Hiawatha Silver Jet


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partsguy

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Here's the wrecked, cobbled together bike. I got it for free about May, 2011 I think. It was missing the tank, but had the trim panel on it still from the original tank. I found a tank from a Galaxie, swapped out the mangled fork for a bent (but usable) one and swapped out the busted front rack and I rode it down the street.

It looked like the scene from Christine, when Arnie Cunningham drives his newly acquired, but dilapidated, 1958 Plymouth home.

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partsguy

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The pedals are on another bike at the moment. The old girl will get her slippers back eventually.


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Evans200

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Cool, can't wait to see the finished bike. You are to be commended for going all out on a girls middleweight. I'm glad you are. Someday, as balloon bike prices get higher and higher, these middleweights will get more air time and more money. Congrats!
 
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partsguy

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Cool, can't wait to see the finished bike. You are to be commended for going all out on a girls middleweight. I'm glad you are. Someday, as balloon bike prices get higher and higher, these middleweights will get more air time and more money. Congrats!
Thank you. For me, it's a piece of local history, it's a rare and unique model, and I'll be the only one who has one. The bike is worth perhaps $200- $300 fully restored and I have twice that in the chrome work alone easily. I did the restoration for every reason EXCEPT to make money.

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partsguy

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I am trying to figure out why the fork was replaced with a bent fork? Roger
It was more usable than the fork that was on it, it was the only other fork I had at the time, and I wanted to ride the bike just once.
 

partsguy

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Cool, can't wait to see the finished bike. You are to be commended for going all out on a girls middleweight. I'm glad you are. Someday, as balloon bike prices get higher and higher, these middleweights will get more air time and more money. Congrats!
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[QUOTE="partsguy, post: 647487, member: 2508" NICE! Who says the chrome won't get you home? LOL
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Evans200

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[QUOTE="partsguy, post: 647487, member: 2508" NICE! Who says the chrome won't get you home? LOL
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partsguy

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NICE! Who says the chrome won't get you home? LOL

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Thanks! I've began cleaning the other parts. The rear fender is being replaced, I'm on the hunt for a NICE one. It was used from 1962-1971, or thereabouts. Any Huffy middleweight with a rack from those years had it.
 

partsguy

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Great looking bike,I love middle weights,do you have any idea where i could find a bike like that?
The owner of the Hiawatha Silver Jet has since passed away. It may be for sale somewhere. If you want a Hiawatha Silver Jet, you need to be vigilant and check eBay, yard sales, swap meets and shows. Hiawatha bicycles are pretty obscure, but affordable. You will need a lot of patience.
 

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