Information about 1978 Schwinn Klunker 5

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Blue klunker 5

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 20, 2019
27
59
Pasadena
Who knows the facts about the production numbers of the Schwinn Klunker 5. The first month produced in 1978 and what the six number serial number represents following the two letters. How many were produced in the color schemes?
Please reply if you have the information other than the information everyone else repeats.
 

Blue klunker 5

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 20, 2019
27
59
Pasadena
Who knows the facts about the production numbers of the Schwinn Klunker 5. The first month produced in 1978 and what the six number serial number represents following the two letters. How many were produced in the color schemes?
Please reply if you have the information other than the information everyone else repeats.
Who knows the facts about the production numbers of the Schwinn Klunker 5. The first month produced in 1978 and what the six number serial number represents following the two letters. How many were produced in the color schemes?
Please reply if you have the information other than the information everyone else repeats.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,922
Central Arizona
#1. Who knows the facts about the production numbers of the Schwinn Klunker 5.
Answer: Nobody.
#2. The first month produced in 1978
Answer: Having a list of all the Klunker's build dates stamped on the head badge is the only way to figure that out.
#3. what the six number serial number represents following the two letters.
Answer: The serial numbers are stamped on the bikes components prior to being used in building a frame. The date associated to the serial number is the date that number was stamped. That's all it represents, it's a serial number.
#4. How many were produced in the color schemes?
Answer: Nobody knows how many were produced in the (2) colors.

Probably repeats of what others have said and I'm not sure what else can be said. There are no records. I will add that there are quite a few fakes out there. If one is Blue or has a Klunker "decal" on the chain guard verses being painted on, it's a fake.
 
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Blue klunker 5

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 20, 2019
27
59
Pasadena
My blue klunker 5 has the painted klunker 5 on the chain guard and bought from aviation cycle Huntington Beach in 1978.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,922
Central Arizona
The Klunker 5 was a 5 speed variant of the Spitfire in 1978, and later that model's name became the Spitfire 5. The 78 Spitfires were offered only in Red and Black. But as everyone knows, Schwinn would do offbeat stuff to accommodate a high volume dealer's request.

I would love to see some high res pictures of all the details on your bike. Especially some of the chain guard. Is the guard clear coated?

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Balloonatic

I live for the CABE
May 26, 2011
1,157
Altadena, CA
I have a blue, 1980 Cruiser 5 with original paint, but would love to see photos of your bike, I always wanted a blue Klunker 5, but have never seen one that's orig.

Please post photos? If your bike really is original blue and painted chainguard why not show it?

Did you buy this bike yourself in 1978 from Aviation Bikes?
 

Blue klunker 5

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 20, 2019
27
59
Pasadena
The following photographs of my blue Klunker 5 purchased from Aviation Cyclery in Manhattan beach, California 1978. The Klunker is in original condition. Everything is unchanged except the handlebar mirrior and the added speedometer. I raced this bicycle downhill from Griffith Park Observatory trail to Ferndale with my friends and their Schwinn, Yamaha, Mongoose, and other “dirt bikes” then. I also raced me Schwinn 20 inch dirt bike with Bendix two speed hub. We were the king of the hill. The best rim on that dirt bike was the Shimano heavey duty 20 inch rim with the rounded edge. In 1973 I paid $20.00 plus for the front and rear rims. We used to ride the Elysian park trails as well and on some occasions mini bikes. We did this on weekends to avoid the Park Ranger in Elysian Park. We dubbed him the park vulture.
 

Blue klunker 5

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 20, 2019
27
59
Pasadena
I have a blue, 1980 Cruiser 5 with original paint, but would love to see photos of your bike, I always wanted a blue Klunker 5, but have never seen one that's orig.

Please post photos? If your bike really is original blue and painted chainguard why not show it?

Did you buy this bike yourself in 1978 from Aviation Bikes?
Photos posted.
 
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Blue klunker 5

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 20, 2019
27
59
Pasadena
#1. Who knows the facts about the production numbers of the Schwinn Klunker 5.
Answer: Nobody.
#2. The first month produced in 1978
Answer: Having a list of all the Klunker's build dates stamped on the head badge is the only way to figure that out.
#3. what the six number serial number represents following the two letters.
Answer: The serial numbers are stamped on the bikes components prior to being used in building a frame. The date associated to the serial number is the date that number was stamped. That's all it represents, it's a serial number.
#4. How many were produced in the color schemes?
Answer: Nobody knows how many were produced in the (2) colors.

Probably repeats of what others have said and I'm not sure what else can be said. There are no records. I will add that there are quite a few fakes out there. If one is Blue or has a Klunker "decal" on the chain guard verses being painted on, it's a fake.
I have the photographs shown. Tires and tubes are as original although deflated. Have any information on ratio of black, red an blue produced?
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,922
Central Arizona

Serial number was stamped in August and the bike was built on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1978. Looks legit to me. No way of knowing how many of any color were produced.
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
2,249
Ft Myers, Florida
That's odd. Blue Klunker On this black cruiser 5 >> You have a Feb 1980 frame, the fork's graphics are 81 which is not odd and rather usual but, a late 1978 badge?. Somebody either doesn't realize the badge serial is actual build date, (When replacing it with a better B/C the scratch on head post indicates the original 1981 badge might have gotten/beat/ bent/smashed or major scratch then too) or pulled the ol'll switch-a-roo. [wink] 2988 = Oct 25 1978

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