How thin is the chrome on Spaceliners?

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  1. #1 Posted Jan 7, 2018

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    I am looking to negotiate on buying this Murray/Western Flyer/Spaceliner. This is the only pic I have and I see a lot of rust in the middle section. How thin is the chrome of the frame (and other parts). If you have carefully cleaned a similar one, how did it turn out?

    Thanks!

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    Unless the price is really cheap ,I would look for one in really nice shape.They are cool looking bikes but a really nice one is not very expensive. The "plastic chrome " is many times worn off on these bikes.
     
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    That may clean up with "aluminum foil" or some Quick-Glo it depends on what you actually have. Most of the ones I've seen have the clear coat failing/peeling etc. The other thing to think about is that it is a Standard or mid-range version of the series (Deluxe, Standard, Base). It also appears to have a 1963-1966 Murray Astro Flite rear rack (which is hard to find with the light and probably worth $75-$100 IMHO) - For reference this is my Girls all original 1964 Spaceliner w/ the aforementioned rack added since I couldn't find a Spaceliner one. I only paid $200 for this bike but then blew it apart and repacked bearings,hubs, etc. and scrubbed everything, etc.

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    I'm with Vince on this one. It will probably clean up decent but not super nice.On the plus side it does look complete to include the scarce taillight lens. V/r Shawn
     
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    Why! Why would they clear coat chrome? Crappy thin chrome job or what?
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    It was the 60's - enough said.
     
  7. #7 Posted Jan 8, 2018

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    Wow! That turned out nice. Did you do that all by yourself or did you have help?? :tearsofjoy:
     
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    Thanks for everyone's input...will post again if I see it in person - its a few hours away.
     
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    Asking price is $175.

    Nice all original Murray made Western Flyer bike very much like the Sears Space/Flight liners of the day. 26" tires, single speed with all the original parts including headlight bezel and light on rear rack. These were marketed to be sold in the old Western Flyer auto shops.

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  10. #10 Posted Jan 9, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    It's a Strato Flyer just like mine. I spent hours getting the clear coat off but have since read or somebody told me to just use paint stripper. Turns the job into about a 45 minute job.

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    Thanks for that great pic!

    After getting more pics from the seller and comparing them to your better example this is what I have determined from the photos:

    It is missing (or they are faded out) the red bezel on the crank and the red instrument display panel on the tank. The rear fender reflector is missing, it has incorrect pedals, and a replacement blackwall rear tire. If I couple that with the deep rust issues and a torn seat and driving 90 miles I have a hard time seeing a $150 bicycle. Plus, these are the problems that I can see - there may be a cascade of other unseen issues and/or finer details I am overlooking.

    I know I could part it out (lots of guys do) and maybe make a few bucks but it is not that far gone and I don't usually buy for salvage unless all the stars align.

    I am thinking that if I can bring it in for under a $100 or less, it is probably worth a long drive and look see. I am off the mark here?
     
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  12. #12 Posted Jan 13, 2018

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    I found clear coat stripper at my local autozone that made the job much easier of removing the clear coat on my spaceliner. Just make sure to do it outside and wear gloves.