Middle weight "Silver King" lookin' like a Huffy

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Jim Barnard

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 30, 2017
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#1
Pretty nice ride on this light agile chrome space age classic.
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Great design flow with the rack and light into the unique tank and light.

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The decals have taken a hit from my polishing. Oops!
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Looks like there is NO relation to the 1930's aluminum frame bikes.
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Not sure what fender ornament was on this. I just kinda had this flying sub looking thing in the reflector box...
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Will it ever stop raining?

Jim
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
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@Jim Barnard

That is a RARE middleweight, my friend! The Huffy Silver Jet was introduced in 1961, and continued until 1967. 1961-63 models looked like yours. 1961-63 had taller fins, and a tail light resembling the tail lights on the Chevy Impalas of the time. 1964-67 models had a big chrome box with a lens on rack. Neither of these parts are easy to find, and can run $100 a pop.

Colors varied over the years. 1961-64 Monark Silver Kings were typically in blue. 1965-67 they were red. Huffy Silver Jets varied. 1961-62 models were blue, ‘63 models in gold w/ black and white two tone, 1964-67 were red. Belknap Bluegrass models usually followed Huffy colors, a member here has one. The Coast King Starliner is a new one for me, and is also probably very scarce.

Fender ornaments varied in the early years, and yours is correct for 1961-63 models. I have seen it on Murray bikes too. Another one, featuring red and green jewels, was also used on Huffy and Columbia bikes. 1964-67 had the jet with the red fin, and that one is reproduced (both the fin and the complete ornament are available).

Your bike is 100% correct and original. I wouldn’t do anything but get the electrical items working and ride and show
 
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partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
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#8
I own four of these Dayton-built chrome domes...my pride and joy is this ‘65, everything works. I also own a blue girls ‘64 Silver King, a custom ‘66 Silver Jet, and I have a ‘63 girls Silver Jet in the middle of being restored.

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piercer_99

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 27, 2015
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Sanger, TX
#10
the rocket ship ornament, as partsguy states, was also on Murray's, and is easier to find.

I have it on my 63' Murray built Flying O' Lancer presently, they are cool fender ornaments.

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