Murray serial number project.

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

  1. #221 Posted May 28, 2017

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    Looking for help with this serial # MOT 24X56351902. It's a Ben Hur made by Murray. What year is it ?
     
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  3. #223 Posted Jul 3, 2017

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    I have a Jc Higgins from my grandmas basement and I am trying to find out what and how old it is. Also what it is worth.

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  4. #224 Posted Jul 8, 2017

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    1956 German built model, not as valuable as the American ones, but 3 or 400 I'd think.
     
  5. #225 Posted Jul 8, 2017

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    I know it's late but yes that green Murray is from 1997 that Wald had on their stems since the late 70's. Murray brought the JC Higgins name back in the late 90's as well as the Mercury name and reintroduced springer's to them on some models like Schwinn's springer's.


    The post I originally came to do is add that when they started putting the serial numbers on the head tube the numbers are put on both sides. Left was I guessing serial while the right side is for the Murray model numbers found in Murray's catalogs.
     
  6. #226 Posted Jul 9, 2017

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    Hi, I just picked up this Hiawatha bike from a friend for free. He was going to put it on the curb. I was wondering if anyone could help me out with the year and model. It's a great riding bike. Just needs a few minor adjustments. He unfortunately spray painted the frame. There isn't any rust on the frame. Minor rust from old scratches and dings on the fenders. I would love to restore it for my wife if it's worth it to do so. Otherwise just use it as is. If there's anyone that can offer additional info it would be greatly appreciated! Not sure if it's supposed to have a faux tank or not. It's pretty stripped down. I'm not sure where or if I can find any original parts, front emblem, tank (if it's supposed to have one) and decals. Also if anyone could recommend the best way to bring back its original color and remove rust from fenders? Thanks in advance!!
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    Hi, I am looking for help IDing the year of a Murray Sonic Flight S# MOU 655115. It had an electric battery horn and headlights off the "tank" and has bullet tail reflectors off the rack with Komet Super Coaster brake hub.

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  8. #228 Posted Jul 23, 2017

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    Clark. it's at least a late '63, having the "hub cap" on the chain ring.
     
  9. #229 Posted Jul 23, 2017

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    My wife found a really clean bike in the basement of a house we just bought. I can tell that it is probably a 1968 bike but that is all The only markings on it were stickers (Murray, 10 Speed and Racer on the down tube). I did locate what I think is the Serial number on the head tube - Murray 10 Speed Racer m08 007174T4910860
     
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    Murray serials didn't move to the head tube til around 1980.
     
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    I assumed 1968 because it started with what I thought was M08. Not so sure now that I look at it again. Maybe I'm misreading it. See pic below

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    MO8 would be '68 if it was on the rear dropout. Companies often repeated numbers and sequences. Some '70s up Murrays have a build date decal just above the cranks, on the seat post tube. Also, '71-'79 bikes have the BMA/6 decal below the seat clamp.
     
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    I found this bike two years ago and I am having a hard time trying to find information on it. It is a Murray Ocean Glider and the numbers on it are MO55235 12. Pictures added. If anyone can help will be appreciated. Thanks, Coop.

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    This is an Evans Colson built bike.
     
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    just picked up this sonic flite project. serial reads MOW 52 ... 155836. not sure if that makes this a '63?

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  16. #236 Posted Oct 16, 2017

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    I acquired this 1939/40 Murray-Ohio made double-bar at a recent storage auction...

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    It has a serial number beginning with MD and I was wondering if anyone knows what these letters denote?
    A 1939/40 Derby Speedster recently turned up on eBay, which had a serial beginning with MD. Am I right to assume that the the M stands for "Murray" and the D for "Derby" or do these letters show up on Murray's other brands such as Elgin and Western Flyer? If possible, I'd like to put the correct badge on this beauty and get it back on the road.

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    Below are images of the serial numbers on both frames:

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    If it is a Derby, I'm going to need a an emblem like this. Anyone have one?

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    Original 1940 advert showing the Derby Speedster...

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    Derby maybe?

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  17. #237 Posted Oct 16, 2017

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    Apparently, Murray serial codes did not start with MO in 1939 so it looks like the database should be revised. As pictured above, both of the 1939 frames begin with MD (with D indicating 1939). Does anyone know if there is a way to determine the sub-brand (i.e. Derby, Elgin, Western Flyer) from the other numbers? We know that MD10029 is a 1939 Derby but what about my frame (MD21862)? If there are other 1939 Murray / Elgin / Derby / Western Flyer owners out there, please feel free to chime in.

    p.s. Found this December, 1939 Pep Boys ad featuring the Derby Speedster.

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  20. #240 Posted Oct 18, 2017

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    My ELGIN has MOD which=1939...My frame is not like yours my rear chain stay is one piece yours has two bars ,forks are different also,,Can't get pics right now,, will post at a later date,,,,WEEBOB....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_(bicycles)