My Three Sons on a Flamboyant Lime J38

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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Wow, I grew up a couple miles away in Cupertino and late 60s we would ride over to Oak Meadow Park and Vasona Lake to fish. Might have seen this very bike being ridden around Los Gatos or at the playground where we'd climb on the fighter plane and in the early 70s ride the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. :D
 

60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
gkeep,

I acquired this 63 Lime from Rick, the Owner of “Wheel-Away” bike shop in Campbell, Ca. about 20 years ago.

He had it stashed in the loft above his shop with various other vintage bikes.

The Original owner brought the bike in one day and gave it to Rick.
The guy said it was in his parents attic for years and he just wanted to get rid of it.

So, I’m sure it was being cruised around Los Gatos and Campbell back in the day.

The old “Economy Shop” in Los Gatos is a veterinary hospital now.

The stories are as cool as the bikes themselves.

Thanks, Chris
 

mrg

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
We use to ride our stingrays to Legg lake ( Whittier narrows ) from Downey on Saturday mornings ( about 10 miles ) to go fishing and really hated that Solo-Polo by the time I got home:mad:
 

60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here are a few recent photos of my Nov. 1, 1963 Flamboyant Lime showing up-close detail pics of a few ‘63 related components.

This bike has that deep Lime Glow to it, as it no doubt was well taken care of by the Original Owner.

All the OEM hardware (bolts, nuts, washers and rims) are very nice on this L3 bike.
The brake arm “strap” has the long ear on the backside that was used into late 1965.

The 1963 used a cadmium plated kickstand.

Also the ‘63 used Black Bearing Cones on the front axle along with the single cad plated cone keeper as shown below.

Center stamp front S-7 and center stamp 36 spoke rear S-2.

Long Q-bolts used with the non-crimp strut and the reflector strap with the “square ends” that came on the ‘63 Stingray.

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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
First design reflector strap.

A couple CABE members have asked me about the different reflector straps used on the Solo Polo Stingrays.

I’ve only seen the “sharp” square end straps on the ‘63 Stingrays, of which both my Survivor ‘63 have.

Here are several NOS packaged reflectors, straps and hardware I have.
Standard small reflector #9738 and Deluxe large reflector #9739.

Notice both envelopes show a square end strap, but they have the second design “rounded” end straps inside.

Here are some detail photos for reference showing the first design and second design.
My Red H3 square strap is the same as my Lime L3 pictured previously.

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The Spokemaster

Finally riding a big boys bike
That is one very happy young man and his fine little dog !

My understanding of My 3 Sons was that Fred MacMurray really only showed up at the studio every now-and-then to shoot scenes that actually 'included' him ( he was still considered to be a 'star' as result of his previous work in movies ) .... And, he was very frugal, brought his own lunch with him on the days he worked. The other actors were at the studio almost every day.
 

mrg

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
You would think if he were frugal he would eat the free food provided on set. hate to say it but remember that Issue when it came out along with Opie Taylor admiring a Stingray in one in a Mayberry episode, everybody wanted one!
 
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