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ItIsWhatItIs

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 21, 2018
68
Mid-Willamette Valley, OR
If its an '86 or '87 (maybe more years in this range, but those two for sure), it should have the year on the head tube decal...

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...on the blue '87, you can kinda see an MO7, which probably means your MO6 is an '86.
 

King Eggroll FHC

On Training Wheels
Aug 7, 2019
2
46
Fresno
I need help with mine too, doesn’t really match up with what’s going on with this list. Mine is on the dropout, it is a Murray
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Please help.
 

Knackers4knickers

On Training Wheels
Sep 27, 2019
3
43
AU
Hey All!!!

Firstly.... GO TIGES!!!!

Now down to Business..... PLEASE can anyone help me identify my ol vintage Bmx??
For the life of me..... i just cannot find what it is. Murray is the closest i have come to believe. Also due to the cleats welded for a chain guard.

I just cannot work it out though!
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ItIsWhatItIs

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 21, 2018
68
Mid-Willamette Valley, OR
Everything about it looks Schwinn to me (Predator), except the serial. Pretty sure not a Murray, to my knowledge they never had dropouts that looked like that (almost all pinched tubes, and the 'Team' Murrays that weren't pinched, still didn't look like that).

If it isn't Schwinn...its probably an Akisu made bike as they ran that style of dropout as well.
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,728
Western North carolina
I need help with mine too, doesn’t really match up with what’s going on with this list. Mine is on the dropout, it is a Murray
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Please help.
Chrome frame came out in '61, and continued through the late '60s. Commonly called 'Flightliner' or 'Spaceliner', depending on the frame style, after the Sears models. Yours doesn't have '502' or 'MOD 502' on it, so not a Sears bike. A full pic would help.
 

Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,004
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Chrome bike - MOW might be 1963-W; (see page-1, post-1).
Murray may have had 2 basic serial number lists overlapping in the classic period; (with the 2nd skipping more letters). The first list began in the beginning ~1936 with an “A”. The second list is consistent with a restart post-war ~1945 or so.
The style doesn’t fit a 1957-W (early list), as it is likely a 1960’s space bike.
 
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RMcCallum

On Training Wheels
Jun 19, 2019
4
45
Fort Mill, SC
Hey all, I've read through almost this entire thread before posting, hoping to find my answer. I picked up a chrome Flightliner last night, trying to figure out the year. The serial number on the dropout is 502 46170 443005. I knew it was a Murray as soon as I saw it, and from what I've learned the Flightliner was built between '58-'63. I'll try to post a pic, any info is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks
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ranman

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 30, 2014
747
Harrisonville, Mo.
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
Maybe it would stand to reason then A is 44!

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JHRIII

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 28, 2019
12
48
Woodstock, GA
I have an odd bird of Murray past. I was told this Mercury is from the 30s but from my research, it seems to not have been a consumer model. My theory is that it was purpose built to be used at the Sears regional headquarters in Atlanta (1926 to 1979) as a warehouse bike as I bought it from a thrift store directly across the street from said Sears headquarters for $50 (which has been beautifully restored into massive shopping, restaurants, and lofts retaining much of the architecture and wood flooring).

Serial number is 15472. Anyone ever seen anything remotely like this? Most of the Mercurys seem to be tank bikes.

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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,728
Western North carolina
I have an odd bird of Murray past. I was told this Mercury is from the 30s but from my research, it seems to not have been a consumer model. My theory is that it was purpose built to be used at the Sears regional headquarters in Atlanta (1926 to 1979) as a warehouse bike as I bought it from a thrift store directly across the street from said Sears headquarters for $50 (which has been beautifully restored into massive shopping, restaurants, and lofts retaining much of the architecture and wood flooring).

Serial number is 15472. Anyone ever seen anything remotely like this? Most of the Mercurys seem to be tank bikes.

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It looks to have a Westfield chain ring, and much later rear fender braces, a bit of a mutt perhaps. Not many lightweight models before the wartime bikes.
 

Elevatorman139

'Lil Knee Scuffer
May 7, 2019
14
45
37176
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
Just picked up this Fox ladies cruiser, I believe built by Murray. Serial number is stamped on the rear dropout. According to this info, is it a 1962? And what's the story on Fox bikes? Never heard of them until yesterday.

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Elevatorman139

'Lil Knee Scuffer
May 7, 2019
14
45
37176
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
I picked up this Murray built Western Flyer last weekend. Trying to identify the year and model. Looks early to mid sixties to me. Hoping someone can help me make sense of the serial number.

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