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Jim Barnard

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 30, 2017
613
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New London, CT, United States
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My Western Flyer Strato- Flite in fair and original condition... except where I put a solo polo light in the round hole where the rack light should be!

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One of my favorite bikes in as found condition. Still has the ww allstate tires.
 

CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
827
60
Pacific Northwest , United States
Here's my '64 ( I believe ) just got it today. Wanted one for a while...............just wasn't in the cards..............till now ! serial # 502 469210 259023 Was reading earlier bout the #'s Identifying the Year/model . Any thoughts ? figured I show it to ya'all . Happy riding

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BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
371
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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Here's my '64 ( I believe ) just got it today. Wanted one for a while...............just wasn't in the cards..............till now ! serial # 502 469210 259023 Was reading earlier bout the #'s Identifying the Year/model . Any thoughts ? figured I show it to ya'all . Happy riding
The serial number won't tell you when it was manufactured, but if it still has the original Allstate tires, the date code on the tires will give you a good idea.

Here's a link to learn how to decipher the tire date code.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/90887807@N06/36651041165/in/album-72157685301800743/
 
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racie35

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 13, 2013
88
The only reason they make schwinns is because sears couldn't make enough of the spaceliner for public demand. Way I see it anyway
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,094
Central Arizona
The only reason they make schwinns is because sears couldn't make enough of the spaceliner for public demand. Way I see it anyway

The only reason they made Volkswagons is because Yugo couldn't keep up with the demand.
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AndyA

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 24, 2017
115
71
bergen county
Well, this specimen started out life with a shiny coat of chrome but, by the time I acquired it, the years and the elements had changed that to a coat of iron oxide. I approached it with a range of abrasives and a couple of rattle cans of Krylon Satin Metallic Nickel. I was going for a mid-century jet fighter look (see photo of F-84 Thunderjet). It ain't chrome, but it's OK.
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AndyA

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 24, 2017
115
71
bergen county
Dear Mr. ThorH:
I don't know how to figure the exact year of your Strato Flyer, but I can tell you when Sears sold similar bikes. Your bike generally matches the Sears J.C. Higgins Flightliners, which were manufactured by Murray and sold from 1958 thru 1963. Spaceliners, which had a different frame, were offered in 1964 and 1965. Your bike does have one Spaceliner feature, i.e., the plastic cap on the chain wheel. I have a Western Flyer girls model that also has a cap (see pic). The cap may serve as an air intake for the crank turbo-supercharger.

Gotta love the air-to-air, fender-mounted missile system on your Flyer. Much better than strapping your homework books to the front rack. Have fun.

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Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,069
Shawnee, United States
I've picked up a couple of Flightliners in the past couple of months. Both need some help in the paint areas. What is everyone using for the red and green colors for racks, etc.
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I also picked up a couple of later production Murrays to use for fenders, chainrings, wheels and tires. I figured $50 for the pair would save me a few $$$.
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But my biggest question is about the paint.
TIA
Ed
 
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