably will as a last resort.
     
  11. #11 Posted Oct 11, 2016

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    WOW!
     
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  12. #12 Posted Oct 12, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Holy Toledo !!!! Great looking bike
     
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  13. #13 Posted Oct 12, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Great bike. Late 50's early 60's is my favorite era in almost anything.
     
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    Same here! My bikes range from 51-64. I like prewar as well but most are out of my price range. Owned many 50's and 60's cars as well over the years, at least 40 of them, when they were cheap!
     
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  15. #15 Posted Oct 21, 2016

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    I love the style also! I have a rare, one-year only style 1963 Huffy Silver Jet being re-chromed as I type. Full ground up restoration and nothing less. Chrome, with gold tank, chain guard, and rack. The painted parts have black and white graphics. The tail light lens resembles a late 50's Dodge or Desoto, or maybe a 1958-65 Impala. It has 3 red bullets on the lens.

    The grips are white, seat is also white w/ silver seam and chrome crash rail. The rack has chrome wire fins like a '59 Cadillac or a '58 Plymouth. The tank has chrome metal graphics with the Huffman "H" stamped in them. The bike is equipped with chrome dual tank-lights and a chrome springer front rack.
     
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    WOW! I'd love to see pics of it when you're finished. I'm sure I've never seen one before.
     
  17. #17 Posted Oct 21, 2016

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    1963 was the only year that the Silver Jet came in those colors, with that rack/chaunguard/sprocket combo. A very rare combination. I've seen one other. Both that one and mine are women's bikes. No men's bikes have surfaced.

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    Can you post a pic of one?
     
  19. #19 Posted Oct 22, 2016

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    I'll do better. I'll post a pic of my wreck, before I took it apart, and I'll scan the dealer catalog's photo of what it looked like when new. The sad part is, it sat for over 5 years before I got off my butt and decided to finally restore it. Money was an issue before, as it had to be completely re-chromed. It was peeling it was so bad.

    I am restoring the hardware and front fender today.
     
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    Chrome and moisture aren't the best of friends!
     
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