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JC Higgins ID and parts help

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Thrillhouse

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Hi there - new to the forum and requesting some assistance. I’m inheriting my mother’s JC Higgins and was hoping to determine the year of manufacture. In addition, it’s missing the rear rack, horn tank and light, and I was hoping to get some leads on potential replacements as I intend to restore it. I’ve had a look at eBay and Craigslist, wasn’t sure if I trusted the sources on those. Thanks in advance!

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Nice bike.
Looks like a post-war Murray-built Sears JC Higgins.
Check-out the Murray serial numbers thread starting about post 200 (page-20).
[Disregard 1939 (pre-war) line in "the list"].
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And welcome to the CABE!
 
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Ah yes, that looks like a match to my eye. It may be sacrilege, but I’m planning to clean it up and possible repaint it depending upon the overall condition. If so may go with a color scheme that matches all around.
 
Looks to have blue plastic "Racer Grips".
Would you happen to know what type of tires I should be look for to replace at least the rear tire? Will any 26” balloon tire do?
 
Would you happen to know what type of tires I should be look for to replace at least the rear tire? Will any 26” balloon tire do?
Recommend 26 x 2.125" balloon tire width.

Some tire packaging labels for smaller 26 x 1.75 (middleweight) tires do not indicate the true size, and profess to replace a wide range of 26" tire widths.
 
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