Here's my now complete and ready to restore Spaceliner that I got at the Trexlertown meet on October 7. Izee2 helped me complete it by selling me the missing hubcap and crashrail. The bike is sweet the way it sits now, but it will be nothing short of spectacular once ot has it's repaint work is hopefully completed by mid to late summer, next year, 2013. Sorry it took so long to post this, JD. I did have another post ready to do that explained my personal childhood history with wanting one of these, but I accidently deleted the text when I was working with the attachments. I'm still really P/O'ed about this right now, so you'll have to settle for these images for now.The first one taken in the daylight in my shop shows the bike with the new Kenda 26" X 1.75" whitewall tires I got from MLC last week at the big Hershey AACA meet The tires, as you can see look great. The tread does have 1960's type non Schwinn type styling to them, and are actually a slightly smaller tire than what is ran on a Schwinn wheel, (S-7 type 26" X 1-3/4") Schwinn tires will not fit Murray rims, as I found out. I have cleaned all the chromed metal on the bike, and for a non-Schwinn bike, I'm impressed by how nice the chrome still looks on this bike! The second picture taken in the evening shows the bike yesterday right after I installed the crank "hubcap" and seat crashrail.
Here are some earlier images that I took of the the bike after I unloaded it off the truck, after I got it home from Trexlertown last week, but before I did any cleaning work, or replaced the tires, or added missing parts. This bike just has the looks that go on forever! there is no bad viewing angle of a SPACELINER!!
The paint on the thing, when you see it in person is just too scruffy for my tastes. There is too much rust through the paint on the frame. I have done total repaints on bikes before, most recently a paint match job on my radiant green custom 5 speed 1961 MK IV Jaguar in 2010. So I feel I can handle this bike, also and make it look very nice. Take a GOOD look at this image, and I'll think you'll agree, the paint looks like crap. I don't go by that old adage that it is original only once crap if the paint looks this bad. Sure, I wish I could save it, but in the condition the paint is now, it does not do it's job in protecting the underlying metal, it has been compromised, and the rust will only get worse, if it is not repainted. So for this bike, pretty soon it is "Ripperdown Time!"
1964 Sears Spaceliner NON-springer fork truss bar set WANTED.
Here is the picture from the 1964 Sears Christmas catalog showing the type of truss bar set I am looking for on my standard front fork bike. I drew arrows pointing to the truss bar set. I believe it has to be mounted onto the fork steer tube before the lower bearing race is pressed on there, (See new image I just posted 10/21/12) before the fork is installed in the headtube on the frame of the bike. I don't think this item is too common, nor is it very easy to find. The catalog picture seen here shows the truss bars on a chrome deluxe Spaceliner, but the bike has a regular fork on it with no springer fork. The 1964 catalog does not have a picture of the standard painted frame Spaceliner, so I really do not know whether the standard bikes had these or not. Lets just say that I want to turn my 'liner into custom a deluxe equipped standard bike. I want to dress the bike out, in other words, minus the chrome frame.
Remember, I not only need the truss bars, but I also need the truss bar mounting plate that slips over the fork steerer tube and sets on top of the fork crown, and then the lower bearing race goes on top of this. (see the picture of the front end of the older Murray built JC Higgins bike with the same truss bar set up as what was on the non springer deluxe 1964 Spaceliners.
I'll let you in on something, Jim; you've unknowingly 'Frankened' your bike. That's a base model #46303 Spaceliner, and that version didn't come with a hubcap or seat crash rail. They look nice on the bike, but they aren't original equipment. Everything else on it looks original.
Here's a pic from a 1966 Sears catalog. By the way, the base 46303 model (and the ladies and 24" wheel versions) were the only model Spaceliners to be manufactured for the entire five year life of the Spaceliner brand (64-68). The various chrome 'optioned up' models with top-tube mounted, horizontal tanks ran for two years (64-65) and were then phased out when the down-tube mounted, 7-shape, thrust-forward tank version was introduced from 66-68.
BTW, yours was manufactured between 66-68. The tip-off is the pedals. The only change made between 64-68 was that the 3-jewel reflector pedals on the men's 46303 were changed to a single diamond shape reflector from 66-68 to correspond with the pedals on the new thrust-forward design Spaceliners.
Here is the picture from the 1964 Sears Christmas catalog showing the type of truss bar set I am looking for on my standard front fork bike. I drew arrows pointing to the truss bar set. I believe it has to be mounted onto the fork steer tube before the lower bearing race is pressed on there, before the fork is installed in the headtube on the frame of the bike. I don't think this item is too common, nor is it very easy to find. The catalog picture seen here shows the truss bars on a chrome deluxe Spaceliner, but the bike has a regular fork on it with no springer fork. The 1964 catalog does not have a picture of the standard painted frame Spaceliner, so I really do not know whether the standard bikes had these or not. Lets just say that I want to turn my 'liner into custom a deluxe equipped standard bike. I want to dress the bike out, in other words, minus the chrome frame.
Those truss bars, as you call them, weren't available on the deluxe Spaceliners. They were, however, available on six of the mid-range Spaceliners (there were 20 total Spaceliner models in 64-65 and 30 models in 66-68). As you can see from the picture I posted above, the truss bars were not standard on the model #46303 that you have.
You can find the truss bars on the following models.
#46940 mens 26", 1-speed, non-deluxe
#46980 mens 26", 2-speed, non-deluxe
#46960 boys 24", 1-speed, non-deluxe
#46950 ladies 26", 1-speed, non-deluxe
#46990 ladies 26", 2-speed, non-deluxe
#46970 girls 24", 2-speed, non-deluxe
FYI, none of these models were equipped with a springer fork, and they were also missing rear tail lights. They did come with front head lights and a horn, the same as found on the deluxe versions.
I kind of figured that out. But all the extra stuff that I'm doing to it is just a wrench turn away from being removed, as the underlying base bike itself does not need to be altered at all to add these parts. I could imagine, back in the day, you could have probably walk into the parts and service department at a Sears store, and order these extra parts for your kid's bike, and bolt them on if you wanted to, but as you say, it would have been much easier to buy a deluxe chrome one, and get it all from the get go.
You are right. It looks nice, and that is what I'm after.
Oh, by the way, this bike had the original Allstate safety tread whitewall tires, which I have removed but saved, had a Goodyear triple circle date code showing the first quarter of 1964, as I have the bicycle tire date code deciphering sheet that explains how to date your old tires, so that is probably when this bike was made. Not in 1966. I checked and double checked this with several outside sources, and they all confirm this date.
Izee2 came through again for me! He had a friend who found me the exact truss rod assembly. It's from a Murray Meteor Flite. Murray built the Spaceliner for Sears. It is already on it's way to me. Thanks, to everyone who helped me here, and on the SchwinnBikeForum.
Here's my chrome framed Flightliner. I bought it locally (Chicago suburbs) this summer from another middle-aged guy who'd had it in safe keeping for ten years or so. I disassembled the bike down to the bare frame so that I could repack all the bearings and clean every part meticulously. The bike is about 98% complete.
Larmo63, drabe and SlyRed...beautiful examples and a great picture for those that need the reference.
I must admit that when the wife and I cruise the Va Beach boardwalk on our Astro Flites there are many headturners and finger pointers (admirers).
These chromed frames and the vibrant red and teal or blue colors are a great match and really pop.
Thanks for posting.
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