J.C. Higgins serial number

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 3, 2013

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    I just acquired my first vintage bike. My friend picked it up from the seller yesterday and I'll get it the next time I'm through Baltimore. Being a truck driver makes it easier to get stuff from all over without paying shipping cost.

    My friend checked the serial number and it is 10061 6. I'm betting it's a 1961. Can anyone give me a full breakdown of the serial number?
     
  2. #2 Posted Apr 4, 2013

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    If it is a 60's Higgins then, it should have more to the serial number than what you have posted.
    Because the serial numbers are located on the rear dropout of the left side of the frame, most rear wheel mountin has large wasers and nut that will cover the prefix of the serial number.

    If it is a Murray built Higgins the serial shoul start with a "MO" and followed by a letter or number, then the model number and the catalog number....at least I think that's how it is laid out.
    Pictures of the bike are a sure way to assist in the model deciphering task.
    Style of the chainring will determine the Manufacturer unless it is a thrown together bike (frankenbike). Boys had a tendency to do that back then, change / swap parts to please the desired look they wanted.

    Welcome to the Cabe by the way. It's a great place to assist you in the soon to be addiction, you will experience.

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  3. #3 Posted Apr 4, 2013

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    Here's the bike. I haven't picked it up yet. It could be a while before I can. I'll get my buddy to take another look.
     

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  4. #4 Posted Apr 4, 2013

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    Higgins

    Somebodies been messing with the fenders and it's missing the rear rack. Might be hard to find since it's a 24". Here is a 26" with the rack and correct fenders.
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  5. #5 Posted Apr 5, 2013

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    Here is a late 26" model JC Higgins painted frame "Flightliner" that I picked up this week that needs some major cleaning. I decided to get this one for the rear rack which has a tailight. Shame its missing one lens.
    I haven't checked the serial number yet. But is a "MO" prefix.
    The rack is for sale but the rear mounting wont fit a 24" unless the mounting can be changed out.
    In fact the whole bike is for sale.

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  6. #6 Posted Apr 10, 2013

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    here's the serial number

    I picked up the bike today. The serial number is

    MOS 39 X51
    10061 6
     
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    MO "S" indicates it's a 1960 as per the unconfirmed and sometimes not correct (as per opinions) Murray Serial Number Project

    http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/archive/index.php/t-7014.html

    I know you mentioned it was a Murray badged Flightliner but, the only Murray indicator is the chainring. The badge is actually the "JC Higgin" legend on the side of the tank. I can't read the seat tube decal, Maybe something there says Murray?

    The 39 X 51 denotation, I can't answer with any certainty. "X" is mentioned as a quanity built bike order for a certain retailer being "51"....but, again there is no mention what retailer that is as per the list above.

    If it was sold by Sears, then the serial number could be researched here. Here I have researched a "7" bar Spaceliner serial number

    http://www.searspartsdirect.com/par...s/Model-502469440/0934/1303200/00027911/00001

    Sorry I can't be more help.

    JD
     
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  8. #8 Posted Apr 12, 2013

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    Well, that gives me the important stuff. It's a Murray built 1960 JC Higgins Flightliner.
     
  9. #9 Posted Apr 12, 2013

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    more pics

    Here are a couple more pictures. The head badge and seat decal.

    BTW, I just got home with the bike. My wife hasn't seen it yet. I stopped to put air in the tires and someone offered to buy it. Sorry, just got it.
     

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    Bought a old jc hoggins bicycle today the numbers on it are....
    1730164
    503.46280
     
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    I think 503 numbers are also Murray built bikes. The other numbers unlike automobiles tell you nothing. Roger
     
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    503 was imported bikes, 501, Westfield.
     
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    Adam you are correct. Roger
     
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    Hi! I recently aquired a J.C. Higgins Hiawatha bike and I am trying to determine the year. I have read through the forum but still am unsure about its year. I have checked out the Parts Direct site but it did not provide any useful information for this.

    The engraved information is:
    M.O.T.S.-V
    MOD-502 4546.0
    215539

    Thanks so much in advance for any information you can provide.

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