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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,060
Los Angeles, CA, USA
I can't find this one any where.
Serial numbers are normally unique. The head tube includes a stamping of 77 and 87, and also a sticker for a head badge.
Could be a 1990's Lawrenceburg TN bike with a manufacturing date on a sticker on the seat tube, (similar to post 284).
 

Jachappy

On Training Wheels
May 14, 2019
1
60
San Antonio, TX
Hi guys, just found this site researching this Murray Eliminator I just bought! I had one just like this one (except it was a five speed, this one is a three speed) when I was a kid. it is in really good shape and appears mostly original (I just changed the seat, sissy bar
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and put new pedals on it). I was hoping the serial number could tell me more about the bike but I can't find anything out there that deciphers all of the numbers. the serial number is MO8 270 24417. From your information it is a 1968 but there is no information on what the 270 is (other than it stands for the model of bike).... In other words what are the different model numbers for the different bikes? I'm assuming the the 24417 is the number made but again, there isn't anything I can find that breaks down the number. Does it have the color code like a car?If any of you have any ideas, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

James
 

kngtmat

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 31, 2011
869
Auburndale, FL
got this Murray Monterey last week. which year it its build?

greetings from a old cruiser lover from Germany
Ralph

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I know the post is from last year. But last two numbers 94 in the number on the decal it's a 1994. Same as mine.
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,138
Shawnee, United States
I picked this up yesterday and want to confirm what I've come up with so far.

Serial number is on the BB. MOD 502 46900Y. 292034.

There's a picture of a very similar bike in post #7 on this thread and it's identified as a 59 - 60. A couple post later someone says it's a 59 because in 60 the chain guard was modernized. Mine has a differer chain guard so I'm "assuming" mine is a 60. However, mine is missimg the tank.
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I don't know why my pictures come out upside down.
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Different chain guard
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So if anyone can confirm or deny my suspicions, I'd appreciate it.
I guess I'll also need the tank. Did these come with jeweled pedals? What does the seat look like?
Thanks for any help.

Ed
 
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Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,138
Shawnee, United States
When i picked up the bike in the previous post, the guy "threw in" this bike. " If you dont want it, I'm just going to throw it in the trash." JC Higgins head badge and brake arm. Sears serial number. But i have no idea what model they call it. It's a 24 inch model. Peaked fenders, colorflow style tank, etc. The front fork is broken so the bracket for the truss rod is missing as well.
MOD 502 = Sears
MOS-P in the serial number = I've come up with 1958 (???)

If I can find a fork, I'd be tempted to restore it. If not, let me know what parts you need.
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,894
56
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
I picked this up yesterday and want to confirm what I've come up with so far.

Serial number is on the BB. MOD 502 46900Y. 292034.

There's a picture of a very similar bike in post #7 on this thread and it's identified as a 59 - 60. A couple post later someone says it's a 59 because in 60 the chain guard was modernized. Mine has a differer chain guard so I'm "assuming" mine is a 60. However, mine is missimg the tank.
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I don't know why my pictures come out upside down.
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Different chain guard
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So if anyone can confirm or deny my suspicions, I'd appreciate it.
I guess I'll also need the tank. Did these come with jeweled pedals? What does the seat look like?
Thanks for any help.

Ed
These are pages (312 and 313 )out of the 1959 Sears Christmas Wish Book.
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Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,138
Shawnee, United States
Sven,

Thanks for the pictures from the catalog pages. PERFECT.

Can anyone tell me if the tanks, etc. for all Murray bikes, regardless of who sold them, were the same? (Would a tank from a Western Flyer be the same except for decals?)
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,138
Shawnee, United States
Anyone have sny ideas or comments about the 24" JC Higgins bike that I asked about in post #310?
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,748
Western North carolina
1950 on the 24", Sears bikes were stamped 'MOS', this list reflects Western Flyers, they and other Murray
bikes were 'MO' plus the year.
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Karlm

On Training Wheels
May 6, 2019
7
41
Clayton, CA
Hello,

Looking for info on this Higgins bike. Struggling to figure out the year. Thanks for any help.

MOS-L
MOD 502
7218
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ItIsWhatItIs

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 21, 2018
69
Mid-Willamette Valley, OR
1947 according to the chart on the post above yours...which seems about right :)
 

JenniferChris

On Training Wheels
Jul 19, 2019
2
36
99901
Hello, I'm hoping you can help me with a bike I just picked up. It's a Murray Monterey and I'm trying to figure out when it was made. I've found a couple numbers on the front, the first is MO6 005020 and the second it P3840870. I appreciate any help, thanks!
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,748
Western North carolina
Hello, I'm hoping you can help me with a bike I just picked up. It's a Murray Monterey and I'm trying to figure out when it was made. I've found a couple numbers on the front, the first is MO6 005020 and the second it P3840870. I appreciate any help, thanks!
Monterey became a retro style cruiser in '77, made through the '90s. A pic may help narrow down the year. Also, the ones made in TN have a black decal at the bottom of the seat tube which usually has a build date.
 
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JenniferChris

On Training Wheels
Jul 19, 2019
2
36
99901
Monterey became a retro style cruiser in '77, made through the '90s. A pic may help narrow down the year. Also, the ones made in TN have a black decal at the bottom of the seat tube which usually has a build date.
It needs a lot of work. Picked it up for free, it had been sitting outside for who knows how long. Decided it could be a project bike with my oldest.

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