Murray serial number project.

Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by 30thtbird, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. #1 Posted Oct 3, 2009

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    Needed to do this for a while, so here is what I have figured out so far. There has been many people along the way that has contributed and a few that has helped set me straight. hahaah.

    I don't know how far back this goes , but I know that Murray used a single letter to represent the year since at least 1949. Most of these bikes up until the early 60's had the serial number stamped on the bottom of the bottom bracket. I have seen the letters MOS stamped on most of these. I ASSUME that they stand for Murray of Ohio Supply. This is usually followed by a - and a single letter. That letter will be the year code. After the year code will be a 2 or 3 digit number that stands for the model number. This excludes bikes built for Sears and Gambles(Hiawatha). Sears bikes had a 502 and Gambles bikes had a WG or a WG and a single digit. Sears bikes then had a 2 - 5 digit number afterwards that stood as the model number and was actually used in there catalogs as the part number. Gambles Hiawathas were the same way.

    F = 49
    G = 50
    H = 51
    I = 52
    J = 53
    K = 54
    L = 55
    M = 56
    N = 57
    P = 58
    R = 59
    S = 60
    T = 61
    U = 62
    W = 63
    X = 64
    Y = 65

    In 65 they were changing there serial number style and by then they were on the left rear dropout. Some 65 bikes had an MO5 which stood for Murray of Ohio 1965. After these 3 digits was a 2 or 3 digit model number followed by and X and a 1 or 2 digit number that I will discuss momentarily.
    MO5 = 65
    MO6 = 66
    MO7 = 67
    MO8 = 68
    In 69, they changed the layout yet again. They dropped the O. They also went to a 4 digit model number.
    M9 = 69
    M0 = 70
    and so on.
    This is what I have so far on the X numbers. We need to add to the list as more show up. Ron and I were talking about these numbers recently. We figure that a customer had to order a minimum number of bikes per order to have there own X number. If they didn't order a minimum number of bikes, they possibly shared an X number with a Murray badged bike. Kenny.
    X6 or X6? = Otasco
    X7 = BF Goodrich
    X10 = Westernflyer (Western Auto)
    X12 = All Pro (Kmart)
    X13 = Murray
    X18 = Hiawatha (Gambles)
    X25 = Foremost (JC Penneys)
    X28 = ?
    X43 = Murray
    X55 = Murray
    X67 = Sportscrest
    X69 = Special for 1969 (in 69 only, could have been used other years as a different meaning)
    X70 = Special for 1970 (in 70 only, could have been used other years as a different meaning)
    X71 = Sportscrest (?) Also Special for 1971 (in 71 only,could have been used other years as different meaning)
    X81 = Murray
    X82 = Murray
    X83 = Might actually be a Sears number??????
    X84 = Murray
     
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  2. #2 Posted Oct 20, 2009

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    I just picked up this Murray-built Hiawatha and would like to find out about what year it was produced. Any help would be appreciated.

    Serial #WG3605 1 173432

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    I have another number for you the bike has "Supreme" on the chain guard and the Murray symbol on the rack. The numbers are: MO1A24X6 no spaces or dashes under that is I assume SN. of 321888.
    Hope this helps.
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    Sorry, but until I can find more Gambles catalogs, I can't decypher the year of your Hiawatha. Gambles catalogs are hard to find. Very nice bike though! Kenny.
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 29, 2009

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    I have a serial # with no letter..... can you help?

    I have a bike with Sear's stamp on the front, the serial # that is on it is:

    50 451600 879582. There are no letter's stamped anywhere with the #'s.

    Do you have any information on this bike?

    Thanks!
     

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  6. #6 Posted Dec 30, 2009

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    "I have a bike with Sear's stamp on the front, the serial # that is on it is:

    50 451600 879582. There are no letter's stamped anywhere with the #'s.

    Do you have any information on this bike?

    Thanks!"
    It looks similar to a "standard middleweight" shown in the 58-60 catalogs. Then again, they generally didn't use Sears name on bikes til after 63. ..Often the second # on a sears bike is a catalog#, and 4516 would be typical, but I didn't see one in the book I have. Also the first # is probably 502, code for 'built for sears'. Welcome to the forum!
     
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    I think this project needs some refinement . I'm adding some pics & #'s of some Murray built bikes I have; 034-1.jpg I believe this to be 1959-60 all original 035-1.jpg 039-1.jpg 043-1.jpg 042-1.jpg
     
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    This Mercury I think looks to be 1950-53? 023-1.jpg 024-1.jpg This one is also mostly original 0221-1.jpg 016-1.jpg 017-1.jpg Has Musselman hub
     
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    This Murray looks like late 50's , still has cast neck & ser. #'s on BB 0091-1.jpg 0081-1.jpg 0071-1.jpg 012-1.jpg 014-1.jpg I have a few more to post as soon as I can get the pic's
     
  10. #10 Posted Jan 18, 2010

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    Your Flightliner is a 59, the full model number for a fully equipped coaster brake bike is 6YM 4690. The 60 models have the later style chainguard. Nice ride!
     
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    I thought so , thanks for the info , I have a Colorflow & a Fleetline to post when I get time . Hopefully this can help people to i.d. their Murray's
     
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    I have a JC Higgins Colorflow. The Serial number is 64062. There are also other numbers on the bottom bracket shell.

    THere is the word MOST and then under that is MOD 502 and then 4544

    Underneath these codes is the serial number 64602.

    Anyone know when this was made? The bike has an inch pitch sprocket.

    Thanks,
     
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    Kelpie, 4544 is a 1955 catalog #.
     
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    Adam,

    Thanks for the info. on the number.
     
  15. #15 Posted Jan 22, 2010

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    I've got a Spaceliner that I think is a '64 after looking at old Sears catalogs. However, I've seen others labeled as '64s that have the later style tank. Any idea what year it actually is? The serial number doesn't seem to go along with anything listed here.

    Here's the serial number and bike.

    502469010936135 (on left rear dropout)

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    Blacksheep, the chrome Spaceliner w/single speed coaster is listed as model 46901 in both 64 and 65 in the book.
     
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    Murray Strato Line (sweet skip tooth)
    MOS 27
    26995
    What's it all mean?!?
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    This one is a Murray Aero Line:

    MOT 22
    118587

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    This one is a Murray Sonic Flite:
    MOT 24
    598139
    This had a tank at one time. Anyone have an idea where I could get one to fit?
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